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NL: Kleine aardappelen en kleurenmix scoren met kerst

Speciaal voor de kerstperiode heeft aardappelgroothandel Jac van den Oord uit Ammerzoden nieuwe producten op de markt gebracht. De noviteiten bestaan onder meer uit een nieuwe rode aardappel met roze vruchtvlees en een kleurenmix in schaal. “Jaren geleden hebben we de afslag naar de specialisatie genomen en dat zijn we meer en meer aan het uitbreiden”, vertelt Leon van den[Read More…]

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Canada: More Ontario potatoes on Ontario plates

The average Ontarian consumes approximately 140 pounds of potatoes per year. Ontario’s entire fresh market potato industry is worth $40 million a year and Ontario potato growers supply approximately 70 per cent of that market. Ontario’s potato growers have teamed up with researchers at the University of Guelph to identify new potato varieties that grow well in this province and are[Read More…]

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US: Kettle Brand to introduce new crop of root vegetables

Kettle Brand, known for its extra crunchy and boldly flavored kettle-cooked potato chips, is expanding its expertise this January to a new crop of root vegetables – sweet potatoes, beets and parsnips. The new line – Kettle Brand Uprooted – features real sliced vegetables, lightly seasoned with oil and sea salt. “After 30 years of perfecting our chip-making skills with potatoes, we[Read More…]

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US: Judge OKs settlement in alleged potato price-fixing case

Potato organizations and grower-shippers have the OK from a federal judge to settle a price fixing case filed by retailers and consumers for $25 million and a promise that they won’t engage in “preplanting acreage management” for seven years. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill filed his order Dec. 14 in federal court in Idaho. The potato people and those suing[Read More…]

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Kiremko celebrates 50th anniversary with a new logo

On December 14, 2015 the Dutch company Kiremko celebrated its 50th anniversary and went on to mark this distinctive milestone in their history by creating a special jubilee logo. To celebrate this momentous occasion they have designed a new logo which shows their teamwork spirit, as well their close relationships with customers, colleagues and partner companies. As stated in a communication issued[Read More…]

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Outlook 2016: Field vegetable growers in the UK face tough decisions

In the eastern counties there appears to have been an increase in demand for vegetable land, supported by the Defra horticultural statistics for 2014. These suggest that the total area of vegetables has increased in recent years. There has been further and more remarkable consolidation in the sector, affecting both growers and grower-packers, following some years of expectation, says Andersons[Read More…]

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Protect Potatoes From Black Scurf And Stem Canker

Black scurf and stem canker of potato are caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani Kuhn. R. solani is a cosmopolitan fungus and has a broad host range, but the strains that attack potato (mainly AG-3) generally do not attack other hosts. Symptoms can be observed on all plant parts. Black scurf is the most conspicuous. In this phase, the fungus forms dark[Read More…]

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Fazor Star, anti-germinatif de Certis

A base d’hydrazide maléique à 600 g/kg, Fazor Star s’emploie contre l’apparition de germes et dans la gestion des repousses et du rejumelage. L’anti-germinatif de Certis d’une action renforcée et BÉNÉFICIE d’une nouvelle formulation en facilitant l’utilisation. « Fazor Star se présente sous forme de granulés dispersibles. Lors de la mise en solution dans l’eau, l’applicateur déplorait auparavant une formation importante[Read More…]

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US: Pepsi unveils ‘good-for-you’ vending machines without Pepsi

Pepsi unveiled a new vending machine that offers “good- and better-for-you product choices” that include potato chips and caffeinated fruit drinks. The new Hello Goodness vending machines will hit the maket next year and offer snack-seekers various Pepsi products like Naked Juice drinks, Lay’s Oven Baked potato chips, SunChips, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Gatorade, Mountain Dew Kickstart and Sabra ready-to-eat hummus kits. When asked[Read More…]

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Jamaica: New variety of Irish potatoes to reduce importation of fries

The country’s importation of fries could be reduced by at least 30 per cent over the next three years, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ introduction of the ‘Challenger’ variety of Irish potato, deemed ideal for producing this popular fast-food item. Noting that, seven million kilogrammes of fries are imported annually at a cost of $700 million, Portfolio Minister Derrick[Read More…]

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Australia: Court throws out Perth ‘potato king’ Tony Galati’s appeal against injunction

Western Australia’s self-styled potato king, Tony Galati, has lost an attempt to remove an injunction that prevents him selling unauthorised potatoes at his Perth grocery stores. Galati is WA’s largest potato grower and also one of the largest vegetable wholesalers and retailers. He has been in a legal battle with the state’s potato regulator, the Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC), for[Read More…]

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Pukekohe potato crop manager snags top Australasian farming award

A potato crop manager from Pukekohe has snagged a top Australasian productivity award. Wilcox crop manager Bryan Hart has been recognised for his contribution to farming in Australia and New Zealand in the annual Syngenta Growth Awards. He travelled to Australia to accept the grower productivity award. “It was a bit of a surprise – quite a nice surprise.” More

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McDonald’s reinvents the wheel again, but is this too far?

McDonald’s is facing a global slump in sales, and lately it seems like they’ll try anything to get customers back in-store. The company has released a flamboyant range of new menu items, but it remains to be seen whether these will improve profits in Australia and abroad. With over 36,000 restaurants worldwide, McDonald’s is still the biggest name in fast food. However,[Read More…]

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Potato storage rots likely this winter

This fall might be a tough one for a few Manitoba potato growers battling rots like pink eye, bud-end decay, late blight and leak in storage. Generally, these diseases are present in storages but the levels are not abnormally high, so a caution is warranted. According to Vikram Bisht, Manitoba’s provincial plant pathologist, leak and late blight infected tubers have already[Read More…]

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US: PCN committee considering compensating affected growers

Discussions among members of an Idaho State Department of Agriculture pale cyst nematode program advisory committee have turned toward compensating growers for past and future hardships due to farming under quarantine. The growers and industry leaders on the committee, who met Dec. 8, acknowledge finding the funding will be a challenge. “We feel like there ought to be some help[Read More…]

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Idaho Gems: Nampa candy store brings hope through potato chocolate

When you live in Idaho, potatoes can make their way into any recipe. But chocolate? “We use mashed potatoes. Certainly, it goes into the chocolate,” said Deborah Johnson, owner of Sweet Hope, Inc. Sweet Hope is the home of Spud Fudge. “We replace over a third of the sugar with potatoes. Potatoes have the starch and the sugars in them,[Read More…]

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Canada: P.E.I. Potato Board chairman appeals environmental charge

Potato farmer Alex Docherty says “principle’’ is driving his long, stubborn fight after being charged with violating the Environmental Protection Act in 2012. Both Docherty and his brother-in-law Blake MacDonald lost their case in provincial court when Judge Nancy Orr found the pair guilty in September 2013 for cultivating a row crop on land that had a slope greater than nine per[Read More…]

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McDonald’s burger and fries show no sign of rot after 6 years

We’re all getting older, but some of us show the years more than others. Then again, some — like a 6-year-old McDonald’s combo that’s gone viral — don’t show the passing of time at all! In October 2009, McDonald’s was shuttering its restaurants in Iceland as a result of the worldwide economic crash. On Oct. 30, anthropologist Hjörtur Smárason stopped[Read More…]

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Newly deregulated GMO potato aims to benefit health, reduce shrink

A new genetically engineered potato has been deregulated. The V11 Snowden was developed by J.R. Simplot Co. and has been engineered to benefit consumer health, improve product quality and reduce culls and pick-outs through low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising and lowered reducing sugars. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service previously reviewed and deregulated these GE[Read More…]

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Japan’s New Holiday Snack: Strawberry Shortcake Potato Chips

Christmas and New Year’s are big snack holidays in Japan, specifically cake. A quick Google search will tell you that tasty treats with decorative strawberries are also popular. However, only the most dedicated to eat a whole cake by themselves, so snack brand Koikeya is introducing its strawberry shortcake-flavored potato chips starting on December 21. The manufacturers assured consumers that[Read More…]

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