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US: New Lockwood machine featured at potato trade show

Potato industry members got a first look at some new machinery during the first day of the 2014 Washington-Oregon Potato Conference. The annual conference kicked off Tuesday at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Dozens of trade show exhibitors set up booths at the convention center to promote their products and services to industry members. Among the exhibitors was[Read[Read More…]

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Aardappelen goedkoper geworden in Oekraïne

Vergeleken bij de periode voor kerst zijn de prijzen van consumptieaardappelen in Oekraïne momenteel 5 tot 10% lager, zo meldt het Duitse Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) op haar website. Toch liggen de prijzen nog drie keer zo hoog als in januari 2013. Analisten zien de zwakke verkoop op weekmarkten als de reden voor de laatste prijsaanpassing. De consumenten kochten in de[Read[Read More…]

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Secrets of potato blight evolution could help farmers fight back

Scientists have discovered vital clues as to how the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine adapted to spread between different plant species. Researchers at Oxford University and The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK) looked in unprecedented detail at how Phytophthora infestans, a pathogen that continues to blight potatoes and tomatoes today, evolved to target other plants. The study, published today[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Irrigation wells remain contentious issue in Prince Edward Island

Debate continues over whether the province of Prince Edward Island should lift its decade-old moratorium on high-capacity wells for the potato industry. The P.E.I. Potato Board is asking for the ban to be lifted, saying access to more water will improve potato quality and size and will help growers stay competitive. The board briefed some Liberal MLAs Wednesday on the[Read[Read More…]

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US: Growers hope federal farm bill to fund critical potato research will pass

Washington State and Oregon potato growers are hopeful that Congress finally will approve a federal farm bill to fund critical research for potatoes and other crops. Chris Voigt, Washington State Potato Commission executive director, told Washington and Oregon potato growers Wednesday that he’s hopeful the Senate will pass a farm bill within the next week or so. Research on diseases[Read[Read More…]

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España: Se produce más patata pero el consumo de este tubérculo desciende

Por ello, Asaja informa que ahora se pide que se apliquen políticas de promoción a este producto. Según la Asociación Agraria de Jóvenes Agricultores de Salamanca, Asaja, la situación del mercado de la patata es relativamente positiva, con una producción al alza en un 4,2% con respecto a los niveles de años anteriores en los países principalmente productores de este[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Tyrrell’s blunder – Used unflattering photo of famed dead poet on chip bags

Tyrrell’s, an English potato chip producer, thought they were running a whimsical contest when they put a picture of an angry-looking man on the front of their chips with the caption: “Win a fleeting look of contempt or 25,000 pounds!” But, unfortunately for the unrefined potato chip company, poetry aficionados and academics are the ones giving them that the look[Read[Read More…]

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Kazakh diet potatoes: A new healthy alternative?

Kazakhstani plant breeders have produced a new type of potatoes, Tengrinews reports. Vladimir Shvidchenko, Director of Astana-based Agrobiological Research Center of the Kazakh Argotechnical University told TengrinewsTV about the properties of the new product. The main difference between the new product and an ordinary potato is its dietary qualities. The breeders call the new diet potato a low calorie potato.[Read[Read More…]

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Duitsland: 240.000 ton aardappelen verkocht in november 2013

In november 2013 hebben Duitse exporteurs 240.000 ton aardappelen verkocht tegen 143.600 ton in november 2012.  168.000 ton is naar Nederland gegaan, 25.000 ton naar België en 15.000 ton naar Italië (5.000 ton meer dan in 2012). Importeurs hebben in november 84.000 ton geïmporteerd vanuit Nederland (42.000 ton vorig jaar) en 13.000 ton vanuit België (4.000 ton vorig jaar). Meer[Read More…]

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European potato trade: demand increases, prices under pressure

The potato market has been waiting for a while to see what would happen. Many expected a rebound after the New Year, but that has not been the case. According to an exporter, trade is being pulled towards the colder places in Eastern Europe. Demand is better than in the first weeks of the year, but prices are under pressure.[Read[Read More…]

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Are potato crisps a risk to health?

The Belgian consumers’ organisation Test Aankoop has issued a warning in connection with high levels of acrylamide that occur in Belgian food stuffs. The consumers’ organisation warns that acrylamide levels in potato crisps are too high. Test Aankoop examined 46 samples of crisps, 10 samples of crisp bread and 9 portions of home-baked chips. Acrylamide levels were compared with the[Read[Read More…]

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Idaho mulls new ring rot requirements

The Idaho potato industry is mulling required bacterial ring rot testing of early generation seed, as well as new record-keeping standards to better trace infections back to a point of origin. A group of about 35 industry representatives has been meeting for several months to address their state’s ongoing challenges with the disease, which can be financially devastating to growers.[Read[Read More…]

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Neue Plakatsujets für die Schweizer Kartoffel

Mit ihrer breit angelegten Plakatkampagne beweist die Neue LGK, dass in der Kartoffel Starpotential steckt. Seit dieser Woche bewerben zwei neue Plakatsujets die umfangreiche Rezeptsammlung auf Kartoffel.ch. Die beiden neuen Sujets «Ausgewogene Ernährung» und «Sommer und Winter» werden – zusammen mit den letztjährigen Sujets – in zwei Wellen im Januar/Februar sowie im Juli/August auf Plakatstellen in der Deutsch- und Westschweiz[Read[Read More…]

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Russia accuses Belarus of potato smuggling

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) accuses Belarus of selling European potatoes as Belarusian. Russia’s veterinary watchdog asks the Belarusian veterinary agencies to hold urgent consultations on the supplies of potatoes from Belarus to Russia, ITAR-TASS news agency quotes the service’s head Sergei Dankvert. “We have information that supplying companies are proposing Russian partners to supply[Read[Read More…]

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US: How big food uses hunger triggers

The old Lay’s Potato Chip challenge, “Betcha can’t eat just one” was not only a testament to the salty-crunchy deliciousness of the chips, it was also an unknowing hat tip to the ingrained human tendency to eat more than is probably good for you, at least in the 21st century. Ever notice how, even if you’re not really hungry, taking[Read[Read More…]

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US table stock potatoes has successful start in Philippines

One of the newer markets for U.S. table stock potatoes is the Philippines. And exciting things have been happening with the United States Potato Board and its team in efforts to make this new market a success since gaining market access in July of 2013. Sarah Reece, USPB International Marketing Manager says following a trade mission, there was a trade[Read[Read More…]

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Kettle Foods takes 70% reduced-fat baked line to UK

Kettle Foods is tackling new ground in the UK with small pack, better-for-you baked potato chips and says the new line plugs a market gap. The premium chip company, better known for indulgent share-size snacks, has developed two varieties of baked potato chips that contain less than 100 calories per 25g bag and boast a 70% fat reduction, compared to[Read[Read More…]

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British spud growers to be hit hard by slug pellet ban

Potato growers are set to be the hardest hit by the European Union ban on methiocarb slug pellets, which account for about half the slug control market for spuds. Sales of these poison-bait pellets, such as Draza forte and Decoy Wetex, are set to be banned by the end of August this year due to the risk to grain-eating farm[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Chip waste to biogas is viable, says Naturally Homegrown Foods

Potato chip waste converted into biogas to fuel production is a viable, eco-friendly waste reduction plan that other snack makers should consider, says the president of Naturally Homegrown Foods. he Canadian premium potato chip company that makes Hardbite potato chips has initiated a waste reduction plan that uses chip, potato and oil waste to make biogas that then fuels the[Read[Read More…]

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US Potato Board: Prepared potato dishes produce stronger results

At the core of the United States Potato Board (USPB) retail program is the mandate to enable retailers to reconnect the potato category with their customers by identifying what appeals most to their shoppers. Sometimes the insights seem so intuitive, even if the practice isn’t widely known, such as recent study findings:  ads that feature prepared potato images are much[Read[Read More…]

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México: Impulsan biólogos veracruzanos cultivo de papa libre de fertilizantes artificiales

Después de varias investigaciones y estudios, biólogos veracruzanos lograron concretar un paquete agrotecnológico para integrarlo en el manejo del cultivo de la papa, por lo que el año pasado se logró retirar, en las siembras experimentales, todos los químicos con los que se suele combatir al nematodo dorado, aproximándose así al objetivo de cultivar el tubérculo de manera orgánica en[Read[Read More…]

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UK: McCain launches ready baked jacket potatoes with flavoured ad

McCain “planted” giant 3D baked potatoes in 10 bus shelters as part of the UK advertising campaign for its newly launched Ready Baked Jackets. Bus stations in 10 UK cities do not only host the giant spuds, but also their flavour: waiting passengers will be able to smell freshly baked potatoes at the touch of a button on the poster’s[Read[Read More…]

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