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Why McDonald’s is only selling small servings of fries in Japan

Potato shortages are putting McDonald’s customers in Japan on an unsolicited diet. McDonald’s is now only offering small servings of fries in Japan due to a fry shortage in the country, reports Kotaku. The shortage is due to ongoing labor contract disputes with dockworkers on the West Coast of the U.S. The shortage has been a months-long problem for the[Read More…]

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Grimme: Die Kartoffel als Kernkompetenz

Der Landmaschinenbauer Grimme schafft den Spagat zwischen Tradition und Moderne. Er baut High-Tech-Geräte zum flächendeckenden Roden der Felder, bietet aber auch ganz einfache Geräte für die Kartoffelernte an. Chips, Pommes frites, Gratin oder einfach nur in Salzwasser gekocht – wohl kein anderes Nahrungsmittel gibt es in so vielen Variationen wie die Kartoffel. Für jeden Geschmack ist etwas dabei, entsprechend groß[Read More…]

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Fiji government trials new potato varieties

The Agriculture Ministry is trialing new potato varieties. Minister Inia Seruiratu says the potatoes have been planted for seeds. ‘’Farmers have harvested and we are keeping the seeds now, this is again on trial, we are trying various methods to conserve the seeds for the off season and we hope to plant again early next year, in time for the[Read More…]

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Scotland: Act now to save spud seed industry from ‘PCN creep’

The area of potato cyst nematode (PCN)-free land for seed potato production in Scotland is shrinking and growers must act now to ensure the trend is reversed, experts warn. About 80% of certified seed planted in Great Britain comes from Scottish farms, with its cooler climate providing kinder conditions to keep crops virus and disease free. Land destined to be[Read More…]

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UK: Bannisters’ Farm adds to range with pre-cooked roast potatoes

Bannisters’ Farm has added a new pre-cooked roast potato product to its frozen potato range. The Farmer’s Roasting Potatoes are left in their skin, cooked, seasoned and shaken with oil, before being frozen. Bannisters’ Farm said the process eliminates the hours of preparation and cooking typically required when producing roast potatoes. The family-run business, based in the East Riding of[Read More…]

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Philippines to grow new varieties of potatoes from Canada

The Provincial Government in Benguet is hopeful new varieties of potatoes from Canada can be grown in the province and can provide the levels of composition needed by top companies to consider Benguet’s pitch to supply the crop all year round. Governor Nestor Fongwan said the four new varieties from Canada: Cherokee, Sifra, Calwhite and Canestoga, can pass the requirements[Read More…]

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Omzet Agrico ruim 10 miljoen euro hoger

Agrico heeft in het boekjaar 2013/2014 de omzet met ruim 10 miljoen euro zien stijgen, dat blijkt uit de jaarrekening. Het netto resultaat bleef gelijk met vorig jaar op een bedrag van 2,8 miljoen euro. Boekjaar 2013/2014 was een goed aardappeljaar waarin Agrico, ondanks lage verkoopprijzen aan het einde van het seizoen, mooie prijzen heeft uitbetaald voor zowel poot- als[Read More…]

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Bretagne plants cherche des producteurs

Bretagne Plants, la seule organisation de producteurs de plants de pommes de terre de Bretagne continue de chercher des agriculteurs pour compenser l’érosion naturelle de ses effectifs. Elle organise des portes ouvertes chez des agriculteurs, samedi 13 chez Gilles Mével à Pleyber-Christ, et lundi 15 à Ploec-sur-Lié chez Frédéric Houée, entre 14 heures et 17 heures. Source: See on[Read More…]

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ConAgra potato plants fuel growth

As the popularity of french fries and other potato products continues to rise around the world, ConAgra Foods aims to satisfy that craving. The worldwide frozen potato category is forecast to surge by 1.8 billion pounds between 2013 and 2018, according to Euromonitor. ConAgra’s Lamb Weston frozen potato unit has been aggressively expanding its operations globally. Source: See on[Read More…]

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US: A new great-tasting, high-nutrient red potato variety – AmaRosa

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their cooperators have developed nutritious new potatoes varieties with red and purple flesh and skin. All potatoes contain an assortment of nutrients and other health-promoting compounds, and the colored-flesh potato varieties contain anthocyanins and carotenoids. The three great-tasting potato varieties with colored flesh that are now available to consumers are TerraRosa, Amarosa and[Read More…]

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United States Potato Board receives 5 million for the global promotion of US potatoes

The United States Potato Board (USPB) received an allocation of $4,998,892 in program year 2015 Market Access Program (MAP) funds from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) at USDA. These funds will be used by the USPB to promote frozen, dehydrated, chip-stock, table-stock and seed potatoes in over 25 countries around the world. These promotions will be directed at foodservice, ingredient,[Read More…]

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Irish African potato project attracts world leaders

Emerging Africa is increasingly important to international companies and it’s all about doing business. President Higgins recently declared a new era in Irish-Ethiopian relations, moving from aid towards trade and economic partnership. At the same time, world-renowned management thinker Charles Handy visited Ethiopia with the Irish development agency Vita to review a project that is shaking up the traditional concept[Read More…]

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Idaho potato shipments, prices both increase

Idaho’s potato prices continue to strengthen, even as shipments have been ahead of last year’s pace. Shipments of fresh Idaho potatoes have been well ahead of last year’s pace, and prices have continued on a steady climb since harvest. According to the Idaho Potato Commission, 2014 crop shipments to date are about 1 million hundredweight above last year. Source:[Read More…]

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Lamb Weston Bergen op Zoom wil dichtbij aardappel zijn

Iedereen lust frietjes. Over de hele wereld is friet gewild. De wereldbevolking groeit. En daarmee de vraag naar diepgevroren producten van aardappelverwerker Lamb Weston / Meijer. Niet alleen friet, maar tal van speciale producten met als basis de aardappel, zoals bijvoorbeeld de zeer gewilde Twister. Daarom breidt het bedrijf fors uit. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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Ireland: Potato industry looking forward to a happier new year

European funding will be crucially important in helping maintain the fabric of Ireland’s potato industry, according to a leading packer. “The planned generic promotional campaign, which is to be part financed by Europe, will provide real money to actively promote Irish potatoes on our home market,” said Robert Devlin, General Manager of the Co. Meath-based Meade Potato company. Source:[Read More…]

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La pomme de terre permettrait de contrôler l’obésité

Un extrait de pomme de terre, riche en polyphénols, réduit la prise de poids et contrôle l’obésité, ont découvert des chercheurs de l’Université McGill à Montréal. Même avec un régime alimentaire riche en gras et en sucres raffinés, l’extrait de pomme de terre permet de limiter la prise de poids, ont constaté les scientifiques. Ces derniers ont réalisé des tests[Read More…]

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Canada: McCain wanting to sell Prince Edward Island processing plant

McCain Foods Ltd. is trying to drum up some more interest from potential buyers of its french fry plant in Prince Edward Island. Calla Farn, a spokeswoman for the company, said Tuesday that McCain has issued a call for expressions of interest in the property. The deadline for which is Jan.14, 2014. An expression of interest is basically a preliminary[Read More…]

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British farming family created potato nativity scene

The Williamson potato farming family from Gainsborough created this nativity scene which is a “mash-up” between the traditional story and… well… potatoes. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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Canadian researchers claim potato extract could prevent obesity

According to researchers from McGill University in Montreal, potato extract might curb weight gain from a high-fat, high-carb diet. The scientists reportedly fed mice a high-fat diet for 10 weeks that was either with or without potato extracts. What they found surprised them. Mice that were fed the potato extract gained just seven grams, compared to the 16 grams gained[Read More…]

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Japan: Snack maker Koikeya to offer orange flavoured potato chips

Orange is the new potato chip flavor. Tokyo-based snack maker Koikeya Co. said it will begin selling orange-flavored potato chips for the first time Dec. 22. “We were trying to come up with a product that is unique and surprising,” Kazuya Obata, the company’s spokesman, told Japan Real Time. “We were thinking of something that matches the winter in Japan,[Read More…]

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World market for consumption potatoes stabilizes

Starting in 2011, the global (commercial) production of potatoes seems to be stabilizing at 370 million tons. Until that time, there was clear evidence of growth. It is true that production is still growing in some countries. Examples are China and India (together accounting for 37% of the world total), Bangladesh, Egypt, Peru, Malawi, Algeria, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. In many[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland: New generic potato marketing campaign launched

It was another successful conference for the potato sector at Potatoes 2014 held in CAFRE Greenmount. NI potato campaign co-ordinator Ian Duff on behalf of the industry working group launched the NI generic potato marketing campaign.   Delegates noted why such a campaign was necessary to reverse the declining trend in potato consumption in Northern Ireland. Source: See on[Read More…]

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Duitsland: Veel aanbod van slechte kwaliteit aardappelen

Het aanbod van slechte kwaliteit aardappelen blijft nog altijd groot. Het is m.n. in de teeltgebieden van midden Duitsland (Rheinland) waar het in het groeiseizoen een aantal keren overmatig heeft geregend. Het gevolg is dat ondanks de hoge gemiddelde hectareopbrengst de aardappelen qua bewaarbaarheid het in veel gevallen niet of lastig houden. Het komt voor dat de aardappelen Linéa recta[Read More…]

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