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NL: ?Peel return important when developing potato machines?

Machinery manufacturer Sormac focuses on machinery for the processing industry. The machines vary from potato, carrot and onion peeling machines to drying machines for leafy vegetables. ...
1/3/2017

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Argentina: Mendoza to become leading producer of pre-fried potatoes

Mendoza could become the leading producer of pre-fried potatoes for consumption in South America, as it will contribute more than 50% of the product and increase its exports by 5%, ...
1/3/2017

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India: Govt removes minimum export price of potato

The government on Tuesday removed the minimum export price (MEP) of potato, which was imposed in July, in an effort to boost the shipment of more potatoes. ?Export of potatoes, fresh ...
1/2/2017

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Report: Global Potato Chips Market 2016-2020

Potato Chips Market report 2016 focuses on the focuses on top manufacturers in the global market, with production, price, revenue and market share analyzed for each manufacturer from ...
1/2/2017

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India: Agri ministry to use remote sensing tech to map area under potato and onion cultivation

The agriculture ministry plans to use remote sensing technology to map the area under potato and onion cultivation for the entire country to provide an accurate estimate of the likely ...
1/2/2017

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South Africa; UK: Aspiring to alternative markets

Looking for ways of improving the UK potato supply chain, Nuffield scholar Rufus Pilgrim travelled to South Africa to draw comparisons between UK and international potato markets. ...
1/2/2017

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Lamb Weston/Meijer: Extra wavy fries thanks to new cutting machine

Lamb Weston/Meijer started using a new production line this year. The current factory was expanded to install a completely new production line for premium frozen potato products. The ...
12/30/2016

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US: Potato markets said to be decent, but movement slow

Potato storages operated by Associated Potato Growers Inc., were about 70 percent full after the 2016 harvest ended Nov. 18, according to Paul Dolan, who manages the cooperative from ...
12/30/2016

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Scottish tatties buck the trend

While there was a 5% drop in overall UK production this season, 2016 was a better year for potatoes in the north. Scottish production was up 9% on 2015, with export figures also looking ...
12/29/2016

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New study provides evidence on movement of potato blight pathogen

New North Carolina State University research delves into the movement and evolution of the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s, which set down roots in the United ...
12/29/2016

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Australia: How to chip away the weight with a potato-only diet ? Melbourne man lost 52 kg

After eating only potatoes for the past year, you?d understand if Andrew Taylor ditched spuds for good. But he will gladly tuck in if they?re served on New Year?s Day, when he ends ...
12/29/2016

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UK: Online calculator helps cut farms? greenhouse gas emissions

It?s called the Cool Farm Tool (CFT) ? an easy-to-use online calculator which helps farmers monitor their emissions of greenhouse gases. The CFT was initially developed by researchers ...
12/28/2016

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New line of sorting machines from Bijlsma Hercules

Bijlsma Hercules has brought a new line of sorting machines on the market. The refined electronic drive is what makes these machines special, allowing for more accurate sorting of ...
12/28/2016

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UK: Potato soil pest survey launched

A nationwide potato growers? surveyis set to evaluate the wider implications of key soil pest issues and assess whether growers are winning the battle against losses, or identify whether ...
12/28/2016

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Priming potato with Thiamin to control Potato Virus Y

PVY is a major potato pathogen affecting potato yields worldwide. Thiamin, a water-soluble B vitamin (vitamin B1) has been shown to boost the plant?s immunity, thereby increasing resistance ...
12/27/2016

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Belgium: ?Price for processing varieties will not fluctuate much till spring?

Jan van Luchene of Bruwier Potatoes, a Belgian company specialized in acquiring and delivering potatoes offers his view of the current potato market in Belgium and Europe. Jan van ...
12/27/2016

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Australia: Washed ware potato pest report released for comment

The Department of Agriculture and Food has released a draft pest categorisation report for stakeholder consultation, as part of a review of washed ware potato imports from other Australian ...
12/27/2016

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US: Rising potato leaders commit to improving the industry

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) Class of 2017 will bring together 23 potato growers and industry representatives interested in developing their leadership potential ...
12/27/2016

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US: Monte Vista Potato Growers shipping from new facility

Wrapping up the 2016 harvest in early October, Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista, CO, started shipping mid-October, utilizing the operation?s new line and 15,000-square-foot ...
12/27/2016

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Canada: Growers relish supplying new potato processing plant

Another 9,700 acres of potatoes will be needed in southern Alberta to supply the new Cavendish plant in Lethbridge that was officially announced Dec. 12. Greg Nakamura, whose family ...
12/27/2016

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Canada: Crop of ?Indian potato? discovered in British Columbia could be world?s oldest garden

Archaeologists have uncovered what could be the world?s oldest surviving garden, built by hunter-gatherers. In between stalking animals and fishing for dinner, it seems our fierce ...
12/27/2016

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Increased integration of research with practice making ?significant? contribution to UK crop production

This is the general consensus of the tenth AHDB Agronomists? Conference, which highlighted the value of farmer-led knowledge exchange initiatives and the importance of combining increasingly ...
12/20/2016

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Report: Global Frozen Potatoes Market 2016 ? 2021

The Global Frozen Potatoes Industry report delivers an executive-level blueprint of the Frozen Potatoes market that will help clients to build strategies to expand their market operations. ...
12/20/2016

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Ireland: Retailers discounting potatoes can have a ?detrimental effect? on the market

IFA President Joe Healy has expressed concern at the recent discounting of potatoes by a number of retailers in the run up to Christmas, saying these promotions can have a detrimental ...
12/20/2016

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Study: Potato chips market ? Industry trends

IMARC?s latest study ?Potato Chips Market ? Industry Trends, Manufacturing Process, Plant Setup, Machinery, Raw Materials, Cost and Revenue? provides a techno-commercial roadmap for ...
12/20/2016

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India: Glut forces Deesa farmers to bury potatoes

Last year, the unprecedented glut in potato production had forced the farmers to dump their produce in tonnes on the roads of Palanpur and Deesa. The situation this year is no different. ...
12/20/2016

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Potato Expo happening in San Francisco, January 4-6

One of the potato industry?s must attend events is rapidly approaching. The 2017 Potato Expo will be held in San Francisco January 4th through the 6th. National Potato Council CEO ...
12/20/2016

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UK: Smith Period blight alert set to be replaced

Now 60 years old, the current methodology for predicting blight pressure, known as the Smith Period, is set to be replaced by an improved alert system expected to be in place before ...
12/14/2016

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Belgian potato area growing to almost 100,000 hectares

The Belgian potato area is growing significantly each year, and according to the latest prognoses the milestone of 100,000 hectares will be reached in 2017 or 2018. ?This year we will ...
12/14/2016

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UK: Walkers Crisps cuts water use and carbon emissions in half over five years

Walkers Crisps has successfully reduced the water and carbon emissions used in the growing of its potatoes by 50% since 2011 after implementing a series of measuring techniques to ...
12/14/2016

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New Report: Global Frozen Potatoes Market 2016 ? 2021

The Global Frozen Potatoes Industry report delivers an executive-level blueprint of the Frozen Potatoes market that will help clients to build strategies to expand their market operations. ...
12/14/2016

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McCain Foods expanding North American french fry capacity

McCain Foods Ltd. has announced plans to expand its production capacity for frozen french fries in North America, a move that will add more than 400 million lbs of capacity to its ...
12/13/2016

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Canada: New potato processing plant announced

A new potato processing facility in Lethbridge, to be built by Cavendish Farms, was announced Dec. 12 at Lethbridge city hall. It is expected to create demand for an additional 9,000 ...
12/13/2016

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New report examines the potato starch market

A new Report explores the global Trends, Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2021 for the Global Starch Market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, ...
12/13/2016

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India: Potato prices drop as cold storages clear stock

Expectations of a bumper potato crop this year has made cold storage owners begin clearing their stock with zeal resulting in a steep drop in wholesale prices of potatoes. Potatoes, ...
12/13/2016

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PepsiCo wants to sell healthy food, consumers want chips

Here is a company pulled in two different directions. Chief executive Indra Nooyi has vowed to turn the maker of Fritos, Cheetos, Lay?s and Pepsi into a health juggernaut. But while ...
12/13/2016

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US: Precision ag drone system creator earns commercial investment

Raptor Maps has grown its drone-based system designed for specialty crop precision agriculture applications into a business worthy of investment. In Washington, a potato grower has ...
12/9/2016

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Italy: An alternative to all-purpose potatoes

While it is quite common in northern Europe, the segmentation of the potato market has finally arrived in Italy too. Recently, it widened its potato range introducing a new line of ...
12/9/2016

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US: EarthFresh Farms acquires Grand Bend Produce

Grand Bend Produce?s assets have recently been acquired by EarthFresh Farms. Grand Bend Produce is a fresh potato business based in Ontario. The CEO of the Grand Bend Produce was optimistic ...
12/9/2016

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US: Farming for the future: blending tech with tradition

Jones Potato Farm in Parrish has emerged as a leader in sustainable agriculture. Jones potatoes are one of the first on the market. In April, the Department of Agriculture gave Jones ...
12/9/2016

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NEPG estimate adjusted; falls to 24.5 million tonnes

The official NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) harvest estimation has been adjusted to show a fall to 24.5 million tonnes this year. This accounts for the top 5 leading ...
12/9/2016

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Canada: Prairie potato yields continue to rise

Potato storage sheds in Manitoba are full, thanks to blockbuster yields this fall. In fact, yields were so large that a portion of Manitoba?s potato crop is still in the ground. ?Some ...
12/9/2016

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New Zealand: Potato industry further strengthen biosecurity partnership

Potatoes New Zealand Inc. (PNZ) today signed an agreement with Government to better protect the potato industry it represents in managing biosecurity. Like all other horticulture industries, ...
12/9/2016

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Potato cultivation declining since German Reunification

The potato has been in retreat in Saxony-Anhalt since the German reunification. In 1990, potatoes were farmed on almost 73,000 hectares of land. This year, it was only 13,400 hectares, ...
12/8/2016

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Ingredient innovation may reduce acrylamide levels in snacks

Acrylamide continues to be an important issue for health regulatory bodies around the world, with the European Food Safety Agency, Health Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and other countries ...
12/8/2016

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UK: New risk criteria helps transform performance of Potato Late Blight alert systems

New risk criteria which will transform the performance of Potato Late Blight alert systems has been revealed. Arising from research undertaken by the James Hutton Institute and funded ...
12/8/2016

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Recovery for Swedish table potatoes

The Swedish potato production is estimated at 553 000 tonnes this year. This is 5 percent higher than the 2015 harvest and at the same level as the five-year average. This means a ...
12/8/2016

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India: Agra potato farmers being forced to throw away their produce post demonetisation

As the days are passing, the effects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s demonetisation move ordered on November 8 are beginning to show in both urban and rural areas, especially farmers. ...
12/8/2016

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North Dakota potato leader dies

North Dakota potato industry leader Alan Collette, past chairman of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association, has died. Collette, 77, was chairman of the association (now the ...
12/8/2016

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App with satellite images for Belgian potato sector

There are many initiatives for precision agriculture. The Belgian potato sector will start using satellite images next year. ?We have been busy with this project ?Watch iT Grow? for ...
12/8/2016

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