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Agripat ? a new organisation for Italian potato producers

Agripat is a new organisation gathering 1,023 producers, 266 of which are direct members while 757 are members through 8 partner cooperatives. This in turn means over 10% of the potatoes grown in Italy for the fresh produce market are part of Agripat. ?Emilia Romagna is the region producing the leading quantities in Italy and the purpose is to promote our produce as best as we can,? explains President Michele Filippini. Maurizio Cesari is the vice-president.
11/1/2017

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Canada: Good potato yields despite challenging year for Manitoba growers

Many Manitoba potato growers faced nail-biting times this autumn as they struggled to get the crop off. In the end, however, yields are expected to be similar to last year. Dave Sawatzky, manager of Keystone Potato Producers Association, said he predicts yields will roughly be on par or slightly better than 2016?s harvest, when Manitoba potato growers brought in 348 hundredweight per acre on average. ?Overall, it looks like a pretty good crop. A very challenging crop, this year, to grow ? very dry summers, so irrigation was run hard,? he said. In recent years, potato yields have generally been increasing, a trend Sawatzky attributes to several factors.
10/27/2017

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Swedish potato and onion sales system in German supermarkets

The Swedish system Agripo that has become the standard way of selling root vegetables in Sweden has now also been introduced in Germany. Especially the North of Germany was very interested. The system has been tested and can now be found in supermarkets such as Edeka, Real and Rewe. Agripo is a system in which separate potatoes on pallets can be sold in a simple and appealing way. This spring, Swedish Butikskonsult presented Agripo at the EuroShop in Dsseldorf with the goal to introduce the product in Germany. The reactions were positive.
10/27/2017

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US: Potato marketers weigh in on consumer trends

Idaho potato growers see two major trends with their products: consumers are increasingly looking for smaller pack sizes and for potatoes other than russets. Ralph Schwartz, vice president of marketing, sales and innovation at Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Potandon Produce LLC, mentioned the rise of 5-pound bags at retail, displacing 10-pounders in popularity. ?I actually think there will be a resurgence in the popularity of big bags,? he said.
10/27/2017

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India: Late showers spell good news for Bengal potato traders

A post-monsoon shower spell in West Bengal the last two days has boosted sentiments in the potato trade. As the rain delayed sowing season of tubers by 15-20 days, traders expectprices of the old stock to look up. Last year, the country harvested a bumper potato crop last year. As the second largest potato growing State, Bengal reported a 22 per cent rise in output to 110 lakh tonnes, leading to a price crash. According to Bimal Ghora, a potato trader, had the sowing season not got delayed, the trade would have ended with 5-6 lt of end-season stock.
10/26/2017

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Lasering text on fresh produce becoming more popular in Belgium

During the Empack 2017 in Mechelen, Belgium, the company Presa presented various packing and coding machines that can be applied in the fresh produce sector. One machine gaining popularity that?s used by a company in Overijse is the Solaris laser machine for potatoes, fruit and vegetables. Using a CO2 laser, the machine brands fresh products with a text or logo of your choice. During the fair, Sofie Vandereycken presents the starter model eMark Eco of the laser-marking system at Presa?s stand. According to her, the technique is gradually emerging in Belgium.
10/26/2017

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Fabcon expands Middle East presence through Kuwaiti deal

UK-based Fabcon Food Systems has bolstered its presence in the Middle East by supplying bespoke equipment for one of the region?s first purpose-built batch fried crisp factories. The food processing equipment manufacturer has provided the systems for a 1.5m production line in a new Kuwait factory, built and owned by the AlWazzan Foodstuff Industries Group. It is the company?s first direct sale into the Middle East market. Working closely with the Kuwaiti group?s management team, Fabcon have installed a range of their specially-designed pre-processing equipment, including frying, seasoning, distribution and supply line supporting structures.
10/26/2017

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Branston invests GBP6m in Lincoln factory

Branston has announced the completion of a GBP6 million investment at its Lincoln site, in UK, installing a state-of-the-art grading system and WarmStor system. Designed to improve the efficiency of grading and sizing the 2,500 tons of potatoes packed each week, a high tech optical grader unit has been installed at the site. Additionally, the newly installed WarmStor ? a low-energy system to adjust the temperature of the potatoes to the optimum level for prepacking ? significantly improves the way crops are handled through the packing process, enhancing the end quality and reducing waste.
10/24/2017

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Idaho potato growers weigh options for boosting fry profits

For the past several years, grower margins have consistently declined in Idaho to the point they are no longer sufficient to maintain a stable business environment for growers? long-term financial future. For the four-year period including crop years 2014 through 2017, pricing has plummeted 7 percent (down 70 cents a cwt.) Processors use the bargaining group to set an advertised price and then present growers with different options to leverage an even cheaper raw product price. Some growers have been offered multiple-year contracts at a discounted price.
10/23/2017

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UK: Protect potato crops from day one in storage

As wet weather proves challenging for potato lifting in some regions of the country, growers are being urged to consider management practises to prevent these conditions causing quality issues once crops go into storage. ?Persistent rain across the UK has caused water logging in some areas and there are concerns about how well tubers will store once lifted,? said Morley Benson, Certis? field sales manager. ?This year reports of scab, black leg and tuber blight are not uncommon and harvest delays are likely to increase this pressure.
10/23/2017

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US retail records growth for potatoes in August

USA total potato retail performance recorded growth in August 2017, according to Total Store Monthly Potato Report August 2017, by Potatoes USA. The dollars growth in the category Fresh Potatoes was mainly driven by ?other? (+41.3%), ?yellow? (+11.0%) and ?red? (+4.1%) potatoes. The yellow potatoes drove the majority of the volume growth, comparing to the same period a year ago.
10/23/2017

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Canada: McCain?s state-of-the-art potato specialty production line officially opened

McCain Foods (Canada) has officially opened its new $65M state-of-the-art potato specialty production line, expanding the company?s flagship potato processing facility in Florenceville?Bristol, in the province of New Brunswick. The new 35,000 square foot McCain Foods potato specialty production line addition represents the largest capacity expansion investment in Canada in nearly 10 years. The investment is reflective of the continued growth of the North American frozen potato and potato specialty segments in both the retail and food service businesses.
10/20/2017

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Uganda: GMO potatoes expected to reach store shelves in 2020

Scientists say the first batch of locally grown genetically modified potatoes will be on sale in Ugandan retail markets in 2020. Dr Alex Barekye, the director of Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute in the western district of Rubanda, said agricultural biotechnology research on potatoes is underway to create a genetically modified variety that will be resistant to diseases. Barekye said three trials have been conducted on the Victoria potato variety and so far, tests did not find any disease, yet the yield is high.
10/19/2017

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US: Red River Valley potatoes having good year

Potato growers in the northern plains region, which includes the Red River Valley on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, are enjoying healthy harvest yields, good quality and high demand. Red, and more so yellow varieties, have seen increases in market share in recent years. Ted Kreis, of Red River Valley Potatoes, said that the harvest has almost concluded for the year and yields have been above average for most potato varieties. ?We grow all the main types of potatoes in the Valley for four fresh markets ? fresh, seed, frozen processing and chips,? he noted.
10/19/2017

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Report: 5 Key insights on the frozen potato market through 2022

According to a new study by Fact.MR, global frozen potato market for frozen potato is estimated to bring in US$ 60,109.5 million revenue by 2022 end. The market is projected to register moderate growth of 4.0% CAGR during the forecast period 2017-2022. The growing business of quick service restaurants and increase in disposable income of consumers are some of the key factors fuelling the growth of the frozen potato market globally.
10/18/2017

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Potato diseases remain for Western Australia crop

The blight of the WA potato industry is worse than originally reported and it is unclear how and when things will improve now that WA farmers will have to live with the tomato potato psyllid (TPP) and Dickeya dianthicola bacteria. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) confirmed last week that five properties in the potato-growing areas north and south of Perth have had quarantines lifted after extensive work in tracing the origins of the Dickeya dianthicola bacteria. The bacteria was detected for the first time in June in a potato crop north of Perth, prompting an immediate biosecurity response.
10/18/2017

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US: Wisconsin tour has all eyes on seed potato business

Wisconsin?s Central Sands is known for potato crops that are sold fresh and processed as chips and fries, but there is an important growing area in Langlade County that specializes in another type of potato. ?There are about 60,000 acres of potatoes in Wisconsin, and this little Antigo area has about 10,000 acres, and about 8,000 of them are seed potatoes,? said JD Schroeder with Schroeder Brothers Farms, one of about 15 seed potato growers in the county. Schroeder Brothers hosted visitors in September from Marathon County?s Partnership for Progressive Agriculture to learn more about the process of growing seed potatoes.
10/17/2017

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Chip producer Burt?s ups capacity to cope with demand

Burt?s Chips has installed a high-speed potato frying line at its Devon facility to cope with growing demand. A company spokesperson told BakeryandSnacks the $3.9m investment in equipment and staff will help meet the growing demand from across the UK, as well as in the US, Canada and EMEA. The new equipment has increased production capacity for Burt?s hand-cooked chips from 160 tons to 200 tons, while volumes of the Better For You range will jump to 23 tons.
10/17/2017

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U.S. exports more frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes

Exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes in July 2017 all showed gains compared to July 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The volume of frozen exports was up 1%, with the value up 3% to USD94m. The volume of exports of dehydrated potatoes was up 12% and the value up 12% to USD17m. Fresh potato export volume was up 51% with the value up 41% to USD33m. Exports of frozen potato products to Mexico and Japan continued their recent recovery and were up 11% and 10% respectively. Korea up 10%, Malaysia up 10% the Philippines up 13% all continued the strong growth from last marketing year.
10/16/2017

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?Chipocalypse? in New Zealand as wild weather spikes price of potatoes

The ?chipocalypse? has reached New Zealand, after heavy rain caused a shortage of potato crops and a spike in prices. Supermarkets have been forced to place signs in their chip shelves, explaining to hungry customers why the beloved snack is out of sto?It started raining in March, and it just simply hasn?t stopped,? Chris Claridge, head of trade association Potatoes New Zealand, told Radio Live NZ. ?Potatoes are actually alive ? they need to breathe. And so, effectively, they drown and then they start to rot? because they?re submerged in water.?
10/16/2017

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UK: Yorkshire spud farm pivots to making vodka

An historic Yorkshire farm has diversified into alcohol production with the help of a Polish moonshine expert. Priory Farm, between Tadcaster and Wetherby, has recently scooped two international awards for its home-brewed vodka, which is made using potatoes grown on the site. Owner David Rawlings and his sister Shirley Wood have spent two years perfecting their recipe with the help of two international business partners: Neville Clements, a former corporate banker from New Zealand who lives on the farm, and Ireneusz Olszewski, who bases his knowledge on his experiences of making moonshine with his grandfather in Poland.
10/16/2017

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Lamb Weston reports strong first quarter

Lamb Weston has released its figures for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year and the company said the numbers are positive and that it reaffirms the company?s outlook for the coming year. ?Our strong start to the year reflects a good balance of sales growth, supply chain productivity and cost discipline,? said Tom Werner, Lamb Weston president and CEO. In the coming months, Lamb Weston is scheduled to start up a new production line in Richland, Washington. Due to developments like that, the company expects to remain on track to deliver on its full-year targets.
10/15/2017

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Canada: Alberta potato growers invited to take part in Thailand trade mission

Alberta seed potato companies are invited to participate in a market development mission to Thailand from November 19-27, 2017. The mission will include stops in Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, Thailand to meet with importers, distributors and potential customers as well as touring local potato farm operations. ?This mission will profile Alberta as a reliable producer of high quality, low virus seed potatoes,? says Rachel Luo, senior trade and relations officer, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
10/15/2017

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Pleasing British potato crop despite rain delays to lifting season

Despite a stop-start lifting season as a result of regular rain showers, harvested crops in Britain have yielded well and there are few quality issues being reported. An improvement in weather in the eastern counties has allowed growers to progress well with potato lifting, with around 70 per cent of crops harvested. While skin set has been a challenge, yields in the South East have been the best they have been for the past two years, according to Norfolk agronomist and grower Andy Alexander. He says: ?Skin set has been slow. We had a reasonably good growing season, so crops have kept growing and have not come under stress to force them to shut down. We have had to desiccate quite green crops this year, hence we are getting bigger yields, but we cannot have it both ways.?
10/15/2017

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2017 East Idaho potato season winding down

It was a successful growing season for potatoes across Eastern Idaho. Despite the excessive heat, this growing season brought a slightly above normal amount of potatoes. However, the heat has affected the timing of the harvest and has caused a delay. Between the hot temperatures lasting through Labor Day and a stretch of September rain, this harvest has been particularly challenging. Kamren Koompin, Manager & Partner of Koompin Farms said: ?The harvest has been probably a little behind normal so probably not your normal average harvest, the growing season was fairly good with above average temperatures, which that was probably the biggest wild card we had was the heat this summer.?
10/11/2017

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Germany: Despite the weather a good potato harvest is expected

The German Farmers? Association (DBV) published a worrying article this week. The rainfall in the previous weeks will have a very negative effect on the potato harvest in the North of Germany. It is nearly impossible to enter the potato fields due to excessive water which makes the harvest and storing difficult. The potato farmers and distributors are nonetheless counting on a good potato harvest. ?I simply do not have anything negative to say about it.? It is the biggest fear of the entire potato industry: ongoing rainfall and the flooding of the potato fields. According to the DBV however, it is difficult to grub up the ripe crops.
10/11/2017

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UK: Branston joins the big league

PERTHSHIRE-based potato supplier Branston has hit the big time, breaking into the Sunday Times/Grant Thornton ?Top Track 250? league table, which ranks Britain?s fastest growing companies in order of sales. Branston is now rubbing shoulders with household names such as Aston Martin, Waterstones and David Lloyd Leisure, placed 233 in the table, following sales of 123.2 million last year. ?We?ve experienced double-digit percentage growth in the last year, and that?s down to our fantastic team,? said James Truscott, managing director at Branston.
10/11/2017

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Canada: New equipment fuels growth for Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company

The Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company will boost production to accommodate the growing demand for its products, thanks to a $437,500 investment from the Government of Canada. The investment includes a new line for the production of popcorn. The investment will also help increase export capacity and is expected to create up to 14 new jobs. TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), was joined by Ryan Albright, President of the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company, to make the announcement yesterday.
10/11/2017

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New Zealanders could soon be eating crisps and chips made from GE potatoes

New Zealanders could soon be eating crisps and hot chips made from GE potatoes, with little idea of the added health risks from genetic engineering. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which has just approved six new lines of GE potatoes for human consumption, has breached its duty of care to consumers, says the Soil & Health Association. Last week the Trans-Tasman food regulator released its decision approving the sale of food derived from potatoes that have been genetically engineered for disease resistance to foliar late blight, reduced blackspot bruising and reduced acrylamide potential. The potatoes are aimed at fast food outlets and the frozen chip and crisps market.
10/7/2017

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US: Diverse approaches in store for 2017 Wisconsin spud promotions

The 2017 promotional program of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association is taking a variety of approaches. Dana Rady, director of promotion and consumer education for the association, described the various components of the effort. The promotion includes a Wisconsin potato display contest, tying in health with an NHL player from Wisconsin, a television grilling show episode and a children?s health promotion. A television advertising campaign ran during the Green Bay Packers? preseason broadcasts. The commercials involved Joe Pavelski, a hockey player for the San Jose Sharks, who is a native of Plover, WI. The ad, which targeted Wisconsin?s buy local market, showcased how ?Potatoes Power Performance? through complex carbohydrates, high levels of vitamins and minerals and their heart-healthy attributes.
10/7/2017

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Leading starch manufacturer to build plant in Ukraine

At the end of October, starch manufacturer VPP ?Vimal? will open a new plant on the outskirts of Chernihiv, Ukraine. Launching a new company will increase the production capacity of the company more than ten times. The new plant will have a capacity of about 1200 tones of potatoes per day. The company carries out construction by one of its divisions ? ?Vimal-Spetsbud?. The new plant will be equipped with the company Larsen?s machines: this is reported by the magazine ?Offer? with reference to the director of the firm Sergei Samonenko. The company will produce starch that meets European standards, and will be certified by the world?s leading advanced quality management systems and product safety.
10/7/2017

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National Potato Day in Ireland: Consumers urged to choose Irish potatoes

National Potato Day takes place in Ireland today, Friday, October 6. IFA (Irish Farmers? Association) President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish potato sector. ?It is a very important indigenous industry worth ?85 million at farm gate, with 500 growers planting almost 9,000ha annually,? he said. IFA Potato Committee Chairman Eddie Doyle insisted: ?Retailers recognise and respect the massive investments potato growers have made in machinery and cold storage, to ensure a continuous 12-month supply of Irish product. The chairman urged consumers to choose Irish potatoes ahead of other imported produce ? in addition to making a healthy food choice they would also be supporting vital jobs in the rural economy, he said.
10/6/2017

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From zero to hero: Increasing potato waste value 10,000-fold

The least valuable part of potato residue that currently goes to landfill could increase in value 10,000-fold, say the Danish researchers transforming them into natural additives. The aim of the project, which is being coordinated by Technical University of Denmark, is to develop tools that scan potato residues for protein sequences with properties that could be used to produce additives. These proteins could be used to make a range of natural food additives from preservatives and flavouring agents to emulsifiers, the researchers said. Currently, however, many of them are being used for low-value animal feed or simply being thrown out as waste. One of the challenges will be to develop an extraction process that is cost efficient and effective.
10/6/2017

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TV drama leaves British viewers shocked by reality of Great Irish Famine

Last night?s episode of ITV drama Victoria left many of its viewers shocked as it concentrated on the reality of the Great Irish Famine. Although this period of history is covered by the British education system, many viewers were shocked to hear the extent of the suffering borne by Irish people during this horrific time. The famine began in 1845 when blight destroyed the potato crop, it has been estimated that one million people died during the four-year famine and a further two million emigrated from the country.
10/3/2017

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Snowvalley and Aviko teamed up with Tomra for construction of new potato processing plant in China

SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and Aviko listed sustainability, quality and processing efficiency as an integral part of their business strategies, and echoing this vision, the 1.2bn RMB (?151m) joint venture aims to deliver the highest standard of potato products to the premium segment of the Chinese French fry market. The new potato processing facility, located at Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 tons and is expected to be completed by September 2018.
10/3/2017

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US: Spud breeders focus on PCN-resistant russets

A project underway in Aberdeen, Idaho, aims to develop russet potatoes with resistance to pale cyst nematode, while identifying new molecular markers associated with resistance. Researchers with the local potato breeding program harvested a special block of first-year clones on Sept. 29, screened for their ability to help the industry cope with potato cyst nematode. The block contained a half dozen plants from each of 223 breeding clones resulting from crosses of Western Russet and Eden, a round Scottish variety with known resistance to potato cyst nematode.
10/3/2017

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US: Food service professionals tour Idaho potato harvest

Twice each week, Egan Click, with Sysco Corp. in Chicago, inspects 100,000-pound rail loads of Idaho potatoes to make certain they meet customers? size and quality specifications. But Click acknowledges that prior to participating in an Idaho Potato Commission-sponsored harvest tour, he didn?t fully appreciate the ?unbelievable? process Idaho growers, packers and shippers follow to meet the standards associated with their state?s seal. Click was among the 28 professionals within the growing food service category IPC included in a Sept. 26-29 tour. Participants representing major potato markets such as Illinois, California, Texas and New York toured potato harvest, a fresh packing operation, a dehydrated potato plant and a frozen potato processing plant.
10/2/2017

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Spain: Potato prices below production cost

On Wednesday 27 September, potato prices in Leon were oscillating between 40 and 90 Euro per tonne, depending on the variety. This means that, compared to the previous campaign, the price has dropped by about 80%, since on 28 September 2016 it stood at an average of 300 Euro per tonne. Also, the current price can be considered to stand below the production costs, which are estimated to amount to approximately 100 Euro per tonne. This season, the province of Leon has planted 1,527 hectares, practically the same as in the previous campaign, when the acreage reached 1,600 hectares.
10/2/2017

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Scotland: Mounting frustration over potato harvest

Seed tattie growers and traders are facing mounting frustration as wet weather continues to interrupt the harvest across Scotland. It may still be early days and no major damage to crops is being reported, but soggy ground conditions are now posing serious challenges for producers in many areas. Traders say crops are holding up well in the ground and quality is almost universally good, with yields being reported as average or slightly above average. Levy body AHDB also reports that previous fears of blackleg are now dying down and levels of scab remain low. However there is a huge contrast in lifting conditions across the country.
10/2/2017

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Potatoes USA calls for communication on upcoming research efforts

Ahead of the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) publishing its fiscal year 2018 request for pre-applications, two industry leaders are calling for those in the research community to publish their plans to seek funding from the SCRI. In a letter, Chairman of the Potato Research Advisory Committee Steve Gangwish and Director of Research at Potatoes USA Ryan Krabill urged those in the potato research community to alert the industry of pending SCRI proposals or plans for an SCRI proposal. They wrote that there is an effort currently underway to develop the foundation for a soil health proposal specific to the potato industry, likely through SCRI.
10/1/2017

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Canada: Potato production expected to be down in western Prince Edward Island

The general manager of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board is anticipating this year?s potato harvest to ramp up next week. Greg Donald said the harvest has barely started with a limited supply to fresh pack, chip plant and process markets so far, but that? s about to change. Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) family farms, the board notes, produce as much as 25 per cent of the Canadian potato crop. The Island?s potato industry creates an economic impact of an estimated $1.065 billion, the board notes, and employs, directly or indirectly, 12 per cent of the Island?s workforce. The potato crop in most areas of the province were impacted by dry conditions throughout July, and those conditions persisted in August, especially in western P.E.I., he said.
10/1/2017

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Major Dutch potato companies and organizations establish new research association

Ten Dutch potato companies as well as organizations have established a new association: Holland Innovative Potato (HIP), with the goal to facilitate research which leads to higher quality, yield and efficiency in the cultivation, transport and processing of the potato. The partnership also aims to provide insight in the genetics related to stable economic yield and quality. The members of HIP are Avebe, Aviko, Farm Frites, McCain, Lamb Weston Meijer, PepsiCo, Bejo, HZPC, Meijer and Solynta and the two trade organizations NAO (trade) and VAVI (processors).
9/29/2017

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Rebound in UK potato sowings to end, says Produce Investments

The bounce in UK potato plantings looks poised to go into reverse, Produce Investments said, as it unveiled results showing a recovery in profits, and an appetite for further expanding from its core business in the root crop. Angus Armstrong, the Produce Investments chief executive, told Agrimoney.com that his ?gut feeling? for UK potato sowings for the 2018 harvest was that they would ?show a slight decline?. That would follow sowings growth of 4% in both 2016 and 2017.
9/29/2017

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Belgium aims to export more frozen potato fries to Malaysia

According to a report by New Straits Times, Belgium hopes to ship in more frozen potato fries to Malaysia, collaborating with restaurateurs and fast food operators in the country. ?Belgian chocolates are famous all over the world. Today, we?re seeking to promote Belgian fries here,? said Belgapom secretary general Romain Cools. Belgapom is the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry which promotes exports of 4.4 million tonnes of potatoes a year. ?Malaysia is a fast growing market for Belgian potatoes,? he told reporters at a media conference and cooking demo at the Food & Hotel Malaysia 2017 event held in Kuala Lumpur.
9/28/2017

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Spain: Patatas Aguilar celebrates its 50th anniversary and announces investment of 4 M? in new equipment

Last Friday, Patatas Aguilar celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event in Valencia that brought almost 250 industry people together, including employees, customers and suppliers of both table/fresh potato and seed potato companies, including representatives of the Dutch-based seed company HZPC. The celebration was attended by the Autonomous Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development in Spain, Francisco Rodrguez Mulero; including representatives of Carrefor and Consum, as well as numerous agents of the potato production sector.
9/28/2017

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New report: Global Potato Fryers Market Research Report 2017 to 2022

The newly published Global Potato Fryers Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Potato Fryers Market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, and more. This study answers several questions for stakeholders, primarily which market segments they should focus on during the next five years to prioritize their efforts and investments. Stakeholders include potato fryer manufacturers such as Flo-Mech, Heat and Control, JBT, Kiremko, EMA Europe, Wintech Taparia, and several others. The research includes historic data from 2012 to 2016 and forecasts until 2022.
9/28/2017

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North America: Potato Sustainability Initiative seeking an Executive Director to lead the partnership

The Potato Sustainability Initiative (PSI) in North America is seeking an Executive Director to support its growing programs into the future. Started by the National Potato Council, the Canadian Horticultural Council and a host of potato buyers, processors and growers in 2010, PSI now involves more than 500 growers, McDonald?s, Sysco, the National Potato Council, the Canadian Horticulture Council, Basic American Foods, Cavendish, Kraft Heinz, McCain Foods, Lamb Weston, Simplot and the IPM Institute of North America.
9/27/2017

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Hungary: Crisis in the domestic potato sector

While retail customers in Hungary may be delighted by the prospect of cheaper potatoes, growers are not happy about the fact that purchasers are buying potatoes at a lower price than last year, writes the Hungarian Times. In addition, there is no reason for the drop in prices, as the volume going into warehouses has been notably reduced due to the heat and the quality is far from optimal. Hungarian potato producers are not in an easy position. The hot summer and lack of rainfall have taken a negative toll on the production, so many growers will close the season with significant losses in the yield.
9/27/2017

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Ireland: Meade Potato Co to host a day in the life of a spud

As part of the Boyne Valley Food Series, Meade Potato Company are inviting customers to come and have a behind-the-scenes tour of their farm this week. Spud lovers can attend the company?s farm in Lobinstown and experience a day in the life of the spud ? from farm to bag. Friday, September 29th, visitors will be given the opportunity to see what goes into making the perfect spud, from planting to packing. They will learn all about potato varieties, environmentally responsible potato production and much more besides. Afterwards, Meade Potato Co will be treat their guests to a special Bangers & Mash Global dinner on site at the farm, which will feature sausages from the Whole Hogg and, of course, the spud.
9/27/2017

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The Netherlands: Innovative equipment for potato sprout inhibitor applications emits no CO2

In September, the new potato storage season begins in the Netherlands. An atomiser, specifically for the application of sprout inhibitors in potato storages has been designed and is manufactured by Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygine bv. The atomiser, named the Synofog, uses a new technique: electro-thermal atomisation. The advantage of this new piece of equipment is that it does not have an open flame. This ensures its safe use with all kinds of sprout inhibitors. Before the development of the Synofog, fuel engines were often used. There was an open flame, and hot airflow. This warm air is created in a different manner with this new machine.
9/27/2017

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