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Scotland: Potato exports power growth at Grangemouth

Scotland?s Port of Grangemouth has seen its busiest season in four years due to the buoyant seed potato export industry. The port, which is Scotland?s largest container facility, has ...
12/8/2016

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UK: BREXIT and the Potato Industry

On June 23, 2016 the British people were given the choice ?Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European or leave the European Union?? Along with Germany, the UK is the ...
12/8/2016

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US: Spud officials optimistic about prospects for larger crop

Potato industry leaders are optimistic about demand for a fall 2016 spud crop that recent USDA estimates show was slightly larger than the prior year nationally and significantly bigger ...
12/8/2016

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Potato-based Mars wrapper wins bioplastics award

A bioplastics packaging development by chocolate snack group Mars in partnership with Rodenburg and Taghleef Industries has won this year?s Global Bioplastics Award. Netherlands-based ...
12/8/2016

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Japan?s new 'wet potato chips' ? A moist revolution or soggy defeat?

Snack food company Calbee is playing with fire by expecting people to swallow their new concept potato chips: ?Wet Potato, Moist Mild Soy Sauce Flavor.? It is no exaggeration to say ...
12/2/2016

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New McDonald?s french-fry video stars Idaho potato farmer, a Simplot supplier

In 1967, Idaho potato magnate J.R. Simplot shook hands with McDonald?s CEO Ray Kroc, sealing a deal that made Simplot the first frozen french-fry supplier to the fast-food chain. That ...
12/2/2016

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Canada: Manitoba potato producers store record crop

Potato producers in Manitoba seem to be getting better with each passing year. That from Carman-area producer Jason Kehler, who grows about 850 acres of the processing variety for ...
12/1/2016

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UK potato production dips by five per cent

The 2016 British potato crop is expected to be down five per cent on last year at 5.22 million tonnes, AHDB Potatoes has said. Average yields are also forecasted to have slipped eight ...
12/1/2016

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High-altitude archaeology uncovers earliest evidence of potato consumption

Every French fry, gnocchi, tater tot and order of hash browns humans have eaten in the past 5,000 years can be traced back to one place in the world ? northwestern Bolivia and southern ...
12/1/2016

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Report: StatsCan releases data on Canadian potato production, 2016

According to StatsCan, potato production in Canada was 105.2 million hundredweight (4.7 million tonnes) in 2016, up 0.5% from 2015. Production in British Columbia increased 41.8% to ...
12/1/2016

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US: Former potato chip exec gets prison for $1.4 million fraud

A former executive with a Pennsylvania potato chip and snack food company will spend more than four years in federal prison for defrauding the company out of roughly $1.4 million. ...
12/1/2016

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Norway's food giants clash over potato chips

In a Norwegian appeals court last week, two of the country's major food producers, Orkla and Maarud, battled over who has the legal right to call their potato chip products ?potetgull?. ...
11/29/2016

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Peru: 100,000 tons of potatoes endangered by drought and frost

Nearly 100,000 tons of potatoes in the province of Julcan risk being lost due to the drought and frosts in the highlands of La Libertad. The harvest begins in February and ends in ...
11/28/2016

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2016 British total potato production down 5 per cent

Total production in Great Britain for the 2016 potato crop year is 5.22 million tonnes, down 5% from 2015, according to AHDB Potatoes first provisional estimates. Average yields for ...
11/28/2016

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Australia: Heavy rain and floods sprout Christmas potato shortage fears

Fears of a potato shortage at Christmas have sprouted in the wake of heavy rain and floods. Families wanting to pile plates with spuds for a traditional roast lunch face the risk of ...
11/28/2016

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Yield increase in (seed) potatoes with Restrain ethylene

Ter Brinke BV from Creil, the Netherlands, and Restrain have thought of a unique concept in order to get more stems and tubers on potato plants. This means both seed potato and consumption ...
11/28/2016

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Health Canada proposes a plan to eliminate imidacloprid use across the country

Canadian producers may have to prepare for additional insecticide bans. Health Canada has completed a re-evaluation and is proposing a ban of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. The draft ...
11/27/2016

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Canada: Proposed pesticide ban surprises Prince Edward Island Potato Board

Health Canada?s proposal to phase out a pesticide over three years will have a significant impact on Island farmers, says the P.E.I. Potato Board. Health Canada announced the possible ...
11/27/2016

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New transparent upright packaging for potatoes

?The trend for smaller packaging has been happening for a while. We always want to help our customers find new solutions. In order to catch the eye and be distinctive in this specific ...
11/27/2016

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Worldwide exclusive sales agreement signed for potato defect cutter

Dutch industrial equipment manufacturer Optiserve has granted worldwide exclusivity to FAM ? European market leader in industrial cutting solutions ? for the sale of its Glide defect ...
11/26/2016

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Ausveg re-elects New South Wales potato grower as chair

New South Wales potato grower Geoff Moar has been re-elected to the position of AUSVEG Chair and Queensland vegetable grower Belinda Adams has been elected to the position of AUSVEG ...
11/26/2016

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Peru and Papua New Guinea to cooperate on potato breeding and variety development

Papua New Guinea is looking to Peru for assistance in developing drought resistant potato varieties that can withstand future extreme weather conditions in the country. Prime Minister ...
11/26/2016

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French potato production estimated to reach 5.1 million tons

The National Potato Producers Union and National Interprofessional Potato Committee have estimated that French potato production will see a ?slight decrease? of 2.3% this year, reaching ...
11/24/2016

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Norway: Food giants battle over potato chips

It was crunch time in a Norwegian appeals court this week, as two of Norway?s major food producers, Orkla and Maarud, battled over who has the legal right to call their potato chip ...
11/24/2016

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Jersey: Potato growers take action to reduce level of nitrates

Potato growers have identified two areas where farming practices must change this winter to prevent a repeat of the water pollution that shut Val de la Mare reservoir for five months ...
11/24/2016

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Canada: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) coming to a potato field near you

Though unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are just beginning to buzz over Canadian crop fields, experts agree these new ?eyes in the sky? are about to fundamentally change how potato ...
11/24/2016

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Potatoes are not the enemy

As the chief ingredient of fatty french fries and potato chips, potatoes are the enemy of many a parent struggling to get their children to lose weight. However, just like ugly giants ...
11/24/2016

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Prince Edward Island potato farmers hope aggressive marketing will benefit industry

Prince Edward Island’s potato farmers are hoping more aggressive marketing will help their industry bounce back after a tough season. Many Island growers met Friday in Summerside ...
11/24/2016

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Tong showcases the latest Caretaker and Pro-Series controls at Lamma

Leading vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, is once again exhibiting at the UK?s largest farm machinery show LAMMA, to present its latest range of equipment ...
11/23/2016

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US: Weather, prices affect North Dakota and Minnesota potato growers during strange year

Freezing temperatures over the weekend appear to have effectively ended the harvest for northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota potato growers. The harvest ? which lasted as ...
11/23/2016

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Evenflow Modular Storage Bins offer food safe storage; efficient and hygienic installation

Evenflow Storage Bins from Jantz Canada are an expandable solution for the growing needs of today?s packhouses. Modular in design, they are truly the last storage solution you will ...
11/23/2016

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Scottish producers target Sh6 billion Kenyan seed potato market in deal

Kenyan farms are set to get a makeover through potato seed straight from Scotland farmers eyeing the seed potatoes market estimated at 50million (Ksh 6.2billion). This is in the wake ...
11/22/2016

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India: Government plans big, but cash worry hits potato farming

Potato acreage in Bengal for early varieties has taken a hit due to the liquidity crunch just when the Mamata Banerjee government had planned to increase it by another 4,500 hectares ...
11/22/2016

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European potato processor purchases Pulsed Electric Field system

Pulsemaster, a producer of Pulsed Electric Field systems for potato processing, announced on Nov., 21 that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of a 100kW PEF system to a ...
11/22/2016

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US: New potato varieties chosen for McDonald?s fries

For Washington State University potato researchers Rick Knowles and Mark Pavek, having a new variety chosen by McDonald?s is a big deal. In September, the worldwide fast-food chain ...
11/22/2016

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France: Parmentine?s site processes 350 tons of potatoes per day

Parmentine Production has been in Voves since 1997, and they have bounced back into production following the fire on the site in 2013. They now use the latest technology for sorting ...
11/22/2016

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Stark warning for Scottish growers using imported seed potatoes

Ware potato producers in Scotland were given a stark warning that using imported seed could lead to a long-term loss for short term gain in the wider industry. At stake is the hard-won ...
11/21/2016

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Key Technology opens new Innovation and Solutions Center in Belgium

Key Technology strengthens support of European food processors with the opening of a new customer visit center ? The Innovation and Solutions Center ? in Hasselt, Belgium. This state-of-the-art ...
11/21/2016

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Search warrants for pale cyst nematodes ordered at southeast Idaho potato farms

A federal judge has approved search warrants to take samples from fields in southeast Idaho after farmers refused to allow federal authorities to check for pale cyst nematodes. The ...
11/21/2016

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Ireland: Potato harvest comes to a close with yields back ?close to 10%?

The potato harvest is more or less complete for another year and yields are expected to be back close to 10%, according to IFA Potato Committee Chairman Eddie Doyle. The majority of ...
11/21/2016

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Annual Report 2015/2016: HZPC benefited from European market recovery and its international market efforts

The annual report of HZPC Holland B.V. related to financial year 2015/16 was published. As announced in October, the consolidated net turnover of annual year 2015/16 was established ...
11/21/2016

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US: Potato growers get expert help to fight late blight pathogen

The Plant Management Network (PMN) has released in November a new presentation entitled ?Late Blight Management Under Semi-Arid Conditions? to help potato growers recognize pathogen ...
11/20/2016

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NL: Avebe realised one of its best results in a challenging year

This year Dutch potato starch Coperatie AVEBE U.A. achieved a performance price of 77.10 euros a tonne. That is slightly lower than last year?s record amount (78.41 euros) and is ...
11/20/2016

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UK: Sainsbury?s tackles potato greening with new opaque packaging

British supermarket chain Sainsbury?s has launched a new opaque packaging for potatoes aimed at giving them a longer life and reduce their wastage caused by discolouration. The new ...
11/20/2016

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UK: AHDB Potatoes? Next Generation tour the science behind the potato

AHDB Potatoes? Next Generation headed to see the science behind potato seed on a two-day Scottish tour earlier this month. The group explored pre-basic minituber production on the ...
11/20/2016

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Kenya and Scotland sign seed potato trade deal

Scotland can now export seed potatoes to Kenya after a new trade agreement opened the market. The deal was announced by Scotland?s rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing, who said Kenya ...
11/18/2016

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Meet researchers addressing industry challenges at Potato Expo

Researchers are addressing many of the challenges faced by the potato industry, from viruses to improved breeding methods. The 2017 Poster Session Jan 4 ? 6 provides the opportunity ...
11/18/2016

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Potatoes USA curates potato recipes for athletes

?Athletic performance is an exciting area of research opportunities for many food products, like potatoes, especially here in our country, where we are so dependent on rice when it ...
11/18/2016

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Research consortium aims to tackle potato greening

Potato greening will be the focus of a research consortium including the James Hutton Institute and University of Southampton, in a drive to reduce field and supply chain losses. Dr ...
11/17/2016

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Mahindra HZPC launches aeroponics unit to support seed potato

Mahindra HZPC, a 60:40 joint venture of Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited (MASL) and HZPC, opened a modern aeroponics facility to support the company?s seed potato business in Mohali. ...
11/17/2016

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