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US: Associated Growers sees mixed results for the red potato market

?For the growers that had potatoes, it will be a decent year,? said Paul Dolan, the manager of Associated Potato Growers Inc. Having potatoes if you?re a Red River Valley grower wasn?t ...
2/4/2017

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McCain Foods plans UK job cuts

French fry manufacturer McCain Foods has confirmed plans to shed jobs at its dry and cold store operations at its Scarborough facility in the UK. Bill Bartlett, Corporate Affairs Director ...
2/4/2017

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NZ fills Australia?s potato shortage

New Zealand potato farmers and processors are expected to profit from a shortage of the vegetable in Australia. The shortage was sparked when crops in the country?s southern states ...
2/4/2017

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Report: Frozen Potatoes Market 2017

Frozen Potatoes Market 2017 Industry research report provides important information to identify and analyze the market need, market size and competition. This report focuses on the ...
2/4/2017

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Potato Conference for Washington and Oregon

Last week, many potato growers from across the state as well as Oregon gathered at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference which was held in Kennewick at the Three Rivers Convention ...
2/4/2017

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Australia: ?We can?t get any?: Canberra takeaway shops battle potato scallop shortage

A wet spring, including severe storms and floods, resulted in crop damage and harvesting delays on potato farms throughout Australia. And an unlikely result of the harsh conditions ...
2/1/2017

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UK: Morrisons buys Farmcare potato operations

Morrisons has acquired Farmcare?s Carnoustie potato packhouse in a deal that will see Farmcare supply the retailer with potatoes and other products. The news comes as Farmcare announced ...
2/1/2017

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How Brexit might impact on UK plant protection

What the future may hold for Plant Protection Products (PPPs) in the UK is explored in the latest edition of AHDB?s Horizon reports. The new AHDB report published today looks at the ...
2/1/2017

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US: Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips wants to build huge facility in Pennsylvania

Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips Inc. is proposing a satellite facility that could bring 100 or more new jobs to Bethel Township in Pennsylvania. The township planning commission reviewed ...
2/1/2017

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Potato specialty snack products to retain dominance in Qatar and GCC countries

The market for snack products in Qatar and other GCC countries features a vast set of growth opportunities as busy lifestyles of the urban populace compel consumers to look for ready ...
1/31/2017

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US: Getting over Simplot ? How a town healed in 15 years since potato processing plant closure

When J.R Simplot Co. announced in May 2002 it would close its Heyburn potato-processing plant in Idaho and put nearly 650 people out of work, many feared Mini-Cassia would dry up like ...
1/31/2017

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Dickeya: The North American potato threat

The main bacteria causing potato blackleg and tuber soft rot are Pectobacterium atrosepticum, P. carotovorum subsp. carotovorum, and Dickeya spp., all formerly belonging to the genus ...
1/31/2017

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US: Wireless tool provides remote management of precision variable rate irrigation

Lindsay Corporation has announced that it now offers Growsmart by Lindsay Precision VRI integrated with FieldNET to provide complete remote pivot management, including VRI control, ...
1/30/2017

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US: New russet variety for McDonalds increases potato processing acreage in Pacific Northwest

With McDonald?s recently giving Pacific Northwest (PNW) process growers the green light to grow Clearwater Russet for french fry production, the variety promises to become a popular ...
1/30/2017

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Season on track for Monte Vista Potato Growers

With a new facility and line running well and storage quality good, General Manager Jason Tillman at Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista, CO, said his operation will run through ...
1/30/2017

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Europe: McDonald?s used a quip about eating disorders from the SKAM hit series to market french fries

McDonald?s has joined the SKAM fad in what Resum calls a ?jackpot? blitz ad campign. The social media ad quotes the Norwegian hit series, which has reached such popularity outside ...
1/30/2017

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India: The Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) at a glance ? ?In tune with the times?

The CPRI (Central Potato Research Institute) was established in 1949 in India. Since then it became a world-renowned and well respected research institute for potato research, potato ...
1/30/2017

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Scottish potato mogul rakes in 4.6m pay cheque

The chief of Scotland?s largest tattie processor took home a pay cheque in excess of 4.6million last year despite the fact his company?s profits fell by a third. Accounts for Airdrie-based ...
1/29/2017

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Gold drapes and potato chips: White House changes courtesy of President Trump

President Donald Trump has clocked nearly a week in the White House, which has many wondering: What exactly does he think of his new digs? After all, this is a man renowned for splitting ...
1/29/2017

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Sustainability Report: Potato processor Lamb Weston / Meijer continues to innovate

Lamb Weston?s European joint venture, Lamb Weston / Meijer has published its sustainability report for 2015-2016. This sustainability report shows that Potato Processor Lamb Weston ...
1/29/2017

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Bob Evans Foods agrees to buy the Pineland Farms Potato Company in Maine

Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc. (PFPC), located in Mars Hill, Maine confirmed the signing of a Stock Purchase Agreement with Bob Evans Foods (BEF) of New Albany, Ohio. Under the ...
1/29/2017

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US: Potatoes show strength in exports, food service

U.S. potato sales showed growth in the first quarter of the new marketing year, and the industry plans to promote the crop?s nutritional benefits to more consumers. The biggest challenge ...
1/29/2017

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Researchers identify new strains of pathogen that could threaten U.S. growers

The fungal-like organism that causes late blight affects both tomatoes and potatoes. Unlike the other 60 Phytophthora species that produce soil-borne, root-rotting diseases, late blight ...
1/29/2017

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How the U.S.?s TPP withdrawal will affect local potato growers

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week, and many people are wondering how local growers and farmers who export their products to Asia ...
1/27/2017

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McDonalds? crackdown on ?cancer-causing? chemical

McDonald?s said today it has been taking steps to reduce levels of acrylamide in its food for ten years. Earlier this week the Food Standards Agency warned high levels of the toxic ...
1/27/2017

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Beleaguered potato deserves place back at the table

In the two decades I?ve been writing about food and health, one piece of diet advice has remained consistent: eat more whole plant foods. More vegetables and fruits, more legumes and ...
1/27/2017

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UK: SPot Farm East shows how irrigation can help combat potato scab

Results from the first year at Elveden Farms, Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) East were revealed on Wednesday,11 January 2017, as attendees of the event at Newmarket Racecourse tried ...
1/27/2017

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Australia suffering from a potato shortage after wet and cold weather

The great potato famine is upon us. Forget about your potato cakes, crisps and hot chips, there is a shortage in our favourite vegetable. NSW is being hit the hardest, with heavy rain ...
1/27/2017

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US: New era with new oil begins for Jones? Potato Chips

The traditional way of producing Jones? Potato Chips, with soybean oil, is gone. Chief Executive Officer Bob Jones said the company ran out of partially-hydrogenated soybean oil in ...
1/27/2017

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UK: Fast food chains introduce new controls on storage and cooking of potatoes after acrylamide warning

Fast food companies including McDonald?s are taking steps to reduce levels of a cancer-risk chemical in their fries. All the major chains, including KFC and Burger King, have been ...
1/27/2017

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Canada: Covered Bridge Potato Chips expands with $867K in government money

Covered Bridge Potato Chips has purchased new equipment and expanded its Hartland-area manufacturing facility in New Brunswick with $867,000 in federal and provincial funding announced ...
1/27/2017

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Dutch company Farm Frites to build a potato processing plant in Kazakhstan

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Askar Myrzakhmetov on January 25 met with representatives of the Dutch company Farm Frites which plans to build a plant ...
1/27/2017

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Similarities and differences between the US and South American potato chip markets

Since the cultivation of the first potatoes, between 8000 and 5000 BC in Peru, and since the introduction of the much, much younger potato chip, many things have happened. Both products ...
1/24/2017

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Russia exported record amount of potatoes

In 2016, Russia exported a total of 230 thousand tonnes of potatoes, reports Interfax, citing data from the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR). This is a record figure, ...
1/24/2017

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Insights into the Belgium Potato Trade in 2017

The free potato prices have been high during the whole season, which has affected the markets, as well as imports and exports increasing competition, the representative of Belgapom ...
1/24/2017

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Niche potatoes boost potato demand in Sweden

Potato demand in Sweden has been on the rise in the last two years, despite seeing some setbacks in 2010/11 when reports about the GI (Glycemic Index) were flooding the news, causing ...
1/24/2017

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First fungicide in Canada to curb verticillium wilt in potatoes now cleared

A label expansion for Syngenta?s Aprovia fungicide, to cover additional soil-borne potato diseases, makes it the first fungicide in Canada approved to suppress verticillium wilt in ...
1/24/2017

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Researchers look at potential of potato virus X as drug carrier in cancer chemotherapy

A recent research study investigated the potential of potato virus X (PVX) as a drug carrier, delivering doxorubicin (DOX) ? a commonly used cancer chemotherapy. According to their ...
1/23/2017

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2017 Northeast Potato Technology Forum to be held in March

The 24th Annual 2017 Northeast Potato Technology Fourm is being held March 15-16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in downtown Fredericton in Canada. The Northeast Potato ...
1/23/2017

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Researchers program drone to hunt PVY in potatoes

Researchers say they?ve pinpointed individual spud plants infected with potato virus Y with 90 percent accuracy, using hyperspectral cameras mounted on drones. Donna Delparte, an assistant ...
1/23/2017

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U.S.-Mexico deal on avocados and potatoes delayed

Amid fanfare and banners, a load of avocados grown and packed in the Mexican state of Jalisco was headed for Texas the week of Jan. 16-21, marking the first time avocados from that ...
1/23/2017

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A tuber-damaging strain of Alfalfa Mosaic Virus A discovered

When alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) happens to occur in potatoes, it usually causes leaf mottling and blotching. Now, researchers have identified an unusual strain that causes necrosis ...
1/23/2017

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US: Spud equipment sales remain steady

Farm equipment manufacturers participating in the recent Agricultural Expo at Holt Arena say they?re still doing plenty of business on machinery used in potato production, though sales ...
1/23/2017

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NL: Chip industry?s advance a threat to table potato market, says wholesaler

Chips (processing) factories have experienced an unprecedented growth in recent months. ?Everyone expected that the price for chips potatoes would decrease in the new year, but that ...
1/22/2017

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UK: Next gen potato growers visit Westminster

The AHDB?s Next Generation of potato growers visited Westminster and met with MPs on the final stage of their programme. The group discussed industry challenges, including Brexit, ...
1/22/2017

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US: New potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment announced

Syngenta has announced CruiserMaxx Vibrance Potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment is now available for purchase, following its registration by EPA. It contains Vibrance fungicide ...
1/22/2017

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Research findings could help prevent late blight pathogen from coming to the US

New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight ...
1/22/2017

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NIFA announces $1.85 million for Potato Breeding Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding ...
1/20/2017

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Quarantined potato pest found in eastern Idaho

A quarantined potato pest has been found in another field in eastern Idaho. The 150-acre field was added to the pale cyst nematode eradication program on Dec. 21, bringing the total ...
1/20/2017

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Canada: Program worth $2 million funded by McCain Foods after closure of french fry plant

Prince Edward Island has announced the details of a $2 million fund set up by McCain Foods to be administered through Innovation PEI for the Borden-Carleton and Albany area, to support ...
1/20/2017

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