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UK: Potato grower Isle of Ely Produce enters pre pack market

Cambridgeshire potato grower Isle of Ely Produce has launched a new brand aimed at foodservice and catering suppliers to mark its entrance into the pre pack market. Named Oliver?s, ...
2/20/2017

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The ?Truth? about McDonald?s burger and fries

People may deny it, but there are times when you really crave a McDonald?s burger, fries, or at least a Shamrock Shake. We all know that fast food isn?t really good for you, even if ...
2/20/2017

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After strong growth, South African potato exports down 18%

South Africa is self-sufficient in potatoes. 2015 was an exceptionally good year with a harvest of 250 million 10kg bags, which fell to 214 million 10kg bags in 2016 due to drought ...
2/20/2017

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Are Baked Lay?s potato chips really ?guilt-free?? PepsiCo says so

What do Baked Lay?s potato chips, Simply Tostitos chips and Diet Mountain Dew have in common? They?re all ?guilt-free,? according to how PepsiCo categorizes them. In reporting higher ...
2/19/2017

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India: Demand for low sugar content potato rising

Demand of Malwa grown low sugar grade (LSG) potatoes is increasing at a rate of about 10 per cent per annum by food processing units across India. As per the market estimate, the demand ...
2/19/2017

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Canada: Warmer, drier climate with plenty of variability

Since there is no immediate ?fix? for the weather, Canadian potato farmers have to be ready for change and be adaptable, advises David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment ...
2/19/2017

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Northern Caribbean University to be key player in national potato-growing project

Northern Caribbean University (NCU), an institution operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Jamaica ...
2/18/2017

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First UK deposit in Global Seed Vault

The Commonwealth Potato Collection (CPC), an invaluable repository of potato germplasm held in trust by the James Hutton Institute with support from the Scottish Government, is set ...
2/18/2017

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Acrylamide needs to be regulated at the source, says expert

The EU Commission announced it was going to set maximum acrylamide levels in food last week (Thursday 9), but how can the chemical be managed? Food Navigator spoke to expert Gregor ...
2/17/2017

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Europe, Canada: Could GM potatoes be headed to Europe via CETA?

Could genetically modified potatoes soon be exported to Europe courtesy of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)? The Government of Canada has ...
2/17/2017

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PotatoEurope 2017 ? ?Precision farming in practice?

With seven months still to go, 50 percent of the exhibition space at PotatoEurope 2017 ? the trade show dedicated to the entire potato chain ? has already been sold. The theme of this ...
2/17/2017

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'FailChips' want you to enjoy the 'best' part of potato chips: The crumbs

Many modern-day snackers claim the best part of a bag of potato chips to be the crumbs left behind, after all the chips have been devoured. ?FailChips? is cashing in on that notion ...
2/15/2017

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Australia: Potato producers concerned exotic pest detected in Perth could devastate industry

Potato producers in south-west Western Australia say the detection of the tomato potato psyllid is a ?serious blow? to their industry. The psyllid is known to attack a range of plants ...
2/15/2017

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Punjab: Potato prices dive; growers fear glut, want export nod

AFTER EXPECTING a bumper crop, potato growers of the state are fearing a glut in the peak harvesting season of February and March, coupled with no demand from other states and prices ...
2/15/2017

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How the bottom line is tied to wastewater treatment for processors

This article looks at some real-world, win-win situations for treating wastewater and identifies some of the compelling reasons for food and beverage processors (including potato processors) ...
2/15/2017

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University of Idaho to grow nuclear potato seed program

University of Idaho has hired a new director for its nuclear seed potato program and plans to build additional facilities to help her expand production. The planned investments; which ...
2/15/2017

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NL, Europe: ?Good demand for industrial potatoes?

?There is a tension in the potato market. On the one hand, cultivators do not want to ?let go? of their ?regular? table potatoes at too low a price for export, and on the other hand, ...
2/13/2017

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India: Environmentally friendly bags made from potatoes

They look like plastic bags but are made of materials like natural starch and vegetable oil derivatives. If placed in a glass of water at normal temperature, an EnviGreen bag dissolves ...
2/13/2017

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UK: Winter Forum focuses on industry challenges

Brexit, blight and the future of the potato industry led the discussion at this year?s Winter Forum at Harper Adams University (26 January 2017). The forum was an excellent opportunity ...
2/13/2017

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Potato prices rise in the UK

UK potato prices are currently up 30% year-over-year (y-o-y), due to a decline in production, as potato output in the UK for 2016/17 fell 5% y-o-y to 5.2m tonnes, 2% below the five-year ...
2/13/2017

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Bangladesh: Potato growers suffer from lack of gov?t. incentives

While potatoes usually play a significant role in the export market of Bangladesh, this season the Bangladeshi potato sector has been in a rut. According to Saifur Rahman of the export ...
2/12/2017

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Real-time harvest quality data helps potato profits

Potato growers are using technology and real-time data to get the most money for their crop. Madhu Jamallamudi is an analyst with AgroMetrics, and works with growers to make use of ...
2/12/2017

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Canada: Islander produces trap to prevent potato-eating wireworm

An Islander has heeded the call to mass manufacture a trap to fight P.E.I.?s wireworm pest. Ralph Yeo said he decided to start producing the wire trap after reading about its invention ...
2/12/2017

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The Debunker: Are Most Nutrients in a Potato Really Found in the Skin?

Great news, everyone ? the Idaho Potato Commission has named February as its official Potato Lovers? Month! In the commission?s own words, this is a time to ?explore Idaho Potato ...
2/10/2017

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Canada, US: Chips gone wild

In the summer of 2015, Peter and Chris Neal were in the heart of barbecue country ? Texas ? talking about a distinctly Canadian dry-rub: Montreal steak spice. The co-founders of Toronto-based ...
2/10/2017

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McDonald?s adding new french fry flavor just for Japan

To succeed in the Japanese fast food industry, you?ve got to continually present people with new reasons to come through your doors. Just rolling out new main dishes isn?t enough, ...
2/10/2017

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Pepsico to support potato cultivation in Myanmar

PepsiCo identified Myanmar (Burma) as a potential hub for growing potatoes, thanks to its rich, fertile lands and favorable climate. The company undertook a comprehensive approach ...
2/10/2017

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Idaho potato industry makes progress against diseases

The head of Idaho?s potato seed certification program says growers appear to have made progress in controlling bacterial ring rot challenges, and their potato virus Y infection rates ...
2/10/2017

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Volm Companies? Matt Alexander Talks Light-Blocker Half-N-Half Bags

One of the many goals I have seen across the board in fresh produce, is the mission to find better ways to extend shelf-life through innovation. When it comes to the potato category, ...
2/9/2017

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Canada: Little Potato Company chooses Linkfresh solution

The Little Potato Co, based in Edmonton in the western province of Alberta in Canada, has chosen Linkfresh Inc. to provide its enterprise resource planning system. ?The Linkfresh ERP ...
2/9/2017

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US: NASS adds nearly 1 million cwt. to North Dakota potato production estimate

In January, USDA-NASS made large adjustments in fall potato production estimates in both North Dakota and Minnesota. North Dakota gained 960,000 hundredweight (cwt.) while the Minnesota ...
2/9/2017

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Australia: Fast growing fresh cut potato market

The Australian potato industry has been suffering from a short supply recently, but according to reports this week things are about to improve as the crop comes on line. South Australia, ...
2/9/2017

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Sweet potato demand soars in Europe

Europe?s appetite for US sweet potatoes is continuing to grow, according to statistics released by the American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute (ASPMI). he European market imported ...
2/9/2017

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Jersey Royal Company boosts yields by switching to controlled release fertiliser

Switching to a controlled release fertiliser (CRF) has boosted the Jersey Royal Company?s yields by eight per cent, the potato grower has reported. The Agromaster CRF fertiliser, which ...
2/9/2017

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British potato growers said to ?miss out on 37,000 a year?

UK potato growers could be missing out 700 per hectare according to Rob Clayton, AHDB Potatoes Strategy Director. Speaking at the Farming Scotland Conference in Carnoustie Rob, detailed ...
2/9/2017

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US: New Northwest spuds offer strong disease resistance

Officials representing the Idaho, Oregon and Washington potato breeding programs say they?re releasing a pair of new russet varieties that should help position the industry to cope ...
2/7/2017

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UK: Potato prices rise as overall crop shrinks

Consumers, supermarket retailers and growers are keeping an eye on UK potato prices, which were on Friday up 30 per cent year-on-year due to a decline in production. Production during ...
2/7/2017

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Canadian potato industry on the upswing

After several years of challenging times, the Canadian processing potato industry is feeling a lift, in part due to a lower loonie. It?s stimulated exports of french fries and other ...
2/7/2017

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US: Select potato growers in Maine trying soil fumigation for McCain Foods

McCain Foods has started trials examining soil fumigation with several of its growers in Maine. More common in western states, fumigating soil to fight nematodes and soil-borne diseases ...
2/7/2017

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Chef: Taste can play key role in potato marketing

Quick: Describe the taste of a potato. But there?s a catch. Don?t use the word ?potato? while describing it. ?It?s a tricky thing,? said Leif Benson, retired Portland chef and a public ...
2/7/2017

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Vietnam potato industry will continue

The clich of Asian agriculture is endless fields with rice. But the project ?Growing out of poverty with the potato? is trying to make Vietnam self-sufficient in the production of ...
2/5/2017

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Scottish institute contributes rare potato seeds to global seed vault

A global seed vault designed to protect resources from future environmental catastrophes has received the first genetic potato material from the UK. The seeds are part of the Commonwealth ...
2/5/2017

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UK: Leaders needed to shape the future

People with a passion for agriculture are being urged to step forward and make a difference by applying for a role on the AHDB Board. The new Board Members will have oversight of the ...
2/4/2017

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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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