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US: Report shows lower Northwest spud production

Potato production was down throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2017, driven by acreage reductions in Idaho and lower yields in Washington and Oregon, according to a Nov. 9 USDA report. USDA?s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated Idaho?s 2017 potato production at 131.325 million hundredweight, down nearly 8 million hundredweight from the 2016 harvest. Idaho?s average yield, estimated at 425 hundredweight per acre, was down by 5 hundredweight from the previous year.
11/13/2017

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UK: New Potato Data Center said to be game-changer for growers and the supply chain

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board?s (AHDB) new Potato Data Centre (PDC) gets underway later this month. The tool, which allows growers and those in the supply chain to examine data on price, variety, planted area, market sector and yield, will be available from November 22 when it debuts at the ?soil-to-shelf? potato industry event, BP2017, held in London.
11/13/2017

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Potato Expo 2018 to help children in need

Potato farmers who attend National Potato Council?s upcoming Potato Expo 2018 in Orlando, Fla., will also be helping to feed children in need. Potato Expo is scheduled for Jan. 10-12 at Rosen Shingle Creek, and will be followed by the NPC?s annual meeting Jan. 12-13. NPC will solicit donations from guests at the event, aiming to fund at least 2,000 Hi-Five Kids Packs, which are provided by Second Harvest of Central Florida to keep children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches fed during weekends and breaks.
11/10/2017

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Research: Sequenced potato genomes could speed development of disease-resistant varieties

Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. The modern spuds found in today?s kitchens are genetically complex tetraploid potatoes, having four times the regular number of chromosomes. Potatoes? complex genome harbors an estimated 39,000 genes. (In comparison, the human genome comprises roughly 20,000 genes.) From the large gene pool, researchers identified 2,622 genes that drove the crop?s early improvement when first domesticated.
11/10/2017

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Agritechnica 2017: Companies to presents latest technologies for cropping and storing

For seven days, between November 12 and 18, at Agritechnica 2017 In Hanover, Germany, high-caliber manufacturers and service providers will present new brand concepts and innovations in the cropping and storage sectors. The potato storage specialist Omnivent is launching a new line of OmniFans with the Permanent Magnet (PM) engine techniques, which presents many advantages such as improved sustainability and energy efficiency. Tolsma-Grisnich will also be present at this event.
11/9/2017

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Study shows global climate warming could seriously effect Peru?s potato crop

A trio of climate scientists have shifted their forest research techniques to the rural farming regions of the Peruvian tropical Andes and the warming impact on two dietary staples of Latin America ? potatoes and corn. Their findings, published last month in the journal Global Change Biology, are grim. ?For these crops, which are representative of other crops grown in the tropics, it?s a damned if you do, damned if you don?t outcome,? said Kenneth Feeley, a tropical biologist at the University of Miami and a study co-author.
11/9/2017

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The binning of edible potatoes costs UK GBP230m a year

Households bin a ?staggering? 5.8 million potatoes every day in the UK costing the nation 230m a year, figures from waste advisory body WRAP have revealed. Up to 1.7 million tonnes of potatoes are bought in the UK each year, yet almost half ? 46 per cent or around 730,000 tonnes ? end up being thrown away in UK homes, according to the WRAP-run Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
11/8/2017

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Idaho sees lower potato yields but good quality

The weather didn?t always cooperate during Idaho?s 2017 potato-growing season, but in the end, producers turned out high-quality potatoes around the state. ?There is a lower yield this year, primarily driven by too much cold and too much heat at the wrong times,? says Frank Muir, president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). ?Growers are good at what they do, but Mother Nature has the last word.?
11/8/2017

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Increased trade in HZPC certificates during stock trading day

The value of the share certificate of Dutch based potato breeding and seed company HZPC was pegged at ?182.20 after the bi-annual stock trading day in November 2017. Once more, this means a 10% increase in the value (the maximum allowable increase) and brings the market value to ?142.8 million, according to a press released issued by the company. On this last stock trading day, 11,000 certificates were traded ? more than twice as many as in previous years. With a certificate value of ?182.20, the value of the HZPC certificate has risen fifteen times by the maximum of 10% since May 2010.
11/8/2017

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US: RPE to feature new product innovations at Fresh Summit

What?s new in the fresh potato category? From RPE, Inc. a new potato item, a unique approach for commodity product and fresh innovations that add value for both consumers and retailers alike. New featured item: SteamPak Mini?, for the health conscious and on-the-go consumer, is a single-serve package of fresh potatoes. Microwaving in four minutes for a great snack or side dish, SteamPak Mini has no additives and addresses a trend toward smaller pack sizes and a desire from consumers to reduce food waste.
11/8/2017

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Cavendish Farms opens new potato storage facility in Canada

Cavendish Farms opened its new potato storage facility in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, Canada ? which will mean the company can supply potatoes year round. The new facility is 88,000sqf and has a refrigerated potato storage capacity of 48 million pounds. Cavendish Farms is using the Dutch based Tolsma System, which will allow the company to maintain consistent quality potatoes all year for use at its two processing plants on the island.
11/7/2017

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Lamb Weston unveils new $200 million potato processing line

Whether waffle-fried or straight-cut, call Richland a french fry capital. This morning, Lamb Weston unveiled its new $200 million expanded processing line for frozen potato products. The line will double the Richland plant?s capacity to 2 million pounds a day of frozen fries. The 290,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art expansion will added another 150 jobs to the Tri-City economy. Lamb Weston has produced frozen fry products in Richland since 1972. With the new line, the plant now has the combined capacity to produce an estimated 600 million pounds of frozen potato products annually. .It sources most of the potatoes it processes from within 60 miles, making it the region?s largest buyer of locally-grown.
11/7/2017

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Fast food restaurants driving increased demand for frozen potatoes in Japan

A recent report issued by the USDA?s Foreign Agricultural Service in Japan (FAS/Tokyo) forecasts a substantial recovery of Japanese potato production in MY 2017/18 to 2.315 million metric tons, largely restoring production to pre-typhoon levels. Strong growth in Japan?s fast food and restaurant sectors, drove increased demand for frozen potato products such as french fries.
11/7/2017

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Europe: Latest NEPG figures show higher potato harvest estimate

North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates the actual harvest at 28.9 million tons (brut weight) for the 5 countries (Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the UK). This is more than the estimate issued by NEPG last September . NEPG stresses that especially in Great Britain and The Netherlands there are still at least 10-15% of total planted area to be harvested ? mostly under wet conditions.
11/7/2017

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British firm Levity CropScience appoints Egyptian distributor

Lancashire-based Levity CropScience has appointed a distributor in Egypt, eyeing new sales opportunities for its ?smart fertilisers? in the Middle East and North Africa. The company says its products are well suited to helping improve crop production in arid climates, and in Egypt their focus will be on major export crops, including grapes and potatoes. The Egyptian distributor, United Group of Agencies Agricultural Development Co, will market Levity?s full six-product range: Lono, Lono Plus, Sulis, Albion, Indra and Damu.
11/6/2017

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UK: Branston?s Italian spuds return to Tesco

Branston?s Italian new potatoes are back in Tesco stores for a seventh season. The spuds, grown in the Puglia region by Giuseppe Distaso, are being sold in 400 Tesco stores for five weeks. They represent the final seasonal new potato of the calendar year. Branston is suppliying more than 300 tonnes of the crop to Tesco, with shoppers able to purchase loose or in a 750g bag. ?Our research shows that shoppers engage with new-season potatoes as they appreciate their fluffy skins and fresh taste,? said George Christoudias, sales and marketing director at Branston
11/6/2017

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US: Potato crop looks promising as Red River Valley wraps up harvest

It?s too early to say exactly how many potatoes the Red River Valley will produce this year, but it looks much more promising than 2016, the head of an area growers organization said. The potato harvest wrapped up last week in North Dakota and is 97 percent complete in Minnesota, according to information released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That beats out last year, when farmers struggled to get into the fields because of heavy rain.
11/3/2017

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British Potato 2017 event plots UK role after Brexit

BP2017 Potato Industry Show is a potato gathering from seed to supermarket, taking place November 22 to 23, in the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom. The British Potato show has taken on an added dimension as the first show since the UK?s decision to fundamentally change its relationship with Europe and its trading focus with the rest of the world. ?The challenges and opportunities of Brexit, the global role for UK seed and technical lessons from around the world, all feature strongly in the official seminar program at the event,? says show organizer Steve Wellbeloved.
11/3/2017

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Australia: Hope for seed potato exports to Egypt

Western Australia?s potato growers and industry representatives have joined forces to investigate a 10,000-tonne seed potato export agreement with Egypt as a way to reinvigorate the industry. A delegation will travel to Egypt before the end of the year to discuss the proposal. Egypt is the world?s biggest certified producer of imported seed potatoes and supplies about 100,000 tonnes annually to Europe. ?They have four plantings each year in Egypt and have some trouble sometimes, which is where we would fit in,? Mr Moltoni said.
11/3/2017

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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato crop average to below average, but good prices expected

Prince Edward Island?s potato harvest is down to its final few hundred acres. P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald estimated Monday there are probably fewer than a dozen growers with potatoes still in the ground. If the weather co-operates, he figures they?ll all wrap up this week. Despite the dry weather, Donald said some growers, especially in eastern P.E.I. and some parts of central P.E.I., are reporting average yields.
11/3/2017

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Egypt says Jordan to lift import ban on Egyptian potatoes

Jordan has lifted a ban on imports of Egyptian potatoes it imposed over a year ago due to brown rot, Egypt?s Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates agreed to lift bans on Egyptian agricultural imports like lettuce and onions put in place due to concerns of pesticide residues.
11/2/2017

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Maine potatoes are on a roll

Maine Farmers Exchange reported that despite a dry growing season, the state has another good-looking potato crop this year. ?Yields vary widely and are dependent on variety and planting dates,? said Bob Davis, president of MFX, based in Presque Isle, ME. ?Some are finding poor yields on non-irrigated ground where they had early varieties planted; they just did not get enough water at the right time. We anticipate good quality with perhaps a smaller profile on some varieties and normal on others.?
11/2/2017

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India: ITC launches new Farmland brand, to sell potato based products

ITC Ltd has forayed into the fresh fruits and vegetables market under the ?Farmland? brand of products by launching value-added potatoes such as low sugar potatoes, potatoes with antioxidant, baby potatoes and French fry potatoes. The company claims these potatoes are naturally low in fat and sugar with fat content below 0.2% and sugar level below 2% respectively. ITC plans to work with the Indian Council for Agricultural Research ? Central Potato Research.
11/2/2017

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Meet the makers of Idaho?s biggest potatoes

Chris and Sharolyn Schofield have carved a unique niche in the art world ? making colossal sculptures of Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes. Though the Weiser couple has thus far avoided the spotlight, their creations are recognized nationwide. Tens of thousands of onlookers witness the dropping of their giant, glowing potato in downtown Boise each New Year?s Eve. And the 6-ton spud they created for the Idaho Potato Commission?s Great Big Idaho Potato Truck has traveled about 150,000 miles, visiting 7,200 cities while promoting the Idaho brand.
11/2/2017

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New season of Australian baby potatoes auction for $1 million per tonne

Attendance at the Annual Potato Industry Dinner at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide on Friday night exceeded all expectations. Opened by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, the auction of new season baby potatoes, the only one of its kind in Australia, resulted in a final bid of a very impressive $10,250 by Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce. This was for 10 kgs so that means these very special potatoes actually sold for $1.02m per tonne. This was a just a little shy of last year?s record of $11,000 set by The Mitolo Group.
11/1/2017

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Stats show New Zealand potato prices nearly doubled in the last 10 years

The price of potatoes in New Zealand has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to Statistics New Zealand. In 2006, potatoes cost $1.10 a kilo, that had risen to $2.10 in September this year. Potato prices hit a 10-year high of $2.25 a kilo in January this year. Retail price of potatoes in New Zealand. Potato prices hit a 10-year high of $2.25 a kilo in January this year. Unseasonable weather created planting and harvesting problems this month, leading to a shortage of potatoes used for crisps. Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Chris Claridge said last week that potato farmers we?re about 20 per cent behind on planting across the country because of wet weather.
11/1/2017

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Canada: Prince Edward Island Potato Board unveils new TV ad

The P.E.I. Potato Board has unveiled it?s new advertisement which will play on TV and online. Greg Donald, general manager of the board, said the video advertisement is something the board has considered for a long time, and now it can showcase P.E.I. potatoes to the world. ?The potato industry is an important part of P.E.I. and who we are ? it?s an important part of the economy, our culture our scenery,? Donald said. ?There?s fewer people that are involved in the industry, there?s fewer people involved in agriculture. We want to take every opportunity we can to engage with those who aren?t involved in the industry.?
11/1/2017

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New attachment from Grimme reduces damage during potato sorting

Grimme has released a new transfer aid that minimises the risk of damaging potatoes during handling. The SoftFlow combs, which can be fitted to new and existing conveyors, have elastic, polyurethane ?fingers?. Because of the constant movement and high elasticity of the fingers, debris such as stones, lumps or weeds cannot get trapped. The SoftFlow combs are imported and sold in Australia through Landpower.
11/1/2017

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Research: Examining potatoes? past could improve spuds of the future

The old adage of looking to the past to understand the future certainly applies to improving potatoes. Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. Robin Buell, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Plant Biology, shows potential genetic keys that could ensure the crop will thrive in the future. ?Worldwide, potato is the third most important crop grown for direct human consumption, yet breeders have struggled to produce new varieties that outperform those released over a century ago,? Buell said.
11/1/2017

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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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