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McDonald's Corporation could have a whole new restaurant concept in the works

McDonald?s just opened up a new restaurant in Paris, but it would hardly be recognizable to fans of the chain?s burgers and fries. The new Parisian restaurant, branded as a McCafe-only loc...
9/22/2016

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Idaho Potato Commission adds international bloggers to industry tour

Having visited Eastern Idaho potato processing facilities and personally dug spuds from an Idaho farm, food writer and blogger Mara Coraeo vows she?ll share a newfound appreciation ...
9/22/2016

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Canada: PepsiCo launching Swiss Chalet chips at retail after sell-out foodservice debut

Swiss Chalet sauce-flavored Lays potato chips ? rolled out earlier this month in restaurants ? are now getting a retail launch. The PepsiCo  brand recently partnered with Cara ...
9/22/2016

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Cambodia: Centre eyes potatoes for a changing diet

Cambodia?s first experimental farm and research centre for potato cultivation opened yesterday as experts confirmed that the Kingdom?s soils are suitable for the starchy tuber ? raising ...
9/22/2016

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A Canadian couple invited an 8-ft.-tall potato to their wedding

A Canadian couple pulled off a spud-tacular wedding with the help of a special guest ? an 8-ft.-tall potato named Tate the Tater. Tate the Tater, the industry mascot for the Prince ...
9/22/2016

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New brand of US frozen potatoes introduced to Malaysian retail market

The US Potato Board (USPB) recently reported the launch of a new brand of US frozen potatoes in the Malaysian retail market in August. USPB generic promotions have reportedly helped ...
9/22/2016

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Australia: McCains imports french fries workers as Ballarat dispute worsens

McCains has imported workers to ensure its production of french fries continues unabated, as hundreds of its Ballarat food manufacturing staff walk off the job. Disgruntled workers ...
9/21/2016

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Ireland as we know it, but with purple spuds

Ever wanted all the goodness of a berry in a bag of crisps? Enter the purple potato. Paul Watts, a scientist from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), tells us: ?We developed ...
9/21/2016

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Battered and Bruised: Managing bruising during harvest

What can be done to minimize bruises and wounds this harvest season? There are two major components to bruise management: 1) factoring in tuber conditions and variety susceptibility ...
9/21/2016

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NEPG estimate for the 2016 potato harvest: More acres, less production and a lot of uncertainty

The North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) expect in the 5 covered countries (NL, B, FR, GB, DE) a lower production of potatoes (seed and potatoes.for starch production not included) ...
9/21/2016

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US: Fast-food menu tests suggest upscale items could be coming to McDonald?s, Wendy?s

Innovation at fast-food chains doesn?t just come in the form of oddly shaped chicken or partnerships with snack foods. Restaurants are now testing a broader array of flavors and quality ...
9/20/2016

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The fourth annual ?Northern Ireland Potato Festival? returns to the Giants Causeway

The fourth annual ?Northern Ireland Potato Festival? returns to the Giants Causeway this October. This young festival is growing at an amazing rate thanks to the quality of the offering ...
9/20/2016

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India: Gov?t to help set up state-of-the-art potato seed production centre

In the city of Bhubaneswar, in India?s eastern state of Odisha, the government is planning to lease land to Bangalore-based Utkal Tubers India Private Ltd (UTIPL) for the setting up ...
9/20/2016

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US growers tout dehydrated spuds

In an effort to sell more dehydrated potatoes and feed the hungry at the same time, the U.S. Potato Board played host to several international food aid organizations in Eastern Idaho ...
9/20/2016

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US: At harvest time Wisconsin potato crop looks good

The Executive Director of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association based in Antigo says it has been a good weather year for the potato crop and prices are stable. Tamas ...
9/20/2016

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This fancy new McDonald?s in Paris has no burgers or fries

There?s not a French fry in sight at the new McDonald?s Paris outlet, where burgers have made way for macaroons, bagels and coffee. Traditional cafe fare like soup, salads and sandwiches ...
9/20/2016

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Germany: Potatoes too hot for storage

Potato farmers in Lower Saxony, Germany, start the potato harvest with expectations of an average yield. After a difficult growing period with a lot of rain, farmers now have to cope ...
9/19/2016

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CIP marks 45 years of research, innovation

Nearly half a century ago, when the International Potato Center (CIP) was founded, potato collectors in remote regions of Central America traveled for ?weeks on end? with dwindling ...
9/19/2016

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Kenya, the Netherlands, US: Farmers to learn over 100 ways of cooking potato at agri-fair

How many ways of cooking potato do you know of? One boiling, two frying, three mashing? There are 100 of them. These many ways and other value addition skills will be showcased at ...
9/19/2016

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UK: McCain makes debut in chilled with range of fresh potato lines

McCain is to make its first foray into chilled with the launch of two first-to-market ranges aimed at small households. The brand?s debut in the category with a selection of potato ...
9/19/2016

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How much junk food do Americans really eat?

America, land of the free happy-hour buffet, home of the 24-hour diner and drive-through restaurant. The American love affair with so-called ?junk food? arguably began with the advent ...
9/19/2016

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Pakistan: Outlook for the next potato crop

As potato sowing nears in Punjab, farmers? early hopes are positive for the crops? production and trade. After two years of financial grilling, they hope, though still cautiously, ...
9/19/2016

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Idaho Potato Commission names chairman, vice-chairman

The Idaho Potato Commission has named its chairman and vice-chairman for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Ritchey Toevs of Toevs Farms is the new chairman of the Eagle-based commission, and ...
9/16/2016

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Report: Global potato starch sales market forecast to 2021

Global Potato Starch Sales Market report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. Upstream raw materials ...
9/16/2016

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Canada: Growers asked to join the fight against late blight

Potato and tomato growers are being asked to help the effort to restore Alberta?s status of being free of late blight. ?Everyone was encouraged to increase early and season-long monitoring ...
9/16/2016

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UK: 50% increase in sweet potato demand year on year

Sweet potatoes are in big demand in the UK and interest has been growing for a while. According to one trader there has been a 50% increase in demand year on year from the last five ...
9/16/2016

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Make healthier, better tasting potato chips with this Pulsed Electric Field unit

Heat and Control, in response to snack processors recognising a demand by consumers for a healthy snack product with an enhanced taste and ?mouth feel? has developed a technology that ...
9/15/2016

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Registration now open for Potato Expo 2017

Register now for Potato Expo 2017 and prepare to network with peers and exhibitors at the first show to be held in San Francisco. This year?s event will be held January 4-6 and will ...
9/15/2016

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US: Rainy summer makes tough times for potato growers

The unusually rainy weather this spring and summer has destroyed portions of potato crops in North Dakota and Minnesota. Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers ...
9/15/2016

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Potato Europe 2016: Grimme to present many practical improvements of its equipment

Agricultural Machinery manufacturer Grimme will present at the Potato Europe in France several practical improvements of its planting, harvesting and handling technology. The self-propelled ...
9/15/2016

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International Potato Center looking for potato breeder to be based in Kenya

CIP is searching for a Potato Breeder Scientist who will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, in an international research environment, and is also responsible for supporting breeding and capacity ...
9/15/2016

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Universities bolster the US Potato Genebank?s impact

Land-grant universities are collaborating to support the United States Potato Genebank in its endeavors to conduct potato research, support creation of new potato varieties, and conserve ...
9/15/2016

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France: McDonald?s is testing a restaurant that Ronald McDonald would never recognize

What do you go to McDonald?s for? The Big Macs? The All-Day Breakfast?Certainly the fries, everyone loves those McD?s fries, especially when they?re unlimited. Well. Everyone but France, ...
9/15/2016

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Potato harvest off to slow, wet start on Prince Edward Island

Officials with the P.E.I. Potato Board say wet weather over the weekend has shut down the potato harvest on some farms in the western part of the province. "Very concerned," ...
9/14/2016

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Canada: Research site to help expand markets for vegetable growers

New varietal research, underway near Winkler in Manitoba province, may make field production of sweet potatoes possible in a Canadian climate too. Sweet potatoes are included in plot ...
9/13/2016

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?Dutch potato seed to Russia in 2016/17 season as well?

Manager of the Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) Dick Hylkema concludes a visit to the Russian potato sector today. ?Together with representatives of the Agricultural Council, I visited ...
9/13/2016

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Frito-Lay names new chief marketing officer

Frito-Lay has promoted group vp of marketing Ann Mukherjee to chief marketing officer and senior vice president. Mukherjee will oversee the company's North American snacks business. ...
9/13/2016

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US: Missed rule change leads to audit finding for Potato Commission

The Washington Potato Commission didn?t know about new guidelines for reporting pension funds, and as a result made mistakes on its pension fund reporting, according to an audit report ...
9/12/2016

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Kenya: Potato plan timely

Reports that two companies plan to buy potatoes worth Sh180 million from farmers every year are welcome. The companies say that they will sign contracts with the growers to supply ...
9/12/2016

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US: RPE Produce offers new microwavable potato products

RPE Produce, Inc., has added a new convenience line of microwavable potatoes and expanded its organic line. Randy Shell, RPE?s vice president of marketing and new business development, ...
9/12/2016

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US: Potato industry veteran dies

Bob Dwelle, a potato physiologist who was a respected member of the Potato Association of America and a professor at the University of Idaho, died Sept. 4 at age 69 due to complications ...
9/12/2016

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India: ?Potato to be Rs650 to Rs750 per quintal in Jan-March 2017?

Forecasting the wholesale farm prices of potato in the forthcoming potato season, the scientists of the Agricultural Economics Department, College of Agriculture, Pant varsity, said ...
9/12/2016

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New warehouse to double Monte Vista Potato Growers? capacity

The new 15,000-square-foot warehouse and new line at Monte Vista Potato Growers will double the grower-shipper?s capabilities, according to General Manager Jason Tillman. In mid-August ...
9/12/2016

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Potato Processing International Magazine invites you to a Seminar at Potato Europe

Potato Processing International magazine (PPI) will host a seminar on September 15, starting at 2:30 PM, during the Potato Europe event in France. The seminar will be hosted by PPI?s ...
9/8/2016

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North America: Top 5 potato storage diseases

Potato growers are familiar with the expression ?a potato storage is not a hospital?, which reflects the simple truth that diseased potatoes going into storage are not going to get ...
9/8/2016

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How ?Big Data? is disrupting agriculture from biological discovery to farming practices

Sometimes we only know there was a revolution by looking in the rear view mirror. That is not the case with the disruption in agriculture today. We can see the innovation and disruption ...
9/8/2016

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South Africa: Company reaching out to collaborate with global biocontrol community on potato diseases

AgChem Africa is a South African owned and operated company that specializes in the development and manufacture of agro-chemical products for a range of agricultural crops, including ...
9/8/2016

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Australia: Long-running saga finally ends with deregulation of potato industry

Western Australia?s potato industry no longer faces heavy regulation after the state government passed legislation to remove 70-year-old restrictions. The industry deregulation involves ...
9/8/2016

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US: Potato industry confident of political footing

Change is coming to Washington D.C., but John Keeling of the National Potato Council believes the potato industry will be prepared no matter which political party holds the upper hand ...
9/7/2016

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Kenya: OLX signs 15 per cent fertiliser discount deal for potato farmers

Online classifieds company OLX has signed a deal with Mavuno Fertilisers that will see farmers buy the input at a 15 per cent discount. OLX country manager Peter Ndiang?ui on Tuesday ...
9/7/2016

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