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Worst harvests in living memory for Northern Irish potato farmers

Northern Irish potato farmers are experiencing one of the worst harvests in living memory, according to a farming union. The long stretch of wet weather that has blighted Northern ...
11/16/2017

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Canada: How McCain Foods keeps its family-business feeling at global scale

?Would you like some fries with that?? If you said yes?anywhere in the world?odds are one in three you were served a McCain Foods french fry. Not an insignificant accomplishment ...
11/16/2017

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Potato diseases: War and peace, Verticillium style

Insights into the complex relationship between potato plants and this pathogen are helping to advance development of resistance cultivars. Verticillium dahliae, a soil-borne fungus, ...
11/14/2017

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Mahindra, Dewulf sign licence agreement for potato planting equipment in India

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd), part of the USD19 billion Mahindra Group, headquartered in Mumbai, India, today announced a licencing agreement with the Dewulf group in Europe ...
11/14/2017

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US: Students dig in to help create new value from potatoes

Sterman Masser is eyeing a new spot in the grocery store?s produce department: the ready-to-eat, precut fruits and vegetables section. The national supplier is building upon its history ...
11/13/2017

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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ali...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
10/18/2017

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