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Potato chips maker to invest $2.5 million, add jobs

A Canadian company that makes potato chips plans to invest another $2.5 million in its plant just outside Fort Wayne. Saratoga Potato Chips LLC invested $4.9 million in a plant at ...
6/13/2017

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Expert View ? Sorting and Product Inspection: A Step Change in Digital Sorting

Digital sorting has recently experienced a step change. This disruptive new technology, which has been in commercial use at potato processing facilities around the world for more than ...
6/13/2017

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Canadian potato farmer enters the vodka business

A family of potato farmers in New Brunswick, Canada are getting into the liquor business by making vodka from potatoes. Blue Roof Distillers has joined a small handful of distillers ...
6/13/2017

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Aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft disease reported in Michigan potato fields

Aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft rot of potato have been found in fields in MIchigan. Tuber soft rot results in rotting tissue that is mushy, slimy and water-soaked. Soft rot ...
6/13/2017

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Lamb Weston starts building new storage center

Lamb Weston broke ground this month on a USD3.4m storage center in Pasco, Washington, USA. The 50,000sqf building is keyed to an expansion of the frozen potato giant?s Richland manufacturing ...
6/13/2017

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Lamb Weston introduces new "Grown In Idaho" line of potato products

Lamb Weston has introduced their ?Grown In Idaho? brand of fries. The potato products are cut with skin-on from homegrown Idaho potatoes. Their Grown In Idaho products will be sold ...
6/12/2017

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Yellow potatoes continue gaining market share in North America

Yellow potatoes continue to gain market share and the gain is mostly at the expense of russets and whites, according to Ted Kreis, Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) ...
6/12/2017

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T and G announce new low carb potatoes for New Zealand

T&G has announced the launch of their new Lotatoes, which is their low carb potato they hope will capture the interest of health conscious consumers. "Grown sustainably and naturally ...
6/12/2017

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Indian potato growers urge government to open exports to Pakistan

Arguing that potato growers are suffering losses, the Jalandhar Potato Growers Association (JPGA) has demanded the export of potatoes to Pakistan and for the availability of express ...
6/12/2017

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Potato wars in Australia: Anger boils as WA premier drops ?bizarre? case against spud king

The Western Australian premier has provoked the ire of the potato-growing lobby for instructing the state solicitor?s office to drop a long-running court case against the self-styled ...
6/2/2017

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US: Walmart stores to test skinny potatoes

A small product is about to get a potentially giant boost. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.?the largest retailer in the U.S.?is expected to begin testing the Skinny Potato this month, says Scott ...
6/2/2017

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UK: One-pass Grimme potato planters boost output

By going wider and reducing the number of passes, one Lincolnshire grower is seeing the benefits of an all-new potato planting system. Farmers Guardian gets a user?s view of a Grimme ...
6/2/2017

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Research: Can vitamin B-1 supplementation control potato diseases?

A specific group of vitamins, the B group, may offer a new potential strategy to control diseases in crops. Recent laboratory research in tobacco, grapevine, rice and cucumber has ...
6/2/2017

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Australia: Perfect potatoes go to waste over psyllid pest

Seed potato growers have started dumping the first of their perfectly good potatoes as interstate borders remain closed after the detection of the tomato potato psyllid pest in WA. ...
6/1/2017

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Canada: Potato growers on P.E.I. using GPS to plant more efficiently

As potato growers across Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) plant this year?s crop, many are using the latest GPS technology to guide them. ?I?d say probably 80 per cent of growers out ...
6/1/2017

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UK: Growers missing out on increased yields that precision farming offers

Growers could be missing out on increased crop yields and improved soil quality if they overlook adopting the latest precision farming techniques. A three year AHDB project, which ...
6/1/2017

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Volm Companies and Wyma Solutions announce North American strategic partnership

Volm Companies, a leading North American supplier of fresh produce packaging and equipment automation solutions, today announced a formal strategic partnership with Wyma Solutions, ...
6/1/2017

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Potato extract shows satiety benefits for healthy women: Slendesta data

Consumption of a Kemin?s Slendesta potato protease inhibitor II one hour before breakfast may lower hunger and the desire to eat, says a new study by scientists from Kemin and Herbalife ...
6/1/2017

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Scotland: Potato growers dig the latest smartphone technology

While the world of high-tech wizardry tends to conjure up images of drones crowding the sky as driverless tractors till the fields below, two of the latest developments in this area ...
6/1/2017

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Kenyan potato stakeholders vow to improve yields

Kenya?s potato stakeholders have vowed to revamp potato farming to help to increase supply as demand for the produce, mostly consumed as fries, rises in both urban and rural areas. ...
5/29/2017

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Dutch specialists help Myanmar boost potato production

Specialists from the Netherlands are helping local farmers in Myanmar boost their potato yield with training in land development, systematic seeding, and proper storage. The Dutch ...
5/29/2017

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Magical opening of new commercial premises by Kiremko

On Friday 19 May, the official opening of Kiremko?s new commercial premises took place. The company from Montfoort designs, produces and installs machines and complete production lines ...
5/29/2017

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Investment sizzles as potato demand grows

After years of flat demand, North America?s potato industry is enjoying a wave of investment.
 In early May, McCain Foods announced a $200 million expansion of its processing ...
5/26/2017

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Indian potato seed company receives $4.6m investment

Bengaluru-based potato seeds firm Utkal Tubers India Pvt. Ltd has raised around USD $4.6 million from Zephyr Peacock India Fund and CapAleph Indian Millennium SME Fund, according to ...
5/26/2017

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Peru is Latin America's largest producer of potatoes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peru had become the main producer of potatoes in Latin America. Peru produces more than 4.6 million metric tons of ...
5/26/2017

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Walmart stores to test skinny potatoes

Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the U.S. is expected to begin testing the Skinny Potato this month, says Scott McDulin, vice president of Schmieding Produce Co. in Springdale, Ark. ...
5/26/2017

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Simplot cancels plans to grow commercial GMO potatoes in Canada this year

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato. Innate potatoes ...
5/26/2017

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Scottish college to train next batch of "potato disease police"

The health and reputation of a Scottish industry worth around 100 million a year depends on the work of ?tattie roguers? - and it needs more of the potato disease police. Scotland?s ...
5/26/2017

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Potatoes cheaper in Poland than in Ukraine

"If we look at prices in all European countries, potatoes are sold for the cheapest price in Poland," stated Oleksy Dorosenko, president of the Retail Chain Association of Ukraine. ...
5/26/2017

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Japan's potato shortage could last until the fall

Hokkaido?s potato farmers haven?t recovered from last summer?s typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products ...
5/18/2017

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Maine, US approves GMO potatoes, growers worry about impact

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been ...
5/18/2017

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Nigerian potato value chain project to commence by June

The Coordinator of the Potato Value Chain Project in Plateau state (Nigeria), Mr. Thaddeus Yelwa, said the project would commence by June, 2017. Yelwa made the disclosure when Mr. ...
5/18/2017

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Belgium: Colruyt tests new collaboration directly with potato producers

Colruyt is the first distributor in Belgium to initiate a cooperation with potato producers. Nine producers, working directly with Colruyt, have just planted 5,000 tons of potato plants. ...
5/18/2017

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UK potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. ...
5/18/2017

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Change in regulations for export of Polish potatoes

This year, the regulations governing the shipment of Polish potatoes to other EU countries have changed. At the end of April, a revised regulation of the Minister of Agriculture came ...
5/18/2017

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Canada: Dickeya diagnostics available, but could add costs

Laboratory testing can detect Dickeya ? but is there enough of it present to justify the higher costs? It?s a relatively new threat to North American potato production. The invasive ...
5/10/2017

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Potato Processors Focus on Expanding Production Capabilities

Aviko, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods & PepsiCo dominate the Global Processed Potatoes Market, according to the report ?Global Processed Potatoes Market 2017-2021? recently launched by ...
5/10/2017

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Australia: Exotic pest could devastate WA spud industry

The detection of the tomato potato psyllid in WA ? an exotic plant pest which could cause widespread damage to some fruit and vegetable crops ? will probably cost third-generation ...
5/10/2017

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Bob Evans Farms Completes the Acquisition of Pineland Farms Potato Company

Bob Evans Farms announced the completion of its previously announced sale of Bob Evans Restaurants to Golden Gate Capital for USD565m and the completion of its acquisition of Pineland ...
5/9/2017

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China: Price of new potatoes falls 30% compared to last year

Driven by the soaring prices in the spring of 2016, this year many growers expanded their cultivation area to get higher yields. This year, prices have been falling and in many areas ...
5/9/2017

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McCain Foods Australia and TBWA Melbourne part ways as brand pitches creative

McCain Foods Australia is pitching its creative account, Mumbrella can reveal. The pitch will mark the end of the brand?s relationship with TBWA Melbourne, which began in early 2013. ...
5/9/2017

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Universities win grant for environmental control for potato storage

A partnership involving Idaho State University and Boise State University has been awarded an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant. The funds are awarded to Idaho research ...
5/8/2017

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Belgapom: 'In '76 we were paying the farmer twice as much'

The potato market is still expensive. "The Belgapom price rose to 250 Euro this week, but there isn't a lot of trade. The potatoes are scarce, we are waiting for the new harvest. Due ...
5/8/2017

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UK: 'Decisive year' for crisp maker

Crisp maker Burts Potato Chips has reported a "decisive year" in its latest financial results with strong sales and rising exports. The company is now expecting a further boost from ...
5/8/2017

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TOMRA ships world's largest steam peeler

TOMRA Sorting Food has delivered an industry first in the form of the world?s highest capacity steam peeler, which will be used by a leading potato processing company. The new Eco ...
5/8/2017

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New recruits get ready for summer season at Branston

POTATO company Branston has made a number of senior appointments and internal promotions at its Ilminster site, as it gears up for summertime growth. So far this year, seven new people ...
5/5/2017

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US: McCain Foods plans $200 million, 180 job expansion of Idaho plant

The world?s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products wants to expand its facility outside of Burley. McCain Foods USA announced it will invest more than $200 million into expanding ...
5/5/2017

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US: From test tube to plate, UW program keeps spuds clean

Years before that french fry landed on your plate, the plant that would eventually give rise to the spud your fry was cut from was sealed away deep in a secure-access building, growing ...
5/4/2017

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UK: Potato pest and disease identification tool launched

The James Hutton Institute has just launched Buntata, a free Android app to help potato growers identify plant pests and diseases in the field. Produced by the Institute with support ...
5/4/2017

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3.6% increase in potato area in North West Europe estimated

The first potato area estimate from the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) region suggests a possible increase of 3.6% compared with last season. The total planted area is ...
5/4/2017

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