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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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How Brexit might impact on UK plant protection

What the future may hold for Plant Protection Products (PPPs) in the UK is explored in the latest edition of AHDB?s Horizon reports. The new AHDB report published today looks at the ...
2/1/2017

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US: Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips wants to build huge facility in Pennsylvania

Dieffenbach?s Potato Chips Inc. is proposing a satellite facility that could bring 100 or more new jobs to Bethel Township in Pennsylvania. The township planning commission reviewed ...
2/1/2017

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Potato specialty snack products to retain dominance in Qatar and GCC countries

The market for snack products in Qatar and other GCC countries features a vast set of growth opportunities as busy lifestyles of the urban populace compel consumers to look for ready ...
1/31/2017

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US: Getting over Simplot ? How a town healed in 15 years since potato processing plant closure

When J.R Simplot Co. announced in May 2002 it would close its Heyburn potato-processing plant in Idaho and put nearly 650 people out of work, many feared Mini-Cassia would dry up like ...
1/31/2017

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Dickeya: The North American potato threat

The main bacteria causing potato blackleg and tuber soft rot are Pectobacterium atrosepticum, P. carotovorum subsp. carotovorum, and Dickeya spp., all formerly belonging to the genus ...
1/31/2017

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US: Wireless tool provides remote management of precision variable rate irrigation

Lindsay Corporation has announced that it now offers Growsmart by Lindsay Precision VRI integrated with FieldNET to provide complete remote pivot management, including VRI control, ...
1/30/2017

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US: New russet variety for McDonalds increases potato processing acreage in Pacific Northwest

With McDonald?s recently giving Pacific Northwest (PNW) process growers the green light to grow Clearwater Russet for french fry production, the variety promises to become a popular ...
1/30/2017

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Season on track for Monte Vista Potato Growers

With a new facility and line running well and storage quality good, General Manager Jason Tillman at Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista, CO, said his operation will run through ...
1/30/2017

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Europe: McDonald?s used a quip about eating disorders from the SKAM hit series to market french fries

McDonald?s has joined the SKAM fad in what Resum calls a ?jackpot? blitz ad campign. The social media ad quotes the Norwegian hit series, which has reached such popularity outside ...
1/30/2017

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India: The Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) at a glance ? ?In tune with the times?

The CPRI (Central Potato Research Institute) was established in 1949 in India. Since then it became a world-renowned and well respected research institute for potato research, potato ...
1/30/2017

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Scottish potato mogul rakes in 4.6m pay cheque

The chief of Scotland?s largest tattie processor took home a pay cheque in excess of 4.6million last year despite the fact his company?s profits fell by a third. Accounts for Airdrie-based ...
1/29/2017

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Gold drapes and potato chips: White House changes courtesy of President Trump

President Donald Trump has clocked nearly a week in the White House, which has many wondering: What exactly does he think of his new digs? After all, this is a man renowned for splitting ...
1/29/2017

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Sustainability Report: Potato processor Lamb Weston / Meijer continues to innovate

Lamb Weston?s European joint venture, Lamb Weston / Meijer has published its sustainability report for 2015-2016. This sustainability report shows that Potato Processor Lamb Weston ...
1/29/2017

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Bob Evans Foods agrees to buy the Pineland Farms Potato Company in Maine

Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc. (PFPC), located in Mars Hill, Maine confirmed the signing of a Stock Purchase Agreement with Bob Evans Foods (BEF) of New Albany, Ohio. Under the ...
1/29/2017

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