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US: Potatoes show strength in exports, food service

U.S. potato sales showed growth in the first quarter of the new marketing year, and the industry plans to promote the crop?s nutritional benefits to more consumers. The biggest challenge ...
1/29/2017

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Researchers identify new strains of pathogen that could threaten U.S. growers

The fungal-like organism that causes late blight affects both tomatoes and potatoes. Unlike the other 60 Phytophthora species that produce soil-borne, root-rotting diseases, late blight ...
1/29/2017

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How the U.S.?s TPP withdrawal will affect local potato growers

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week, and many people are wondering how local growers and farmers who export their products to Asia ...
1/27/2017

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McDonalds? crackdown on ?cancer-causing? chemical

McDonald?s said today it has been taking steps to reduce levels of acrylamide in its food for ten years. Earlier this week the Food Standards Agency warned high levels of the toxic ...
1/27/2017

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Beleaguered potato deserves place back at the table

In the two decades I?ve been writing about food and health, one piece of diet advice has remained consistent: eat more whole plant foods. More vegetables and fruits, more legumes and ...
1/27/2017

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UK: SPot Farm East shows how irrigation can help combat potato scab

Results from the first year at Elveden Farms, Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) East were revealed on Wednesday,11 January 2017, as attendees of the event at Newmarket Racecourse tried ...
1/27/2017

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Australia suffering from a potato shortage after wet and cold weather

The great potato famine is upon us. Forget about your potato cakes, crisps and hot chips, there is a shortage in our favourite vegetable. NSW is being hit the hardest, with heavy rain ...
1/27/2017

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US: New era with new oil begins for Jones? Potato Chips

The traditional way of producing Jones? Potato Chips, with soybean oil, is gone. Chief Executive Officer Bob Jones said the company ran out of partially-hydrogenated soybean oil in ...
1/27/2017

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UK: Fast food chains introduce new controls on storage and cooking of potatoes after acrylamide warning

Fast food companies including McDonald?s are taking steps to reduce levels of a cancer-risk chemical in their fries. All the major chains, including KFC and Burger King, have been ...
1/27/2017

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Canada: Covered Bridge Potato Chips expands with $867K in government money

Covered Bridge Potato Chips has purchased new equipment and expanded its Hartland-area manufacturing facility in New Brunswick with $867,000 in federal and provincial funding announced ...
1/27/2017

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Dutch company Farm Frites to build a potato processing plant in Kazakhstan

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Askar Myrzakhmetov on January 25 met with representatives of the Dutch company Farm Frites which plans to build a plant ...
1/27/2017

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Similarities and differences between the US and South American potato chip markets

Since the cultivation of the first potatoes, between 8000 and 5000 BC in Peru, and since the introduction of the much, much younger potato chip, many things have happened. Both products ...
1/24/2017

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Russia exported record amount of potatoes

In 2016, Russia exported a total of 230 thousand tonnes of potatoes, reports Interfax, citing data from the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR). This is a record figure, ...
1/24/2017

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Insights into the Belgium Potato Trade in 2017

The free potato prices have been high during the whole season, which has affected the markets, as well as imports and exports increasing competition, the representative of Belgapom ...
1/24/2017

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Niche potatoes boost potato demand in Sweden

Potato demand in Sweden has been on the rise in the last two years, despite seeing some setbacks in 2010/11 when reports about the GI (Glycemic Index) were flooding the news, causing ...
1/24/2017

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First fungicide in Canada to curb verticillium wilt in potatoes now cleared

A label expansion for Syngenta?s Aprovia fungicide, to cover additional soil-borne potato diseases, makes it the first fungicide in Canada approved to suppress verticillium wilt in ...
1/24/2017

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Researchers look at potential of potato virus X as drug carrier in cancer chemotherapy

A recent research study investigated the potential of potato virus X (PVX) as a drug carrier, delivering doxorubicin (DOX) ? a commonly used cancer chemotherapy. According to their ...
1/23/2017

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2017 Northeast Potato Technology Forum to be held in March

The 24th Annual 2017 Northeast Potato Technology Fourm is being held March 15-16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in downtown Fredericton in Canada. The Northeast Potato ...
1/23/2017

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Researchers program drone to hunt PVY in potatoes

Researchers say they?ve pinpointed individual spud plants infected with potato virus Y with 90 percent accuracy, using hyperspectral cameras mounted on drones. Donna Delparte, an assistant ...
1/23/2017

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U.S.-Mexico deal on avocados and potatoes delayed

Amid fanfare and banners, a load of avocados grown and packed in the Mexican state of Jalisco was headed for Texas the week of Jan. 16-21, marking the first time avocados from that ...
1/23/2017

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A tuber-damaging strain of Alfalfa Mosaic Virus A discovered

When alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) happens to occur in potatoes, it usually causes leaf mottling and blotching. Now, researchers have identified an unusual strain that causes necrosis ...
1/23/2017

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US: Spud equipment sales remain steady

Farm equipment manufacturers participating in the recent Agricultural Expo at Holt Arena say they?re still doing plenty of business on machinery used in potato production, though sales ...
1/23/2017

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NL: Chip industry?s advance a threat to table potato market, says wholesaler

Chips (processing) factories have experienced an unprecedented growth in recent months. ?Everyone expected that the price for chips potatoes would decrease in the new year, but that ...
1/22/2017

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UK: Next gen potato growers visit Westminster

The AHDB?s Next Generation of potato growers visited Westminster and met with MPs on the final stage of their programme. The group discussed industry challenges, including Brexit, ...
1/22/2017

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US: New potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment announced

Syngenta has announced CruiserMaxx Vibrance Potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment is now available for purchase, following its registration by EPA. It contains Vibrance fungicide ...
1/22/2017

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Research findings could help prevent late blight pathogen from coming to the US

New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight ...
1/22/2017

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NIFA announces $1.85 million for Potato Breeding Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding ...
1/20/2017

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Quarantined potato pest found in eastern Idaho

A quarantined potato pest has been found in another field in eastern Idaho. The 150-acre field was added to the pale cyst nematode eradication program on Dec. 21, bringing the total ...
1/20/2017

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Canada: Program worth $2 million funded by McCain Foods after closure of french fry plant

Prince Edward Island has announced the details of a $2 million fund set up by McCain Foods to be administered through Innovation PEI for the Borden-Carleton and Albany area, to support ...
1/20/2017

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Treating soil like the living organism it is would benefit potato yields, experts say

When Eric Giberson was growing up on a potato farm in central Aroostook County in the 1970s, ?you grew potatoes in the ground,? he said. ?I didn?t grow up thinking that soil was a ...
1/20/2017

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Film Review: In ?The Founder? backstabbing at McDonald?s with fries on the side

In John Lee Hancock?s ?The Founder,? about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald?s, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple. When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling ...
1/20/2017

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Australia: McCain to move into state-of-the-art robotic cold storage facility in Melbourne

McCain Foods Australia today announced a contract agreement with cold storage provider NewCold. NewCold?s will manage the storage and handling of McCain?s frozen products at the storage ...
1/20/2017

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Overall Red River Valley red potato season going surprisingly well

For those Red River Valley red potato growers who lost three-fourths of their crop to rain and subsequent fields that were too muddy to yield spuds for harvest, there isn?t much that ...
1/18/2017

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Scotland: Potato merchant found guilty of 161,000 VAT fraud

A Perthshire potato merchant has been found guilty of committing a 161,000 tax evasion. Scott Coupland was found guilty by a jury after a four day trial at Perth Sheriff Court. Coupland, ...
1/18/2017

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Can you imagine a world without chips, roast potatoes or mash?

These days potatoes are considered the world?s favourite vegetable, and the fifth most important food crop in the world (after rice, wheat, soy beans and maize). It is hard to imagine ...
1/18/2017

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Wisconsin potato industry positioned well for winter and spring shipping

Amid their winter potato shipping season, Wisconsin potato growers are enjoying a very positive season, according to Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Antigo, WI-based Wisconsin ...
1/18/2017

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How retailers can increase potato sales

The stars of the potato-selling field ? and there are more than a few of them ? often find unique solutions to difficulties they encounter or anticipate. The solutions are as diverse ...
1/18/2017

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Netherlands keen to help Pakistan grow salt-tolerant potatoes

The Netherlands is exploring the possibility of starting a programme to grow salt-tolerant potatoes in Pakistan. Ambassador of the Netherlands Jeannette Seppen met Minister for National ...
1/18/2017

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'Sharp drop in usage highlights marketing challenges facing potato producers' - analyst

According to the editor of North American Potato Market News (NAPMN), Bruce Huffaker, this year’s early-season potato disappearance in the US fell to its lowest level since ...
1/18/2017

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US: Progress made on Mexican potato access

Potatoes USA officials say an important and very positive step has been taken in the industry?s 15-year effort to gain access to all of Mexico for fresh U.S. potato shipments. Precisely ...
1/18/2017

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Japanese snack makers expanding in Asia

Japanese snack makers are going on a marketing offensive in Asia to capitalize on the growing popularity of their products. Calbee will boost the production capacity of its plant for ...
1/18/2017

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US: Gloomy outlook for potatoes

?We are coming out of a season with superb growing conditions in Idaho and Washington state,? says Marc Turner with Bushwick Commission Company. Idaho sets the tone as it is the largest ...
1/11/2017

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The Packer names Idaho grower 2016 Potato Man for All Seasons

Idaho grower Dan Moss was named the 2016 Potato Man for All Seasons by The Packer at the National Potato Council annual meeting on Jan. 6. Moss, CEO of Rupert, Idaho-based Moss Farms, ...
1/11/2017

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Curly fries now on the menu at McDonald?s Japan

The classic french fry may be deliciously addictive, but let?s face it? there?s something pretty special about those perfectly twisted, slightly crispy, delicately seasoned and of ...
1/11/2017

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UK: Jobs lost as administrators seek potato grower rescue

Twenty jobs have been lost at a Norfolk potato grower which counts Walkers, Kettle, Asda and Morrisons as customers after the business was placed into administration. Matt Howard and ...
1/11/2017

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?Millennials are in favour of organic?

Demand for organic products is increasing, although it is somewhat disappointing as regards potatoes. A few years ago, Warnez also specialised in organic, and in 2016 the company started ...
1/11/2017

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Potato chips and crisps market ? Global industry analysis

Potato chips and crisps are one of the most popular snack foods consumed worldwide. Over the years, the potato chips and crisp market has witnessed substantial growth, turning it into ...
1/11/2017

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UK: Fiona Fell to stand down as AHDB Potatoes chair

After three years in office, Fiona Fell is to stand down as an AHDB board member and chair of the AHDB Potato Sector Board at the end of her term in office. Ms Fell, who is based ...
1/5/2017

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People must need coffee more than fries: Starbucks set to top McDonald?s as No. 1 chain

Starbucks is poised to overtake McDonald?s as the world?s most valuable restaurant chain, and the coffee giant could ultimately have a staggering 50,000 locations. That?s the prediction ...
1/5/2017

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6 surprising facts about french fries

There are few foods that have been eaten at some point by just about everyone in the Western world, but french fries are one of them. Call them fries, call them chips, call them frites ...
1/3/2017

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