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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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Side Delights announces new food blogger challenge

Side Delights announced a new food blogger influencer marketing program that includes sharing of unique branded potato recipes. The last challenge ?#MashItOrSmashIt,? resulted in ...
5/3/2017

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Spain: Packaging format to facilitate logistics and storage of potatoes

Companies are constantly looking for improvements for their products, as well as for ways to facilitate the logistics and offer a good service, which is why Patatas Cataln introduced ...
5/3/2017

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Australia: WA potato farmers prepare to leave industry because of tomato potato psyllid outbreak

"It's more than soul destroying," Alan Parker said as he looked out onto the farm business he had spent his entire life establishing. The seed potato grower will know in the next six ...
5/3/2017

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Potato shortage shines light on Japan's trade policies

Japan's potato chip shortage is getting more serious as supermarket shelves are going empty and producers struggle to create supply. Dwindling stocks at snack makers are the immediate ...
5/3/2017

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McDonald?s Invents a ?Frork? Utensil Made of French Fries

McDonald's wants to get the word out that sandwiches in its new Signature Crafted Recipes line-up are so packed with toppings that you'll need a special utensil to deal with it ? the ...
5/2/2017

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Hot Potato Trends on Front Burner for Florida Growers

The recently held UF/IFAS Potato Field Day in Hastings was the perfect venue to vet some of the latest information regarding production, crop protection, as well as new marketing opportunities ...
5/2/2017

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New laser scanner filters out toxic fries

Amid growing concern about the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the ...
5/2/2017

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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato processor gets 500K loan from ACOA

A potato processor in Souris, P.E.I., is getting a $500,000 loan from the federal government to help expand its business. East Point Potato says the repayable contribution from ACOA ...
5/1/2017

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Lamb Weston / Meijer acquires Oerlemans Potato Division

The acquisition of Oerlemans Foods increases the Lamb Weston / Meijer production capacity for French fries by 85,000 tons. The photo shows cut skin-on potato strips leaving the dryer, ...
5/1/2017

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10 million USD investment announced for potato processing plant in Kenya

Switzerland-based New Ventures, through its food and beverage subsidiary Kingdom Foods [Kingdom GHL] has announced plans to set up a potato processing factory in Kenya, to be located ...
5/1/2017

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North Carolina company introduces new sweet potato product

In hopes of tapping into industry trends around sustainability and eliminating food waste, Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. of Chadbourn, NC is pushing a new type of potato product. ?We?ve ...
5/1/2017

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Japan: No end in sight for ?crisps crisis?

Legions of Japanese crisps addicts are suffering and it doesn?t look like they?ll be getting their full fix anytime soon. The country is in the midst of a dire crisps shortage after ...
4/28/2017

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Lebanon: Plentiful potato production will make exports necessary

Potato growers in the Akkar Valley, Lebanon, have started harvesting their crops for the current agricultural season amid fears that the country will not be able to export its production, ...
4/28/2017

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South Australia extends restrictions to combat tomato potato psyllid

South Australian authorities will further restrict the movement of Western Australian horticultural produce in an effort to prevent the spread of tomato potato psyllid. The latest ...
4/27/2017

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US: Growing risks and shrinking profits in Washington's potato industry

Washington state has 250 potato growers with the total crop contributing $7.4 billion to the state's economy each year, Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato ...
4/27/2017

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Variety screening reveals potatoes with resistance to zebrachip disease

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology team in Amarillo intentionally infected potato plants with psyllids positive with the bacterium that causes zebra chip, a deadly disease ...
4/27/2017

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Potato production in Peru increased by 6% in February

Peruvian potato production increased by over 6% in February compared to the same month in 2016, totalling 279,326tn, and was a notable increase on the previous figure of 263,512tn, ...
4/27/2017

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Potatoes in steam packaging a growing segment

?We think it?s important to join trends and respond to the renewed food culture. We therefore introduced Pomvit, the steam packaging for potatoes, years ago, for the simple reason ...
4/26/2017

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US potato stocks 6% higher this year

The 13 major potato States held 133 million cwt of potatoes in storage on April 1, 2017, up 6 percent from April 1, 2016. Potatoes in storage accounted for 33 percent of the fall storage ...
4/26/2017

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Lamb Weston's European Joint Venture Announces Acquisition of Oerlemans Foods' Potato Division

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced today that its European joint venture, Lamb-Weston/Meijer v.o.f., has signed an agreement to acquire the potato division of Oerlemans Foods Nederland ...
4/26/2017

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UK: New BlightCast foresees risk of aggressive blight

Potato growers will have a better opportunity to predict blight risks, and tailor their proactive fungicide programme to specific seasonal challenges this year. The new Syngenta BlightCast, ...
4/25/2017

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Good EU demand for Maltese new potatoes

Good weather conditions this spring have made for a good growing season in Malta. Ralph Scerri from Quality Fruits & Vegetables Ltd, said that there is good demand for new potatoes ...
4/25/2017

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Greece: 50% increase of potato prices this year

Despite the cheap imports arriving from Egypt, producer prices for open ground potatoes remained high in Greece after Easter. The next few weeks will, in fact, bring a full production ...
4/25/2017

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'Belgian industry intends to cut back on production'

The Belgian potato market is going to be different this year. "I have learnt that the Belgian industry is going to scale back on production", says Gino Martens of Martens Potatoes. ...
4/24/2017

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UK: New BlightCast foresees risk of aggressive blight

Potato growers will have a better opportunity to predict blight risks, and tailor their proactive fungicide programme to specific seasonal challenges this year. The new Syngenta BlightCast, ...
4/24/2017

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Heat and Control launches potato grader-halver for uniform chips

Heat and Control has launched a new type of equipment, the Potato Grader-Halver, which promises to provide uniform chips, despite the variation of the size and form of the raw potatoes. ...
4/24/2017

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Ireland: Potato prices strengthen, says IFA

Irish Farmers Association (IFA) says that Easter has given a welcome boost to the potato trade and with the weather remaining on the cool side, consumption will remain robust over ...
4/24/2017

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Mesh covers a possible answer to potato pest

The potential for fine mesh covers on potato crops to control pests and diseases globally is ?huge?, says a researcher now doing field trials near Christchurch. The research, over ...
4/23/2017

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Australia: Authorities continue fight to halt potato tomato pest

Biosecurity measures will remain in place to negate the spread of an exotic plant pest which threatens to cause major problems for the State?s agricultural industry if it is not eradicated. ...
4/23/2017

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Potato Area Grows 3.6% in NEPG Countries

North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that the increase in potato acreage in the North-West European countries will grow by 3.6% in 2017, compared to 2016. Outside ...
4/22/2017

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Good EU demand for Maltese new potatoes

Good weather conditions this spring have made for a good growing season in Malta. Ralph Scerri from Quality Fruits & Vegetables Ltd, said that there is good demand for new potatoes ...
4/22/2017

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Indian potato production estimated at near record levels

India's total potato production has been estimated at around 47 million tonnes this year which puts the year a few million short of the largest crop ever, which was recorded back in ...
4/21/2017

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Harvest of Texas red potatoes underway earlier than usual

The harvest of the 2017 crop of Black Gold Farms, Texan Red Potatoes has started. The potatoes will be available from April 24 until the middle of June. Thanks to the excellent planting ...
4/21/2017

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Idaho, US making progress in fight against potato nematodes

Idaho is making progress ridding the state of potato cyst nematodes which have been threatening Idaho?s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say. The U.S. ...
4/21/2017

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US Potato Growers offer Trump suggestions to improve NAFTA

In a letter to the President of the United States, the National Potato Council (NPC) provided specific recommendations on how the Administration can improve the terms of trade for ...
4/20/2017

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Venezuela: The delay in seed imports complicates potato production

The potato production's problems multiplied this season. The delay in seed imports was decisive. The sowing cycle began later than usual and 50% of the crop was lost at the start of ...
4/20/2017

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