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US: Wisconsin tour has all eyes on seed potato business

Wisconsin?s Central Sands is known for potato crops that are sold fresh and processed as chips and fries, but there is an important growing area in Langlade County that specializes ...
10/17/2017

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Chip producer Burt?s ups capacity to cope with demand

Burt?s Chips has installed a high-speed potato frying line at its Devon facility to cope with growing demand. A company spokesperson told BakeryandSnacks the $3.9m investment in equipment ...
10/17/2017

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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. ...
10/16/2017

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U.S. exports more frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes

Exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes in July 2017 all showed gains compared to July 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The volume of frozen exports was up 1%, with the value ...
10/16/2017

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?Chipocalypse? in New Zealand as wild weather spikes price of potatoes

The ?chipocalypse? has reached New Zealand, after heavy rain caused a shortage of potato crops and a spike in prices. Supermarkets have been forced to place signs in their chip shelves, ...
10/16/2017

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UK: Yorkshire spud farm pivots to making vodka

An historic Yorkshire farm has diversified into alcohol production with the help of a Polish moonshine expert. Priory Farm, between Tadcaster and Wetherby, has recently scooped two ...
10/16/2017

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Lamb Weston reports strong first quarter

Lamb Weston has released its figures for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year and the company said the numbers are positive and that it reaffirms the company?s outlook for the ...
10/15/2017

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Canada: Alberta potato growers invited to take part in Thailand trade mission

Alberta seed potato companies are invited to participate in a market development mission to Thailand from November 19-27, 2017. The mission will include stops in Bangkok, Chiang Rai ...
10/15/2017

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Pleasing British potato crop despite rain delays to lifting season

Despite a stop-start lifting season as a result of regular rain showers, harvested crops in Britain have yielded well and there are few quality issues being reported. An improvement ...
10/15/2017

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2017 East Idaho potato season winding down

It was a successful growing season for potatoes across Eastern Idaho. Despite the excessive heat, this growing season brought a slightly above normal amount of potatoes. However, the ...
10/11/2017

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Germany: Despite the weather a good potato harvest is expected

The German Farmers? Association (DBV) published a worrying article this week. The rainfall in the previous weeks will have a very negative effect on the potato harvest in the North ...
10/11/2017

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NZ potato and tomato growers relieved at the release of pest eating wasp

A pest which has cost the New Zealand potato industry over $120 million since 2006 may be on the way out thanks to a wasp which has been released in Hawke?s Bay and Canterbury. The ...
10/11/2017

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UK: Branston joins the big league

PERTHSHIRE-based potato supplier Branston has hit the big time, breaking into the Sunday Times/Grant Thornton ?Top Track 250? league table, which ranks Britain?s fastest growing companies ...
10/11/2017

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Canada: New equipment fuels growth for Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company

The Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company will boost production to accommodate the growing demand for its products, thanks to a $437,500 investment from the Government of Canada. The ...
10/11/2017

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New Zealanders could soon be eating crisps and chips made from GE potatoes

New Zealanders could soon be eating crisps and hot chips made from GE potatoes, with little idea of the added health risks from genetic engineering. Food Standards Australia New Zealand ...
10/7/2017

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US: Diverse approaches in store for 2017 Wisconsin spud promotions

The 2017 promotional program of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association is taking a variety of approaches. Dana Rady, director of promotion and consumer education for ...
10/7/2017

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Leading starch manufacturer to build plant in Ukraine

At the end of October, starch manufacturer VPP ?Vimal? will open a new plant on the outskirts of Chernihiv, Ukraine. Launching a new company will increase the production capacity of ...
10/7/2017

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Dutch potato breeder HZPC books record turnover and gross profit

Potato breeder company HZPC, based in the Netherlands, announced during a shareholders? meeting on 5 October that a consolidated net turnover of ?318.5 million was achieved for the ...
10/6/2017

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National Potato Day in Ireland: Consumers urged to choose Irish potatoes

National Potato Day takes place in Ireland today, Friday, October 6. IFA (Irish Farmers? Association) President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish ...
10/6/2017

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From zero to hero: Increasing potato waste value 10,000-fold

The least valuable part of potato residue that currently goes to landfill could increase in value 10,000-fold, say the Danish researchers transforming them into natural additives. ...
10/6/2017

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TV drama leaves British viewers shocked by reality of Great Irish Famine

Last night?s episode of ITV drama Victoria left many of its viewers shocked as it concentrated on the reality of the Great Irish Famine. Although this period of history is covered ...
10/3/2017

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Snowvalley and Aviko teamed up with Tomra for construction of new potato processing plant in China

SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art ...
10/3/2017

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US: Spud breeders focus on PCN-resistant russets

A project underway in Aberdeen, Idaho, aims to develop russet potatoes with resistance to pale cyst nematode, while identifying new molecular markers associated with resistance. Researchers ...
10/3/2017

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US: Food service professionals tour Idaho potato harvest

Twice each week, Egan Click, with Sysco Corp. in Chicago, inspects 100,000-pound rail loads of Idaho potatoes to make certain they meet customers? size and quality specifications. ...
10/2/2017

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Spain: Potato prices below production cost

On Wednesday 27 September, potato prices in Leon were oscillating between 40 and 90 Euro per tonne, depending on the variety. This means that, compared to the previous campaign, the ...
10/2/2017

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Scotland: Mounting frustration over potato harvest

Seed tattie growers and traders are facing mounting frustration as wet weather continues to interrupt the harvest across Scotland. It may still be early days and no major damage to ...
10/2/2017

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Potatoes USA calls for communication on upcoming research efforts

Ahead of the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) publishing its fiscal year 2018 request for pre-applications, two industry leaders are calling for those in the research ...
10/1/2017

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Canada: Potato production expected to be down in western Prince Edward Island

The general manager of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board is anticipating this year?s potato harvest to ramp up next week. Greg Donald said the harvest has barely started with a ...
10/1/2017

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Major Dutch potato companies and organizations establish new research association

Ten Dutch potato companies as well as organizations have established a new association: Holland Innovative Potato (HIP), with the goal to facilitate research which leads to higher ...
9/29/2017

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Rebound in UK potato sowings to end, says Produce Investments

The bounce in UK potato plantings looks poised to go into reverse, Produce Investments said, as it unveiled results showing a recovery in profits, and an appetite for further expanding ...
9/29/2017

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Belgium aims to export more frozen potato fries to Malaysia

According to a report by New Straits Times, Belgium hopes to ship in more frozen potato fries to Malaysia, collaborating with restaurateurs and fast food operators in the country. ...
9/28/2017

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Spain: Patatas Aguilar celebrates its 50th anniversary and announces investment of 4 M? in new equipment

Last Friday, Patatas Aguilar celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event in Valencia that brought almost 250 industry people together, including employees, customers and suppliers ...
9/28/2017

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New report: Global Potato Fryers Market Research Report 2017 to 2022

The newly published Global Potato Fryers Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Potato Fryers Market including enabling technologies, key trends, ...
9/28/2017

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North America: Potato Sustainability Initiative seeking an Executive Director to lead the partnership

The Potato Sustainability Initiative (PSI) in North America is seeking an Executive Director to support its growing programs into the future. Started by the National Potato Council, ...
9/27/2017

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Hungary: Crisis in the domestic potato sector

While retail customers in Hungary may be delighted by the prospect of cheaper potatoes, growers are not happy about the fact that purchasers are buying potatoes at a lower price than ...
9/27/2017

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Ireland: Meade Potato Co to host a day in the life of a spud

As part of the Boyne Valley Food Series, Meade Potato Company are inviting customers to come and have a behind-the-scenes tour of their farm this week. Spud lovers can attend the company?s ...
9/27/2017

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The Netherlands: Innovative equipment for potato sprout inhibitor applications emits no CO2

In September, the new potato storage season begins in the Netherlands. An atomiser, specifically for the application of sprout inhibitors in potato storages has been designed and is ...
9/27/2017

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Northern Ireland: Meet farmers with a great passion for potatoes and potato growing

It takes a certain type of soil to grow a good potato. And favourable conditions across the Causeway Coast and Glens mean the area is home to a large community of potato growers. The ...
9/26/2017

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Experts reveal how you can survive a one-year potato diet

Last year, Andrew Taylor ate nothing but potatoes. The Victorian man in Australia told news.com.au in December he embarked on the extreme diet to combat his addiction to food, and ...
9/26/2017

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US: Study warns of blackspot bruising potential during potato harvest

The accumulative impact of Idaho?s hot days, combined with warm evenings that failed to cool down, could result in blackspot bruising early in the harvest season, according to a recent ...
9/26/2017

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China: Potato research institute established in Xinjiang

According to a news report published by XinhuaNet, a new potato research institute was recently established in northwest China?s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The institute, co-founded ...
9/25/2017

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Studies show increase of global market for processed potato products

Reports made by research companies show the increase of the global market for processed potato products. Although the increase is not high, it has been a steady one in the past three ...
9/25/2017

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Potato Expo 2018: Have a say in the final program ? cast a vote for your favorite topics

According to the organizers of Potato Expo 2018, the event (Jan 10 ? 12, Orlando) promises to be the best yet. The organizing team says they have been inundated with high quality and ...
9/25/2017

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First female grower appointed as Idaho Potato Commissioner

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced Mary Hasenoehrl of Gross Farms as the first female to represent potato growers. ?I?m looking forward to working with Mary who has a long ...
9/25/2017

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Mexico: Zebra Chip-tolerant potatoes for the fresh market identified

Over the past few years, the potato production of US, Mexico, New Zealand and Central America has been under threat by Zebra Chip (ZC), a disease associated with the Candidatus Liberibacter ...
9/24/2017

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Belgian chip maker Roger and Roger invests $12m into Croky plant

Snack manufacturer Roger & Roger ? known for its chips ? has invested USD $12 million into its Croky plant. The investment will allow the company to push forward with more gluten-free ...
9/24/2017

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Great Famine memorial gets green light for Glasgow site

A site in Glasgow, integral to the prosperity of the city?s Irish community, has been given the green light for a memorial to commemorate the Great Famine and how it changed the face ...
9/24/2017

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Larger potatoes in store for Colorado season

The new crop of potatoes has just commenced harvesting in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, and growers are pleased with what they are seeing. Favorable weather has helped to foster ...
9/23/2017

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Call for more potato-processing capacity: Has Grimme got the answer?

Grimme?s range of potato handling equipment has been given a boost, thanks to the new addition of the PowerCombi to its RH line-up. It will be at Agritechnica (in Germany) in November. ...
9/23/2017

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Canada: McCain Foods looking for Potato Industry Research Chair

McCain Foods recently announced that the company is looking for an Potato Industry Research Chair at the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University campus is located in Truro, Nova ...
9/23/2017

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