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This is the little-known ingredient which makes McDonald?s fries so delicious

There?s been some recent confusion over what it is which makes McDonald?s fries so special. It turns out that some branches of McDonald?s are serving up fries with a little-known ingredient ...
7/19/2017

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Nottingham University and Pipers Crisps develop science of crisps

Pipers Crisps, one of Britain?s best-known crisp brands, set out to understand more about the science behind their premium products and processes and they turned to food experts at ...
7/19/2017

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Scottish potato growers continue to learn that ?less is more?

The ?less is more? lesson for tattie growers continues with the revelation that overall yields could be increased by reducing nitrogen top dressings by 25-30 kg a hectare. The message ...
7/19/2017

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US potato exports increased in May

U.S. exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes all increased in May 2017 compared to May 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The organization reports that exports of frozen products ...
7/19/2017

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Germany: Organic potatoes damaged by heavy rain and potato beetles

Especially in the Northern parts of Germany, the largest production area of organic potatoes nationwide, there were rainfalls of more than 100 liters per square meter two weeks ago, ...
7/18/2017

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The US wants to export its potatoes to Mexico

US potato producers began lobbying for Mexico to effectively open its doors to US exports in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). ?United States Potato ...
7/18/2017

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UK: Scarborough borough council approves McCain plant expansion

Scarborough Borough Council has formally recommended approval of McCain Foods? GBP100m expansion plans to renew its Scarborough production facility. The frozen food production company, ...
7/18/2017

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US: A chat with National Potato Council Public Policy VP, Kam Quarles

Kam Quarles joined the National Potato Council in December as Vice President of Public Policy. He distinguishing himself with seven years at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, was with United ...
7/18/2017

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UK: Putting spuds on the SPot

SCOTLAND?S Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) is getting ready to reveal its full trials programme to the potato industry at its next Open Day. Organised via AHDB, the nationwide SPot Farms ...
7/18/2017

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US: Potandon is ?one-stop shop for foodservice potatoes and onions?

Potandon Produce LLC, which is headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID, has ?the largest dedicated supply base in the industry? for potatoes and onions, ?with shipping locations in all key ...
7/16/2017

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Peru: Potatoes, the ?real gold? of the Incas

The humble potato is known the world over, but native Peruvian varieties can look quite a bit different than most of us are used to. Some are red or blue, others are long and skinny. ...
7/16/2017

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Natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract to extend potato chips shelf life

Potato chips? shelf life can be doubled with a new 100% natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract produced by ingredient specialist Kancor. Rosemary extracts are used to naturally ...
7/15/2017

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Australia: Spud growers face ?perfect storm?

Potato growers in the region are bracing for a ?perfect storm?, with farmers warned to be alert for signs of disease after a new bacteria was recently detected. The detection of dickeya ...
7/15/2017

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Japan?s potato supply rebounding after typhoons caused slump

Japan?s potato supply is rebounding ? with wholesale and retail prices falling ? thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring. Potato stocks are ...
7/14/2017

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Canada: Acreage low, stewardship high for GMO potatoes

This year?s Canadian acreage of J.R. Simplot?s genetically engineered Innate potato will be ?very small? to non-existent, according to a company spokesperson. Kerwin Bradley, director ...
7/14/2017

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McDonald?s is testing out fries covered in cheese and bacon

Fries with stuff on top? Delicious stuff like cheese and sauce and more cheese? Brilliant. For years, we?ve only been able to get loaded fries from specialist burger and fries establishments, ...
7/14/2017

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Organic Produce Summit: Launch of organic single wrapped microwaveable potato

Fresh Solutions Network announces that it will be launching its new Side Delights Farmer?s Table Organic Russet single wrapped, microwaveable potato ? a line extension to the Farmer?s ...
7/14/2017

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Researchers develop low cost sensor to detect rot in potato storage facilities

In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of ...
7/14/2017

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Potato virus X nanoparticles may fight cancer

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in collaboration with researchers from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, ...
7/11/2017

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Blogger reveals inconsistencies in study on fried potatoes and mortality

On July 5th, author and food blogger, Marion Nestle, posted a blog report that pointed out inconsistencies in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on the ...
7/11/2017

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Research evaluates how ?vadose zone? affects runoff water

Cody Ross, a member of the Watershed Systems Research Program at the University of Manitoba in Canada, is measuring water flow in a part of the soil called the vadose zone. Although ...
7/11/2017

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Colombia: Potato sector asks government to accept their anti-dumping suit

This week the Colombian government will determine whether they will accept the anti-dumping suit filed by the potato sector in the face of massive imports of potatoes that have put ...
7/11/2017

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UK: Potato farmers SPot the difference as AHDB?s cutting-edge techniques become commercial reality

More than 120 farmers and agricultural professionals were at the Elveden Estate on Thursday, July 6, to look at how cutting-edge research was making a difference to its potato growing ...
7/10/2017

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US: Northwest potato crop slightly late, but promising

Washington and Oregon potato growers have been slowed slightly by a wet winter and spring. But so far, the crops appear to be worth the wait. Washington growers planted 170,000 acres ...
7/10/2017

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Canada: Case study reveals how to reduce potato waste by increasing quality

As part of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association?s (OPMA) food waste reduction initiative, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) worked with EarthFresh Foods and growers ...
7/10/2017

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US: Fast food makes its biggest change since the drive-thru

Restaurants often lag other industries in adopting new technology, lacking the time or budget for massive digital overhauls. But as industry sales have slowed recently, smartphone ...
7/10/2017

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Canada: Optimistic outlook for potato crop in 2017

Strong pricing, stable contract volumes and a low dollar help provide an optimistic outlook for the Canadian potato crop this season. Potato growers in Canada enjoyed a banner year ...
7/7/2017

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Report: ?Potato cartel forced Americans to pay higher prices for their fries?

US potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000?s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort ...
7/7/2017

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Simplot reportedly applied to bring ?GM potato products? into New Zealand

According to a report published today by NZFarmer.co.nz, ?A United States company has applied to export genetically modified potato products into New Zealand, but mystery remains as ...
7/7/2017

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Why are crisps SO addictive?

Britain is a nation of crisp (chip) fanatics, consuming about six billion packets a year. That?s one ton of crisps every three minutes, or nearly 100 packets per person ? more, it ...
7/7/2017

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Embattled Western Australian potato growers face new bio-security threat after Dickeya found

An aggressive bacteria that attacks potatoes has been found in Australia for the first time. Dickeya dianthicola can cause significant production losses in crops by causing diseases ...
7/7/2017

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New Oceasoft software brings real time alerts to temperature monitors

OCEASOFT, a company with offices in France and the US, is dealing in wireless monitoring solutions for temperature-sensitive goods, announced the release of OCEAlert, their new solution ...
7/5/2017

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US: McDonald?s installs kiosks instead of workers

The next time you head up to the counter to order a Big Mac and some fries, don?t be surprised if there?s something missing: a smiling face. McDonald?s is reportedly moving away from ...
7/5/2017

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Europe: Potato industry associations react to regulation on acrylamide levels

Measures to reduce acrylamide levels in food took a step forward as new draft proposals outline ?benchmark? mandatory levels for the industry. The draft project, published on the European ...
7/5/2017

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Northern Ireland: Great weather for spuds sees harvest arrive fortnight early

Northern Ireland?s main crop potatoes are being harvested two weeks ahead of schedule after a year of perfect growing conditions. The favourable conditions also contributed to an overall ...
7/5/2017

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Italy: New systems modify irrigation depending on the weather

Scarabelli irrigazione and Consorzio Agrario Adriatico have developed a solution that connects the irrigation system to local weather stations so as to plan interventions according ...
7/4/2017

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Hi-tech production to fill demand for quality seed potatoes in India

There is a huge shortage of certified seed in India. The incorporation of hi-tech seed production systems, coupled with advanced virus detection techniques is the only way out in fulfilling ...
7/4/2017

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Utah is home to earliest use of a wild potato in North America ? nearly 11,000 years ago

The town of Escalante in southern Utah is no small potatoes when it comes to scientific discovery; a new archaeological finding within its borders may rewrite the story of tuber domestication. ...
7/4/2017

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More British crisps coming to the United States

The award-winning British Pipers Crisps potato chips will now be enjoyed by more Americans. It is the newest brand to partner with the Liberty Richter division of World Finer Foods, ...
7/4/2017

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University of Idaho reports light potato psyllid pressure

Pressure from the tiny, winged insects that spread zebra chip disease in potatoes has been light this season, emboldening some Idaho farmers to scale back on their pesticide programs. ...
7/3/2017

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European Commission won?t ban Belgian frites

The European Commission is not going to ban Belgian frites, as a spokesman told journalists in response to criticism of an initiative aimed at regulating the way they are made. The ...
7/3/2017

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Heavy rain damages potato crop in Ontario, Canada

After a month of good growing conditions and positive reports amid sporadic news on disease potential, word from one of Ontario?s potato-growing regions is that roughly 1,000 acres ...
7/3/2017

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Australia: Potato farmers send bill for $500,000 to government for abandoned Galati legal case

Frustrated potato growers have sent the West Australian State Government a bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars after the Government dropped an industry funded legal fight against ...
7/3/2017

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Spain: Potato prices fall due to oversupply

Potato prices have hit rock-bottom in Spain and Europe due to an oversupply in all early potato producing countries, amongst other factors, explained ngel Muoz, director of Intersur, ...
7/3/2017

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?Challenges? over Scottish seed potato exports

Seed potato growers who have been confident that crucial trade with Egypt and other non-EU markets would not be disrupted by Brexit may be in for a shock. According to Peter Hardwick, ...
7/3/2017

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Potato beetle cannibalism may help protect crops

Researchers at the University of Maine (UMaine) have found cannibalism may slow down the devastation of Colorado potato beetles on potato crops. University of Maine scientists Everett ...
7/3/2017

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Essential guide for potato store owners on CIPC application practices

The Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group in the UK recently published a new factsheet entitled ?CIPC Application: A store owner?s guide. Essential information for making potato stores ...
6/29/2017

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Video: Planting potatoes in the Dutch province of North Brabant

Planting potatoes using a Deutz Fahr Agrotron 7250 TTV with front cultivator and AVR GE-force rotary tiller for preparing the land, as well as a Miedema Structural PM 4000 belt planter ...
6/29/2017

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Key Technology presents VERYX digital sorters to Australian food processor

Key Technology introduces its VERYX family of digital sorters to the Australian food processing industry with the VERYX C140 on exhibit at the FoodPro trade show in Sydney 16-19 July, ...
6/29/2017

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Tong?s Fieldloader now comes with new design options

Tong Engineering announced new design options on its popular Fieldloader, including unique automatic transport-mode features, allowing users to make the machine even more compact for ...
6/29/2017

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