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West Virginia agriculture commissioner candidates argue over potato program

Sen. Kent Leonhardt, R-Monongalia, says the West Virginia Department of Agriculture has no business being in the potato business. Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says potatoes ...
10/14/2016

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US: Drone technology, computers ushering in a brave new world for northern Maine potatoes

Wayne Kilcollins remembers picking potatoes by hand while growing up in Aroostook County. Things are getting a little more high-tech these days. This past summer the Northern Maine ...
10/14/2016

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Blackleg under spotlight at AHDB Potatoes event

Blackleg and Brexit will be the focus of an AHDB conference for the potato seed industry on 3 November. Held this year in St Andrews, Scotland, the biennial event will explore measures ...
10/13/2016

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North Korean Farmers Are Denied Surplus Harvest Again This Year

Despite increases this year in agricultural production, authorities in North Korea?s northern provinces are once again refusing to distribute promised surplus grain to area farmers, ...
10/13/2016

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Tesco and Branston team up for ?wonky? potato processing deal

Tesco and potato supplier Branston have partnered to build a prepared potato factory extension that will cut food waste by enabling the supplier to peel and process wonky potatoes ...
10/13/2016

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Simplot files federal lawsuit against McCain Foods over twisted potato design

Idaho potato giant J.R. Simplot Co. has its taters in a twist and has filed a federal lawsuit against McCain Foods, claiming the company copied its idea for a twisty french fry it ...
10/13/2016

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Inventor creates potato product that tastes, grates and MELTS just like cheese

esus is said to have turned water into wine, but could he turn potatoes into cheese? An Australian inventor claims to have done just that, by making a potato product that melts, grates ...
10/13/2016

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New 5m factory boosts business for Lincoln potato firm

ranston (Potatoes) Ltd has launched its new 5 million prepared food factory making imperfect potatoes perfect for consumers. As one of Tesco?s two suppliers, the new building will ...
10/13/2016

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W. European potato commission?s warning about Polish potatoes unfounded?

After a record Polish potato harvest, with an increase in production of 35% compared to last year, there is great potential for the oversupply to help fill the gaps in countries such ...
10/13/2016

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First PGI-marked packets at Torti Patate

The commercialisation of PGI potatoes from Fucino started on 10th October 2016, though the Statute for the Consorzio di Tutela has not yet been approved. ?It is the first step to try ...
10/13/2016

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2016 Red River Valley red potato crop looks red on paper too

The 2016 red potato crop damage may be the greatest suffered by the Red River Valley industry since 2001, according to Ted Kreis, marketing director of the Northern Plains Potato Growers ...
10/7/2016

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NL: Leo de Kock celebrates 100 year anniversary

On Saturday October 1 Leo de Kock & Zn. B.V. celebrated its centennial. An ivory anniversary that was celebrated with a big party at the company in Purmerend. Guests from the world ...
10/7/2016

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Canada: McCain Foods breaks ground for major expansion of New Brunswick potato processing plant

Management at McCain Foods and invited guests officially broke ground to mark the start of construction on the major expansion to its French fry plant in Florenceville-Bristol as announced in June.
10/7/2016

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Potatoes USA highlights US seed at ALAP field day in Panama

n August 25, Potatoes USA sponsored a U.S. demonstration plot at the Panama-hosted Latin American Potato Congress (known as ALAP). In the 2015/2016 marketing year, 77% of all U.S. ...
10/7/2016

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US: Utz completes purchase of Golden Flake parent

ennsylvania-based Utz Quality Foods on Monday announced the closing on the deal to buy Golden Enterprises Inc., the parent company of the iconic Golden Flake brand. ?This merger will ...
10/7/2016

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McCain launches interactive recipe generator for chefs

Stuck for recipe inspiration? McCain Foodservice has introduced a new tool to help busy chefs. McCain has launched The Menu Mixer on its website, which allows chefs to generate recipes ...
10/7/2016

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Potandon Produce to introduce new Light Blocker bags at the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit

Potandon Produce LLC, a leader in fresh potato innovation in the US, will debut a new line of Light-Blocker potato bags at this year?s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Convention. ...
10/7/2016

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East Africa: Developing potato value chains

The World Potato Congress (WPC) will be facilitating a roundtable for the private sector during the African Potato Congress in October, which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ...
10/6/2016

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Potato breeding is a slow and expensive business

?I don?t know much about potatoes anymore.? These were the first words said by Harry Kehoe as I sat down at his kitchen table in Carlow town last week and they are typical of the straight-talking, ...
10/6/2016

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McDonald?s is competing directly with Starbucks

McDonald?s has been a surprising come-back stock over the last year as Steve Easterbrook took over as CEO in 2015 and has worked to turn the behemoth fast food chain around. McDonald?s ...
10/6/2016

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US Foods introduces clean label chips

Starting this fall, US Foods, one of the leading foodservice distributors in the America, will launch a new line of clean label products, targeting restaurateurs and out-of-home operators. ...
10/6/2016

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Research: Potatoes and biochar are not friends

Studies have shown that adding biochar to soil can improve soil fertility, increase nutrient utilisation in plants, improve soil water-holding capacity, increase crop yield and reduce ...
10/6/2016

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US: North Dakota potato farmers bracing for huge losses

So much rain has fallen on area farms, the price we pay for produce may be going up. Shoppers could all be paying more. A report from the Northern Plains Potato Growers says prices ...
10/4/2016

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US: McDonald?s asked teachers to serve fries for free ? now teachers fight back

Ah, McTeacher?s Night?the occasion for kids to watch their teachers peddle burgers, fries, and sugary drinks. In these tie-ups between schools and the fast-food giant, teachers encourage ...
10/4/2016

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A glance at this years potato harvest in Idaho

Potatoes have been the talk of the town recently with it being harvest season. Many growers we?ve reached out to say everything is looking great this year. Potato harvest is at its ...
10/4/2016

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'Green' potato packaging prevents greening

Greenvale's new packaging for its Lady Balfour organic potatoes has increased shelf life, decreased wastage and reduced complaints about greening by over 50%. Greenvale AP is the UK's ...
10/4/2016

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US: New value added potato line offers shelf stable sauces

Northeast potato shipper, Bushwick Commission is proud to announce the launch of its new value added line of petite potatoes, ?Get Saucy Potato Sides.? As the name implies, Get Saucy ...
10/3/2016

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McDonald?s Japan takes pumpkin spice where it?s never been before

Now that fall is in full spring, pumpkin spice is everywhere: Companies are packing lattes, cookies and ice cream with the quintessential taste of fall. But in Japan, pumpkin spice ...
10/3/2016

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Australia: Free market has growers spitting chips

It has been a tumultuous couple of years for the Western Australian potato industry, with many growers concerned about the industry?s future following deregulation and the closure ...
10/3/2016

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UK: Mix and mash: how to maximise potato sales

They have been, and remain, a stalwart of the British diet; the shy, retiring star of the dinner plate. Potatoes do not tend to grab the foodie headlines like pasta, polenta and ?chipped? ...
10/3/2016

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South Africa: 2016 Seed Potato Grower of the year announced

During the Seed Potato Grower?s forum in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, JP van den Berg from Northwest was named Seed Potato Grower for 2016 at the Bayer gala dinner. The other finalists ...
10/3/2016

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Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2016

The 300 exhibitors present (25% more than in 2008) were able to meet with their customers, at PotatoEurope, in Villers-Saint Christophe, France, September 14-15. The dynamism of the ...
10/3/2016

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Australia, New Zealand: AUSVEG and PMA-ANZ to host Hort Connections

AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA-ANZ) announce the launch of ?Hort Connections? ? combining the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, the premier ...
10/3/2016

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US: Black Gold Farms' red potato harvest under way in the Red River Valley

Black Gold Farms is digging in the fields of the Red River Valley and anxious to begin shipping red potatoes to its customers. Harvest will run for about four weeks with the majority ...
9/23/2016

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Bad potato harvest in North Korea this year due to flooding

It is a particularly unsuccessful year for North Korean agriculture. An inside source in North Korea has reported that torrenting rains have affected the potato harvest in Unheung ...
9/23/2016

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US: Red River Valley potato weather woes continue

Already faced with expected big losses this year due to rain and hail, potato growers in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota are now having trouble just getting the ...
9/23/2016

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McDonald's Corporation could have a whole new restaurant concept in the works

McDonald?s just opened up a new restaurant in Paris, but it would hardly be recognizable to fans of the chain?s burgers and fries. The new Parisian restaurant, branded as a McCafe-only loc...
9/22/2016

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Idaho Potato Commission adds international bloggers to industry tour

Having visited Eastern Idaho potato processing facilities and personally dug spuds from an Idaho farm, food writer and blogger Mara Coraeo vows she?ll share a newfound appreciation ...
9/22/2016

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Canada: PepsiCo launching Swiss Chalet chips at retail after sell-out foodservice debut

Swiss Chalet sauce-flavored Lays potato chips ? rolled out earlier this month in restaurants ? are now getting a retail launch. The PepsiCo  brand recently partnered with Cara ...
9/22/2016

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Cambodia: Centre eyes potatoes for a changing diet

Cambodia?s first experimental farm and research centre for potato cultivation opened yesterday as experts confirmed that the Kingdom?s soils are suitable for the starchy tuber ? raising ...
9/22/2016

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A Canadian couple invited an 8-ft.-tall potato to their wedding

A Canadian couple pulled off a spud-tacular wedding with the help of a special guest ? an 8-ft.-tall potato named Tate the Tater. Tate the Tater, the industry mascot for the Prince ...
9/22/2016

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New brand of US frozen potatoes introduced to Malaysian retail market

The US Potato Board (USPB) recently reported the launch of a new brand of US frozen potatoes in the Malaysian retail market in August. USPB generic promotions have reportedly helped ...
9/22/2016

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Australia: McCains imports french fries workers as Ballarat dispute worsens

McCains has imported workers to ensure its production of french fries continues unabated, as hundreds of its Ballarat food manufacturing staff walk off the job. Disgruntled workers ...
9/21/2016

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Ireland as we know it, but with purple spuds

Ever wanted all the goodness of a berry in a bag of crisps? Enter the purple potato. Paul Watts, a scientist from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), tells us: ?We developed ...
9/21/2016

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Battered and Bruised: Managing bruising during harvest

What can be done to minimize bruises and wounds this harvest season? There are two major components to bruise management: 1) factoring in tuber conditions and variety susceptibility ...
9/21/2016

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NEPG estimate for the 2016 potato harvest: More acres, less production and a lot of uncertainty

The North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) expect in the 5 covered countries (NL, B, FR, GB, DE) a lower production of potatoes (seed and potatoes.for starch production not included) ...
9/21/2016

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US: Fast-food menu tests suggest upscale items could be coming to McDonald?s, Wendy?s

Innovation at fast-food chains doesn?t just come in the form of oddly shaped chicken or partnerships with snack foods. Restaurants are now testing a broader array of flavors and quality ...
9/20/2016

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The fourth annual ?Northern Ireland Potato Festival? returns to the Giants Causeway

The fourth annual ?Northern Ireland Potato Festival? returns to the Giants Causeway this October. This young festival is growing at an amazing rate thanks to the quality of the offering ...
9/20/2016

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India: Gov?t to help set up state-of-the-art potato seed production centre

In the city of Bhubaneswar, in India?s eastern state of Odisha, the government is planning to lease land to Bangalore-based Utkal Tubers India Private Ltd (UTIPL) for the setting up ...
9/20/2016

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US growers tout dehydrated spuds

In an effort to sell more dehydrated potatoes and feed the hungry at the same time, the U.S. Potato Board played host to several international food aid organizations in Eastern Idaho ...
9/20/2016

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