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India: Potato prices drop as cold storages clear stock

Expectations of a bumper potato crop this year has made cold storage owners begin clearing their stock with zeal resulting in a steep drop in wholesale prices of potatoes. Potatoes, ...
12/13/2016

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PepsiCo wants to sell healthy food, consumers want chips

Here is a company pulled in two different directions. Chief executive Indra Nooyi has vowed to turn the maker of Fritos, Cheetos, Lay?s and Pepsi into a health juggernaut. But while ...
12/13/2016

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US: Precision ag drone system creator earns commercial investment

Raptor Maps has grown its drone-based system designed for specialty crop precision agriculture applications into a business worthy of investment. In Washington, a potato grower has ...
12/9/2016

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Italy: An alternative to all-purpose potatoes

While it is quite common in northern Europe, the segmentation of the potato market has finally arrived in Italy too. Recently, it widened its potato range introducing a new line of ...
12/9/2016

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US: EarthFresh Farms acquires Grand Bend Produce

Grand Bend Produce?s assets have recently been acquired by EarthFresh Farms. Grand Bend Produce is a fresh potato business based in Ontario. The CEO of the Grand Bend Produce was optimistic ...
12/9/2016

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US: Farming for the future: blending tech with tradition

Jones Potato Farm in Parrish has emerged as a leader in sustainable agriculture. Jones potatoes are one of the first on the market. In April, the Department of Agriculture gave Jones ...
12/9/2016

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NEPG estimate adjusted; falls to 24.5 million tonnes

The official NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) harvest estimation has been adjusted to show a fall to 24.5 million tonnes this year. This accounts for the top 5 leading ...
12/9/2016

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Canada: Prairie potato yields continue to rise

Potato storage sheds in Manitoba are full, thanks to blockbuster yields this fall. In fact, yields were so large that a portion of Manitoba?s potato crop is still in the ground. ?Some ...
12/9/2016

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New Zealand: Potato industry further strengthen biosecurity partnership

Potatoes New Zealand Inc. (PNZ) today signed an agreement with Government to better protect the potato industry it represents in managing biosecurity. Like all other horticulture industries, ...
12/9/2016

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Potato cultivation declining since German Reunification

The potato has been in retreat in Saxony-Anhalt since the German reunification. In 1990, potatoes were farmed on almost 73,000 hectares of land. This year, it was only 13,400 hectares, ...
12/8/2016

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Ingredient innovation may reduce acrylamide levels in snacks

Acrylamide continues to be an important issue for health regulatory bodies around the world, with the European Food Safety Agency, Health Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and other countries ...
12/8/2016

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UK: New risk criteria helps transform performance of Potato Late Blight alert systems

New risk criteria which will transform the performance of Potato Late Blight alert systems has been revealed. Arising from research undertaken by the James Hutton Institute and funded ...
12/8/2016

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Recovery for Swedish table potatoes

The Swedish potato production is estimated at 553 000 tonnes this year. This is 5 percent higher than the 2015 harvest and at the same level as the five-year average. This means a ...
12/8/2016

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India: Agra potato farmers being forced to throw away their produce post demonetisation

As the days are passing, the effects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s demonetisation move ordered on November 8 are beginning to show in both urban and rural areas, especially farmers. ...
12/8/2016

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North Dakota potato leader dies

North Dakota potato industry leader Alan Collette, past chairman of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association, has died. Collette, 77, was chairman of the association (now the ...
12/8/2016

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App with satellite images for Belgian potato sector

There are many initiatives for precision agriculture. The Belgian potato sector will start using satellite images next year. ?We have been busy with this project ?Watch iT Grow? for ...
12/8/2016

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Scotland: Potato exports power growth at Grangemouth

Scotland?s Port of Grangemouth has seen its busiest season in four years due to the buoyant seed potato export industry. The port, which is Scotland?s largest container facility, has ...
12/8/2016

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UK: BREXIT and the Potato Industry

On June 23, 2016 the British people were given the choice ?Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European or leave the European Union?? Along with Germany, the UK is the ...
12/8/2016

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US: Spud officials optimistic about prospects for larger crop

Potato industry leaders are optimistic about demand for a fall 2016 spud crop that recent USDA estimates show was slightly larger than the prior year nationally and significantly bigger ...
12/8/2016

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Potato-based Mars wrapper wins bioplastics award

A bioplastics packaging development by chocolate snack group Mars in partnership with Rodenburg and Taghleef Industries has won this year?s Global Bioplastics Award. Netherlands-based ...
12/8/2016

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Japan?s new 'wet potato chips' ? A moist revolution or soggy defeat?

Snack food company Calbee is playing with fire by expecting people to swallow their new concept potato chips: ?Wet Potato, Moist Mild Soy Sauce Flavor.? It is no exaggeration to say ...
12/2/2016

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New McDonald?s french-fry video stars Idaho potato farmer, a Simplot supplier

In 1967, Idaho potato magnate J.R. Simplot shook hands with McDonald?s CEO Ray Kroc, sealing a deal that made Simplot the first frozen french-fry supplier to the fast-food chain. That ...
12/2/2016

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Canada: Manitoba potato producers store record crop

Potato producers in Manitoba seem to be getting better with each passing year. That from Carman-area producer Jason Kehler, who grows about 850 acres of the processing variety for ...
12/1/2016

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UK potato production dips by five per cent

The 2016 British potato crop is expected to be down five per cent on last year at 5.22 million tonnes, AHDB Potatoes has said. Average yields are also forecasted to have slipped eight ...
12/1/2016

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High-altitude archaeology uncovers earliest evidence of potato consumption

Every French fry, gnocchi, tater tot and order of hash browns humans have eaten in the past 5,000 years can be traced back to one place in the world ? northwestern Bolivia and southern ...
12/1/2016

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Report: StatsCan releases data on Canadian potato production, 2016

According to StatsCan, potato production in Canada was 105.2 million hundredweight (4.7 million tonnes) in 2016, up 0.5% from 2015. Production in British Columbia increased 41.8% to ...
12/1/2016

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US: Former potato chip exec gets prison for $1.4 million fraud

A former executive with a Pennsylvania potato chip and snack food company will spend more than four years in federal prison for defrauding the company out of roughly $1.4 million. ...
12/1/2016

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Norway's food giants clash over potato chips

In a Norwegian appeals court last week, two of the country's major food producers, Orkla and Maarud, battled over who has the legal right to call their potato chip products ?potetgull?. ...
11/29/2016

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Peru: 100,000 tons of potatoes endangered by drought and frost

Nearly 100,000 tons of potatoes in the province of Julcan risk being lost due to the drought and frosts in the highlands of La Libertad. The harvest begins in February and ends in ...
11/28/2016

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2016 British total potato production down 5 per cent

Total production in Great Britain for the 2016 potato crop year is 5.22 million tonnes, down 5% from 2015, according to AHDB Potatoes first provisional estimates. Average yields for ...
11/28/2016

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Australia: Heavy rain and floods sprout Christmas potato shortage fears

Fears of a potato shortage at Christmas have sprouted in the wake of heavy rain and floods. Families wanting to pile plates with spuds for a traditional roast lunch face the risk of ...
11/28/2016

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Yield increase in (seed) potatoes with Restrain ethylene

Ter Brinke BV from Creil, the Netherlands, and Restrain have thought of a unique concept in order to get more stems and tubers on potato plants. This means both seed potato and consumption ...
11/28/2016

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Health Canada proposes a plan to eliminate imidacloprid use across the country

Canadian producers may have to prepare for additional insecticide bans. Health Canada has completed a re-evaluation and is proposing a ban of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. The draft ...
11/27/2016

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Canada: Proposed pesticide ban surprises Prince Edward Island Potato Board

Health Canada?s proposal to phase out a pesticide over three years will have a significant impact on Island farmers, says the P.E.I. Potato Board. Health Canada announced the possible ...
11/27/2016

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New transparent upright packaging for potatoes

?The trend for smaller packaging has been happening for a while. We always want to help our customers find new solutions. In order to catch the eye and be distinctive in this specific ...
11/27/2016

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Worldwide exclusive sales agreement signed for potato defect cutter

Dutch industrial equipment manufacturer Optiserve has granted worldwide exclusivity to FAM ? European market leader in industrial cutting solutions ? for the sale of its Glide defect ...
11/26/2016

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Ausveg re-elects New South Wales potato grower as chair

New South Wales potato grower Geoff Moar has been re-elected to the position of AUSVEG Chair and Queensland vegetable grower Belinda Adams has been elected to the position of AUSVEG ...
11/26/2016

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Peru and Papua New Guinea to cooperate on potato breeding and variety development

Papua New Guinea is looking to Peru for assistance in developing drought resistant potato varieties that can withstand future extreme weather conditions in the country. Prime Minister ...
11/26/2016

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French potato production estimated to reach 5.1 million tons

The National Potato Producers Union and National Interprofessional Potato Committee have estimated that French potato production will see a ?slight decrease? of 2.3% this year, reaching ...
11/24/2016

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Norway: Food giants battle over potato chips

It was crunch time in a Norwegian appeals court this week, as two of Norway?s major food producers, Orkla and Maarud, battled over who has the legal right to call their potato chip ...
11/24/2016

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Jersey: Potato growers take action to reduce level of nitrates

Potato growers have identified two areas where farming practices must change this winter to prevent a repeat of the water pollution that shut Val de la Mare reservoir for five months ...
11/24/2016

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Canada: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) coming to a potato field near you

Though unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are just beginning to buzz over Canadian crop fields, experts agree these new ?eyes in the sky? are about to fundamentally change how potato ...
11/24/2016

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Potatoes are not the enemy

As the chief ingredient of fatty french fries and potato chips, potatoes are the enemy of many a parent struggling to get their children to lose weight. However, just like ugly giants ...
11/24/2016

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Prince Edward Island potato farmers hope aggressive marketing will benefit industry

Prince Edward Island’s potato farmers are hoping more aggressive marketing will help their industry bounce back after a tough season. Many Island growers met Friday in Summerside ...
11/24/2016

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Tong showcases the latest Caretaker and Pro-Series controls at Lamma

Leading vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, is once again exhibiting at the UK?s largest farm machinery show LAMMA, to present its latest range of equipment ...
11/23/2016

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US: Weather, prices affect North Dakota and Minnesota potato growers during strange year

Freezing temperatures over the weekend appear to have effectively ended the harvest for northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota potato growers. The harvest ? which lasted as ...
11/23/2016

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Evenflow Modular Storage Bins offer food safe storage; efficient and hygienic installation

Evenflow Storage Bins from Jantz Canada are an expandable solution for the growing needs of today?s packhouses. Modular in design, they are truly the last storage solution you will ...
11/23/2016

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Scottish producers target Sh6 billion Kenyan seed potato market in deal

Kenyan farms are set to get a makeover through potato seed straight from Scotland farmers eyeing the seed potatoes market estimated at 50million (Ksh 6.2billion). This is in the wake ...
11/22/2016

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India: Government plans big, but cash worry hits potato farming

Potato acreage in Bengal for early varieties has taken a hit due to the liquidity crunch just when the Mamata Banerjee government had planned to increase it by another 4,500 hectares ...
11/22/2016

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European potato processor purchases Pulsed Electric Field system

Pulsemaster, a producer of Pulsed Electric Field systems for potato processing, announced on Nov., 21 that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of a 100kW PEF system to a ...
11/22/2016

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