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Potato farmers fight pests with hot mustard

Chinese hot mustard, like horseradish and habanero, is best consumed in small portions. That’s part of the thinking behind efforts by many Mid-Columbia farmers, particularly ...
11/2/2016

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Will new GMO potatoes really require fewer pesticides?

Consumers seeking to satisfy their salty snack cravings sans genetically modified ingredients may soon have to get savvier about scouting out chips and other products made without ...
11/2/2016

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UK: Price boost potential for potato growers

Processing potato prices could provide a boost for British potato exports, according to AHDB. The fall in the pound and issues with supply in Belgium and the Netherlands mean British ...
11/2/2016

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Syngenta makes YouTube video on the Potato

In the beginning of October, Syngenta launched its Healthy Potato Video on YouTube.com, the company will make a donation for every view the video receives between Wednesday, October ...
11/1/2016

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Find out why these Potato Chips are world?s costliest and come for $11 a piece

This five-piece chips set is part of a limited edition of 100 boxes and is currently out of stock. This Swedish brand felt something was missing in their lavish drink, so they came ...
10/31/2016

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US: Top International Food Bloggers Experience The 2016 Potato Harvest First-Hand

Eighteen food enthusiasts spent three days in Eastern Idaho learning what makes potatoes grown in Idaho different from potatoes grown in other states and countries. Food bloggers have ...
10/31/2016

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NZ potato chips market is growing 15 percent annually

According to Potatoes New Zealand, domestic sales of potato chips have grown by about 15 percent each year over the past three. Its chief executive Chris Claridge said New Zealanders ...
10/31/2016

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GB potato crop in unusual price position

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) reports that currency and supply dynamics are affecting the relative price of British processing potatoes compared to supplies ...
10/31/2016

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Idaho growers expect good range of potato sizes this season

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting that Idaho potato growers planted 325,000 acres this season, about the same as last fall?s crop. Yields are expected to be good, with ...
10/31/2016

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Tomra to launch sorter at Pack Expo

Tomra Sorting Food plans to introduce the Tomra 5B, a sorter for the vegetable, fresh-cut and potato processing industries, Nov. 6-9 at Pack Expo 2016 in Chicago. Tomra Sorting will ...
10/31/2016

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Australians are in the midst of a potato shortage

Over six years a potato famine killed more than a million people in Ireland and now Australia is staring down the barrel of its own potato shortage. While we shouldn?t see any deaths ...
10/26/2016

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Unusual Market Dynamics in Northern-European Potato Trade

Currency and supply dynamics are affecting the relative price of British processing potatoes compared to supplies from Belgium and the Netherlands, according to the Agriculture and ...
10/26/2016

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US: OSU officials mull future of ag facility

Oregon State University officials are mulling options for the future of a local research farm that?s been put to little use since 2010, due to the discovery of a previously unknown ...
10/26/2016

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Australia: Potato prices soar to record levels in wake of autumn harvest washout

Widespread flooding in Australia?s potato-growing regions has prompted record prices for far north Queensland growers who are long overdue for a pay rise. David Nix is one of them ...
10/26/2016

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Fiji: Ministry supports potato farmers

The Ministry of Agriculture is working towards supporting farmers to venture into potato farming. This is an effort by the Ministry to increase food and income security, Agriculture ...
10/20/2016

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Tesco launches Italian potato line

Italian seasonal new potatoes will be launched into Tesco this autumn on the back of new research showing that consumers want freshly harvested new potatoes all year round. Branston ...
10/20/2016

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World?s most expensive potato chips cost $11 a piece, come in boxes of five

n an attempt to create a special snack to go with their high quality beer, Sweetish brewery St. Erik?s has created the world?s most expensive potato chips. Apparently, St. Erik?s didn?t ...
10/20/2016

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Europe: Potato season looking good, but still to early for assessment

?70% of the produce has yet to be harvested so we still don?t know if European estimates are accurate or not,? explains Europatat Vice-President, Domenico Citterio. As regards Germany, ...
10/20/2016

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Poland: Larger potato production may boost exports

In Poland, potato prices are much lower than in Western Europe, but exports should also increase significantly, according to experts of the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics. ...
10/18/2016

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India: Zephyr Peacock to invest in potato seeds firm Utkal Tubers

Private equity (PE) fund Zephyr Peacock is investing in Utkal Tubers India Pvt. Ltd, an early-stage potato seeds company, a top fund executive said. The investment is part of Zephyr ...
10/18/2016

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NL: Safety Authority takes action against illegal import of potatoes from Poland

Inspectors of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), are monitoring along the Dutch roads to see whether companies that import potatoes from Poland adhere ...
10/18/2016

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Antioxidant-loaded purple potatoes: The healthy, versatile carb

If you?re a spud lover but stopped eating potatoes due to their reputation of causing weight gain, you may be in luck. Studies show it could be the potato you choose in addition to ...
10/17/2016

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1b help for Irish potato farmers

THE Government is providing some $1.1 billion to assist farmers under its Irish Potato Expansion Programme to meet a target of 1,200 hectares of production. Support to boost the production ...
10/17/2016

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US: Vodka saves a family potato farm

Thirty years ago, the Fosters? biggest business was exporting potatoes to Puerto Rico, and they sent out five 50,000-pound trailers a day, five days a week. This year, the Fosters ...
10/17/2016

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UK: Crisp maker Tyrrells plan for hundreds of new jobs; growth spurt

Tyrrells, the English maker of hand-cooked crisps, is to create hundreds of new jobs following its takeover by US food firm Amplify Snack Brands, shrugging off Brexit fears in the ...
10/17/2016

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Cornell receives $1.2M to thwart potato pest

A Cornell University research facility devoted to controlling a potato pest will receive $1.2 million in state funding to assist with upgrades, officials announced Friday. Funding ...
10/16/2016

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Report: Potato cultivation in danger of disappearing from the Netherlands

The Dutch potato cultivation has a strong position in northwestern Europe because of its good entrepreneurs and strong chain. These Dutch entrepreneurs are also in a leading position ...
10/16/2016

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CIP: ?Day for Disaster Reduction? touts root and tuber resilience

Observed annually on October 13, International Day for Disaster Reduction is a celebration of global communities? resilience in the face of natural or man-made disasters, as well as ...
10/16/2016

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Krispies in Exmouth in the running to be crowned the best chippy in the UK

Krispies fish and chip shop in Exmouth is in the running to be crowned the best fish and chip shop in the UK. Krispies which is located on Exeter Road, has been shortlisted as a finalist ...
10/14/2016

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Potato crop is best it?s been in four years, according to Idaho farmer

For Randy Hardy of Hardy Farms INC., the potato harvest is coming to an end. He started harvesting towards the end of September, and he hopes to be finished by Friday, given the rain ...
10/14/2016

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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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