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Agripat ? a new organisation for Italian potato producers

Agripat is a new organisation gathering 1,023 producers, 266 of which are direct members while 757 are members through 8 partner cooperatives. This in turn means over 10% of the potatoes ...
11/1/2017

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Canada: Good potato yields despite challenging year for Manitoba growers

Many Manitoba potato growers faced nail-biting times this autumn as they struggled to get the crop off. In the end, however, yields are expected to be similar to last year. Dave Sawatzky, ...
10/27/2017

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Swedish potato and onion sales system in German supermarkets

The Swedish system Agripo that has become the standard way of selling root vegetables in Sweden has now also been introduced in Germany. Especially the North of Germany was very interested. ...
10/27/2017

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US: Potato marketers weigh in on consumer trends

Idaho potato growers see two major trends with their products: consumers are increasingly looking for smaller pack sizes and for potatoes other than russets. Ralph Schwartz, vice president ...
10/27/2017

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India: Late showers spell good news for Bengal potato traders

A post-monsoon shower spell in West Bengal the last two days has boosted sentiments in the potato trade. As the rain delayed sowing season of tubers by 15-20 days, traders expectprices ...
10/26/2017

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Lasering text on fresh produce becoming more popular in Belgium

During the Empack 2017 in Mechelen, Belgium, the company Presa presented various packing and coding machines that can be applied in the fresh produce sector. One machine gaining popularity ...
10/26/2017

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Fabcon expands Middle East presence through Kuwaiti deal

UK-based Fabcon Food Systems has bolstered its presence in the Middle East by supplying bespoke equipment for one of the region?s first purpose-built batch fried crisp factories. The ...
10/26/2017

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Branston invests GBP6m in Lincoln factory

Branston has announced the completion of a GBP6 million investment at its Lincoln site, in UK, installing a state-of-the-art grading system and WarmStor system. Designed to improve ...
10/24/2017

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Idaho potato growers weigh options for boosting fry profits

For the past several years, grower margins have consistently declined in Idaho to the point they are no longer sufficient to maintain a stable business environment for growers? long-term ...
10/23/2017

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UK: Protect potato crops from day one in storage

As wet weather proves challenging for potato lifting in some regions of the country, growers are being urged to consider management practises to prevent these conditions causing quality ...
10/23/2017

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US retail records growth for potatoes in August

USA total potato retail performance recorded growth in August 2017, according to Total Store Monthly Potato Report August 2017, by Potatoes USA. The dollars growth in the category ...
10/23/2017

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Canada: McCain?s state-of-the-art potato specialty production line officially opened

McCain Foods (Canada) has officially opened its new $65M state-of-the-art potato specialty production line, expanding the company?s flagship potato processing facility in Florenceville?Bristol, ...
10/20/2017

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Uganda: GMO potatoes expected to reach store shelves in 2020

Scientists say the first batch of locally grown genetically modified potatoes will be on sale in Ugandan retail markets in 2020. Dr Alex Barekye, the director of Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture ...
10/19/2017

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US: Red River Valley potatoes having good year

Potato growers in the northern plains region, which includes the Red River Valley on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, are enjoying healthy harvest yields, good quality and ...
10/19/2017

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Report: 5 Key insights on the frozen potato market through 2022

According to a new study by Fact.MR, global frozen potato market for frozen potato is estimated to bring in US$ 60,109.5 million revenue by 2022 end. The market is projected to register ...
10/18/2017

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Potato diseases remain for Western Australia crop

The blight of the WA potato industry is worse than originally reported and it is unclear how and when things will improve now that WA farmers will have to live with the tomato potato ...
10/18/2017

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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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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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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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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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