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Canada: Potato growers on P.E.I. using GPS to plant more efficiently

As potato growers across Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) plant this year?s crop, many are using the latest GPS technology to guide them. ?I?d say probably 80 per cent of growers out ...
6/1/2017

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UK: Growers missing out on increased yields that precision farming offers

Growers could be missing out on increased crop yields and improved soil quality if they overlook adopting the latest precision farming techniques. A three year AHDB project, which ...
6/1/2017

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Volm Companies and Wyma Solutions announce North American strategic partnership

Volm Companies, a leading North American supplier of fresh produce packaging and equipment automation solutions, today announced a formal strategic partnership with Wyma Solutions, ...
6/1/2017

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Potato extract shows satiety benefits for healthy women: Slendesta data

Consumption of a Kemin?s Slendesta potato protease inhibitor II one hour before breakfast may lower hunger and the desire to eat, says a new study by scientists from Kemin and Herbalife ...
6/1/2017

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Scotland: Potato growers dig the latest smartphone technology

While the world of high-tech wizardry tends to conjure up images of drones crowding the sky as driverless tractors till the fields below, two of the latest developments in this area ...
6/1/2017

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Kenyan potato stakeholders vow to improve yields

Kenya?s potato stakeholders have vowed to revamp potato farming to help to increase supply as demand for the produce, mostly consumed as fries, rises in both urban and rural areas. ...
5/29/2017

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Dutch specialists help Myanmar boost potato production

Specialists from the Netherlands are helping local farmers in Myanmar boost their potato yield with training in land development, systematic seeding, and proper storage. The Dutch ...
5/29/2017

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Magical opening of new commercial premises by Kiremko

On Friday 19 May, the official opening of Kiremko?s new commercial premises took place. The company from Montfoort designs, produces and installs machines and complete production lines ...
5/29/2017

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Investment sizzles as potato demand grows

After years of flat demand, North America?s potato industry is enjoying a wave of investment.
 In early May, McCain Foods announced a $200 million expansion of its processing ...
5/26/2017

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Indian potato seed company receives $4.6m investment

Bengaluru-based potato seeds firm Utkal Tubers India Pvt. Ltd has raised around USD $4.6 million from Zephyr Peacock India Fund and CapAleph Indian Millennium SME Fund, according to ...
5/26/2017

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Peru is Latin America's largest producer of potatoes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peru had become the main producer of potatoes in Latin America. Peru produces more than 4.6 million metric tons of ...
5/26/2017

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Walmart stores to test skinny potatoes

Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the U.S. is expected to begin testing the Skinny Potato this month, says Scott McDulin, vice president of Schmieding Produce Co. in Springdale, Ark. ...
5/26/2017

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Simplot cancels plans to grow commercial GMO potatoes in Canada this year

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato. Innate potatoes ...
5/26/2017

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Scottish college to train next batch of "potato disease police"

The health and reputation of a Scottish industry worth around 100 million a year depends on the work of ?tattie roguers? - and it needs more of the potato disease police. Scotland?s ...
5/26/2017

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Potatoes cheaper in Poland than in Ukraine

"If we look at prices in all European countries, potatoes are sold for the cheapest price in Poland," stated Oleksy Dorosenko, president of the Retail Chain Association of Ukraine. ...
5/26/2017

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Japan's potato shortage could last until the fall

Hokkaido?s potato farmers haven?t recovered from last summer?s typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products ...
5/18/2017

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Maine, US approves GMO potatoes, growers worry about impact

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been ...
5/18/2017

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Nigerian potato value chain project to commence by June

The Coordinator of the Potato Value Chain Project in Plateau state (Nigeria), Mr. Thaddeus Yelwa, said the project would commence by June, 2017. Yelwa made the disclosure when Mr. ...
5/18/2017

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Belgium: Colruyt tests new collaboration directly with potato producers

Colruyt is the first distributor in Belgium to initiate a cooperation with potato producers. Nine producers, working directly with Colruyt, have just planted 5,000 tons of potato plants. ...
5/18/2017

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UK potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. ...
5/18/2017

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Change in regulations for export of Polish potatoes

This year, the regulations governing the shipment of Polish potatoes to other EU countries have changed. At the end of April, a revised regulation of the Minister of Agriculture came ...
5/18/2017

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Canada: Dickeya diagnostics available, but could add costs

Laboratory testing can detect Dickeya ? but is there enough of it present to justify the higher costs? It?s a relatively new threat to North American potato production. The invasive ...
5/10/2017

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Potato Processors Focus on Expanding Production Capabilities

Aviko, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods & PepsiCo dominate the Global Processed Potatoes Market, according to the report ?Global Processed Potatoes Market 2017-2021? recently launched by ...
5/10/2017

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Australia: Exotic pest could devastate WA spud industry

The detection of the tomato potato psyllid in WA ? an exotic plant pest which could cause widespread damage to some fruit and vegetable crops ? will probably cost third-generation ...
5/10/2017

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Bob Evans Farms Completes the Acquisition of Pineland Farms Potato Company

Bob Evans Farms announced the completion of its previously announced sale of Bob Evans Restaurants to Golden Gate Capital for USD565m and the completion of its acquisition of Pineland ...
5/9/2017

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China: Price of new potatoes falls 30% compared to last year

Driven by the soaring prices in the spring of 2016, this year many growers expanded their cultivation area to get higher yields. This year, prices have been falling and in many areas ...
5/9/2017

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McCain Foods Australia and TBWA Melbourne part ways as brand pitches creative

McCain Foods Australia is pitching its creative account, Mumbrella can reveal. The pitch will mark the end of the brand?s relationship with TBWA Melbourne, which began in early 2013. ...
5/9/2017

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Universities win grant for environmental control for potato storage

A partnership involving Idaho State University and Boise State University has been awarded an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant. The funds are awarded to Idaho research ...
5/8/2017

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Belgapom: 'In '76 we were paying the farmer twice as much'

The potato market is still expensive. "The Belgapom price rose to 250 Euro this week, but there isn't a lot of trade. The potatoes are scarce, we are waiting for the new harvest. Due ...
5/8/2017

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UK: 'Decisive year' for crisp maker

Crisp maker Burts Potato Chips has reported a "decisive year" in its latest financial results with strong sales and rising exports. The company is now expecting a further boost from ...
5/8/2017

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TOMRA ships world's largest steam peeler

TOMRA Sorting Food has delivered an industry first in the form of the world?s highest capacity steam peeler, which will be used by a leading potato processing company. The new Eco ...
5/8/2017

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New recruits get ready for summer season at Branston

POTATO company Branston has made a number of senior appointments and internal promotions at its Ilminster site, as it gears up for summertime growth. So far this year, seven new people ...
5/5/2017

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US: McCain Foods plans $200 million, 180 job expansion of Idaho plant

The world?s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products wants to expand its facility outside of Burley. McCain Foods USA announced it will invest more than $200 million into expanding ...
5/5/2017

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US: From test tube to plate, UW program keeps spuds clean

Years before that french fry landed on your plate, the plant that would eventually give rise to the spud your fry was cut from was sealed away deep in a secure-access building, growing ...
5/4/2017

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UK: Potato pest and disease identification tool launched

The James Hutton Institute has just launched Buntata, a free Android app to help potato growers identify plant pests and diseases in the field. Produced by the Institute with support ...
5/4/2017

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3.6% increase in potato area in North West Europe estimated

The first potato area estimate from the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) region suggests a possible increase of 3.6% compared with last season. The total planted area is ...
5/4/2017

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Side Delights announces new food blogger challenge

Side Delights announced a new food blogger influencer marketing program that includes sharing of unique branded potato recipes. The last challenge ?#MashItOrSmashIt,? resulted in ...
5/3/2017

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Spain: Packaging format to facilitate logistics and storage of potatoes

Companies are constantly looking for improvements for their products, as well as for ways to facilitate the logistics and offer a good service, which is why Patatas Cataln introduced ...
5/3/2017

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Australia: WA potato farmers prepare to leave industry because of tomato potato psyllid outbreak

"It's more than soul destroying," Alan Parker said as he looked out onto the farm business he had spent his entire life establishing. The seed potato grower will know in the next six ...
5/3/2017

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Potato shortage shines light on Japan's trade policies

Japan's potato chip shortage is getting more serious as supermarket shelves are going empty and producers struggle to create supply. Dwindling stocks at snack makers are the immediate ...
5/3/2017

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McDonald?s Invents a ?Frork? Utensil Made of French Fries

McDonald's wants to get the word out that sandwiches in its new Signature Crafted Recipes line-up are so packed with toppings that you'll need a special utensil to deal with it ? the ...
5/2/2017

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Hot Potato Trends on Front Burner for Florida Growers

The recently held UF/IFAS Potato Field Day in Hastings was the perfect venue to vet some of the latest information regarding production, crop protection, as well as new marketing opportunities ...
5/2/2017

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New laser scanner filters out toxic fries

Amid growing concern about the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the ...
5/2/2017

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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato processor gets 500K loan from ACOA

A potato processor in Souris, P.E.I., is getting a $500,000 loan from the federal government to help expand its business. East Point Potato says the repayable contribution from ACOA ...
5/1/2017

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Lamb Weston / Meijer acquires Oerlemans Potato Division

The acquisition of Oerlemans Foods increases the Lamb Weston / Meijer production capacity for French fries by 85,000 tons. The photo shows cut skin-on potato strips leaving the dryer, ...
5/1/2017

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10 million USD investment announced for potato processing plant in Kenya

Switzerland-based New Ventures, through its food and beverage subsidiary Kingdom Foods [Kingdom GHL] has announced plans to set up a potato processing factory in Kenya, to be located ...
5/1/2017

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North Carolina company introduces new sweet potato product

In hopes of tapping into industry trends around sustainability and eliminating food waste, Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. of Chadbourn, NC is pushing a new type of potato product. ?We?ve ...
5/1/2017

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Japan: No end in sight for ?crisps crisis?

Legions of Japanese crisps addicts are suffering and it doesn?t look like they?ll be getting their full fix anytime soon. The country is in the midst of a dire crisps shortage after ...
4/28/2017

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Lebanon: Plentiful potato production will make exports necessary

Potato growers in the Akkar Valley, Lebanon, have started harvesting their crops for the current agricultural season amid fears that the country will not be able to export its production, ...
4/28/2017

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South Australia extends restrictions to combat tomato potato psyllid

South Australian authorities will further restrict the movement of Western Australian horticultural produce in an effort to prevent the spread of tomato potato psyllid. The latest ...
4/27/2017

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