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Idaho spud growers co-op says McCain contract is small potatoes

Idaho farmers who raise potatoes for making frozen fries fear a contract being offered by a Canadian food manufacturer could quash their chances of earning better profits in 2018 and ...
12/28/2017

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Australia?s ?Big Potato? is up for sale

We know that it?s Christmas and your bank accounts are getting a little dusty, but you guys? The Big Potato is up for sale. Living in the shadow of other large monuments like The Big ...
12/27/2017

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South Korea re-opens market for potatoes from Idaho, Washington and Oregon

The South Korean government announced the reopening of its market for table-stock potatoes from the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The market had been closed ...
12/27/2017

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Hershey goes beyond chocolate with acquisition of Tyrrell?s potato chips, SkinnyPop

Hershey Co. is expanding further beyond chocolate, agreeing to buy the owner of SkinnyPop popcorn and Tyrrell?s potato chips for $921 million. The U.S. candy giant agreed to buy Amplify ...
12/27/2017

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US: $105,000 grant will fund research into rotation crops for potato growers

A more than $100,000 grant will fund a project that to explore potential rotation crops for potato growers in the state, according to the Maine Potato Board. Jake Dyer, agronomist ...
12/27/2017

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Support available to visit 10th World Potato Congress for delegates of developing countries

Delegates to the 10th World Potato Congress from developing and transitional countries may qualify for financial support from World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC Inc.). David Thompson, ...
12/27/2017

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Lamb Weston announces $250 million investment in additional fry line

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced an expansion of french fry processing capacity in North America and an increase in its quarterly dividend. ?The french fry category has been growing ...
12/27/2017

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China?s potato production to rebound; demand for french fries and chips stronger

As the largest potato producer in the world, China?s 2017/18 fresh potato production is forecast at 97 million metric tons (MMT), due to an expansion of potato area. During the 2016/17 ...
12/20/2017

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US: Cape Cod Potato Chip?s parent company sold in billion-dollar deal

Campbell Soup Co. announced on Monday it will buy Snyder?s-Lance Inc., the Charlotte-based parent company of Cape Cod Potato Chips, in an all-cash deal valued at $4.87 billion. The ...
12/20/2017

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New insights into potato blight open the door to biological protection

A team of international researchers headed by scientists from the University of Tbingen has deciphered the workings of a cytolytic toxin, which is produced by some of the world?s ...
12/20/2017

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UK: NFU calls for better communication in potato sector

Potato packers and processors can drive the sector forward by communicating better with growers about how they can improve their crop, according to a new report by the NFU. Following ...
12/19/2017

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Indian delegation to participate in 10th World Potato Congress

Indian authorities are looking to partake in the 10 World Potato Congress. Today, India ranks as the world?s third largest potato producing nation, with production in 2017 of around ...
12/19/2017

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Researchers deliver first-ever food potato genomes

NRGene, an Israeli company specializing in genomic assembly and analysis, is working with a team of researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands and leading ...
12/19/2017

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Idaho Russet potato market edges tighter

The Russet potato market in Idaho is edging tighter as supplies become stretched. Yields are moderately down in the region, with the State of Idaho issuing a report that indicates ...
12/18/2017

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US: Washington State Potato Commission bringing excitement to the industry

There are three primary roles the Washington State Potato Commission plays in assisting its potato growers, but according to Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake, WA-based ...
12/18/2017

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NL: Kiremko introduced its own sustainability label

Corporate Social Responsibility has been elevated to a higher level by Kiremko with the introduction of its own sustainability label. Kiremko?s Fair Future label stands for consciously ...
12/18/2017

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Researchers trace the potato?s origins, learn about its untapped potential

A team of researchers has charted the potato's lineage in order to learn how it was domesticated and how its DNA evolved over time. Richard Veilleux, head of the Department of Horticulture ...
12/15/2017

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British potato company set to increase pack-out by 73% before Christmas Day

Demand for potatoes in the build up to Christmas will send a British potato factory into overdrive this festive season. More than 2,000 tonnes of potatoes will be packed and distributed ...
12/15/2017

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Sweden: Scientists are making smoothies with potato milk

Swedish food researcher Eva Tornberg has created potato milk. The plan is to produce and sell the product as an alternative to milk, yoghurt, cream and ice cream. The milk has been ...
12/15/2017

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Denmark: KMC released potato starch-based cheese

KMC, a Danish based producer of starch and other potato based ingredients, announced that it has released a potato starch-based vegan-friendly cheese called Cheesemaker CF 30, which ...
12/13/2017

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History of french fries: All about the origins of the world?s favourite potato fritters

Thin, crisp and oh-so indulgent, there is nothing quite as addictive as French fries. The deep fried potato fritters have caught the fancy of foodies for centuries, across continents ...
12/13/2017

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Genes in storage: Husband and wife team dig into what genes lead to longer potato storability

With the help of a $1.37 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), husband-and-wife team Dylan Kosma and Patricia Santos hope to discover, on a genetic level, ways ...
12/13/2017

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Promotion: Potatoes USA spotlights performance athletes on website

A new feature has launched on the PotatoGoodness.com website, designed to spotlight athletes from around the US potato industry and share how they are fueling their performance with ...
12/12/2017

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Aviko Announces Agreement with INS Ecosystem to Join Online Grocery Marketplace

INS, the decentralized ecosystem for the grocery market, has announced that leading potato processing company, Aviko intends to be listed on the INS Ecosystem, joining the direct-to-consumer ...
12/12/2017

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US: Russet potato supplies are tight, boosting prices

While potato production nationwide in 2017 fell less than 1 percent, things were very different in the Pacific Northwest. Combined production in Idaho, Washington and Oregon this year ...
12/11/2017

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USDA reports North American potato production down slightly

The latest estimate for North American fall potato production is 505 million cwt., down 1% from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Canadian growers harvested ...
12/11/2017

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How the humble potato helped bring peace in war-split Europe

The humble potato brought centuries of relative calm and prosperity to Europe after its introduction in the 16th century, a new study says. The crop, discovered in Latin America in ...
12/11/2017

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Canada: P.E.I. shipping in potatoes to make up for low crop yield

Prince Edward Island has experienced a lower potato crop yield than usual this year and has been forced to ship in spuds from other areas of the country to make up for it.​ The ...
12/10/2017

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Rocketing potato sales in Wales highlights popularity of homegrown produce

Aldi?s potato sales in Wales have risen by a third since the retailer began sales of Welsh potatoes five months ago, highlighting the popularity of homegrown produce in the country. ...
12/7/2017

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UK: Branston field manager scoops AHDB award

Branston?s senior field manager Jim Aitken took home AHDB Potatoes? coveted ?Above and Beyond? award at this year?s BP2017 potato show in Harrogate. The award, which is presented to ...
12/7/2017

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McCain UK opens its own specialty ?Roastaurant? in London

McCain is opening the doors to its own speciality restaurant, the Roastaurant, to celebrate the diversity of one of the nation?s favourite meals. The Roastaurant will provide roast ...
12/7/2017

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Grimme partners with Tomra to create new integrated grading and sorting solution

GRIMME Group announces that it has joined forces with TOMRA, a global leader in food sorting solutions. The partnership will result in the TOMRA FPS (Field Potato Sorter) being integrated ...
12/7/2017

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Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys

More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also ...
12/6/2017

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US: Kettles?s chip bags track potatoes back to farm where they were grown

Kettle Brand potato chip company has started placing Tater Tracker codes on its chip bags for customers to scan and learn about the farmers who supplied the crops for them. The code ...
12/6/2017

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USAID: Potato a means to boost farmers? incomes in Kenya

Under the USAid-funded ?Feed the Future Programme? being implemented through the Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises, we ventured into the potato to increase productivity ...
12/6/2017

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Canadian research looks at the use and loss of nitrogen fertilizer in potato crops

Potato plants need a lot of nitrogen to produce tubers at optimum levels, but with more applied nitrogen comes an increased risk of nitrogen loss to the atmosphere. Guillermo Hernandez ...
12/5/2017

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Demand for complete potato processing lines on the increase, expert says

According to Arjan Brouwer, general sales manager at processing equipment manufacturer Kiremko, the demand for complete potato processing lines has increased over the past few years ...
12/5/2017

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Swiss study finds staggering losses of the potato supply from ?field to fork?

Over 50% of the potato harvest is lost from field to fork, and losses occur in the entire chain, from producers and processing wholesalers, to retailers and consumers. This is the ...
12/5/2017

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New ventilated potato sack helps stop the rot

A jute bag with ?ventilated striping? could help Scottish seed potato exporters minimise bacterial growth during export. European packaging supplier LC Packaging has developed a hessian ...
12/5/2017

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Global potato processors wring efficiency from eco-friendly upgrades

European processors have worked to align themselves with the environmental goals passed by their home countries. Their innovative responses to those new rules have led, in some cases, ...
12/4/2017

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Aqua-Yield revolutionizes phosphorus retention

With drastically improved phosphorus retention and application rates at only 4 ounces per acre, Aqua-Yield introduces NanoPhos, now available for a worldwide release. Established research ...
12/4/2017

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Data leads to smarter center pivot irrigation

Information is one of the most powerful tools growers have in their arsenal ? and the methods we use to gather it are always advancing. These days, growers can gather data about soil ...
12/3/2017

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UK: First SDHI fungicide to control Rhizoctonia said to offer 20% more yield

The first in-furrow SDHI fungicide for potatoes offers farmers another option for controlling Black scurf, caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani, a disease that can slash marketable ...
12/3/2017

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Potato prices slump in India?s Punjab province

Potato prices in India?s Punjab province have plummeted to abysmally low levels leaving farmers distressed. The crop is being sold in the wholesale market at around Rs 2.5 per kg, ...
12/3/2017

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Chile: Potato producers end a complex season

Potato producers aren?t very happy with how the 2016/2017 season ended. High production and low prices were the keynote of the period, according to The Potato Market 2016/2017 Season, ...
12/3/2017

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US: Potato marketers see lower volumes, firm pricing

Tough growing conditions in some regions ? and a wide range of temperatures during harvest ? led to a U.S. potato crop that marketers describe as about average. ?This year we faced ...
12/3/2017

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Study shows advantages of locating next North American potato fry plant in Idaho

Any processor planning to build a new frozen fry plant would be wise to locate it in Idaho, according to a recently completed economics study funded by the Idaho Potato Commission. ...
11/26/2017

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British Potato 2017: Latest technical updates from potato event

The latest potato agronomic developments were showcased and industry concerns aired at BP2017, held in Harrogate, North Yorks. More data is needed to assess and respond to the threat ...
11/26/2017

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US: Retail potato sales inch up for third straight month

In September, the total potato category was up 0.08 percent by weight when compared to the same time frame last year according to numbers from Potatoes USA. The total potato category ...
11/26/2017

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UK: ?Potato Lono? fertilizer promises major yield uplift

Levity CropScience has unveiled new research claiming its product Potato Lono can increase potato yields by up to $1,000 per hectare. The UK-based business said that independent three-year ...
11/25/2017

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