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Simplot potato processing plant in Grand Forks damaged by fire

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 23, 2018.

An equipment fire at the Simplot potato processing plant in Grand Forks, ND late last Wednesday, forced employees to evacuate and caused an estimated USD 150.000 of damage.

AVEBE pays out full result to its starch potato growers and increases advance

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 23, 2018.

Dutch potato starch manufacterer Avebe has announced that the advance payment for potatoes delivered is being increased to 67 euros a tonne and that the full result of the cooperative will go to the...

New Mexican potato variety Citlali shows resistance to late blight and zebra chip disease

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 19, 2018.

In Mexico, researchers of the National Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock Research Institute (INIFAP), part of the Mexican Ministry of agriculture (SAGARPA), have developed a new potato variety,...

Bühler Aeroglide announces new appointments for Sales and Process Engineering

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 19, 2018.

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial markets has appointed Tom Barber, vice president of capital sales, and Jason Pintuff,...

Potatoes Annual Summary: 2017 US Potato Production Up Slightly

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 18, 2018.

Earlier this month, USDA-NASS published its annual report 'Potatoes 2017 Summary; September 2018'. The 2017 data indicate a slight increase of the total potato production in the United...

Over 20 jobs and 12 old kettle fryers out at Cape Cod Potato Chips as Campbell Soup looks for cost savings

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 18, 2018.

About a quarter of the workers at the Cape Cod Potato Chips facility in Hyannis, Massachusetts were laid off as two of the three production lines are shut down.

Peru expects potato production to increase this year

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 18, 2018.

Peru expects to produce 4.77 million tons of potatoes in the 2018/2019 campaign, more than the 4.45 million tons it produced In the previous season

Asia's leading seaweed snack brand is coming to the United States

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 18, 2018.

Nora Snacks, a US subsidiary of the Thai seaweed manufacturer Taokaenoi brings its popular seaweed chips to American palates

Cargill adds to its Simpure porfolio of label-friendly potato starches

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 18, 2018.

Cargill is expanding its Simpure portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications.

Tong expands sales force with new sales manager and sales support roles

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 18, 2018.

As part of the ongoing growth and development strategy of Tong, the company boosted its sales team with the appointment of a new Sales Manager who will help drive sales throughout the UK and overseas.

United Potato Growers of Canada releases latest crop update

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 16, 2018.

United Potato Growers of Canada has released an update on the potato crop in the various provinces of Canada.

North Carolina Sweet Potato Growers scramble to harvest their crop before hurricane Florence hits

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 13, 2018.

Hurricane Florence, is making landfall in North Carolina, where 55 percent of the US sweet potatoes are grown (acreage) this year.

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 13, 2018.

Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries announces the 10th Anniversary of its multiple award-winning spirit, Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka. In commemoration the distillery has released limited edition 10th...

Tasteful Selections mini sweet potato trays now available in 6 flavors

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 13, 2018.

Tasteful Selections®, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., has expanded its line of mini sweet potato trays to 6 flavors, covering sweet, savory and trending favorites.

Potato Processing Equipment Manufacturer Vanmark opens production plant in India

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 12, 2018.

Vanmark, a potato and produce processing equipment manufacturer, has announced a new facility in Bengaluru, India, expanding its capabilities in the Southeast Asia food processing market.

Macarena - a red skin table potato with excellent heat tolerance will be presented at PotatoEurope

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 11, 2018.

At Potato Europe, breeding company Dr. K.-H. Niehoff will present a new table potato, the Macarena, a variety with a number of traits that are expected to generate particular interest given the...

How to lower the costs of Anti-foam Agents in Potato Processing Facilities

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 10, 2018.

'How to lower Costs of Anti-foam Agent in potato processing facilities' is based on materials provided to PotatoPro by ChemFree Defoam LLC.

McCain Foods recognizes Les Fermes FC Daigle as Top Potato Grower for its Grand Falls Plant

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 10, 2018.

Les Fermes FC Daigle Inc. of Drummond was named the 2017-2018 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Grand Falls, New Brunswick. The Daigle family has been contracting with McCain Foods for 42 years

Grimme presents two new self-propelled potato harvesters at Potato Europe 2018

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 10, 2018.

At this years PotatoEurope, which takes place from 12th to 13th September in Bockerode (near to Hanover, Germany) GRIMME will present two new self-propelled harvesters for the first time at an...

Kenyan county receives 1 million Euro from the European Union to boost potato farming

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 06, 2018.

The county Nyandarua in Kenya has received a Sh116 million (€1 million; USD 1.16 million) grant from the European Union to boost potato farming.

Azerbaijan doubles import duty on potatoes

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 06, 2018.

Starting 5 September Azerbaijan has doubled customs duty on imported potatoes. Until October 31, the import duties on imported potatoes will be 30%

Global Food Prices steady in August

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 06, 2018.

Global Food Prices remained virtually unchanged last month, as indicated by the FAO Food Price Index for August 2018.

A Shortage of Potatoes for Chips? Time to re-evaluate your cutting solutions, says FAM

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 05, 2018.

Brent Bucks of knife manufacturer FAM explains how potato chips processors can increase revenues despite the low quality crop

Computer models provide new insights for sustainable control of potato late blight

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 05, 2018.

Wageningen University & Research uses computer models to develop sustainable management strategies in the control of potato late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans.

Dewulf brings new machines and familiar favourites to Potato Europe 2018

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 04, 2018.

During Potato Europe 2018, Dewulf, manufacturer of a full line of agricultural machinery for the cultivation of potatoes and root crops, will present familiar favourites and two new machines.

Heatwave will result in smaller potato chips, say German manufacturers

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 03, 2018.

The heatwave in Germany is also affecting the harvest of potato varieties needed to make potato chips. Due to the extraordinary weather conditions, the potato chips will be smaller this year.

Leavitt Farms recognized as Champion potato grower for McCain Foods Easton

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 03, 2018.

The Top 10 Potato Growers for the McCain Foods Easton, Maine French Fry plant were recognized at the annual McCain Grower Barbecue at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center in Presque Isle last...

Heat and Control shows latest equipment at Pack Expo in Chicago

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 02, 2018.

Heat and Control has announced they will be exhibiting at PACK EXPO International 2018, where the processing & packaging equipment manufacturer will be demonstrating its next generation of...

Rebranding Potatoes: Real Food. Real Performance

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Sep 02, 2018.

Potatoes USA has launched a video campaign on social media to boost the image of potatoes by focusing on their performance-boosting benefits

A new crop of fingerlings... Yes, Party Potatoes are back!

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 31, 2018.

Old Oak Farms®, RPE’s core commodity brand, is bringing excitement to the fingerling potato for the third year in a row, with Party Potatoes®.

Not enough potatoes in Germany: extreme drought impacts supply Emsland Group

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 31, 2018.

The Emsland Group, a potato processor with seven production plants throughout Germany, explains the supply challenges they are faced with as a result of the extreme drought in Germany and other parts...

Prince Edward Island introduces 'Fries with the Works' to the world

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 30, 2018.

Prince Edward Island has never kept its unique potato dish 'Fries With The Works' a closely guarded secret. But with the publication of a dedicated website and an online map, it is clear...

Jason Allen appointed as CEO of Idaho Potato Packer Mart Produce

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 30, 2018.

Idaho Potato Packer The Mart Group, LLC, operating as Mart Produce, announced the appointment of Jason Allen as its new CEO effective August 23rd, replacing Brian Hansen who has acted as the Interim...

Wada Farms improves year-round availability organic potatoes in partnership with Genesis Organics

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 30, 2018.

Wada Farms announced this week it has entered into a strategic partnership with organic potato packer Genesis Organics located in Southern Idaho.

Potato Starch manufacturer Avebe is looking for growth in Germany

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 29, 2018.

Potato starch manufacturer Avebe is looking to expand its growing area in Germany. Avebe Germany account managers Ulrike Ziervogel and Hauke Warnecke explain the ambitions and how the company intends...

Carl Crandlemire named Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Foods Florenceville-Bristol plant

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 29, 2018.

Carl Crandlemire was named the 2017-2018 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Florenceville-Bristol, NB.

Alsum Farms & Produce Celebrates 45 Years Of Continued Growth With Farm Field Days

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 28, 2018.

Potato Grower, Packer and Shipper Alsum Farms celebrates its 45 years anniversary with Farm Field Days

Environmentally friendly farming practices used by nearly 33% of world’s farms

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 27, 2018.

Nearly one-third of the world’s farms have adopted more environmentally friendly practices, while continuing to be productive (sustainable intensification), according to a global assessment by 17...

Potatoes New Zealand ensures top quality potatoes for export to Fiji

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 27, 2018.

Potatoes New Zealand, the industry's governing body has made a commitment to ensure the quality of potatoes imported from New Zealand by Fiji will be of top quality.

United Kingdom signs deal allowing seed potato export to China

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 27, 2018.

The United Kingdom has signed a major deal allowing the export of seed potatoes to China. The deal is expected to bring major benefits to Scotland, with around 70% of the 100,000 tonnes of seed...

tna to showcase its snack expertise at Pack Expo International in Chicago

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 27, 2018.

Processing and Packaging Equipment manufacturer tna will present the latest cutting-edge solutions for the confectionery and snack industries at this year’s Pack Expo International in Chicago. One of...

Two new flavors added to Boulder Canyon® Kettle Chips Cooked In Rice Bran Oil

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 23, 2018.

Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods®, is expanding its line of Rice Bran Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips with two new flavors, Buffalo Ranch and Sweet Chipotle.

To ease the back to school transition, Frito-Lay introduces 'snackable notes'

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 23, 2018.

As kids go back to school, Frito-Lay variety packs offer parents the opportunity to add a special touch to packed lunches: parents can write or doodle directly on their chip bags

Key Technology Celebrates 70 Years of Innovation

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 23, 2018.

Key Technology is celebrating their 70th anniversary. Since introducing their first automated food processing system in 1948, Key has grown to become a global leader based on the principles of...

AVR introduces the Lynx, a trailed elevator potato harvester

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 23, 2018.

Agricultural Machinery manufacturer AVR introduces a new potato harvester, the Lynx. The Lynx is a two-row trailed elevator harvester capable of both in-line and off-set harvesting.

Processing Equipment manufacturer Idaho Steel creates 'room to grow'

By Jon Christensen jon@idahosteel.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 23, 2018.

Potato Processing Equipment specialist Idaho Steel Products has purchased a property bordering its Idaho Falls facility. This gives the manufacturer 40.000 square feet of building space and room to...

McCain Foods Limited appoints Danielle Barran as new President of Canadian division

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 22, 2018.

McCain Foods announces the appointment of Danielle Barran to country president, McCain Foods (Canada).

Idaho Potato Commission website redesigned

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 21, 2018.

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is thrilled to announce the launch of its redesigned website with more mobile-friendly formats, scroll features, modified layouts and a load-on-demand feature.

'Organic Potatoes Meeting Point' at PotatoEurope 2018 to showcase practical solutions for organic potato cultivation

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 21, 2018.

Some 20 specialist exhibitors will show practical solutions for organic potato cultivation at Potato Europe 2018 exhibition – Demonstrations of mechanical weed control to feature at the event this...

Key Technology and Heat and Control Form Strategic Partnership in Australia, New Zealand and India

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 21, 2018.

Processing Equipment manufacturers Key Technology, Inc. and Heat and Control Pty Ltd. announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to support customers in Australia, New Zealand and...

Belgapom and VAVI respond to commotion in potato sector

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 20, 2018.

The warm and dry weather of recent months has caused a commotion in the potato sector in Northern Europe. This is why representatives of both the Dutch and Belgian potato sectors came together to...

University of Lethbridge shows industry partners its growing potato research activities

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 18, 2018.

Last Friday, the University of Lethbridge has opened the doors to its Potato Research Lab to showcase the work being done to support potato growers and processors.

Zeracryl has developed an efficient solution for the reduction of acrylamide in french fries

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 16, 2018.

The Norwegian company Zeracryl has developed an efficient solution for reduction of acrylamide in French fries.

How to measure if a potato is PEF-treated just right?

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 14, 2018.

In Pulsed Electric Field Treatment of potato, the treatment intensity needs to be monitored to optimize process performance and product yield. So how can that be done?

Dewulf launches new transfer combi – the Field Loader 240 at potato event in Westmaas

By marja@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 14, 2018.

Dewulf, full-liner in agricultural machines for the cultivation of potatoes and root crops, launches a unique transfer combi: the Field Loader 240. The machine will be officially launched during the...

Potato growers propose pan-European approach to resolve contract issues with processors due to extreme weather

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 14, 2018.

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) conclude that the potato production this year in North-Western Europe will be much lower than average and that quality issues will be a main challenge.

Climate-resilient spuds in focus at Potatoes in Practice 2018

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 14, 2018.

Research at the James Hutton Institute has identified genetic variations which can help protect potato crop yields at high temperature, potentially providing potato breeders with a valuable tool in...

Washington potato growers struggling to keep up with demand

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 13, 2018.

The Washington State Potato Commission, headquartered in Moses Lake, Washington, has been pleasantly surprised by the weather and its impact on this year’s potato crop in the state.

Range of potato experiments underway at Maine Research Farm (Aroostook)

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 12, 2018.

Farmers, researchers and members of the public gathered at the University of Maine’s Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle last Wednesday to learn about the latest in potato research.

Tanzania, Netherlands sign potato deal

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 12, 2018.

The permanent secretary in the ministry of Agriculture, Mr Mathew Mtigumwe, and the Dutch Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Jeroen Verheul, signed the document on behalf of the two governments.

Continuing drought and extreme heat a disaster for the potato harvest and processors

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 08, 2018.

The extreme heat and drought is a disaster for the upcoming potato harvest. And for processors too: in Belgium, potato chips manufacturer Roger&Roger (Croky) temporarily halts production of some...

Equipment manufacturer Idaho Steel celebrates its 100-year anniversary

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 07, 2018.

This year, equipment manufacturer Idaho Steel celebrates its 100-year anniversary...

ARS scientists streamline process to introduce multiple genes - as is required to make potatoes resistant to late blight

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 06, 2018.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, California, have found a way to streamline the process that scientists use to insert multiple genes into a crop plant. Simplot is planning to...

Centre of excellence for seed potatoes planned in Gujarat

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 06, 2018.

A centre for excellence for potato-seed is all set to come up in Gujarat, through a collaboration between Indian and Dutch companies.

Potato Processing company J.R. Simplot acquires license for CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing technology

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 06, 2018.

J.R. Simplot has acquired a license for CRISPR-Cas9 and related gene editing tools. This provides Simplot with another avenue to add desirable traits to fruits and vegetables, including potatoes.

Tasmanian potato growers want better contract with McCain Foods

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 06, 2018.

A Northern Tasmanian farmer has lashed out at McCain over contract potato pricing, as Australian consumer watchdog ACCC begins an investigation into the potato processor.

Indra Nooyi steps down as CEO of Pepsico; Ramon Laguarta appointed as successor

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 06, 2018.

Indra Nooyi will step down as CEO of Pepsico on October 3rd, but will remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. She will be succeeded by Ramon Laguarta.

Potato Company Tasteful Selections continues to expand

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 04, 2018.

Tasteful Selections, a pioneer in the growing bite-size potato category, announces another facility expansion to accommodate growing customer and consumer demand.

Retail Potato Sales United States in June: Volume Down, Value Up

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 04, 2018.

According to the latest numbers provided by potatoes USA, the total volume of potatoes sold at retail in the United States was down 3.2% in June 2018 compared to June 2017, though the value did...

Potato company RD Offutt halts controversial agricultural expansion in Minnesota

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 04, 2018.

RD Offutt, the largest potato producer in Minnesota, is backing away from a controversial expansion in the State just south of the Mississippi River headwaters after state regulators insisted on an...

FAO Food Price index July falls sharply

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 04, 2018.

The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 168.8 points in July 2018, down as much as 6.5 points (3.7 percent) from June and 10.3 points (3.7 percent) from the corresponding period last year.

UK potato processing companies say serious issues with potato supply 'extremely likely'

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 03, 2018.

The Potato Processing companies in the United Kingdom have released a statement through the Potato Processors’ Association Ltd (PPA), expressing their concern for the impact of current weather...

Frito-Lay invests USD 159 million in its Frankfort, Indiana snack production plants

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 02, 2018.

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division will invest $159 million in Frankfort, Indiana to enhance its current operations at two locations in this US city. The investment will add two new snack production lines...

UK Potato plantings down three per cent amid extreme weather conditions

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Aug 02, 2018.

The total area in Great Britain planted with potatoes is estimated at 119,000 hectares(ha), a fall of three per cent on the previous year. This would represent the third-lowest planted area on...

popchips sells its European brand and operations to Intersnack

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 30, 2018.

Earlier this month, KP Snacks, part of the Intersnack Group, announced it had reached an agreement to acquire Popchips Ltd, which owns and operates the Popchips brand for Europe.

Cavendish Farms closes Fresh Pack Facility on PEI: not enough potatoes on the island

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 30, 2018.

Cavendish Farms announced today that they will close their fresh pack facility in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island due to the limited availability of potatoes on Prince Edward Island

Ireland: Potatoes stop growing in parched earth

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 29, 2018.

David Rodgers, growing potatoes in normally lush and fertile North Co Dublin says the unprecedented conditions over recent weeks – from an exceptionally cold spring to a record-breaking hot summer –...

Potato Farmers Prince Edward Island are planting more mustard than ever

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 29, 2018.

Potato Growers on Prince Edward Island report they are planting more mustard than ever this year.

Texas A&M potato breeding trials offer Reds, Russets, Babies and Bakers

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 29, 2018.

Earlier this month Texas A&M held its annual Potato Field Day where it presented a range of new potato varieties.

German Potato Processing Industry Association expects crop shortage due to drought

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 27, 2018.

The German Association of Fruit, Vegetables and Potato Processing Industry (BOGK) expects that the potato harvest in Germany and Europe will be significantly reduced in quantity, as well as quality...

Nick Vermont retires from McCain Foods (GB), Howard Snape will replace him.

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 27, 2018.

McCain, the UK’s number one frozen potato brand, has announced that Nick Vermont will be retiring from the business after a 35-year career at McCain Foods. Howard Snape will replace Nick as regional...

Potato Industry Event Interpom Primeurs 2018 already fully booked

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 26, 2018.

The INTERPOM PRIMEURS, a trade show entirely focused on the potato industry held November 25 - 27 2018 in Kortrijk Xpo (Belgium), has already sold out all stand space.

Key Technology Appoints Agustin Alcantara Rosales as Regional Manager for Mexico

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 24, 2018.

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the appointment of Agustin Alcantara Rosales as Regional Sales Manager for Mexico.

Single source snack solutions showcased at the Heat and Control and Ishida Open House

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 24, 2018.

Heat and Control and Ishida have demonstrated their complete solutions in snacks food production Open House event at the Ishida factory facility in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Key Technology Appoints Bret Larreau as Director of Latin America and Asia Sales

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Bret Larreau to the position of Director of Latin America and Asia Sales.

Maine potatoes healthy, despite heat and lack of rain, but the amount of precipitation remains a concern

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

Despite widely fluctuating temperatures and a lack of rain, the executive director of the Maine Potato Board said Monday that the state’s potato crop remains healthy.

Sustainable Food Policy Alliance to drive progress in US Policies on Food and Farming

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

Four of the largest food companies in the United States have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new organization focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people...

Chinese scientists prevent potato sprouting with hydrophobic nano silica

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 11, 2018.

Chinese scientists have developed a new method to prevents the sprouting of potatoes: Hydrophobic nano silica

Drought might impact European potato production more than slightly increased acreage

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 11, 2018.

Total potato production in North-western Europe will be mostly determined by yield, as extreme drought plagues the crop, growing on a one percent larger acreage

Idahoan Foods takes insurer to court over 2016 potato plant fire

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 11, 2018.

Dehydrated potato manufacturer Idahoan Foods has filed lawsuit against its insurer related to a 2016 fire at the Idaho Supreme potato dehydration plant in Firth.

Pulsed Electric Field in Potato Processing: Impact on Sustainability

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 10, 2018.

A recent study on the impact of Pulsed Electric Field treatment (PEF) in the potato processing industry has shown substantial benefits in comparison to the regular process using conventional...

Nestle patents infant formula based on potato protein microparticles

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 10, 2018.

Nestle has applied for a patent for an infant formula based on potato protein microparticles. The company presents it as a naturally hypoallergenic infant formula that is suitable for infants with...

Avebe appoints new members to its Supervisory Board

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 10, 2018.

Dutch Potato Starch Cooperative Avebe has appointed two new members to its Supervisory Board: Dirk Kloosterboer and Robert Smith.

Nomad has completed the acquisition of Aunt Bessie's

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 10, 2018.

Earlier this month Nomad Foods Limited announced that it had completed its previously announced acquisition of Aunt Bessie’s Limited from William Jackson & Son Limited for a purchase price of...

The FAO Food Price Index slips in June on heightened trade tensions

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 09, 2018.

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.7 points in June 2018, down 2.4 points (1.3 percent) from its level in May, representing the first month-on month decline since the beginning of this year. Most...

Rue Farms Rustic Potato Chips distributed in 7+ States after only 5 years

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 09, 2018.

About five years ago, Jeanne and Matt Rue were frying batches of chips in a deep fryer from their farm in Ohio and selling them at local farmer’s markets and festivals. Now, Rue Farms Rustic Potato...

Idaho potato crop on track despite early cool weather

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 09, 2018.

Idaho potato fields looked good as of early July as plants closed in over rows, signaling the tubers are preparing to grow strongly amid the hot-day, cool-night march toward harvest.

For now, no decrease in potato price in India

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 09, 2018.

Potato prices in India are not going to come down in the near future as the production of the crop has been reportedly around 20 per cent lower this year in potato growing states.

How Pepsico's shift towards healthier snacks plays out in Thailand

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 07, 2018.

As PepsiCo Food is shifting towards healthier options in Thailand, the company aims to make its multigrain snack Sunbites a trademark healthy snack brand among Thais.

Potato Farmers in Uganda are waiting for new GM 'Victoria'

By Paul@foodinnovationonline.com from PotatoPro News English. Published on Jul 07, 2018.

Victoria - a popular local potato variety in Uganda - is extremely susceptible to potato Late Blight disease, but a resistant GM version of this variety has been developed. With testing almost...
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