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Spud vending machine proves critics wrong
Two of Scotland’s top potato producers, men with a slick, multimillion-pound arable enterprise, were installing a spud vending machine in a Dundee shopping centre?The doubters says the concept was bizarre and asked if the potatoes would be dispensed one at a time. They wondered if shoppers would need to.....

US: Sweet potatoes not just a holiday item
Most consumers believe that sweet potatoes are a seasonal crop available from September to January because they are prominent during the winter holidays. Although sweet potatoes experience a peak season during the fall and winter months, multiple varieties of sweet potatoes are available year-round. “During.....

PEI potato growers want govt. to pay for screening
A group of P.E.I. potato farmers who all sell potatoes to the same buyer do not believe it makes sense to each buy and install metal detectors to screen for inserted needles.That’s why they want government funds dedicated for food tampering screening to go instead toward metal detectors at the one central.....

India: NCP workers protest MEP onion hike
Activist of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) protested against the hike in minimum export price (MEP) fixed by the Centre on export of onions last Thursday.They staged a protest by blocking the Mumbai-Agra National highway and Nashik-Pune highway and also held demonstrations at several places in the.....

India: Uttarakhand to cultivate onions on commercial scale
Uttarakhand is all set to promote cultivation of onion from this year. The Centre has selected Uttarakhand as one of the states for cultivating seeds of imported onions. This variety of onion can be grown during winters too. These imported onions are less pungent and bigger in size in comparison to onions.....

France: potato prices stabilized
Potato prices in France stabilized late last week. Significant quantities have been delivered over the past 2 weeks. The fresh wholesale market closed with a few shipments from Nord/Pas-de-Calais, France to Romania, reports Fiwap.

using new generation denesting machines
Dörr follows new trend: packaging potatoes in cardboard trays
It is becoming more and more popular to package potatoes in cardboard trays. The trays come in the consumer measured quantities of one, one and a half and two kilos. Dörr Kampen is following this trend closely with their denesting machine. The new generation ofDörr denesting machines feature a specially.....

US (GA): Appeals court approves Vidalia onion limits
The state appeals court says the state has the power to tell Georgia's Vidalia onion farmers not to pick their crop too soon.Last year, Tattnall County farmer Troy Bland sued Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. He argued that Black overstepped his authority by requiring Vidalia onion farmers to wait.....


Potato consumption in Spain down 12% in six years
The preference of large distribution chains to import old potatoes for storage, bought at low prices, has caused a 12% drop in potato consumption in Spain over the last six years. According to data from the Food Consumption Panel MAGRAMA 2014, Spain has gone from an annual domestic consumption of 1,147,000.....


AHDB Next Generation group explore potato processing
The AHDB Potatoes ‘Next Generation’ tour kicked off in Yorkshire last month, visiting two progressive Yorkshire based potato businesses. The day focused on processing, a star performer of the £4.1bn GB potato industry.The first session in Scarborough was hosted at the GB headquarters of McCain Foods. As the.....


UK: AHDB releases 2015 first total potato plantings
The first estimate of total potato plantings1 for the 2015 crop year in Great Britain from AHDB Potatoes is 113,100 hectares. This is down 6.6% on the final 2014 planting figure of 121,100ha. This initial estimate is provisional, being based on a sample2 covering 64% of producers by area. As with all.....


Mexico: Chihuahua largest producer of onion
Thanks to their production and quality, the state of Chihuahua has positioned itself as the number one producer of onions in Mexico with a production of over 110,508 tons in 2014.The Department of Agriculture stated that the cultivation of onions has risen in the state in recent years. Expectations are that,.....

Canada: Potato tampering tips award raised to $500K
The P.E.I. potato industry has raised the stakes for information leading to the conviction of anyone who has been inserting metal objects into Island potatoes.The reward money has steadily increased. In November, the industry had originally put up a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction......

Onions NZ makes changes for export growth
Onions New Zealand Inc (ONZ) is the peak body representing onion growers and export marketers. Its role is to identify, develop and maintain competitive advantages for the benefit of the New Zealand Onion Industry, as well as promote the effective export marketing of onions.Onions New Zealand now enters a.....

McCain Australia
Limited edition flavored frozen potato wedges launched
McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘Chorizo and Caramelised Onion’ and ‘Samosa’ flavours. The Samosa wedges consist of the potato wedge with a flavor mix of coriander, cumin, turmeric and garlic herbs and spices.Both flavors of wedges are designed to be accompanied with different dipping.....

Branston Cornish new potatoes launched by Jack Stein
Leading potato supplier, Branston, has teamed up with one of Cornwall’s finest chefs to celebrate the start of the Cornish potato season.Cornish chef and son of legendary chef Rick, Jack Stein is the ambassador for Branston’s PR campaign for the Cornish season. This includes branded content for the website.....

India: Dehydrated onion exports down 70%
High prices of raw onions have resulted in a fall in shipments of the dehydrated variety from India by 70 per cent during 2015. Dehydration units generally commence production from January and continue till July.About 14,000 tonnes of dehydrated onion have been exported between January and June, against.....

Turkey: Potato prices drop below €0.60 a kilo
Up until the last week of April potatoes were being sold for €1.50 a kilo, but an acceleration in the harvest coming to production centres has meant that the price has dropped to €0.60 a kilo.The chairman of Balikesir's Vegetable and Fruit sellers, Ayhan Baydan made a statement in which he explains that.....

India: 9,000 MT buffer stock to prevent onion shortage
A stitch in time saves nine. This seems to be mantra of the Centre as far as onion procurement is concerned. The government has so far created a buffer stock of around 9,000 metric tonnes of the commodity to ward off any scarcity which usually occurs between August and October every year.The Union government.....

US (NC): Tight supply sweet potato storage crop
“The market for sweet potatoes is strong,” says Jose Calderon (aka Pepe) with Farm Pak. “Demand is higher than normal and supply from storage is becoming tight.” Sweet potatoes have never been a popular summer crop and although demand slowed down for the summer, Farm Pak is experiencing strong movement this.....

Bangladesh: Early potato forecast to keep prices stable
The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics plans to start early forecasting of rice and potato production next year to reduce the information gap in the market and help keep the prices stable.Traders sometimes hike prices of essential commodities, taking advantage of the information gap related to production, said.....

Bangladesh: Importers fear Indian price hike
Bangladeshi importers are fearing market instability after India declared it is hiking onion prices by $175 per tonne to $430, saying the news from across the border came when demands are high due to Ramadan.“Even when we were importing onions at $255 per tonne, the prices ranged between Tk 22-25 per.....


Nigeria: Late rainfall causing price hike
The late arrival of the rains and the ongoing fasting period pushed up the prices of Irish potatoes and tomatoes by about 200 per cent in Plateau, a market survey revealed.The survey, conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend in Bokkos, found that a bag of Irish potatoes that sold for.....


Cold weather contributes to tough Jersey Royal market
The harvest of Jersey Royals will continue till the end of July with a steady supply, but the weather made this season tough for the famous potato."It has been a frustrating season," according to William Church from The Jersey Royal Company. "It has principally been dictated by a period of prolonged cool.....

Peri & Sons and The Produce Mom continue onion education
Peri & Sons Farms® will continue their partnership with The Produce Mom® for the third year in a row. Peri & Sons passionately grows white, red, yellow, sweet and organic onions year round.The partnership between Peri & Sons and The Produce Mom will focus on educating consumers about selecting,.....

US (NC): Export boost for 'exotic' sweet potatoes
Europeans, Brits and Canadians are responding to an aggressive campaign marketing sweet potatoes from North Carolina."The sweet potato to them is new, it's like an exotic fruit almost, or an exotic vegetable. They don't know a lot about it," said Kelly McIver of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.....

Partially hydrogenated oils & trans fats
Potato Industry well-positioned on FDA action
On June 16, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially announced its long anticipated regulation to revoke the “Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)” status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) – a source of artificial trans fatty acids (TFAs) – for use in food. The food industry has three years to.....

Poland: Considerable drop in potato exports
According to information from the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics, Polish potato exports have registered a considerable drop.According to experts of the Institute, in the first quarter of 2015 Polish potato exports amounted to just around 6 thousand tonnes, compared to 12.1 thousand tonnes in.....

Canada (ON): Finishing up a tough 2014 onion season
Holland Marsh is a wetland and agricultural area in the province of Ontario. It’s the largest onion growing region in the country. “In terms of yield, we had an excellent 2014 onion crop,” says Dan Sopuch with Marshland Gardens. “Good growing conditions, no disease pressure and no insect pressure resulted in.....

Prosecutors eye proceeds from convicted potato growers’ auction
A federal trial jury in December 2014 found brothers Aaron Scott Johnson and Derek Martin Johnson, both originally from Northwood, N.D., guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud involving federal crop insurance and federal crop disaster programs, as well as making false statements to the U.S......

French Anjou shallots soon to have a PGI
Whilst the shallot season is in full-swing, the Fleuron d’Anjou cooperative have announced that an “Anjou Shallot” PGI is imminent. The decision will take effect at the end of July and was long awaited by the 30 producers in the sector. Anjou shallots are planted and harvested by hand and cover 150 hectares......

AU: Spud growers fear going broke
Potato growers will not dig in for a fight with the State Government over deregulation but have warned they face financial ruin unless there is an orderly transition to an open market.The growers have emerged from meetings in the South West saying they will work with the Government on deregulation in 2017 if.....


Italy: Growing potato business thanks to Actrice
Thanks to the exclusive import of the seed from the Netherlands, Marmocchi Angiolino has been planning the production and sale of Actrice potatoes in different areas of Italy for three years. "Actrice is an Agro Plant variety that continues to be very popular in different production areas - from Bari all the.....

"Seeing Possibilities in Potatoes"
New global identity for Lamb Weston®
Lamb Weston® announces today the launch of a new global brand identity expressed by the tagline "Seeing Possibilities in Potatoes". The launch aligns Lamb Weston® operations worldwide under a common brand vision, describing how Lamb Weston® brings value to its customers' business.Extensive research in more.....


Italy: New garlic season starting
The new garlic season in Spain is starting and the first quantities of 'white spring' have been arriving from Andalusia.Francesco Delfanti, sales manager forDelfanti Trade s.r.l., explained that "the quality of the Spanish produce is excellent for both the white and pink varieties. The latter is very.....


"The prices have almost doubled"
Import of potatoes from the Mediterranean just not worth it
The availability of German new potatoes is steadily increasing. John Ioannidis, who is responsible for the import and export at Johann Koch, a family business for over 100 years, says: "For the farmers the current season is better than the last, the demand is good and keeps on growing."The prices are.....


Slight decrease in North West European potato production 2015
According to the latest forecasts from the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers), potato acreage (excl. plant and starch) over the 5 main producing countries in North West Europe is expected to decrease by about 2.5% to reach a total of about 530,000 hectares. Based on the 5 year average of 47.2.....

Jan Breesnee jr: Quality the only bright spot
"Difficult to make your margins this onion season"
The onion season will be over after this week for onion sorting company Breesnee from Achthuizen. "We had some threes yesterday and today we're turning over the last ones for Africa," says Jan Breesnee jr. He looks back on a bad season. "We had to pay for a lot at the grower and couldn't get it back in the.....

US (WI): Potato industry board election complete
Wisconsin's potato growers have elected one new director and re-elected two other directors to the industry's market order board. Richard Okray of Plover has been chosen to repersent District 2, with John T. Schroeder of Antigo and John Bobeck from Markesan re-elected to their posts in Districts 1 and 3.The.....

US (ID): Potato price-fixing lawsuit settled
A federal judge has signed off on a $25 million settlement in a lawsuit between wholesale grocers and potato farming associations accused of forming a price-fixing cartel.Associated Wholesale Grocers filed the class-action lawsuit in 2010, contending that potato growers in Idaho and elsewhere conspired to.....

$1m to protect P.E.I. potato farmers
Hayden Produce Inc. is using a metal detector to make sure its potatoes are completely safe going to market. Here, Paul Squires, who works at the Vernon Bridge farm, shows off some of the product.The vulnerability of P.E.I.’s largest agricultural crop will get some much-needed protection with the.....

India: Onion crop hit by disease
Onion growers in the district have been instructed to take precautionary measures to protect the crop from diseases and adverse climatic conditions, Horticulture Department Deputy Director Devraj has said.Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, he said onion was one of the major crops in the district and.....

US (GA): Fewer Vidalia onions this year
Heavy rainfall and high winds contributed to Georgia farmers growing fewer Vidalia onions this year, but demand for the popular vegetable and low yields for Texas onions helped keep prices steady.According to Cliff Riner, coordinator of the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center,.....

EU: Potato crop 4m tonnes more than previous year
The 2014 crop year is slowly coming to an end with an EU-5 yield of 28.6 million tonnes – over 4 million tonnes more than the previous year – due to extended acreage combined with optimal weather conditions.The lack of demand for the exportation of fresh potatoes and over supply from the growers meant there.....

Ireland: Growers receiving €750/t for new season potatoes
New season growers are receiving €750/t for potatoes this week, according to TJ O’Shea of the Co. Kilkenny packing operation O Shea Farms.“Yields are in the region of 5t/ac,” he said and early potatoes are an expensive crop to grow but at these prices farmers are making a margin. "The cold spring delayed the.....


Peru: Imports of precooked potatoes increased
Peru, a country with thousands of varieties of potatoes, imported 24,000 tons of precooked potatoes worth US $ 23 million during 2014.This is 9% higher than in 2013, according to the Center for Foreign Trade (CCEX) of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima (CCL)."This increase is highly significant due to the.....

US (ID): Specialty potato crop ahead of schedule
The current supply of specialty potatoes is slowing from the 2014 crop. New specialty potato crop is progressing ahead of schedule and looks excellent. “Our fingerlings are holding very well and it appears we will not gap this year,” explains Jerry Tominaga of Southwind Farms.Idaho harvest begins at the end.....

Investigations into the cause of Field Fresh crop losses are ongoing
Tas onion growers remain tight lipped
Tasmanian onion growers who supply Field Fresh are asking questions that might take some time to answer following major crop devaluation and low pack-out rates reported in recent days. “There could be reasons why there is a problem. They grow for different companies and they grow under different.....

India: 40% drop in demand expected during Ramadan
According to Mr Gopi Nath, owner of Nicola Foods, a company devoted to the export and trade of fresh fruit and vegetables from southern India to destinations like Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UAE or Oman, “the market flow for potatoes this season has been good so far, with no issues with the.....


Germany: Stagnating demand leads to price reductions
The supply of German new potatoes steadily increased in calendar week 24. This emerges from the BLE market update of calendar week 24, 2015. The early types of Annabelle and Berber were available at all German wholesale markets, while the types Leyla, Linda and Musica were only traded on the wholesale.....


Bas Alblas, Lamb Weston / Meijer:
"Facts support that fries aren’t unhealthy"
Last year, Lamb Weston / Meijer was in the news with two hefty investments. The production location in Bergen op Zoom is expanded, and investments are done in Kruiningen in an update of the existing plant. High time to talk to CEO Bas Alblas about the developments within the company, the image of Lamb.....

Potato trader John Groeneweg:
"Hopefully new potato season will be better"
Aardappelhandel Groeneweg from Oudewater is ending the old potato season this week. The wholesaler mainly supplies potatoes to wholesalers and stores, and specializes in consumer packaging. "Hopefully the new season will be better than last year. It hasn't been positive, particularly for the growers......


Potato farmers travel south to learn from Argentinian growers
Maine and Canadian potato growers and McCain Foods executives travelled 12,000 miles south this winter to visit with their counterparts in Argentina to see what they could learn from each other.The group of 10 New Brunswick and six Maine growers, all of whom have contracts with McCain Foods, traveled to the.....

Vignolo Farms & Top Brass receive Non GMO Project Verification for potatoes and grapes
Vignolo Farms/Top Brass is pleased to announce that their California grown grapes and potatoes are now Non-GMO Project Verified, underscoring the 75 year old family farm’s dedication to today’s consumer. “Research shows that a majority of Americans are very concerned about genetically modified organisms.....

Turkish potato harvest delayed
In the centre of the Afyonkarahisar’s Sandikli district, Turkey’s potato growers’ determined planting season was delayed because of rainy winter period. New crops are not expected to appear on market stalls before 1.5 to 2 months.In Turkey the demand for potatoes is met in part by the Sandikli district with.....

Onion prices in Crimea drop to last year’s level
In the market of the Crimea, early onion prices have registered a falling trend. At this time, the production is actually reaching the same prices as in the first half of June 2014, as reported by experts of "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits."At the moment, Crimean producers sell their early onions for.....

Boost for Dutch onion company
“Herring season is always something to look forward to”
The new herring season is coming up again. The new Dutch herring not only gives sales of fish a boost, Smit’s Uien also looks forward to the season each year.The Dutch herring seasons implies extra busy months for Smits Uien.Smit's Uien is one of the biggest suppliers of peeled onions, diced onions and onion.....

Tasteful Selections launches #RescuedMoments campaign
Tasteful Selections™ inspires consumers to rescue moments and spend more quality time with family by creating delicious time-saving recipes with useful cooking tips. Now through September, the brand will activate the promotion in stores and online to create more #RescuedMoments. The campaign focuses on.....

Poland: Potato exports halve in first quarter
In the first quarter of 2015 Polish potato exports were only 6,000 metric tons, down from 12,100 tons in the analogous period of 2014, according to a report by the Agriculture and Livestock Economics Institute (IERiGŻ).In the same period imports were 27,400 tons, against 51,100 tons in the first quarter.....