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Swedish scientist makes dairy substitute from potatoes

If you go to any well-stocked supermarket you will find many milk options. You no longer need to choose between light, whole or skim milk – or any other varieties from cows. Plant-based products are growing in popularity. You can enjoy steaks or cheese made of soybeans. But milk alternatives on the shelves might be made of soy, almonds, coconuts, rice, cashews or oats. If that isn’t enough, make way for potato…

Potato Growers of Alberta name new board

The Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) named their new board during their annual general meeting in Red Deer in November. Board Chairman is Russell Van Boom, Northbank Potato Farms Ltd., while Board Vice Chairman is Michel Camps, CP Farms Ltd. Rounding out the board is: Lyndon Nakamura, Nakamura Farms Ltd.; Jeff Ekkel, Sunnycrest Seed Potatoes Inc.; Tony Bos, Boston Farms Ltd.; James Bareman, Bareman Farms; and Louis Claassen, Claassen Farms Ltd. For…

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

P.E.I. 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 province remains Canada’s heaviest hitter in terms of potato production, producing roughly 25 per cent of the country’s annual yield. However, dry weather conditions over the summer reduced the Island crop yield by about eight per cent this year — the largest drop among major growers in…

U.K. crisps and biscuits to become paler under food safety crackdown

Biscuits and crisps in the U.K. will lose their golden brown colour due to new rules forcing manufacturers to reduce a chemical found in burnt food which may lead to a higher risk of cancer. The snacks will become paler from April when makers of foods containing acrylamide must prove they are reducing levels to make food safer to eat. Industry figures said the products would now be baked at lower temperatures for…

Company executive makes predictions for future of potato industry

While he maintains there will be a market for potatoes well into the future, Ghislain Pelletier predicts the future of the industry will bear little resemblance to the past. The global vice-president for agronomy for McCain Foods was one of the keynote speakers at the recent annual meeting of the PEI Potato Board. Pelletier told the meeting he has spent virtually his entire life in the industry as he grew up on…

Ontario Potato Board names directors

The Ontario Potato Board named its new board at its annual general meeting on Dec. 6 in Cambridge, Ont. Glenn Squirrell returns as Ontario Potato Board chair for another year, while Harry Bradley returns as vice-chair. Squirrell also acts as chair of the fresh council. New board member is Brad Blizman, who will also act as second vice-chair of the fresh council. Shawn Brenn returns as fresh council first vice chair. On…

Chile: Potato producers end a complex season

Potato producers in Chile 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, a report published by Javiera Pefaur, of the Department of Market Analysis and Sector Policy of Odepa. “It has been more than five years since the national average prices to wholesalers have been as low as in this season,” said Pefaur….

PEI Potato Board Elects New Executive

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 4th Board of Directors meeting. Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec was elected as the new Chairman of the Board.  Darryl and his family own and operate Wallace Family Farms. Darryl represents the processing sector for the West Prince District on the Board. The new Vice-Chairman of the Board is Jason Hayden of Pownal. Jason and his family…

Bayer launches potato herbicide Sencor STZ

Bayer has announced the launch of Sencor STZ, a powerful and innovative new herbicide for broad-spectrum control of all major annual grass and broadleaf weeds in potatoes. According to a news release, Sencor STZ combines the trusted control of Sencor with a new Group 14 mode of action, providing Canadian potato growers a new weed control option for their field and offering a convenient resistance management tool. As a pre-emergent herbicide, Sencor…

Disruptive Potato Breeder Solynta Secures Strong Backing

Solynta will use this financing round to continue its potato breeding activities and to build a strong commercial organization that can address the billion dollar challenges within the potato supply chain. Solynta is a leading potato breeding and biotechnology company headquartered in the Netherlands. Solynta has invented and established hybrid potato breeding based on pure inbred parent lines, a game changing (non-GMO) breeding technology platform. This enables a seed based supply chain…

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