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Public trust in Canada’s food system

“Very serious” – that’s how United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) general manager Kevin MacIsaac describes the issue of lost public trust in Canadian agriculture. “We have to approach this in the same way we would deal with issues of food safety and other key issues,” he says, “because it will eventually lead to declines in consumption of certain foods if people do not trust the source.” John Bareman, chair of the Canadian…

Niche potatoes boost potato demand in Sweden

Potato demand in Sweden has been on the rise in the last two years, despite seeing some setbacks in 2010-2011 when reports about the GI (Glycemic Index) were flooding the news, causing consumers to think twice about how potatoes fit into a healthy lifestyle. “It was really tough there for a while when all of the GI reports came out, but I am happy to say that the future is looking a…

New varieties with spark

Improving mashed potatoes is no easy feat, but breeders around the world are doing just that. At the Ontario Potato Board’s annual field day in August, several new table stock varieties were unveiled to a large crowd of growers, industry personnel and researchers. By far the variety garnering the most interest was Electra, a large round, yellow-skinned and yellow-fleshed variety developed by IPM Potato Group of Ireland. Introduced in Canada by Real…

Expensive potato chips

A Swedish brewery has crafted the most expensive potato chip in the world: $56 for a set of five — $11.20 apiece. “We felt that we were missing a snack of the same status to serve with [our beer]. A first-­class beer deserves a first-­class snack, and this is why we made a major effort to produce the world’s most exclusive potato chips,” St. Erik’s brand manager Marcus Friari said. The chips…

PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is holding its annual Fresh Summit Convention & Expo Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, Florida. Connect with more than 20,000 attendees and 1,100+ exhibitors from over 60 countries. Meet with experts, leaders and decision makers from every link of the supply chain. And see how today’s bright ideas are reshaping tomorrow’s produce and floral landscape. “Fresh Summit is more than a trade show – it’s the global produce…

Breakthrough ‘Spud’ Offers Canadians Important Health Benefits

Health-conscious food lovers now have more choice in the produce aisles, with the arrival of the Carisma potato from EarthFresh Farms. New to Canada and Ontario-grown, Carisma has been found to have a lower glycemic response (GR),* meaning it does not cause the rapid spike in blood sugar that normally comes from eating carbohydrate-rich foods. Farmed from traditional seed and without the use of biotechnology, this non-GMO potato is a desirable choice…

Manitoba’s quest to build a better sweet potato

The Manitoba and federal governments announced a $210,000 investment in agricultural research Monday, focused – at least in part – on building a better yam. According to the province, demand for sweet potatoes in Canada has jumped 83 per cent in the past decade. However, comparatively few yams are grown in Manitoba, meaning most are imported. The cash investment will help fund research into new varieties of sweet potato that can handle…

FDA Launches New Nutrition Facts Label for Potatoes

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released revisions to the Nutrition Facts label, which has graced the back of packaged foods for more than 20 years, according to Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. The new label requirements are mostly good news for potatoes, especially the required inclusion of potassium, which will increase awareness of this important nutrient and highlight the content of potatoes (relative to other foods in particular). The…

New Global Marketing Manager at Potatoes USA

Rachael Lynch has joined Potatoes USA as a global marketing manager for institutional foodservice markets. Lynch has spent the last five years revitalizing hospital cafeterias across the country, transforming them to meet national health guidelines with innovating concepts focused on wellness and standardization. Lynch is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with an emphasis in foodservice. In 2014, she earned the “Be Well” Honor Award for Excellence in wellness….

Michael Smith Promotes Potatoes

Michael Smith loves potatoes, and he’s reaching out on social media May 26 at 9.m. Eastern Time to let the whole world know. The internationally renowned chef is starring in two potato-related videos that are among a series of 10 videos produced for the Half Your Plate campaign to promote eating more fruits and vegetables by filling half your plate with these food items. The first of them is being released this week…

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