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Reaping Rewards of Processing Plant Expansion

After years of stagnant growth, the potato processing industry in North America is on the rise. Numerous processors have expanded or opened plants in the last year or two in response to growing demand for french fries and other potato products. For instance, McCain Foods expanded its potato processing facilities in Idaho and New Brunswick in 2016, and growers in both areas are reaping the benefits. Blair Young, who grows 600 acres…

U.S. Potato Prices Strengthen

Tight supplies are pushing potato prices higher in the U.S., but those better prices probably won’t last long. “I think we are coming into a crunch time for potatoes,” said Bruce Huffaker with North American Potato Market News. That’s good news for potato growers who have seen relatively flat prices at near cost of production levels for the last five years. Many growers found themselves wondering what to plant last spring. While…

NEW DATE: United Potato Growers of Canada Partners Seminar

The 2018 United Potato Partners Seminar will be held at Red Shores, 21 Exhibition Drive, Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The United Potato Growers of Canada and the PEI Potato Board have developed an agenda that brings top-notch speakers and valuable information for farmers and other industry members. Topics will include NAFTA, carbon tax pricing, market updates and outlook, and changing potato consumption. There is no charge for the event. For…

Potatoes USA Creates Program to Fuel Athletic Performance

American potato marketing and research organization Potatoes USA has developed a new program in nutrition and athletic performance. Created in partnership with four experts, the program promotes 13 new recipes designed to encourage active consumers to power their performance with potatoes. The recipes are innovative and include potato soups, bread and even desserts. The new recipes were developed using the most recent compilation of nutrition recommendations for athletes published jointly by the…

Spudnik celebrates 60 years

It was the same year the Russian satellite Sputnik was launched into space that Spudnik Equipment Company launched itself into the potato equipment manufacturing business. It started in a potato cellar northwest of Blackfoot, Idaho (the potato capital of the world), by a group of men with the idea that loading potatoes should be less back breaking than the method they were using. Brothers Carl and Leo Hobbs designed and developed the…

Alberta Potato History Outlined in New Book

The history of the potato is a long and varied one. From the spud’s humble beginning in South America, to its current production throughout the world, potatoes are an integral part of almost every human being. One provincial association has decided to bring the history of the potato in its province closer to home. The Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) recently launched a book about the history of potatoes in Alberta. According…

Impact of the Potato on Society

Archeological and genetic evidence indicates the domestication of the potato probably took place about 8,000 years ago in the vicinity of Lake Titicaca, located on the border of current Peru and Bolivia. From Pachamanca and Chuño to Unprecedented Inflation The domestication of the potato gradually resulted in greater food production, which in turn stimulated population growth, development of cities, technology, crafts, arts, sciences and political centralization in the Inca Empire. One of…

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…

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 process their own chips. They’re changing direction because of various causes, and they enter the processing industry increasingly often. Not an easy start One of the companies that chose to do things completely differently is Landlust Frites from Moerkapelle, in the Netherlands. Derreck…

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