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Belgium hopes to ship more frozen potato fries to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR– Belgium, the world’s biggest potato exporter, hopes to ship more frozen potato fries to Malaysia via its marketing campaign and collaboration with restaurateurs and fast food operators. “Belgian chocolates are famous all over the world. We’re seeking to promote Belgian fries here which is already consuming close to 10,000 tonnes per year,” said Belgapom secretary general Romain Cools. Belgapom is the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry…

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Despite a slow start for potato planting in some parts of the country, the average yield in Canada in 2017 is expected to come close to that of last year’s record-breaking crop, according to figures provided by the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC). Based on late August estimates from producers, the Canadian average yield for this year’s crop is projected to be 304 hundredweight (cwt) per acre, which is just under…

Les Fermes LP Thériault & Fils Champion Grower for McCain

Les Fermes LP Thériault & Fils of Drummond was named the 2016-2017 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Grand Falls during the 43rd annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held Aug. 22 at Centre E.& P. Sénéchal. Almost 200 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. Allison McCain, Chairman of McCain Foods Limited, Shai Altman, President, McCain Foods Canada and Christine Wentworth, VP Agriculture NA extended personal congratulations to Les Fermes LP…

Lakeside Farms is Champion Grower for McCain

Lakeside Farms Ltd. of Greenfield, N.B., was named the 2016-2017 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. during the 44th Annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held Aug. 23 at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre. Almost 200 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. Allison McCain, Chairman of McCain Foods Limited, Shai Altman, President, McCain Foods Canada and Christine Wentworth, VP Agriculture NA extended personal congratulations to Lakeside Farms and all…

McCain Foods Limited Announces Senior Leadership Succession Plan

McCain Foods Limited’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Max Koeune to the role of President and CEO effective November 1st, 2017. Koeune will succeed Dirk Van de Put, who is leaving the business after seven years in the role of President and CEO. His new role is CEO of Mondelēz International, Inc., a multinational confectionery, food and beverage company based in Illinois. Koeune will assume the role of…

Cavendish Farms P.E.I. getting major storage upgrades

Potato processor Cavendish Farms is investing in major potato storage upgrades at its New Annan,P.E.I. facility. The company is constructing two new buildings to store potatoes. According to Jubs Bristow, vice-president of agriculture with Cavendish Farms, the new buildings will be able to hold 48 million pounds of potatoes. Bristow said the buildings under construction are meant to replace six outdated ones, which are 50 to 60 years old and poorly insulated….

New Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Help Position Canada as a Leader in the Global Economy

Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture have reached agreement on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial (FPT) agricultural policy framework during the annual meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, from July 19-21. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment, will come into effect on April 1, 2018.  It will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued…

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The U.S. wants to export its potatoes to Mexico

U.S. potato producers began lobbying for Mexico to effectively open its doors to U.S. exports in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “United States potato farmers are supporting the renegotiation of NAFTA to address this matter and related sanitary and phytosanitary issues,” according to a report by the U.S. Congress. The United States is the world’s seventh largest exporter of potatoes in the world, with sales of $…

Washington Potato Producers To Vote On Marketing Order

Washington potato producers will vote from June 9-23, 2017, on whether to continue the federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington. Producers who have produced potatoes in Washington from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, are eligible to vote. A continuance referendum is required every six years. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would consider termination of the order if less than two-thirds of the…

Two potato companies get funding boost from feds

A potato processor in Souris, P.E.I., is getting a $500,000 loan and a potato farm in western P.E.I. is getting $400,000 loan from the federal government to help expand their respective businesses. East Point Potato in Souris says the repayable contribution from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) will help the company purchase equipment to increase productivity and respond to an ever-changing market. “As a growing rural P.E.I. business whose goal is to…

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