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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 Bristow said the buildings under construction are meant to replace six outdated ones, which are 50 to 60 years old and poorly insulated….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…

Ten million investment announced for potato processing plant in Kenya

Switzerland-based New Ventures, through its food and beverage subsidiary Kingdom Foods, has announced plans to set up a potato processing factory in Kenya, to be located in Elgeyo-Marakwet at a cost of Sh1 billion (US$10 million). Kingdom Food business development manager Sialo Kimiring said the move followed talks with the county as well as the need to improve the livelihoods of potato farmers through value addition. “The factory will give a sustainable…

Lack of seed potatoes may reduce area growth in Northwestern Europe

A lack of seed potatoes might reduce the growth of next year’s potato area for processing potatoes and contracts. According to the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG), the expected growth of next year’s potato area might be less than previously estimated. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France there is a serious lack of seed potatoes to grow processing potatoes. The United Kingdom is the only NEPG member not suffering from this…

P.E.I. potato prices on a tear

P.E.I. potatoes fetched good prices in 2016, continuing a trend that stretches back to 2004. The strong performance for Island spuds was shown in the farm product prices indexed released by Statistics Canada on Feb. 27. The index, set at 100 in 2007, reached 169.3 for potatoes last year, which was well above the national index of 149.1. It was a big jump over P.E.I.’s 2015 index of 150.2. Total index also…

Rawanda’s farmers push for affordable Irish potato seeds

The soaring prices of Irish potato seeds has left Rawanda’s smallholder farmers lamenting, triggering efforts by different stakeholders to seek a remedy. The prices for seeds, now between RWF600 (RWF = Rawandan Franc) and RWF700 (97 cents to $1.13 CDN), are soaring at the time when farmers are getting little from the produce, with the farm price for a kilogram of Irish potatoes now down to between RWF110 and RWF140, according to…

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