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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…

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…

Study Shows Advantages of Building Potato Processing Plants in Alberta and Idaho

An economics study funded by the Idaho Potato Commission concludes that Alberta and Idaho would be the best location for the next fry processing plant. The research shows that any processor planning to build a new frozen fry plant would be wise to locate it in Alberta or Idaho, according to a recently completed economics study funded by the Idaho Potato Commission. Joe Guenthner, an emeritus University of Idaho economics professor, and…

Simplot, Iden Biotechnology partner to explore potential nutritional properties of potato

Spanish biotechnology company Iden Biotechnology is partnering with J.R. Simplot Company, potato processor and developer of Innate potatoes, to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment of the potato. As part of the agreement, Iden will identify promising genes for potential use in Simplot’s proprietary Innate biotechnology platform. Iden will use its identification and screening platform for the development of gene traits of agronomic relevance for main crops like corn, wheat or potato…

Company wins appeal in dispute over shipped potatoes

A company involved in shipping seed potatoes from P.E.I. to Venezuela has successfully appealed a court order to pay more than $79,000. In a recent decision, two of three P.E.I. Court of Appeal judges agreed to vacate a summary judgment order for HZPC Americas Corporation to pay Havenlee Farms Inc. of Summerside, P.E.I. READ MORE

Cavendish Farms Officially Opens New Potato Storage Facility

Cavendish Farms officially opened its new state-of-the-art potato storage facility in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, on Oct. 23. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Canada joined Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving to cut the ceremonial ribbon. “This investment in our Prince Edward Island operation will allow us to ensure a quality supply of potatoes year round,” said Irving. “This will allow us…

McCain Foods Production Line Expansion in Florenceville-Bristol Now Open

McCain Foods (Canada) has officially opened its new $65M state-of-the-art potato specialty production line, expanding the company’s flagship potato processing facility in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. The new 35,000 square foot McCain Foods potato specialty production line addition represents the largest capacity expansion investment in Canada in nearly 10 years.  According to a company news release, the investment is reflective of the continued growth of the North American frozen potato and potato specialty…

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…

Market News

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…

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