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US: Potato Industry Debuts New Campaign

The Potato industry is making a strong statement about potatoes to demonstrate the performance-boosting benefits of America’s favorite vegetable. Potatoes USA, the nation’s potato marketing and research organization, worked with its members to identify a nutrition-based lifestyle benefit that challenges consumers’ preconceived notions about potatoes. Extensive research led to a strategy based on a key truth: Potatoes fuel performance. Most people don’t consider the potato a performance food and are surprised to…

Shortage of Potatoes Leads Cavendish Farms to Close Fresh Packaging Facility in O’Leary

Cavendish Farms announced today that they will be focusing on the frozen potato processing business on Prince Edward Island due to the limited availability of raw product (potatoes). The decision will result in the closure of their fresh produce packaging facility in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island at the end of the year. The closure will affect 40 employees. “Cavendish Farms has had to make this difficult business decision based on ongoing demand,…

Idahoan Foods Takes Insurer to Court Over 2016 Potato Plant Fire

Dehydrated potato manufacturer Idahoan Foods has filed lawsuit related to a 2016 fire at the Idaho Supreme potato dehydration plant in Firth. In the suit, first filed in May, Idahoan Foods alleges that its insurer breached contracts and fair dealing requirements. Idahoan Foods contracts with Idaho Supreme to supply dehydrated potatoes. The Idaho Supreme plant had a major fire on Sept. 5, 2016, which resulted in a more than three-month closure. During…

Potato And Onion Prices In Turkey Still At The Heart Of The Agenda

The Turkish market has been experiencing a significant rise in potato and onion prices, two staples of Turkish dinner tables. Consumers were naturally quite unhappy with this situation and a lot of speculation has been made in the market to understand why this dramatic rise had happened. Turkey Minister of Agriculture Ahmet Esref Fakibaba: “We have enough potato production in Turkey, our annual production is around 5 million tons and our consumption…

Vietnam’s Import Demand For Chinese Potato Is Strong

At present in Vietnam, each potato processing plant has a demand for potato of 180,000 tons per year. However, domestic demand can only meet 30-40% of these processing plants. The representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam recently said at the International Potato Center cooperation seminar held in Hanoi that in the past, Vietnam had a large potato planting area of about 130,000 hectares. For some time, the…

‘Canadian Potato Growers Made Wise Planting Decisions,’ Says Grower Organization

Statistics Canada released the first official estimate of planted Canadian potato acreage for 2018. Planted acreage nationally is slightly up +0.5% and is estimated to be 347,416 acres, compared to 345,817 acres planted in 2017. “It overall reflects improved demand for processing products,” says the general manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada, Kevin MacIsaac. He says the slight increase further indicates that producers “have made wise planting decisions after assessing…

Potato Oversupply Expected in Europe

Based on the latest calculations of the NEPG, the association of potato producers in north-western Europe, which includes those of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, the acreage devoted to potatoes in these countries amounts to 595,587 hectares; an increase of 1% compared to last season. This, as stated by the association in a press release, means that there may be “a situation of oversupply” in those areas. The…

Turkey has Allowed Potato Imports from Syria to Curb Prices

Turkey has allowed limited amounts of potato to be imported from Syria to curb skyrocketing prices, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci announced on June 27. “We have allowed potato imports from some parts of Syria where Turkey undertakes operations in a very limited amount,” said Nihat Zeybekci, Turkish Economy Minister. “Our imports will only be one per cent of Turkey’s potato demand, which is around 4,000 tons. We import potatoes from Syria in Turkish Liras.This…

PotatoEurope 2018: The Potato Industry – Potential and Challenges

In Germany, potato cultivation takes place on more than 29,000 farms with a combined area of about 250,000 hectares. The total includes approximately 20,000 small producers with less than five hectares of potato cultivation, with the remaining 9,000 farms growing larger areas of the crop. On average, Germany producers 10 to 11 million tonnes of potatoes annually, making it the largest potato producer in the European Union (EU). This sector generates an…

AUSVEG published a Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual

The Australian Industry Association AUSVEG has published a Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual. The Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual is a guide to farm biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of weeds, pests, and diseases impacting production. It was developed by Plant Health Australia (PHA) with consultation from AUSVEG and potato growers across NSW, Victoria and South Australia. The manual is designed for use by potato growers and their staff, as well as contractors,…

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