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It’s been five years since Austin Roberts and his wife Ramona joined forces with other P.E.I. potato farmers to successfully improve their industry for the better. In 2013, Austin (Kinkora Holdings) partnered with Marvyn Webster (Valley Grove Enterprises) and Andrew Lawless (Hilltop Produce) to built a pre-processing potato wash facility. “We felt that P.E.I. farmers as a group needed a safe and environmental option to clean and optimize product in a high-capacity…

McDonald’s turns to local potatoes in Russia as U.S. sanctions impact the ruble

French fries at McDonald’s restaurants from Moscow to Murmansk will be Russian from now on, as the American fast-food chain turns to homegrown potatoes to deal with ruble volatility caused by fluctuating oil prices and Western sanctions. McDonald’s Corp, which opened in Russia in 1990 as the Soviet Union collapsed, has been gradually turning to local ingredients in its Russian outlets for everything from Big Macs to chicken burgers since it opened…

Searching for the occasional market for excess potatoes

Organizations representing potato farmers in Belgium and France, ABS (Algemeen Boerensyndicaat, Flanders), FWA (Walloon Federation of Agriculture) and UNPT (National Union of Potato Producers, France), jointly started Interreg project GEPOS to look for alternative destinations for potatoes in Belgium and the North of France in seasons marked by large surpluses. The Problem Demand for potatoes for processing in Belgium and France increases each year. As a result, acreage dedicated to potato cultivation…

Potatoes and Good Health Go Hand-In-Hand

Do potatoes belong in a healthy diet? Following a decades-long tide of negative buzz about the potato’s role in weight gain, diabetes and a host of other ills, this is the question the potato industry would like to answer once and for all with a resounding “yes!” Thanks to a recent initiative focused on potatoes and health, the industry is a big step closer to that goal, according to John Bareman, chair…

New Chairman at Potatoes USA

Dan Moss from Declo, Idaho, was sworn in as the new Chairman of Potatoes USA at the organization’s 2018 annual meeting, held March 12-15 in Denver, Colo. Moss is the CEO of Moss Ag and Arrowhead Potato Company, a company that focuses on the fresh potato sector. He will replace John Halverson. Other executive committee members include: Jaren Raybould, Saint Anthony, Idaho, and Phil Hickman, Horntown, Va, co-chairmen (Domestic Marketing Committee); Marty Myers,…

China a Potato Production Powerhouse

Hundreds of potato stakeholders from around the globe will descend on Cusco, Peru, in May for the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC). One the largest groups of participants will be from China, the leading potato producer in the world and the host nation for the last WPC in 2015. According to Peter VanderZaag, a WPC director and one of the key organizers of WPC 2015 as well as WPC 2018, the event…

U.K. report states potatoes provide health benefits

For decades, potatoes have been branded unhealthy and humans have been advised to avoid consuming too many of them. But now, researchers say that consuming the popular tuber is actually good for you. Scientists who reviewed a host of evidence are pushing for potatoes to be reassessed for their “clear” health benefits. They have uncovered evidence in a 60-page report that consuming potatoes could slash the risk of having a heart attack…

Irish Consumers Like Their Potatoes

Potatoes are bought every second by Irish consumers. So says Cliona Lynch, Kantar Worldpanel who spoke at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 20. In total, 1.67 million households purchase potatoes annually. Eleven per cent of all shopping trips in thecountry consist of potatoes. And, when a bag of “spuds” is included in a shopping cart, it contributes €27.90 more to the retailer, as consumers are usually carrying out “a…

NEPG reports high stocks

All recent stock surveys in the NEPG countries (North-Western European Potato Growers) show actual potato stocks are higher compared with last season as well as the multiple year’s average. The North-Western yields were 11 per cent higher with an area increase of six per cent. Currently the stocks of potatoes and the balance between demand and supply has a negative effect on the actual free market prices, in spite of the processing…

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