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Reaping Rewards of Processing Plant Expansion

After years of stagnant growth, the potato processing industry in North America is on the rise. Numerous processors have expanded or opened plants in the last year or two in response to growing demand for french fries and other potato products. For instance, McCain Foods expanded its potato processing facilities in Idaho and New Brunswick in 2016, and growers in both areas are reaping the benefits. Blair Young, who grows 600 acres…

Spudnik celebrates 60 years

It was the same year the Russian satellite Sputnik was launched into space that Spudnik Equipment Company launched itself into the potato equipment manufacturing business. It started in a potato cellar northwest of Blackfoot, Idaho (the potato capital of the world), by a group of men with the idea that loading potatoes should be less back breaking than the method they were using. Brothers Carl and Leo Hobbs designed and developed the…

Romain Cools New Head of World Potato Congress

Romain Cools of Belgium has been selected by the World Potato Congress (WPC) board of directors to be the organization’s fourth president and CEO since its inception in 1993. Cools assumed the leadership role on Jan. 1, taking over from David Thompson, the P.E.I. resident and long-time WPC board member who served as the organization’s top executive from 2012 to 2017. “This is the first time that we’ve gone outside of Canada for…

Swedish scientist makes dairy substitute from potatoes

If you go to any well-stocked supermarket you will find many milk options. You no longer need to choose between light, whole or skim milk – or any other varieties from cows. Plant-based products are growing in popularity. You can enjoy steaks or cheese made of soybeans. But milk alternatives on the shelves might be made of soy, almonds, coconuts, rice, cashews or oats. If that isn’t enough, make way for potato…

Ontario Potato Board names directors

The Ontario Potato Board named its new board at its annual general meeting on Dec. 6 in Cambridge, Ont. Glenn Squirrell returns as Ontario Potato Board chair for another year, while Harry Bradley returns as vice-chair. Squirrell also acts as chair of the fresh council. New board member is Brad Blizman, who will also act as second vice-chair of the fresh council. Shawn Brenn returns as fresh council first vice chair. On…

Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys

More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also process their own chips. They’re changing direction because of various causes, and they enter the processing industry increasingly often. Not an easy start One of the companies that chose to do things completely differently is Landlust Frites from Moerkapelle, in the Netherlands. Derreck…

PEI Potato Board Elects New Executive

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 4th Board of Directors meeting. Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec was elected as the new Chairman of the Board.  Darryl and his family own and operate Wallace Family Farms. Darryl represents the processing sector for the West Prince District on the Board. The new Vice-Chairman of the Board is Jason Hayden of Pownal. Jason and his family…

New GM at World Potato Congress Inc.

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, Brian Douglas of Charlottetown, P.E.I. is the new general manager of the World Potato Congress Inc. Douglas replaces John Coady, who has served as general manager for the past 10 years. Coady says he is retiring. “I have had the honour of serving for 10 years as general manager and have enjoyed each and every day working with the board of directors, international advisors and the many, many…

S-Scan Farms McCain Champion Grower in Alberta

S-Scan Farms of Scandia, Alta. was named the McCain 2016 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Coaldale plant during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held at the Coast Hotel in Lethbridge. Stan and Stuart Kanagawa accepted the Champion Grower Award for S-Scan Farms. They have been in the top 10 line-up a total of eight times. The growers who qualified for the top 10 roster, in order of final standings,…

McCain Foods Recognizes Fiskel Farms as Champion Grower

Fiskel Farms of Carberry, Man. was named the McCain 2016 crop year champion potato grower for the McCain Manitoba plants during the annual Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held at Canad Inns in Portage la Prairie. Approximately 190 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. This is the second time Karen, Rick and son Derek Fiskel have achieved the champion grower award. Special guest Dan Sawatsky, Keystone Potato Producers Association manager,…

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