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US Frozen Potato Exports up 8% in April; Fresh Exports Down 33%

According to data released by Potatoes USA, exports of frozen potato products increased 8% in volume and 9% in value in April 2018 compared to April 2017. Dehy exports were up 21% in volume and 21% in value. Fresh exports were down 33% in volume and 13% in value. Frozen exports are up 1% for the July – June marketing year through April, with dehy up 5% year to date and fresh up…

Beattie’s Distillers adds Potato Gin to lineup

Beattie’s Distillers is adding a potato-based gin to their spirits lineup when they launched Farm Crafted Potato Gin on Friday June 22, 2018. The distillery notes this may be the first and only potato-based gin in Canada. Other ingredients used during distillation include juniper berries, coriander, and orange peel, among others. The release coincides with Beattie’s Summer Open House at their Alliston distillery  located at 6673 13th Line – which will also feature a…

University of Maine Releases New Gourmet Potato Variety

Sporting a unique and striking skin pattern, the newly released Pinto Gold potato has been in development for 12 years. Out of 50,000 individual varieties tested at Univ of Maine’s Aroostook Research Farm, the Pinto Gold was selected as the most promising. The potato isn’t destined for large scale chip or french fry manufacturing, but for local gardeners, restaurants, and home cooking. Gregory Porter, Professor of Agronomy at the University of Maine, says:…

U.S. potato stocks up two per cent

The 13 major potato States held 134 million cwt (6.81 million ton) of potatoes in storage April 1, 2018, up two per cent from April 1, 2017, according to a USDA report released last week. Potatoes in storage Potatoes in storage accounted for 33 per cent of the fall storage States’ 2017 production, one percentage point more than last year. Disappearance Potato disappearance, at 266 million cwt, was down three per cent…

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…

Which came first: humans or the sweet potato?

Sweet potatoes were domesticated thousands of years ago in the Americas. So 18th century European explorers were surprised to find Polynesians had been growing the crop for centuries. Anthropologists have since hypothesized that Polynesian seafarers had brought the tuber back from expeditions to South America — a journey of over 7,500 kilometers. New genetic evidence instead suggests that wild precursors to sweet potatoes reached Polynesia at least 100,000 years ago — long…

Registration granted for a potato seed treatment to help manage pink rot

Syngenta Canada Inc. announces the registration of Revus fungicide as a potato seed treatment for the suppression of pink rot and control of seed-borne late blight in potatoes. Pink rot is a soil-borne disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora erythroseptica that thrives in wet, poorly drained soils. Infection typically takes place pre-harvest, as the pathogen enters tubers through the stem end and lenticels. Tubers infected with pink rot will often decay during harvest and…

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…

Market News

The market for Manitoba potatoes will soon be significantly bigger, thanks to J.R. Simplot’s planned plant expansion in Portage la Prairie, Man. Simplot announced earlier this month it will spend $40 million on the project which will more than double the capacity of the french fry plant. “It will have a big impact. First of all, it means more market for the product,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato…

Accelerated Release Offers a Variety of Options

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) accelerated release program is a bit like the Olympics of potato variety development. And just like the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, also happening this month, only the very best will make it to the podium. Out of approximately 100,000 initial AAFC potato seedlings grown in the field six years ago, 15 are being released for industry evaluation this year, and it could take up to three…

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