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Simplot Giving Away Free Fries to Restaurants

Foodservice operators and distributors can sign up to receive a free case of french fries from Simplot for National French Fry Day on July 13, a post from the food processing company says. “Fries are not only America’s favourite side, they’re also the fastest growing during the pandemic in terms of menu importance,” NPD Group, Inc. says in the post. They will also receive a Free Fryday Marketing kit which includes exterior signage…

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Manitoba to Have Free Fry Day in Support of CancerCare Manitoba

McCain Foods, Smart Electric, Mid-Plains Implements in partnership with the Carberry Fair Potato Truck Pull, will be hosting a free fry day community event to raise funds for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation while simultaneously supporting Canadian potato farmers, a news release on June 12 from McCain says. The free fry day will take place on Friday, June 19 with nearly 7,500 bags of french fry potato products, supplied by McCain Foods, given…

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Campaign Launched to Highlight Canada’s Food Supply System

A national campaign to connect consumers with the Canadian food system called It’s Good, Canada has been launched, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI), says in a release on May 27. The campaign will feature personal stories about Canadians working in the food supply system from across the country on both the front and back lines. It will also provide credible resources for Canadians to find fact-based information about the Canada’s…

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U.S. Potato Growers Call on Government for More Aid

While the United States potato industry appreciates the government aid which has been announced so far, they still need more to make it through the pandemic, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPC), says in a news release on May 27. “Given the scope of this crisis, we knew the initial funding would be insufficient to meet the need of family farms. Based upon the limited resources announced under this direct payment…

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Alberta Gives Money for Direct Farm Purchasing Platform

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has given $81,000 to the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to upgrade its online producer directory, a release from the government says on May 21. “This initiative will help solidify the connections between the agriculture producers who want to direct market and their potential customers,” Rod Bradshaw, with Beck Farms, says in the release. The funding will allow AFFPA to expand…

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McDonald’s to Sell Fries for COVID-19 Relief and Other Efforts

From May 8 to 21, McDonald’s Canada will donate a portion of proceeds from all french fry sales to support COVID-19 relief efforts and other recent Canadian tragedies, the fast food chain announced in a release on May 6. The campaign will be called Fries For Good and proceeds will go towards the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Emergencies and COVID-19 Response Fund, the Nova Scotia Stronger Together Fund and disaster response…

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Summer 2019 MANITOBA Dan Sawatzky, General Manager, Keystone Potato Producers Association The crop in Manitoba is progressing well. Planting was only slightly behind normal but cool May weather delayed emergence putting the crop three to five days behind. Dry conditions contributed to little seed rot being reported in spite of the delayed emergence resulting in good stands. Another observation with delayed emergence is the even staging of the crop development across the…

Community and Science Strengthens Industry

Robert Thornton, an extension vegetable specialist and professor emeritus at Washington State University has been attending Potato Association of America (PAA) annual meetings since the early 1960s. He says the biggest reason he has maintained his membership for more than five decades is it keeps him honest. “Every year is an opportunity to have your thinking questioned,” Thornton says. “You can stay isolated in your own area of concern and be very…

On the Campaign Trail

IN SOME REGIONS of the world potato consumption has stagnated in recent years. There are several thorny reasons for that, says Peter VanderZaag, president of Sunrise Potato Storage in Alliston, Ont., and a professor at Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China.  “In the media, potatoes get a bad rap in many ways,” he asserts. “There is lots of information out there about how they are fattening, they…

Promoting Potatoes

P.E.I. POTATOES HAS established a strong reputation as a leader in marketing and promoting potatoes, both within Canada and abroad. It has now come out with a new media campaign that relies heavily on the Island’s beauty and rich potato heritage to further entrench the Prince Edward Island Potatoes brand in the minds of consumers.  The new television and online marketing campaign kicked off in November with a 30-second video called “What…

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