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NEPG Harvest Estimation Just Under 27 Million Tons

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) have come to a new harvest estimation for consumption potatoes in the leading five northwestern potato countries (France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and Germany). If all potatoes are lifted, about 26.9 million tons will be harvested. This is 10 per cent more than last season and 1.8 per cent more than the five-year average. The years 2014 and 2017 brought much larger harvests. This season, the larger…

Industry News Fall 2019

PEOPLE NEWS Ivan Noonan Receives Certificate of Appreciation from UPGC Ivan Noonan was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as a founding co-chair of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC), which was formed in 2006. He was presented with the certificate of appreciation by UPGC chairman, Ray Keenan, in Charlottetown in August. Before his retirement, Noonan was the general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board from 1994 to 2008 and then…

World Potato Congress Inc. Announces New Director

World Potato Congress president, Romain Cools, is pleased to announce Greg Donald has joined its board of directors. Greg Donald has been the general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board since 2009. The P.E.I. Potato Board represents P.E.I. potato producers working together to ensure long-term profitability and sustainability through marketing, advocating, negotiation and activities that support quality potato production. Donald has a BSc in agriculture with a major in plant protection from Dalhousie…

Creating the World’s Best Vodka

Ontario potato farmers Ken and Liz Beattie got into the craft distillery business back in 2016, using surplus, non-saleable spuds otherwise destined for cattle feed to make potato vodka. Their fledgling company called Beattie’s Distillers has certainly come a long way since then. Proof of that came at the 2018 World Beverage Competition,a major event for the beer, wine and spirits industries. At that event—the first international competition for the Beatties —…

HZPC, Record Turnover and Result

During its meeting of shareholders on Oct. 3, 2019, HZPC announced that its consolidated net turnover for the 2018/2019 financial year was € 350 million ($512 million). This is significantly higher than the previous year ($443 million). The gross margin amounts to € 64 million ($80 million last year) and the net result increased from € 4.7 million ($6.8 million) to € 9.4 million ($13.7 million). The dividend on HZPC certificates is…

Cavendish Farms Opens New $430 Million Frozen Potato Processing Plant in Lethbridge, Alberta

Cavendish Farms’ newest plant is officially open for business. The announcement was made at a ceremony held Oct. 3 at the new Lethbridge frozen potato processing facility. Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving was joined by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman and other dignitaries to celebrate the largest private sector investment in the history of the City of Lethbridge. “It is a great day for Lethbridge and for our…

Market News, Oct. 1, 2019

Many potato growers across the country had to deal with some serious weather challenges in 2019. In August, severe hailstorms caused widespread crop damage in southern Alberta, while in September, Hurricane Dorian delivered torrential rain and gale-force winds to Prince Edward Island. Those areas — as well as most of the other potato-producing regions in Canada — experienced a cool, wet spring, which delayed planting by up to two weeks. This was…

McCain Foods Announces Investment in Innovative Program

With the planet facing an urgent climate situation, the global food system must become more sustainable. Producing more with less, and protecting the vibrancy of the land by enhancing biodiversity and soil health are critical priorities within agriculture to feed a growing population, responsibly. McCain Foods has long recognized the importance of farms to communities – and the broader world. It is for this reason that McCain Foods has today announced its…

McCain Foods Becomes Founding Member One Planet Business for Biodiversity

With the planet facing an urgent climate and biodiversity situation, McCain Foods has become a founding member of the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition of leading companies. Launched at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 23, 2019, this business-led coalition aims to gather forward-thinking, agriculture-centric companies determined to take bold action to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity within their value chains. In addition to business-led actions, the…

Spudnik Equipment to Purchase STC Trailer

SPUDNIK Equipment Company LLC is excited to announce they have entered into an agreement to purchase STC Trailer LLC of Blackfoot, Idaho. This acquisition will go into effect on January 1, 2020. STC Trailer LLC has served the potato industry well over the past several years by building top quality trailers and bulk beds. The addition of Trailers and Stainless Steel Bulk Beds is an important ingredient in completing the SPUDNIK line…

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