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WPC to Participate at 11th African Potato Association Conference

World Potato Congress president, Romain Cools, has been asked to participate at the 11th African Potato Association Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, in August 2019. Cools is expected to present WPC’s Potato Value Chain Toolbox. This toolbox was developed following WPC’s participation at the 2016 African Potato Association conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The WPC Toolbox was designed to address, in specific ways, the needs of individuals and communities by providing assistance in improving…

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…

What Consumers Want and Farmers Need

Gathering good information is important for any sector in meeting current and future market demands, and researchers at the University of Guelph and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are continuing to do just that with regard to conventional and pigmented potatoes. Most consumers know by now that eating fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants may decrease their chances of developing heart disease, cancer and more. Because potatoes are already such a popular food,…

Potato Breeding: A European Approach, Part III

MARCEL BRUINS, editor of European Seed, sat down with the leaders of five major potato breeding companies in Europe to learn more about the challenges of breeding new potato varieties. Piet Smeenge, director of Kweekbedrijf Smeenge-Research; Vanessa Prigge, Crop Improvement project manager at Solana; Gerard Backx, CEO of HZPC; Jan-Paul Bandsma, product manager at de Nijs Potatoes; and Guus Heselmans, R&D manager of C. Meijer B.V., provided insight on this favoured crop. …

Innate Outlook

INNATE POTATOES, the biotech spud from Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company, have been approved for production and sale in Canada since 2016.  Since then, Innate has been grown in field trials in P.E.I., Ontario and Manitoba and the trials are expected to continue in 2019. But aside from a few acres in Ontario that’s producing an Innate chip variety for an American processor, there isn’t any commercial production of Innate potatoes in this…

AgriExpo 2019 to be held August 14 – 15 in Grand Falls, N.B.

Valley Chamber of Commerce, Potatoes NB, and Master Promotions Ltd. are working in partnership to bring AgriExpo 2019 to Grand Falls, N.B. The agriculture-focused event will showcase new trends, technology and equipment for farming sectors across New Brunswick, Quebec and Maine. On August 14 and 15, 2019, AgriExpo will welcome thousands of farmers and industry professionals to Grand Falls, showcasing over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. Attendees will…

McCain Foods Portage la Prairie Facility Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Portage la Prairie, Man., April 16, 2019 – Yesterday, McCain Foods (Canada) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Portage la Prairie, Man., facility and also officially opened its new potato receiving area at a special ceremony hosted onsite at the potato processing facility. Manitoba dignitaries, including Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler among others were in attendance, as were local growers from the Keystone Potato Producers Association, McCain executives and…

Potato Breeding: A European Approach, Part II

Marcel Bruins, editor of European Seed, sat down with the leaders of five major potato breeding companies in Europe to learn more about the challenges of breeding new potato varieties. Piet Smeenge, director of Kweekbedrijf Smeenge-Research; Vanessa Prigge, Crop Improvement project manager at Solana; Gerard Backx, CEO of HZPC; Jan-Paul Bandsma, product manager at de Nijs Potatoes; and Guus Heselmans, R&D manager of C. Meijer B.V., provided insight on this favoured crop….

UK Potato Experts Working To Keep Buyers On Side

Potato sector officials say they’re working together to make sure key seed potato buyers in countries like Egypt, Morocco and Israel, get the right post-Brexit messages concerning product standards and quality. While customers in these countries choose British seed potatoes for various reasons, their number one buying criteria is the quality of UK produce, according to Sandy McGowan from Fife-based Cygnet PB. McGowan: “We’re an island nation, producing most of our seed…

Netherlands to Provide Around 1 Million Euros for Potato Impact Cluster in Bangladesh

The government of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses have inked an agreement to undertake a “potato impact cluster” project in Bangladesh. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and a consortium of Dutch businesses joined hands to share their experience and best practices with potato farmers in Bangladesh to improve supply chain in potato sector of Bangladesh. An amount of Euro 900,000 has been allocated for this three-year project, said the Bangladesh Embassy in…

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