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Maritimes Potato Growers Impacted By Adverse Weather Offered Support

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is offering support to customers in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick whose potato crops were impacted by an unusually wet, cold fall, causing a loss in revenue. Potatoes need to be dry and not too cold to be harvested without the risk of damage, and there were very few days in October and November where conditions were right. This followed an extremely challenging growing season, mired by…

Algeria Will Stop Seed Potato Import In 2021, Says Minister Of Agriculture

In Algeria, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Abdelkader Bouazghi said Saturday, Dec. 8 in Guelma: “Algeria will stop the import of potato seeds in 2021.” In a statement to the press at the farm Richi Abdelmadjid in the commune of Belkheir, the minister indicated that this farm has “greatly”succeeded in the technical mastery of the production in quantities of seed potatoes of first generation (G1) allowing the production of second…

UK Potato Production Hits Lowest Level Since 2012

UK potato production has hit its lowest level since 2012 and the fourth smallest since 1960, down by 13% on the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes at 4.9m tonnes. The relatively low production figure is a result of an estimated 4.4% drop in planted area, and a 12% drop in average yield. The crop was heavily impacted by a combination of late planting and the prolonged hot and dry weather that stalled tuber…

U.S. Potatoes Rebrand Highlights Performance-Boosting Benefits

The lowly potato, while universally enjoyed, doesn’t get a whole lot of love, especially for its nutritional benefits – perhaps because the starchy tuber is often fried, mashed and mixed with non-healthy ingredients. But the U.S. potato industry, represented by the marketing organization Potatoes USA, is hoping to change that by focusing on real science in a new marketing and advertising campaign. The campaign supports the performance-boosting benefits of potatoes by showcasing…

McCain Foods Recognizes Carl Crandlemire As Champion Grower; a 28-Year Partnership

FLORENCEVILLE-BRISTOL, N.B., Aug. 29, 2018—Carl Crandlemire was named the 2017-2018 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Florenceville-Bristol during the 45th annual McCain Growers’ Banquet on August 23. This year, approximately 200 guests gathered at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre to celebrate the top growers and their hard work over the past year. Allison McCain, chairman of McCain Foods Ltd., and Christine Wentworth, vice-president of agriculture North America, extended personal congratulations to Carl Crandlemire and…

McCain Foods Recognizes Les Fermes FC Daigle as Champion Grower; a 42-Year Partnership

GRAND FALLS, N.B., Aug. 29, 2018–Les Fermes FC Daigle Inc. of Drummond was named the 2017-2018 McCain Champion Potato Grower for Grand Falls during the 44th annual McCain Growers’ Banquet on August 21. This year, more than 200 guests gathered at Centre E&P Sénéchal to celebrate the top growers and their hard work over the past year. Allison McCain, chairman of McCain Foods Ltd., Bryan McCourt, vice-president of marketing Canada and Christine Wentworth,…

McCain Foods Recognizes Leavitt Farms Inc.

PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE—The McCain Top 10 Potato Growers were recognized at the annual McCain Grower Barbecue at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center in Presque Isle on August 24. Almost 300 guests gathered to celebrate the 2017 growing season and recognize the top ten growers and their achievements. Champion grower selection is based on the highest standing quality of the following three delivery categories: field direct delivery, winter storage delivery and…

New Zealand Potato Body to Ensure Quality Products Enter Fiji

New Zealand’s potato industry governing body has made a commitment to ensure the quality of potatoes imported from New Zealand by Fiji will be of top quality. Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ) says it wanted to see Fiji’s potato industry grow. Its chief executive, Chris Claridge, made the comments during the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji’s (BAF) bilateral meeting with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (NZMPI) in Nadi on Tuesday.PNZ was representing…

International Trade Secretary Signs Major Deal Allowing Export of UK Seed Potatoes to China

United Kingdom—China’s developing taste for chips and crisps will soon be fuelled by British produce, as International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox MP secures a deal which enables the UK to export seed potatoes to China. The deal is expected to bring major benefits to Scotland, with around 70% of the 100,000 tonnes of seed potatoes exported annually from the UK coming from Scottish farms. The seed potato export market is already…

McCain Foods Limited Appoints New President Of Canadian Division

McCain Foods announces the appointment of Danielle Barran to country president, McCain Foods (Canada), a division of McCain Foods Limited. Barran assumed full responsibility for the Canadian commercial business, effective August 20, 2018. Reporting to Jeff DeLapp, North America president, Barran will lead McCain Foods Canada’s next stage of strategic development. “We are pleased to welcome Danielle to McCain. She will be a tremendous asset to both our Canadian business and our…

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