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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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U.S. Potato Acres Down 4.9 Per Cent in Pandemic Contract Cuts

United States potato growers planted 47,300 fewer acres to potatoes this year than they did during 2019, with the biggest cuts coming in Washington, Idaho, and North Dakota, who accounted for over 80 per cent of the decline, the July 1 issue of North American Potato Market News (NAPM) says. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s potato acreage report was released on June 30, however NAPM believes the USDA has overestimated acreage for Oregon, Wisconsin and Nebraska,…

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French Fry Processors Scrambling to Find Potatoes to Keep Plants Running

In April as the pandemic swept North America french fry processors made drastic moves to balance their raw product supplies with expected usage requirements, however their work may be backfiring on them, the June 24 issue of North American Potato Market News says. With demand improving processors have started to repurchase some of the potatoes they had abandoned earlier, however they are finding growers have found ways to dispose of potatoes quicker than anticipated….

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U.S., Canada Launch New Produce Traceback Template

The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) has launched the Produce Traceback Template and improved the Harmonized Case Label, the PTI Best Practices for Formatting Case Labels and the ASN 856 document, the group says in a news release on June 25. The PTI consists of CPMA, GS1 US, PMA, and United Fresh, and it’s many volunteer industry members. “As the Canadian industry strives for compliance with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the U.S….

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Simplot Requesting Extension Deregulation to Snowden Z6 Potato Variety

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting public comment on a request from J.R. Simplot Company to extend deregulation to a potato variety, designated as Snowden Z6 (Z6 potato), the USDA says in a news release on June 24. The variety is genetically engineered for late blight protection, lowered reducing sugars, low acrylamide potential and reduced black spot bruising. APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these…

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McDonald’s International Sales Fell by 39 Per Cent in April, 30.9 Per Cent in May

Only 75 per cent of McDonald’s stores globally were open as of April 30 as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the fast food giant to close its stores, however by June 19 95 per cent of McDonald’s restaurants were open again, the June 17 issue of North American Potato Market News says. System sales for the fast food restaurant dropped by 39 per cent during April and were down 20.9 per cent in May. Sales…

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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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Fry Backup Continues to Keep Canada Potato Stocks High

The pandemic french fry demand downturn pushed Canadian potato stocks to 20.82 million cwt as of June 1, 26.8 per cent more than in 2019, the June 10 issue of North American Potato Market News says. Ontario was the only province which had less potatoes in storage than last year, while the rest of the provinces, except for British Columbia, had 22 to 35 per cent more potatoes in storage. “Intended use data…

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U.S. Potato Acreage to Drop by 60,300 Acres

Overall potato acreage in the United States will drop by 60,300 acres and will likely fall short of last year’s levels in 10 of 13 reporting states, the June 3 issue of North American Potato Market News says. Colorado acres will increase though, while acres will be flat in California and Texas. Each of those states will likely experience shifts in the types of potatoes grown, the report notes. Chip potato contract volumes…

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French Fry Sales Bouncing Back Faster Than Expected

North American french fry sales may be coming back faster than the industry had expected with the anticipated buildup of finished-product inventories not having happened, the May 27 issue of North American Potato Market News says. “We believe that April sales of finished product exceeded industry expectations,” the report says. “However, we are picking up anecdotal evidence that sales are coming back more quickly than fryers had anticipated when they cut 2020…

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