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Dear Potato Friends: After being online for nearly three years, Potato News Today now has a loyal following of many industry folks from around the world. We are now in a position to consider sponsorship and/or buy-out opportunities. If you or your company/organization might have an interest in this, please feel free to get in touch with me and we can discuss details. I will of course also provide you with site performance and visitor statistics to date. Many thanks for visiting Potato News Today and spud greetings from Canada!
Lukie Pieterse

Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2016

The 300 exhibitors present (25% more than in 2008) were able to meet with their customers, at PotatoEurope, in Villers-Saint Christophe, France, September 14-15. The dynamism of the various sectors, from seed production to trade of consumption tubers (France being the leading European exporter) but also the processing industries, attracted a wide international audience. Foreign participants came mainly from Benelux, Germany and the United Kingdom, but also from other countries. Potato Processing International magazine held an insightful seminar during this year’s Potato Europe event, in collaboration with Cedric Porter of World Potato Markets, presenting the impact of Brexit and the potential repercussions UK’s exist from the Union may have on the potato industry imports and exports. At the same time, during the seminar, Potato Processing International magazine showcased details of the International Potato Processing and Storage Convention (IPPSC), which the publication will organize next year, May 31-June 1 in Portland, Oregon. More

Canada: New ‘better for diabetics’ potato attractive to Prince Edward Island growers

Potatoes marketed for their low glycemic index launched this week in Ontario, with the support of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  People in the Prince Edward Island potato industry believe a new spud that’s better for people with diabetes could be lucrative to grow on the Island. The Carisma potato was launched this week by an Ontario company EarthFresh Foods Inc. It’s being marketed with a low glycemic index, with the support of the Canadian Diabetes Association. A Russet Burbank potato has a GI of about 90 versus the Carisma potato at 50, according to EarthFresh. “This would appeal to people maybe interested in weight control,” said Don Northcott with Real Potatoes Limited, a potato production and development company in Cornwall, P.E.I.  “I know many of the people who suffer from diabetes are interested in this as well.” Northcott said following food trends and taking advantage of specialized markets are important when it comes to choosing which potato varieties to develop and grow. More

South Africa: 2016 Seed Potato Grower of the year announced

From left to right: JP van den Berg and his wife Linné; Sanette Thiart, Managing Director, Potato Certification Service, and Hennie van der Westhuizen, Business Manager Central, BayerDuring the Seed Potato Grower’s forum in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, JP van den Berg from Northwest was named Seed Potato Grower for 2016 at the Bayer gala dinner. The other finalists for this year’s award were Frans Engelbrecht (North West) and W & K Boerdery (Western Free State). Three years’ certification data (from registration to control results) were used to determine the winner. Bayer and Potato Certification Service strive to build on quality as the cornerstone for the industry. Both organisations stand for sustainability for all stakeholders in the potato industry. After a difficult year during the 2015/16 drought, it has become very clear that consistency and reliability are two qualities that will support players in the potato industry. Bayer strives to provide access to innovation, by investing in research to offer the potato industry products that address problems like managing virus vectors and soil-borne diseases. More

Schweiz: Wegen Fäule und Rissen gibt’s dieses Jahr weniger Kartoffeln

Die Kartoffelernte fällt dieses Jahr bedeutend geringer aus als in anderen Jahren (Symbolbild)Letztes Jahr war der Sommer zu heiss für die Kartoffeln, dieses Jahr war er zu nass. Das setzt den Knollen zu: Je nach Betrieb werden bis zu 40 Prozent Ernteausfälle erwartet. Regengüsse, Krautfäule und Wachstumsrisse setzen der Kartoffelernte in der Ostschweiz zu, schreibt die Thurgauer Zeitung. Im August war die Welt noch in Ordnung. «Bei mir sieht es glücklicherweise nicht schlecht aus», dachte Silvan Ziegler, Bauer aus Rothenhausen bei Weinfelden. Heute weiss er es besser. Seit sechs Tagen erntet er seine Kartoffeln auf den Feldern und weiss nun die Kartoffelernte fällt schlecht aus. Von einer Sorte muss er gar die Hälfte seiner Ernte, also 34 Tonnen, in den Abgang geben. Das bedeutet, dass die Kartoffel statt in den Laden in den Mund einer Kuh kommt. «All die ausgeschossenen Kartoffeln kommen bei mir nun zwei Bauern mit Kuhbetrieb holen – ein immenser Verlust», sagt Silvan Ziegler. More

UK: Mix and mash: how to maximise potato sales

They have been, and remain, a stalwart of the British diet; the shy, retiring star of the dinner plate. Potatoes do not tend to grab the foodie headlines like pasta, polenta and ‘chipped’ vegetables. And yet the humble spud remains the king of the carbs, immune to fads. For every portion of pasta, Britons consume three servings of potatoes; we are 10th in the world league table of potato consumption per head of the population. Put simply, restaurants, caterers and foodservice bosses are missing a golden, and lucrative, opportunity if they ignore the British appetite for potatoes. In fact, the growth in dining out, in particular at quick-service restaurants (QSRs), means the UK sector is in the midst of a spud boom. Servings of potatoes eaten out of home have increased by 10.7% year-on-year. Ron Hickey, catering and on-trade sales director at Bestway Wholesale, advises operators to boost sales by offering consumers the chance to “trade up” their meal and “premiumise” chips and wedges with toppings and dips. More

Australia, New Zealand: AUSVEG and PMA-ANZ to host Hort Connections

AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA-ANZ) announce the launch of “Hort Connections” – combining the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, the premier events of two of horticulture’s leading organisations. Hort Connections will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 15-17 May 2017, with the event catering to growers and whole-of-supply-chain companies and organisations alike.
“Hort Connections is a joint initiative between AUSVEG and PMA-ANZ to deliver an industry event that will not only continue the positive legacy from our respective conventions, but provide even more value to our growers and industry members,” said AUSVEG Chairman Geoff Moar. “Hort Connections is already attracting tremendous attention from local and international industry members and is set to become the most significant horticulture event in the Australasian region.” Continue reading

US: Black Gold Farms’ red potato harvest under way

Black Gold Farms is digging in the fields of the Red River Valley and anxious to begin shipping red potatoes to its customers. Harvest will run for about four weeks with the majority of the harvest stored, packed and shipped out of Black Gold Farms’ expanded packing facility in East Grand Forks, MN. This year’s red potato growing season was not like last year’s in terms of both weather and expected yields. With multiple rain events, warm weather and even some hail, the potato crop around the valley has had its challenges. “Mother Nature threw us a few curve balls this growing season, but as we get into some of our earlier fields, we are excited about what we’re seeing in terms of quality and yield,” Keith Groven, sales manager for Black Gold Farms, said in a press release. More

Uganda: Irish potato shortage increases prices

Uganda is importing Irish potatoes from neighbouring Kenya, as supplies of the produce on the domestic market have dropped. As a result traders are hiking the prices of the foodstuff to recover transport and other costs. “Most Irish potatoes being sold on the Ugandan market now come from Kenya,” confirms Olivia Nanyonjo, a trader in Nakasero Market in Kampala. She explains that there has been a decline in supply of the potatoes on the market since late June, because of the prolonged dry spells in most parts of the country, which led to crop failure. Samuel Lubwama, another trader, says most of the Irish potatoes they sell come from Shingo in central Uganda. However, because of the drought that hit the area, there is no supply of the produce from there. More