What’s in Store for Potato Processors at PACK Expo 2017

Bringing together 2,000+ exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from virtually every vertical market, PACK EXPO Las Vegas is the year’s most comprehensive packaging event on the American continent. In this exclusive interview with Laura Thompson, senior director of expositions at PMMI, managing editor Dan Orehov discusses the highlights of the event and the specific focal points of interest for the potato[Read[Read More…]

UK: Tesco to fund environmentally-friendly technology to help potato growers

Tesco has announced its involvement in a project to help East Anglian potato growers protect the soil on their farms and the wildlife in surrounding waterways. The project, which Tesco is running with the Broads Authority, is designed to improve farmers’ yields and protect the environment. It is aimed at limiting the amount of top run-off from producers’ fields, which can[Read[Read More…]

US: Valley Irrigation introduces new center drive motor for pivot systems

Valley Irrigation introduces a new center drive that delivers the perfect combination of speed and power. The new Valley X-Tec advanced DC drive motor uses FastPass technology and operates up to twice the speed of a standard, high-speed AC center drive motor. The motor design provides constant torque at any speed, providing growers with unmatched control and additional options to[Read[Read More…]

Driverless ‘robo-tractors’ coming soon to Japanese potato and rice fields

Greying farmers, a rural exodus and low food self-sufficiency have thrust Japan’s biggest agricultural machinery manufacturers into a national race to build a driverless tractor, according to a report by the Financial Times. It is said that the quest to perfect the “robo-tractor” is strongly encouraged by the Japanese government at the highest level, and is viewed as a way to stem the slowdown[Read[Read More…]

Applied Research: Ground-penetrating radar could help producers dig potatoes early

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station. Hays’ latest project utilizes ground-penetrating radar to select early maturing potato cultivars, which can help producers make harvest decisions and increase water-use efficiency. His project is in coordination with AgriLife Research and[Read[Read More…]

Grimme to present new machines at Potato Europe 2017 event

During the Potato Europe 2017 event on 13 and 14 September in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, GRIMME will present a large number of new potato machines developed by the company. For the first time, Grimme will introduce the VARITRON 470 Platinum, a new generation of 4-row self-propelled harvesters powered by a 435 HP engine and equipped with a non-stop 7-ton Bunker hopper.[Read[Read More…]

Research breakthrough: Novel way to convert potato waste into ethanol

Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future, and also add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the peelings and potato residuals from a Pennsylvania food-processor, researchers triggered simultaneous saccharification — the process[Read[Read More…]

Storage Technology: Innovative new sensor nominated for Award

The Tolsma-Grisnich storage technology company developed a unique temperature sensor to measure the temperature at different locations and heights within a bulk potato storage facility. The product, in essence a 5 meter long cable, is said to measure temperature differences quite accurately at different locations, and the developers figure that the device provide storage managers with more fine-tuned control over temperature[Read[Read More…]

Irish research project funded to develop nanosensors for quick disease detection

Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Dublin City University and Teagasc are teaming up to research crop disease in Ireland. Backed with a €1m investment from the Department of Agriculture, a number of research institutions are looking to get to the bottom of crop disease. Ireland’s two most important crops are barley and potato, and disease poses a significant challenge to these and[Read[Read More…]

Key Technology presents its VERYX digital sorters to Middle East food processors

Key Technology will introduce its VERYX® family of digital sorters to the Middle East food processing industry at the Gulfood Manufacturing trade show being held in Dubai from 31 October to 2 November, 2017. The VERYX B175 will be exhibited with Key’s representative, Al Thika Packaging, in stand #C1-4, Hall 1. Featuring advanced inspection technology and object-based recognition, VERYX sorters[Read[Read More…]

PotatoEurope 2017: “Potatoes Feed and Meet the World”

The annual PotatoEurope trade show is preparing for the 11th edition, which will take place September, 13-14, in Emmeloord, the Netherlands. The theme of the 2017 edition of PotatoEurope is ‘Potatoes feed/meet the world’. The event features 250 exhibitors and offers many opportunities to gain practical knowledge. PotatoEurope will also host several demonstrations, showing how the international potato world is preparing for a[Read[Read More…]

New Report: Global market for potato harvesters expected to grow significantly

A report on the global outlook for the Potato Harvester Market sector, ‘Worldwide Potato Harvester Market, 2016 – 2022’, was recently published by According to the authors of the Report, the global market for potato harvesters is expected to witness a significant growth throughout the forecast period until 2022. They say that potato farmers around the world are constantly looking[Read[Read More…]

McCain Foods embraces analytics to transform the way they do business

Hear Roman Coba, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of McCain Foods, talk about how MicroStrategy, an enterprise analytics and mobility company, has enabled McCain Foods to completely transform their business – from developing a single enterprise reporting environment, to improving safety on the production line, to helping sales and marketing better understand McCain’s customers and prospects. Watch the video below or[Read[Read More…]

US: Traceability products to help you track produce

One way to ease the process of a food safety recall is by having detailed records of where each crop has been and who has touched it. In this article published by Growing Produce, some traceability products using the latest technology are featured. Food Origins offers precision harvest data in real time that can be captured with a handheld device in the[Read[Read More…]

Tummers keeps developing its potato processing equipment

As the people are the heart of Tummers, R&D is the backbone. Tummers is continuously working on improving their machinery, the process, service or other aspects to apply to the demands of the market, within the Tummers Group. Tummers is not improving just to improve, but improving based on feedback from its customers. Once in a while this contains a drastic development[Read[Read More…]

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