US: RPE to feature new product innovations at Fresh Summit

What’s new in the fresh potato category? From RPE, Inc. a new potato item, a unique approach for commodity product and fresh innovations that add value for both consumers and retailers alike. New featured item: SteamPak Mini™, for the health conscious and on-the-go consumer, is a single-serve package of fresh potatoes. Microwaving in four minutes for a great snack or side dish, SteamPak Mini has no additives and addresses a trend toward smaller pack sizes and a desire from consumers to reduce food waste. Unique approach for commodity product: Old Oak Farms® Party Potatoes, offered exclusively by RPE, are fingerling potatoes re-imagined with precise size specifications. RPE will also highlight Tasteful Selections Steam & Savor™ steamable bags featuring Organic Mini Sweet Potatoes, and White Russet® brand potatoes. More

Low carb potato variety wins New Zealand Food Award

Image result for LotatoesT&G’s Lotatoes has won The Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Sector Products Award at the 2017 New Zealand Food Awards. The category promotes, recognizes and showcases innovations in primary sector products, processing and packaging methods. Lotatoes came out on top with the judges being particularly impressed with the process used to naturally breed and sustainably grow the lower carbohydrate and fewer calorie potato that’s taken New Zealand by storm. “Lotatoes is a high-quality and delicious potato, sustainably grown right here in New Zealand by passionate farmers loved by kiwi consumers. We’re extremely proud of Lotatoes win at the 2017 New Zealand Food Awards,” says Andrew Keaney, executive general manager, T&G who accepted the top award. This potato, with 40% less carbs and fewer calories than other potato varieties, was developed by cross-breeding different varieties of potato seeds together. More

Canada: Alberta potato growers invited to take part in Thailand trade mission

Alberta seed potato companies are invited to participate in a market development mission to Thailand from November 19-27, 2017. The mission will include stops in Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, Thailand to meet with importers, distributors and potential customers as well as touring local potato farm operations. “This mission will profile Alberta as a reliable producer of high quality, low virus seed potatoes,” says Rachel Luo, senior trade and relations officer, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “This will be the first market development mission focused on seed potato suppliers to Thailand since Alberta was granted market access last year.” To be eligible to participate in this mission, companies should be providers of seed potatoes and interested in the Thai marketplace. More

National Potato Day in Ireland: Consumers urged to choose Irish potatoes

PotatoNational Potato Day takes place in Ireland today, Friday, October 6. IFA (Irish Farmers’ Association) President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish potato sector. “It is a very important indigenous industry worth €85 million at farm gate, with 500 growers planting almost 9,000ha annually,” he said. IFA Potato Committee Chairman Eddie Doyle insisted: “Retailers recognise and respect the massive investments potato growers have made in machinery and cold storage, to ensure a continuous 12-month supply of Irish product. The chairman urged consumers to choose Irish potatoes ahead of other imported produce – in addition to making a healthy food choice they would also be supporting vital jobs in the rural economy, he said. Doyle also asked that the hotel and catering sectors ensure that their suppliers are sourcing Irish produce. More

US: Food service professionals tour Idaho potato harvest

Kevin Stanger, with Wada Farms in Pingree, Idaho, leads food service professionals on a tour of his facility. The tour was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission.Twice each week, Egan Click, with Sysco Corp. in Chicago, inspects 100,000-pound rail loads of Idaho potatoes to make certain they meet customers’ size and quality specifications. But Click acknowledges that prior to participating in an Idaho Potato Commission-sponsored harvest tour, he didn’t fully appreciate the “unbelievable” process Idaho growers, packers and shippers follow to meet the standards associated with their state’s seal. Click was among the 28 professionals within the growing food service category IPC included in a Sept. 26-29 tour. Participants representing major potato markets such as Illinois, California, Texas and New York toured potato harvest, a fresh packing operation, a dehydrated potato plant and a frozen potato processing plant. Don Odiorne, IPC’s vice president of food service, said the food service professionals head home with photographs and stories about Idaho potato production to share with their staffs and may become “brand advocates.” More

Ireland: Meade Potato Co to host a day in the life of a spud

As part of the Boyne Valley Food Series, Meade Potato Company are inviting customers to come and have a behind-the-scenes tour of their farm this week. Spud lovers can attend the company’s farm in Lobinstown and experience a day in the life of the spud – from farm to bag. Friday, September 29th, visitors will be given the opportunity to see what goes into making the perfect spud, from planting to packing. They will learn all about potato varieties, environmentally responsible potato production and much more besides. Afterwards, Meade Potato Co will be treat their guests to a special Bangers & Mash Global dinner on site at the farm, which will feature sausages from the Whole Hogg and, of course, the spud, in all its various guises from around the world – Irish colcannon and potato cakes to the French potatoes Dauphinoise to Swedish Hasselback to Indian curried potatoes. More

Belgium aims to export more frozen potato fries to Malaysia

According to a report by New Straits Times, Belgium hopes to ship in more frozen potato fries to Malaysia, collaborating with restaurateurs and fast food operators in the country. “Belgian chocolates are famous all over the world. Today, we’re seeking to promote Belgian fries here,” said Belgapom secretary general Romain Cools. Belgapom is the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry which promotes exports of 4.4 million tonnes of potatoes a year. “Malaysia is a fast growing market for Belgian potatoes,” he told reporters at a media conference and cooking demo at the Food & Hotel Malaysia 2017 event held in Kuala Lumpur today. “We seek to increase our market share here for potato fries. Belgian fries is in third placing here as most of the potato fries served at fast food restaurants are being imported from Northern America and the Netherlands,” he added.  Continue reading

Potato Expo 2018: Have a say in the final program – cast a vote for your favorite topics

Image result for potato expo logoAccording to the organizers of Potato Expo 2018, the event (Jan 10 – 12, Orlando) promises to be the best yet. The organizing team says they have been inundated with high quality and insightful abstracts for presentations for the Potato Expo Innovation Hub stage – “so many, that we cannot accommodate them all; so, we need your help and input to select the ones that are the most important for you to manage and build your business.” Topics include potato production, research, distribution, consumption, trends and more. This is your opportunity to have a say in the final program and make Potato Expo 2018 the most important tool for your business. You are invited to vote online for your favorite topics – just visit this page on the Potato Expo website, enter your email address and then proceed to the voting page. Voting is open until September 27. If you require assistance in voting, or have questions, please contact Hollee Alexander.

Idaho potato grower looking forward to tenth PMA Fresh Summit

Fresh Summit LogoFor participants at the PMA Fresh Summit, to be hosted October 19 – 21 this year, gathering together and networking at the event is and has been a valuable part of their year. As vendors see the opportunity to present new products as well as to connect with customers and suppliers, they continue to attend year after year to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Wilcox Fresh in the US has been present at the event for ten years now and sees it as an important showcase. The Idaho-based potato and onion grower has also branched out into an organic vegetable range and is looking forward to presenting their wares to attendees while also collaborating with fellow producers. Derek Peterson, from Wilcox Fresh, said that they have had a positive season and that the PMA Fresh Summit has come at a great timing for them. When asked why Wilcox enjoys participating in the event, Peterson explained that meeting with customers as well as other producers is a highlight. More

Call for more potato-processing capacity: Has Grimme got the answer?

Call for more potato-processing capacity: Has Grimme got the answer?Grimme’s range of potato handling equipment has been given a boost, thanks to the new addition of the PowerCombi to its RH line-up. It will be at Agritechnica (in Germany) in November. Claimed to be operating with up to 98% efficiency and requiring only one individual to run it; the new grader has a receiving hopper with a capacity of 28m³, followed by three 2.4m-wide PU (polyurethane plastic) coil separators and, finally, an optical sorter. In totality, this results in a supposed output of around 100t/hour – a 25% increase on previous models. A “well-positioned and spacious” inspection platform is said to offer good all-round visibility, enabling a view over the “whole separation system”. In other Grimme news, the manufacturer also recently unveiled what it describes as “its biggest ever self-propelled potato harvester”. With no less than 530hp at its disposal (courtesy of a Mercedes engine), the four-row Ventor 4150 comes with a capacious 15t hopper (bunker). More

Grimme pakt flink uit op Agritechnica

GrimmeDe Duitse machinefabrikant Grimme heeft onlangs in Cappeln een vooruitblik gegeven op de noviteiten die ze in november op de Agritechnica in Hannover zal presenteren. Het familiebedrijf is vooral sterk georiënteerd op de aardappel- en bietenteelt. De 260 SE is een tweerijige aardappelbunkerrooier, die het goed doet op de lichtere gronden in Zuid- en Noordoost-Nederland. Voor de zwaardere gronden zijn de rooiers met axiaalreinigers meer gewild. De SE heeft een doorvalmat als basis waarmee het mogelijk is te rooien zonder vooraf te klappen. Grimme heeft deze rooier als basis genomen voor de EVO 290, die naast de SE 260 in het programma komt. De EVO 290 heeft een grotere bunker van 9 ton en aan de linkerkant een extra wiel, dat meestuurt en hydraulisch wordt aangedreven, als de omstandigheden moeilijker worden. Het wiel helpt tevens de bodemdruk lager te houden. Hij zit aan de kant waar de bunker lost. Meer

Goede opkomst op modderige Potato Europe 2017

De Editie 2017 van de Potato Europe in Emmeloord ging dit jaar niet zonder slag of stoot. De weersomstandigheden waren dermate dramatisch dat de beurs op woensdag 13 september al werd afgelast. Een dag later op 14 september was het weer ook ver van optimaal, al ging de Potato Europe gewoon door. Laarzen waren een absolute aanrader om buiten in de modder en in de plassen te manoeuvreren. Toch schrok dat de bezoekers van de beurs niet af. Op één dag kwamen er 10.000 geïnteresseerden af op de Potato Europe in Emmeloord, terwijl op de editie ervoor op twee dagen 12.500 man kwamen. Een mooi aantal, zo vond de organisatie. Paulien Hoftijzer is verantwoordelijk voor de organisatie van het evenement. Hoewel het weer deze keer niet helemaal mee zat, kijkt zij toch terug op een geslaagde editie. “Deze editie was nat, maar aan de andere kant zijn we ontzettend blij dat de tweede dag toch door kon gaan”, vertelt de manager conference en exhibition. Meer

Agrico celebrates growth during stormy Potato Europe in Emmeloord

On Thursday 14 September, Agrico participated in a rainy Potato Europe 2017 in the Netherlands. Agrico celebrated its latest results together with affiliated growers at this leading international trade fair, held in World Potato City Emmeloord. Agrico demonstrated how it successfully does business with its growers to the potato sector at Potato Europe. The record amounts paid to growers last summer clearly show how relevant Agrico’s cooperative business model is today. Agrico celebrated this successful cooperation based on the enterprise of its growers with them on what was the only day of the trade fair. Innovative varieties are another driver behind Agrico’s growth – varieties that are in high demand and used to feed many people around the world. Fontane is one of the Agrico varieties that has been growing its market share for years. This high yielding French fry variety was in the spotlight at the event, as was Carolus that gives growers certainty about their yields thank to its unique resistance to phytophthora. More

Dewulf-Miedema to unveil new 2-row harvester at Potato Europe 2017 event

Dewulf~Miedema, a full-line supplier of potato and carrot processing machinery, will this year once again present its innovative technology for the potato harvest during the Potato Europe 2017 event. Although the company will be presenting an impressive number of machines, the main eye-catcher will be the unveiling of Torro. This long-awaited light, 2-row trailed offset harvester with bunker will be officially launched at the trade show. In addition, dewulf~miedema will give numerous demonstrations of harvesting (schedule) and storage technology (schedule) and can be visited at the trade stand V455. Several other DeWulf-Miedema machines will be on display either in the field or on the company’s trade stand at Potato Europe 2017:More

Upcoming industry event in the Netherlands is important for Scots potato export market

Scottish potato exports are worth millions to the economy. Picture: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesIn recent years exports of seed potatoes from Scotland have gradually increased to the point where they are now worth millions of pounds to the economy. With a view to further promoting this trade, British potato exporters will next week attend the Potato Europe event in Emmelord, Holland. With more than 250 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors from around the world, Potato Europe is seen as a key marketplace for the GB potato sector. Among the companies and organisations exhibiting this year are Greenvale AP, Caithness Potatoes, Cygnet PEP, James Hutton, Cullen Allen and SASA. Niall Arbuckle from Greenvale AP said the show was the ideal venue for striking deals with key clients in countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Jordan. The AHDB Export Team’s Rob Burns said he would be pushing the benefits of GB’s high health seed potato sector. “We are looking to increase our exports in a number of areas including Russia, the Middle East and Brazil and the show offers us the chance to continue discussions with these target markets.” More