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Belgian fries spared from national coronavirus lockdown

Belgium’s national dish, fried potato sticks that many English speakers refer to as “French fries,” has escaped the country’s near lockdown over coronavirus, with vendors allowed to stay open while all cafes and restaurants have been forced to close. The government ordered schools, bars, gyms and all sporting and cultural activities to close for three weeks from Saturday and curbed shop opening times to limit the spread of the disease.

McDonald’s UK french fries (finally) to be British-only

It is reported in The Times that the next time you eat chips in McDonald’s in the UK, they will be entirely British. The fast-food chain has announced that, from now on, its UK arm will buy only British potatoes, in a move that will result in a further £9 million investment each year in the British sector. The decision[Read More…]

How one sack of potatoes grew into vibrant business for an entrepreneurial Kenyan woman

In 1998 Irene Mwangi started peeling potatoes and delivering them to a food outlet in Nairobi. She never imagined the humble beginning in her business would grow into a thriving enterprise it is today. Ms Mwangi started with one sack of potatoes, and her business now now processes potatoes supplied to a number of fast food chains, schools and various institutions.

A pregnancy craving turned into a successful 'tornado potato business' for Hawaiian student

Starting with $20, Ganchudur Batgerel, a senior from Mongolia majoring in supply chain operation at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, with the help of her friends, earned more than $1,000 with her “tornado potato business” for the Great Ideas competition. A tornado potato elevates the potato with fried meat and sauce, all in a convenient stick form, she said. “When I was[Read More…]

The average American spends nearly $30K on snacks in their lifetime

What would you do for a lifetime supply of snacks? According to new research, a sixth of Americans would completely shave their head. The survey of 2,000 Americans found snacks aren’t the only thing to drive respondents to extremes — the same number (16 percent) would also shave their head for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Respondents are truly willing[Read More…]

America braces for possible french fry shortage after poor potato harvest

Potato processors are rushing to buy supplies and ship them across North America in order to keep French fries on the menu after cold, wet weather damaged crops in key producers in the U.S. and Canada. Cool conditions started to hit growing regions in October, lashing potatoes with frost. Farmers in Alberta and Idaho were able to dig up some[Read More…]

Lamb Weston forms joint venture in Argentina

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced earlier this week that it has formed a joint venture with Sociedad Comercial del Plata in Argentina to serve the nearly 2-billion-pound South American market. Each partner will own 50% of the new joint venture, Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. will sell frozen[Read More…]

‘Strategic and growing’: Lamb Weston’s Argentinian JV opens up South American market

Lamb Weston and Argentina’s Sociedad Comercial del Plata (SCP) are forming a joint venture they say will open doors to the South American processed potato market. US company Lamb Weston is one of the largest producers and processors of frozen french fries and other frozen potato products in the world. Each partner will own 50% of the new joint venture,[Read More…]

Over 99% of farmers follow EPA pesticide rules, so why is the public scared of chemicals?

In September the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US released its 2017 pesticide residue sampling data results. FDA concluded: “The latest set of results demonstrate once again that the majority of the foods we test are well below the federal limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Government sampling data shows an over 99% compliance rate among[Read More…]

McCain launches SureCrisp fries to counter soggy delivery fries

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ordering fries for delivery is going to result in a potent cocktail of devastation, regret, and cold, soggy potato, as the fries slowly steam themselves in transit, writes James Hansen on MSN. Question one: Why, then, do people still order them? Question two: Is it an insurmountable issue? Perhaps, no longer. McCain, the[Read More…]

For the McCain empire, built on potatoes, climate change is serious business

As a closely held company, McCain Foods Ltd. is under no obligation to be chatty. And it isn’t. The world’s biggest seller of frozen french fries has issued only eight press releases this year. When your name is on display in grocery freezers in 160 countries, you don’t need to beg for publicity. This week, the climate crisis prompted one[Read More…]

Britain’s best fish and chip restaurants revealed

Fish and chips is one of the UK’s most traditional and popular dishes, enjoyed at the seaside, at home or for those who like a more formal setting, in a restaurant with a nice glass of wine. The dish is beloved in households across the country, but getting the best fish and chips is important, the fluffiness of the chips[Read More…]

Report: McDonald’s spent nearly $136 million on Idaho commodities in 2018

McDonald’s Corp. spent nearly $136 million on Idaho agricultural commodities to supply its fast food restaurants during 2018, according to a recently released corporate report.  During the year, the Chicago-based fast-food giant purchased 271.285 million pounds of Idaho potatoes. McDonald’s also bought 58.3 million pounds of cheese, 14.9 million pounds of beef, 6.4 million pounds of sugar and 2.3 million[Read More…]

McDonald’s adds international favorites to the menu, including sweet potato fries from the Netherlands

Fed up of classic McDonald’s fries? Then make sure you try out the new sweet potato fries that have been introduced as part of the international menu. Look, let’s be perfectly honest here, McDonald’s is not known for their fries, writes Cullum Gunn in an article on Fansided. They’re OK and they will certainly curb that craving you get for[Read More…]

The ‘magic mix’ of ingredients responsible for the impossible Burger’s taste and texture

The Food and Drug Administration just gave the thumbs up for the major beef-like ingredient in the the Impossible Burger, soy leghemoglobin. Upon cooking, it reacts to generate heme, the source of the redness of beef.  The science behind the Impossible Burger is fascinating, so I went straight to the source rather than relying on the media echo chamber — the patent.[Read[Read More…]

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