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Frito-Lay accused of deceiving customers with labeling of artificially flavored potato chips

Legal Newsline reports that Frito-Lay North America Inc. is accused of misleading consumers by failing to disclose on the front label that its Ruffles cheddar and sour cream potato chips contain artificial flavoring, a class action lawsuit alleges. “Other brands of cheddar and sour cream ridged potato chips contain cheddar and sour cream seasoning with artificial flavor and identify their products as ‘Artificially Flavored’ on the front label,” the complaint says.

US: Western Potatoes grows spuds for Frito-Lay

If you’re in the Panhandle and open up a bag of Frito-Lay potato chips, chances are good the potatoes came from one of the Western Potatoes locations in Alliance, Kansas or Colorado, according to an article published by the Star-Herald. Western Potatoes grows chip potatoes and seed potatoes in Alliance, Lincoln, Kan., and Holyoke, Colorado. They grow seed only in Gordon. The employee-owned operation is one of the largest seed growers for Frito-Lay, and has been working with the company since the late 1970s.

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…]

Report: ‘UK savoury snacks industry is a real success story’

A new report by The Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers Association (SNACMA), estimates the total value of the UK’s savoury snack industry for the coming year at £3.2 billion, a significant increase on last year’s figure of £2.5 billion.. With more than 95 per cent of all potato crisps being made from home grown potatoes, it is claimed that the snack sector is a major supporter of farming jobs.

Key Technology promotes Quentin Kemph as Area Sales Manager for the South Central United States

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Quentin Kemph as Area Sales Manager for the South Central United States. Kemph is responsible for bringing Key’s high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems to customers that process potatoes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, snack foods, poultry and more. “During his lengthy tenure at[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.

PepsiCo New Zealand changes cooking oil, reducing amount of saturated fat in chips

PepsiCo New Zealand is committed to reducing the saturated fat, sodium and added sugars for Kiwi consumers, Potatoes NZ reports. Exciting news from the potato crisp industry recently, as PepsiCo NZ evolve healthier processing for NZ’s favourite snacks. The maker of Bluebird potato chips and other snacks, has changed the cooking oil for its major snack brands to canola oil.[Read More…]

Stardom: Sales of Spanish potato chip company boom after appearance in ‘Parasite’ movie

87-year-old Cesar Bonilla, who owns the company Bonilla a La Vista, is grateful to ‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon-ho. Cesar Bonilla is still baffled by a surge in demand for the canned potato chips made by his company in northwestern Spain after they appeared in award-winning Korean film Parasite. The movie this month became the first non-English language film to win an[Read More…]

French fries in China – big opportunities and high hurdles

The market for French fries in China is growing rapidly but barriers to entry exist for foreign providers, as Peter Peverelli of just-food.com explains. The potato, a staple of many European nations, has traditionally only had a supporting role in Chinese cuisine. It is known as tudou (literally: ‘earth bean’) in colloquial Chinese, or malingshu (‘horse bell tuber’) in formal[Read More…]

India: Uttar Pradesh clears decks for PepsiCo's new potato chips plant

The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared the decks for the proposed Rs 500 crore potato chips plant of global food and beverage company PepsiCo’s in the Mathura district. The UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) had already allotted 36 acres of land to the company. Last month, the state cabinet gave its nod to issue a ‘letter of comfort’ (LoC)[Read More…]

India's Gujarat State ready for foreign investment in frozen potato product facilities

With the potential growing of potatoes for manufacture of frozen potato-based products, Gujarat is poised for an inflow of foreign investments. Several European and American companies are looking to invest in manufacturing facilities for frozen potato-based products or in the food processing equipment sector. “Investment from several European companies alone in the equipment, manufacturing and allied sectors is pegged at[Read More…]

Good news for the US potato industry

The final day of the Southern Rocky Mountain Ag Conference brought a focus on the potato. John Lundeen, Research Director for Potatoes USA, provided insight into just how large the market of the popular vegetable is. He began by noting that the potato is rated as America’s number one vegetable. Also, the nation’s most popular side dish is the French[Read More…]

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