Kronen installs potato processing line for big Russian retail chain

The new Kronen processing line, which has been recently installed at the retail chain, Lenta, in St. Petersburg, processes up to 600 kilograms per hour. Lenta is one of the biggest retail chains in Russia and the second largest hyper-market chain in the country. Lenta operates 195 hyper-markets in 78 cities, all over Russia, and 53 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nowosibirsk and the central region. For the introduction of a new product portfolio of cleaned, pre-cut and vacuum packaged vegetables such as carrots, red beets, as well as potatoes in different shapes and packaging sizes – Lenta was looking for an ideal option to prepare these products cheaply and automated. With this background in mind, Lenta contacted the Russian Kronen Representative Industrial Nutrition ( More

Australia: Research team aims to extract high quality proteins from processing wastewater

Researchers dr. Jocelyn Midgley (Simplot Australia) and professor Vicki Chen, from UNSW School of Chemical Engineering in Sydney, Australia, associate professor Jayashree Arcot and PhD student Shirin Dabestani, plan to find a solution to extract valuable high quality proteins from wastewater. Wastewater effluent from the food processing industries contains high concentrations of potassium, COD and BOD (chemical and biochemical oxygen demand) caused by the presence of starch, proteins, amino acids and sugars. The waste stream from the potato processing industry particularly contains considerable amounts of these valuable by-products. Protein, particularly plant protein, is a food trend that has been gathering increasing momentum with consumers. Although the level of protein in this wastewater is low, large volumes of potatoes are processed, thus for Simplot Australia the project was an investigation of opportunities. More

New report: North America Frozen Potato Market (2016 – 2022)

Image result for frozen potato productsResearch and Markets has announced the addition of the “North America Frozen Potato Market (2016 – 2022)” report to their offering. The North America Frozen Potato Market is expected to register a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period (2016 -2022). Some of the key topics covered include an overview of the North America Frozen Potato Market; the North America Frozen Potato Market by Product Type; the Potato Market by Country. Company Profiles include: McCain Foods Limited, J.R. Simplot Company, Lamb Weston, Agrarfrost Holding Gmbh & Co. KG, Agristo, Bart’s Potato Company, Himalya International, and Koninklijk Coöperatie Cosun U.A (Royal Cosun). More

Lamb Weston’s European Joint Venture completes acquisition of Oerlemans Foods’ Potato Division

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) announced today that its European joint venture, Lamb Weston / Meijer v.o.f., has completed its acquisition of the potato division of Oerlemans Foods. The acquisition includes a frozen potato processing facility in Broekhuizenvorst, Netherlands, and will add 185 million pounds of production capacity to Lamb Weston / Meijer’s existing network. On April 27, Lamb Weston Holdings announced in a press release that Lamb-Weston/Meijer v.o.f., has signed an agreement to acquire the potato division of Oerlemans Foods Nederland B.V. and that the deal is expected to be completed later this year. Continue reading

Russia: Modern potato processing plant to be built in Tatarstan

Image result for potato processing equipmentA modern potato processing plant is reportedly planned to be built in the Arskii district of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. was told by the press office of the regional department of Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Food that the project’s implementation was discussed yesterday at a ministerial meeting. At present, the Republic is consistently working on the improvement of potato production technology. For its part, the Ministry pledged to support an investor for construction of such a facility. Vice President of an investing company, Philip Terrie, is adamant about the ability of Tatarstan to complete this project successfully. The company’s representatives are in touch with one of the major potato producers in the region, AF Kyrlai LLC, and will reportedly soon make a final decision on the project. (Source:

Japan: Calbee to resume potato chip sales after halt in spud shortage

Calbee to resume potato chip sales after halt in spud shortageSnack food maker Calbee Inc. said Thursday it will restart sales of three brands of potato chips it halted in April from next week, as it is now able to procure a steady supply of potatoes. Calbee had stopped sales of some of its potato chip brands due to a crop shortage in Japan after Hokkaido was hit by a series of typhoons last August resulting in a poor harvest. But as potato harvesting started in other areas last month, the company has the main ingredient to resume sales of Pizza Potato and two other brands starting Monday. More

Overview: Potato product fryers

Potato Product Fryers: an overviewSelecting the right fryer design is one of the most critical decisions in potato processing. In this article by Don Giles, Director of Sales, Processing Systems at Heat and Control, he provides an overview of the different fryer types available and explains how specialised fryer designs can improve productivity and quality. Giles provides an overview on batch fryers, continuous fryers, multi-stage fryers, vacuum fryers, and more. Article

Texturized potato chips with Ingredion’s solution

Ingredion Incorporated announced six additions to its Precisa Crisp line of functional starch texturizers for the snack industry. With Precisa Crisp series of snack texturizers, manufacturers can create baked snacks with enhanced textures, optimal expansion and reduced breakage. “With more consumers around the world clamoring for healthier baked snacks, we wanted to help manufacturers seize the opportunity creating textures that appeal to more consumers,” said Marco Villone, Ingredion’s vice president of marketing USA and Canada. “The new series of Precisa Crisp texturizers allows manufacturers to dial-in desired texture, from “soft” and “snapping” to “hard” and “shattering”. Precisa Crisp functional starches can be used to formulate a variety of snacks like potato chips, crackers and tortilla chips. More

Expert View – Sorting and Product Inspection: A Step Change in Digital Sorting

Digital sorting has recently experienced a step change. This disruptive new technology, which has been in commercial use at potato processing facilities around the world for more than a year, offers novel capabilities and delivers new standards of performance. What’s different? Everything: from the sorter’s mechanical architecture to its sensors, software, ejection system, user interface (UI) and more, both incremental and disruptive changes have been brought to the market. In this article, Marco Azzaretti, advanced inspection systems product manager at Key Technology describe what’s different and present the benefits that these features bring to processors of potato strips and specialty products. More

Potato chips maker to invest $2.5 million, add jobs

A Canadian company that makes potato chips plans to invest another $2.5 million in its plant just outside Fort Wayne. Saratoga Potato Chips LLC invested $4.9 million in a plant at 6923 Lincoln Parkway when the company located its U.S. headquarters here in 2010. Now, the company plans to spend $2 million more on a building addition and $500,000 on new equipment. The company’s tax abatement application will be considered Thursday by Allen County Council. According to the application, 25 additional jobs in food preparation will be created with the expansion. The jobs pay $33,280 on average, although pay will range between $30,000 and $40,000. The additional workers will be in place by July 1, 2021. (Source: Journal Gazette)

Canadian entrepreneur modifies french fry cutter for new markets

tg-03062017-french-fry.jpgCharlottetown entrepreneur Hamid Sanayie is trying to be a cut above the rest in the french fry world. The Iranian-born man moved to Prince Edward Island (PEI) in August 2007 after living in the United Kingdom for the past 21 years. He was looking for a quiet and safe place to raise his children, but Sanayie also had quite an eye for business. “I ran a restaurant and I was surprised to see everybody using frozen french fries,’’ Sanayie said. “They had these famous (P.E.I.) potatoes and I wondered why they were using the frozen ones.’’ So, he went looking for a fry cutter. In fact, he looked all over North America, but found nothing. He started up a new company called Fry Factory in hopes of changing that. Sanayie decided to buy one from the U.K., but modifications to the machine had to be made for the machine to handle big potatoes. What they’ve been left with is a machine that turns these potatoes into french fries. Sanayie’s machine can produce a 50-pound bag of french fries in one minute. More

Australia: McCain Foods invests $57 million to regenerate Ballarat potato plant

Three people cutting the ribbon to celebrate McCain's $57 million regeneration project.“We’re here for the long haul” is the clear message McCain Foods wants to send the central Victorian town of Ballarat. The company has announced a $57 million investment to revitalise its potato plant, which is expected to create 100 construction jobs and increase production by 25 per cent. As a result, an extra $12.5 million worth of potatoes will need to be planted to meet increased production demand over the next eight years. Hundreds of McCain Ballarat employees walked off the job in 2016, pushing for better job security and entitlements. McCain was forced to import workers to ensure its production of french fries continued uninterrupted. McCain Growers Group chairman Chris Stephens said while the expansion was welcomed, he believed production needed to be sustainable. More

US: Frozen and fresh potato exports up; dehy down

Total U.S. Frozen potato exports recovered in March, up 17% over March 2016 and bringing the total for the first three quarters of the marketing year to 754,953 metric tons, up 3% over the same period last fiscal year.  The March recovery was led by the Philippines up 57%, Mexico 38%, Taiwan 36%, Indonesia 31%, Japan 28% and Korea 25%.  The only real drag on exports to Potatoes USA target markets was China down 31% for the month and now off 30% for the marketing year. Total Fresh potato exports were up 18% for March and at 318,977 metric tons are now up 10% for the marketing year.  Continue reading

Report: Global Potato Chips Market 2017

Global Potato Chips MarketGlobal Potato Chips Market 2017 Research Report offers an analysis of the growth rate of the Potato Chips industry. This report scrutinizes current market trends, future growth potential, dominant market growth drivers, elements impeding market growth, opportunities, market framework, market challenges, market future prognosis and best practices in the global Potato Chips market. The report serves as a valuable guide for industry players and other individuals who are interested in studying the Potato Chips market. More

Japan’s potato shortage could last until the fall

Japan's usually robust range of potato chip products is likely to be limited until fall as Hokkaido, the major potato-growing region, recovers from four typhoons that hit it last summer. | ISTOCKHokkaido’s potato farmers haven’t recovered from last summer’s typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products returns to store shelves. The farm ministry expects the chip shortage to last until the island prefecture’s next harvest gets underway in September. About 80 percent of Japan’s potatoes are grown in Hokkaido. Potatoes used in processed foods account for roughly 30 percent of all production in Hokkaido. More

UK: McCain commits £100m to ‘decades more’ at Scarborough site

The McCain plantMcCain Foods said it was committing itself to Yorkshire “for decades” after it announced the investment of £100m into its Scarborough plant operation. The food production giant, which has had a base in the Eastfield area of the town for nearly half a century, said the investment was being made to satisfy increasing demand for products and to safeguard jobs. As well as equipment upgrades, the renewal plans include state-of-the-art odour reduction technology, as well as extensive landscaping around the perimeter of the factory. The company will also be implementing renewable technology to further reduce its environmental impact. More

Britain falls out of love with the potato as carb-free diets take hold – but we still can’t get enough crisps

Potato sales have fallen by a fifth in the last ten years – with a recent dive in figures being fuelled by 'carb-free' dietsFor hundreds of years they have been a staple part of almost every British dinner. But it appears that we are finally falling out of love with the potato. Sales have fallen by a fifth in the last ten years – with a recent dive in figures being fuelled by ‘carb-free’ diets. In the last three years alone sales have dropped by almost 7 per cent, according to figures published in the annual Food Report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Despite the fact many are shunning the great British spud in an effort to drop a few pounds, it appears that some potato-based treats just prove far too tempting to ignore as sales of chips and crisps remained steady. More

Kenya: Potato processors contract 23,000 farmers to meet consumer demand

Alice Nyaguthii, who once lived and farmed in the forest but is now a squatter in Kabiruini, Ruturu in Nyeri County plants a tree in a potato farm in Hombe forest.Some 23,000 farmers in 13 potato-producing counties have signed contracts with various processors in Kenya to buy the produce to supply enough food to consumers. Grow Africa’s Leah Kasera said, “Potato processors have committed to purchase 2,650 metric tonnes per month to meet consumer demand and this is expected to streamline the potato value chain to benefit farmers and processors.” She said they want to meet the target of 63,600 tonnes for the next 24 months. Kasera spoke during the first ever Nyandarua Potato Fair held at the Agriculture Training Centre in Oljoro Orok, Nyandarua, at the weekend. According to the National Potato Council of Kenya, Kenya’s potato value chain involves approximately 2.7 million people among them 800,000 smallholder farmers and it contributes to more than Sh50 billion to the economy. More

Around the World in 80 Trades: Mackie’s at Taypack

James Taylor, Commercial Director at Mackie's at TaypackWe found out how a joint venture between potato farmers and an ice cream producer lead to the export of Mackie’s crisps to around 23 countries worldwide in less than a decade… What does your company do? Mackie’s at Taypack produces high quality, premium potato crisps from our farm in Perthshire – we sell these throughout the UK as well as in around 23 countries worldwide. When was your company launched, who by and why? Mackie’s Crisps was founded in 2009 as a joint venture between third generation Perthshire potato farmers, the Taylor family, and Mackie’s of Scotland Ltd, an Aberdeenshire-based family business renowned for their luxury ice cream. Combining the Mackies’ experience in the premium foods sector with the Taylors’ expertise in growing quality potatoes, the company has created a premium range of potato crisps. How long has the company been exporting? Our export activity was first initiated in 2010 – just one year after our business was launched. More

Report: World Frozen Potatoes Market 2017

This study provides a strategic assessment of the Global Frozen Potatoes market. The report focuses on growth opportunities which will help the Global Frozen Potatoes industry to expand operations in existing markets or aid the development of emerging markets. The study assesses new product and service positioning strategies in the Global Frozen Potatoes market. Furthermore, new and evolving technologies and their impact on the market is analyzed in detail in this report. The leading players in the Global Frozen Potatoes market have been profiled in this report. Key market players with their business overviews, marketing strategies, strategic alliances and acquisitions are included in this report. In addition, the report includes the evaluation of the top market players’ product and service offering and revenue analysis. The report features significant industry insights, market expectations, and key developments, More

UK: McCain Foods confirms job losses

Job losses have been confirmed at Scarborough’s McCain Foods. A recent consultation held with its Scarborough Store colleagues has concluded and the proposal to outsource the company’s cold store requirements has been accepted. A statement from McCain Foods read: McCain Foods continues to work closely with all affected employees to support them during this difficult time and to ensure they receive the right professional advice and guidance.A broad range of options, including re-employment within the business, are being considered to ensure a minimal number of unavoidable redundancies.The outcome of the consultation provides an opportunity for the Company to consider alternative uses for the available space at its Scarborough site. More

Potato Chips Market: Global Industry Trends and Forecast, 2017-2022

Image result for potato chipsChips currently represent one of the world’s most popular snack foods. From its accidental birth in 1853, the potato chips market has evolved with time and currently represents a multi-billion dollar market. Owing to their easy affordability and cheaper price even for the premium products, potato chips are popular among all age groups. Currently, the growing young population (below 15 years) represents a key segment for the potato chips market. Major factors driving the global demand of potato chips are growing urbanisation, rise in disposable incomes and rapidly changing lifestyles. A busy lifestyle coupled with long working hours have forced people to shift from elaborate luncheons and meals to desk snacks and packaged foods. Although potato chips are consumed all over the world, their consumption and penetration levels vary widely across regions. The United States and Western Europe currently represent the biggest markets accounting for nearly two thirds of the total global demand. Growth rates in these markets, however, have reached maturity levels whereas the emerging markets such as India, China, Russia, etc. are expected to show promising growth rates in the future. Press release or read the full report

Canada: Potato research, processing investment strong in Alberta

Potato research is firmly en-trenched at the Agriculture Canada Lethbridge Research Centre as production expands in the West.
Yves Plante, associate director, said the centre plans to maintain its scientists and researchers and is seeking to fill another research position dedicated to potato health.
“We are fully committed to maintaining the research activities at the centre here. It’s a huge investment, when we decide to add additional professional scientists to our team. It’s a significant commitment and funding is in place.”
On Feb. 15, the centre’s potato breeding and research department presented 15 new varieties of potatoes for evaluation by the industry. Southern Alberta potato production has given rise to establishment of several potato processors over the years. McCain and Lamb Weston have plants, as does Old Dutch and Frito-Lay. More

Breeder seeks healthy french fry

Overcooking french fries and potato chips produces a chemical called acrylamide that can be toxic and harmful to humans if eaten in large amounts. John Lu, an Agriculture Canada researcher who works at the Lethbridge Research Centre, is investigating acrylamide and how it can be reduced in tubers and potato products.
The chemical isn’t found in raw or fresh potatoes but it is formed when they are fried or subjected to certain types of processing. Scientists call it the Maillard reaction and it is the reason potato colour changes to golden, brown and eventually black. Lu is working to develop potato cultivars with low propensity to produce acrylamide when processed. More

McCain Foods Limited – Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

McCain Foods Limited has presence in more than 160 countries worldwide and employs more than 19,000 people. This report is a source of comprehensive company data and information on the company. The report covers the company’s structure, operation, SWOT analysis, product and service offerings and corporate actions, providing a comprehensive view of the company. The report includes detailed information on McCain Foods Limited required for business and competitor intelligence needs; a study of the major internal and external factors affecting McCain Foods Limited in the form of a SWOT analysis; an in-depth view of the business model of McCain Foods Limited including a breakdown and examination of key business segments; and more. Report details