Report: Global Potato Chips Market Forecast to 2022

Image result for reportThe research study on the Global Potato Chips Market organizes the overall perspective of the Potato Chips industry. This incorporates upcoming flow of the Potato Chips market together with an extensive analysis of recent industry statistics. It describes the Potato Chips market size as well as factors controlling market growth. Likewise, the report explains various challenges which affect the Potato Chips market expansion. The report reviews economic prominence of the Potato Chips industry around the globe. The report offers a crucial understanding of entire Potato Chips market dimensions and evaluation during period 2018 to 2022. The research study provides excellent knowledge of the worldwide Potato Chips market structure. More

New Canadian potato varieties ‘could improve taste of french fries’, breeder says

Potato growers and industry in Canada gathered at the Fredericton Research and Development Centre for the Potato Selection Release Open House on Wednesday to learn about what new varieties are available for trial that could improve yields and taste — including a new variety that could improve the taste of French fries. The annual potato selection event was hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and gave potato producers the chance to learn about 15 new selections of what researchers are calling “promising potatoes.”  The new varieties include five French fry potatoes, two types of spuds for those in the potato chip sector, six fresh market selections, and two potatoes with coloured flesh.  Continue reading

Simplot announces $460 million expansion of Canadian based operations

SimplotThe Manitoba government and J.R. Simplot Company announced a major investment and expansion in the company’s Manitoba-based operations near Portage la Prairie today. Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler were joined by ‎Mark McKellar from ‎Simplot to make the announcement. “Our government is excited to join Simplot today to announce a historic investment and expansion of their Manitoba operations,” said Pallister. Simplot confirmed the $460 million construction project is expected to begin this spring and will increase the size of the facility from 180,000 to 460,000 square feet. The expansion will more than double the plant’s need for potatoes from regional growers, while increasing its employment by 87 expected new full-time positions. Current operations are expected to continue during construction, with expanded processing capacity expected in fall 2019. More

Europe: Potato DNA markers could keep potatoes in storage fresher for longer

EU-funded scientists have discovered genetic markers that could allow potatoes to be selected for their ability to be stored at low temperatures, keeping them fresh and avoiding the use of anti-sprouting chemicals. Potatoes used for crisps and chips are usually stored at eight degrees – a temperature high enough to prevent starch from breaking down into glucose and fructose. To slow sprouting, potato producers often use a suppressant like chlorpropham, a chemical the EU is looking to phase out due to health concerns. Hoping to find an alternative to chemical sprout suppressors, the EU-funded GENSPI (Genomic Selection for Potato Improvement) project has developed a genetic marker system to identify plants that display a resistance to glucose and fructose formation. Their tubers can be stored at three or four degrees, low enough to keep sprout growth at bay for very long periods. More

Albert Bartlett potato producer receives £4m Scottish Government grant

Albert Bartlett receives £4m Scottish Government grantUK-based potato producer Albert Bartlett has received a £4 million grant from the Scottish Government, which the brand will use to expand its product range and manufacturing capacity. Albert Bartlett has stated that the grant will contribute towards a £17 million investment scheme, which will see the brand install new production equipment at the Firm’s Airdrie plant, facilitating the production of new product lines for the convenience and chilled potato markets. The £4 million Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant is the largest award issued since the scheme was introduced by the Scottish Government in 2015. Mark Murray, managing director of Albert Bartlett’s added value business said: “We are grateful for this grant from the Scottish Government, which is essential in allowing the company to diversify into the growing convenience and chilled potato market. More

McDonald’s french fries might cure hair loss, study finds

Just in case you needed another excuse to supersize your McDonald’s fries, everyone’s favourite crispy potatoes may actually help treat hair loss. Researchers at Yokohama National University in Japan discovered that an ingredient in McDonald’s crispy potato recipe may help with hair regrowth, Refinery29 reports. The study found that “Dimethylpolysiloxane,” a silicone that’s added to the oil to prevent splashing, can aid in the regeneration of “follicle germs” (aka, the spots where new follicles grow out). Dimethylpolysiloxane is an anti-foaming agent made of silicone added to the oil used to cook the famous fries. The silicone yielded some pretty impressive results after three days, which gives all those hair masks we’ve splurged on a run for their money. But there is a catch: The tests were only run on mice hair, not human hair. More

Aviko doubles french fry capacity in China

Image result for avikoAviko is considerably increasing the processing capacity of its chip (french fry) factory in Chabei, China. The installation of a new processing line more than doubles capacity, and amounts to more than 100,000 tonnes of fries per year. “The chip market is growing remarkably quickly in China,” Dick Zelhorst from Aviko Potato explains. “We want to take maximum advantage of that. Prosperity is increasing on the east coast in particular, and western eating habits are starting to appear.” Besides chips, Zelhorst also sees Chinese interest for other potato products increasing gradually. “It’s not yet worth it to produce these products locally, so we export them from Europe. But local production will definitely be an option in the long term,” Zelhorst says. More

New ‘lady-friendly’ crisps go down like a sack of potatoes…

Image result for Doritos' New 'Lady-Friendly' Crisps Go Down Like A Sack Of PotatoesDoritos has announced plans to create new, quieter crisps especially for women, that will be downsized in order to fit neatly into our handbags. The mind-boggling “lady-friendly” creation, dubbed “Lady Doritos” on social media, is apparently the product of consumer research conducted by PepsiCo, the parent company of Doritos. Speaking to Freakonomics Radio, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said women “don’t like to crunch too loudly in public” or “lick their fingers generously […] they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces, and the flavour, into their mouths”. Meanwhile others on Twitter were quick to point out how ridiculous the concept of gender-specific food is. A lot of people on Twitter called out the concept of “Lady Doritos” as one big publicity stunt, and it has certainly got people talking… More

PepsiCo is developing women-only snacks because potato chips are so hard for girls

Image result for Pepsi is developing women-only snacks because potato chips are so hard for girlsPepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi has announced a turning point in the history snack foods. In an interview with Freakonomics, Nooyi revealed that the company would be launching lady snacks, finally allowing women everywhere to eat between meals just as men have done for centuries. Were you not aware that crunchy, crunchy chips were secretly, somehow insufficiently feminine? More the fool you. Talking about Doritos, the female executive pointed out that men and women eat the chips very differently. She said, “A lot of young guys eat the chips . . . and they lick their fingers with great glee,” while women, on the other hand, don’t. “They don’t like to crunch too loudly in public, and they don’t lick their fingers generously and they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces and the flavor in their mouth.”  More

US: Processing expansion impacts demand for Washington and Oregon spuds

French FriesExpansion in the processing industry will create new dynamics for Washington and Oregon potato production, the leader of Washington’s potato commission says. “We have incredible growing demand in Asia; we still have growing demand here domestically, and we’ve got to keep up with that,” said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission. “We’ve had international customers on quotas for several years now; we just have not been able to get them enough frozen potato products overseas.” Voigt gave an update during the annual conference for farmers from both states. The commission plans to focus on school meals, Voigt said. Currently, potatoes are on the menu 2.5 times a month for breakfast and lunch. “There’s an opportunity there for real growth,” he said. The commission is also working with Potatoes USA to connect potatoes with athletes. More

Cargill and AKV Langholt plan $22.5m potato starch facility in Denmark

Cargill and AKV Langholt plan $22.5m Danish potato starch siteCargill and its Danish potato starch partner AKV Langholt will invest $22.5 million in a new potato starch production unit at their Langholt facility in Denmark. The potato starches produced at the new facility expand Cargill’s SimPure portfolio of functional native starches. Cargill said that its SimPure starches feature ingredients from a variety of botanical sources, “providing food and beverage manufacturers access to the recognisable, simple ingredients consumers demand.” This latest investment broadens Cargill’s starch portfolio, which includes native, functional native and modified starches. It is expected that the new production unit will be fully operational by mid-2018. More

Duravant to acquire sorting and conveying company Key Technology

Engineered Equipment Manufacturer Duravant to acquire Key TechnologyMaterial handling and processing specialist Duravant announced today that it has agreed to acquire Key Technology, which makes digital sorting, inspecting and conveying equipment for the food industry, in a deal worth approximately $175 million. Key Technology’s portfolio includes highly intelligent optical inspection and digital sorting systems, vibratory conveying systems, and process and preparation systems. As well as headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington State, the company has facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Mexico. Key Technology’s potato processing equipment includes optical inspection systems, laser sorters, sizing, grading, and packaging conveyors, and unique Automatic Defect Removal (ADR®) systems. Duravant said the transaction would “bring together two global engineered equipment leaders” and “significantly extends Duravant’s reach across food processing with new complementary products and applications”. Press release