Category: Processing/Chips/Fries

Australia: Potato chip business in financial trouble

A potato chip business owned by one of the country’s biggest potato farmers has been placed into administration. Potato Magic Australia, at Griffith in south-west New South Wales, was established by Paul Rennie, who farms north of the city at Hillston. Administrator PPB Advisory says the Griffith site has suffered a period of financial losses and it’s now trying to find a buyer for the business.

Source: www.abc.net.au

Kenya: Firms to Start Potato Processing Project

Nyandarua county will benefit from a multimillion-shilling potato project that will involve large-scale production, processing and marketing. The International Potato Center and Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale will undertake the project. The two firms have a similar one in Nigeria. They will partner with the National Potato Council of Kenya and other stakeholders to implement the project.

Source: allafrica.com

US: ConAgra acquires Chinese potato processor

As part of its ongoing business strategy to grow the company’s international presence, ConAgra Foods, Inc., announced that it has acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited, a potato processor in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia. This acquisition expands ConAgra Foods’ Lamb Weston operations in a market that has growing demand for frozen potato products. Lamb Weston makes a variety of frozen potato, sweet potato and other vegetable products for restaurants, retailers and foodservice operators in more than 100 countries around the world.

Source: www.wisconsinagconnection.com

We Only Taste 20% of the Salt on Potato Chips, PepsiCo Responds with New ‘Designer Salt’

Lay’s Classic potato chips are hard to resist, but they have a lot more salt than you might think. In fact, we only taste about 20% of the chip’s salt before swallowing the other 80%. Lay’s parent company PepsiCo is taking this information and applying it to the development of a healthier chip sprinkled with “designer salt”. They’ve been working to uncover the science of the seasoning — which versions dissolve effectively on the tongue and how much contributes to taste — and the result was a powdery salt shaped in a way that still delivers flavor but could reduce chips’ sodium levels by 25%.

Source: www.foodbeast.com

Canada: McCain Foods seeks to improve farming with drone technology

McCain Foods and Resson Aerospace of Fredericton are using drone technology for what they hope will be the biggest innovation in farming in decades. The drones are being flown over potato fields to collect information that can help farmers reduce spraying and increase yields. “We put all this data into once container that our super computer can crunch,” said Rishin Behl, the engineer behind the software.

Source: www.cbc.ca