Smell is an important part of snacking, study finds

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Smelling McCain’s jacket potatoes at a bus shelter…

Aroma is an essential component of the snacking experience for millennials, and many want their food products to immediately emanate the smell of their central flavors, according to a recent survey published in Bakery and Snacks. The survey included 1,000 male and female participants from the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Poland. Food and beverage manufacturers have long known that consumers eat with all five senses. Pringles performed an experiment where they played the sound of different chips crunching for consumers. The brand determined that the sound a chip makes when broken was a strong indicator of whether it was stale or fresh. Pringles used that feedback to modify its chips’ texture, as well as its packaging and marketing campaigns, to reinforce the sound of fresh chips. Food manufacturers such as McCain Food have also leveraged product aroma in order to create multi-sensory experiences for their consumers. Continue reading

Applied Research: Ground-penetrating radar could help producers dig potatoes early

Dr. Dirk Hays, plant geneticist, is using ground-penetrating radar to test for early maturing potato varieties. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station. Hays’ latest project utilizes ground-penetrating radar to select early maturing potato cultivars, which can help producers make harvest decisions and increase water-use efficiency. His project is in coordination with AgriLife Research and the department of horticultural sciences potato breeding program conducted by breeders Dr. Creighton Miller and Dr. Isabel Vales, both at College Station. “We know radar will work on potatoes,” Hays said. “Radar works on detecting objects that are denser than the soil environment they are in. Potatoes are very moist versus the sandy soils they are grown in, so it’s relatively easy to image the potatoes with the ground-penetrating radar.”  Continue reading

World’s largest event on agricultural biostimulants to be held in November

Image result for biostimulantsAgricultural biostimulants include products that are applied to plants or soils to regulate and enhance the crop’s physiological processes, thus making them more efficient. Biostimulants act on plant physiology to improve crop vigour, yields, quality and post-harvest shelf life/conservation.The 3rd Biostimulants World Congress will take place in Miami, Florida on Monday November 27 until Thursday November 30. It is organized by New Ag International. This event should be of interest to many individuals involved in the potato industry. Biostimulant specialists from several countries around the world will present during the event. Continue reading

Grimme to present new machines at Potato Europe 2017 event

: La VARITRON 470 Platinum TERRA TRAC est disponible en version 75 cm ou 90 cm.

VARITRON 470 Platinum harvester

During the Potato Europe 2017 event on 13 and 14 September in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, GRIMME will present a large number of new potato machines developed by the company. For the first time, Grimme will introduce the VARITRON 470 Platinum, a new generation of 4-row self-propelled harvesters powered by a 435 HP engine and equipped with a non-stop 7-ton Bunker hopper. One of the strengths of this machine is the improvement in driving comfort. The new ErgoDrive control concept is said to make direct and quick access to all functions easier. The SV 260 tractor-pulled potato harvester will be used on the demonstration field at the Potato Europe site, with the high performance Vario RS and MultiSep separators as well as a 5.5 ton NonstopBunker hopper in operation.  Continue reading

Scottish potato seed sector battles with blackleg

Scotland currently produces 75% of the UK's seed potatoesMajor players in Scotland’s seed potato industry, as well as myriad public sector organisations and the Scottish Government, are teaming up to fund new research into the devastating crop disease, blackleg. According to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), blackleg caused the downgrade of 8% of Scottish seed crops in 2011. The disease spurs the soft rot of potatoes and can even kill off entire potato plants. In addition to the Scottish Government, the £242,000 research project has been sponsored by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, with McCain Potatoes Ltd, Greenvale AP, Cygnet Potato Breeders Ltd, Agrico UK Ltd, APS BioControl Ltd, HZPC, Caithness Potatoes Ltd, Branston Ltd, and Techneat Engineering also supporting the study. Report by The Scottish Potato Farmer

Research breakthrough: Novel way to convert potato waste into ethanol

potato peelsResearchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future, and also add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the peelings and potato residuals from a Pennsylvania food-processor, researchers triggered simultaneous saccharification — the process of breaking down the complex carbohydrate starch into simple sugars — and fermentation — the process in which sugars are converted to ethanol by yeasts or other microorganisms in bioreactors. This research is reportedly of great interest to Keystone Potato Products in Hegins, Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Sterman Masser Inc. The company is paying attention to this project, hoping this novel approach may help it add more value to its waste potato mash. Continue reading

European potato crop progress: Bulgaria crop expected to be down; Poland up

According to a news report published by FreshPlaza, Bulgaria’s potato production will be smaller this year due to adverse weather conditions. Ventsislav Kaimakanov, chairman of the National Association of Potato Producers (NAC), said in an interview with Focus News that “the potato harvest will be notably reduced because of climatic conditions. Losses have been recorded in many fields, so the production will be smaller than in previous years.” Kaimakanov noted that problems were reported in all major production areas. He also explained that about 450,000 tonnes are needed every year to meet the Bulgarian demand, but even in the best case scenario only 200 to 250,000 tonnes can be produced in the country and the rest need to be imported.  Continue reading

Storage Technology: Innovative new sensor nominated for Award

The Tolsma-Grisnich storage technology company developed a unique temperature sensor to measure the temperature at different locations and heights within a bulk potato storage facility. The product, in essence a 5 meter long cable, is said to measure temperature differences quite accurately at different locations, and the developers figure that the device provide storage managers with more fine-tuned control over temperature regulation in a storage facility. More measurements closer to each other can be obtained. It is easy to install multiple sensor cables whilst a storage bin is being filled during loading operations. The product has been nominated for a Potato Europe 2017 Innovation Award. Judges reportedly called it a “beautiful forward-looking solution in storage technology, with practical application potential”. Full report in Dutch published on Agf.nl. Tolsma-Grisnich will also launch a new version of its mobile phone app for storage management during the Potato Europe 2017 event in the Netherlands in September.

UK: Legal bid to reclaim £161,000 from potato merchant

Scott CouplandA Perthshire potato merchant in Britain who carried out a £161,000 tax evasion is facing a legal challenge by prosecutors to reclaim the money. Scott Coupland, 48, was jailed for two-and-a-half years in February after being found guilty after a four-day trial at Perth Sheriff Court. The Crown Office has now launched the action under Proceeds of Crime legislation. Coupland made two false VAT repayment claims between March 2011 and November 2012. The trial heard that Coupland, sole director of WDR Coupland (Produce) Ltd, had used the money to fund his lifestyle and pay for private school fees for his children. (Source: BBC)

New report: Global potato processing market worth $30.85 billion by 2022; frozen segment largest share in 2017

Related imageAccording to information published in a new report “Potato Processing Market – Global Forecast to 2022”, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the global potato processing market was valued at $22.74 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $30.85 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period. The market for potato processing is showing a significant growth due to the rise in demand for applications such as snack foods and prepared ready meals, and because of the increase in consumer preferences for convenience foods. The authors of the Report say an increase in the number of retail channels such as hypermarkets and supermarkets; rapid growth of the fast food industry; industrialization policies (such as the FDI and the establishment of Export Processing Zones) adopted by governments of developing economies such as India and China, are also expected to drive the growth of the Potato Processing Market during the forecast period. Continue reading

Australia: Potato growers spit chips at ‘Galati fight’ payout

Image result for Potato growers spit chips at 'Galati fight' payoutWestern Australia’s potato growers could share in almost $700,000, including a refund of money raised for the since-abandoned legal fight against Tony Galati who grew too many potatoes under the now defunct Potato Marketing Corporation. Primary Industries Minister Alannah MacTiernan said letters had been sent to 74 potato growers outlining their share of $684,316. The figure comprises a legal costs’ trust fund worth $484,316, plus $200,000 paid in court costs by Galati Nominees after Mr Galati pleaded guilty to contempt of court. Potato Growers Association chief executive Simon Moltoni said legal advice was being sought given growers were required to sign an eight-page deed agreeing to close any further legal action over the matter. Mr Galati was being pursued for damages after allegedly causing a hefty financial loss to other growers by exceeding his allocated PMC quota in 2015 and last year. Full report and videos

Ireland: Produce wholesaler signs €70m potato deal with Aldi

John O’Shea of O’Shea’s Farms and Paul Scally, Aldi Ireland’s Buying DirectorIndependent.ie reports that a Kilkenny-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler has signed a deal to provide Aldi with €70m worth of Irish-grown potatoes over three years. Under the new agreement, Iverk Produce will supply Aldi’s 129 Irish stores with 27,000 tonnes of locally-grown rooster, white and salad potatoes annually, representing a significant increase in the quantities Iverk Produce currently supplies to Aldi’s stores. Based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Iverk Produce employs over 190 people from the local community full-time, in addition to a further 30-40 seasonal workers. 

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Aardappeloogst in België toch groter dan geraamd

Het leek erop dat er door de droogte minder aardappelen zouden komen dit seizoen in België, maar het zal naar alle waarschijnlijkheid gewoon een goede oogst worden. “De weersomstandigheden de afgelopen tijd hebben meegezeten. Er was een goede afwisseling van regen en zon. De problemen die er waren met de droogte, waren vrij plaatselijk. In het binnenland lagen de rendementen toch hoger dan verwacht. Die lijn trekt zich ook door naar de late oogst”, vertelt een Belgische handelaar. Meer

China Daily: China and Scotland to build £3 million potato laboratory

Mr Liang (left) and Jonathan Snape of JHI at PiP 2016, with cans of a potato drink – manufactured by Xisen Potato Industry Group.

ChinaDaily.com reports today that Scottish potato experts have joined forces with China’s potato processor Xisen Potato Industry Group to create a 3 million-pound ($3.87 million) potato research facility in Shandong Province. Xisen and the Chinese government will fund the lab which will be run in collaboration with potato scientists from the James Hutton Institute, an agricultural research center based in Dundee, Scotland. The announcement of the new lab follows a visit to the Potatoes in Practice event Scotland last August by Xisen Potato Industry Group founder Liang Xisen. Liang Xisen is China’s self-proclaimed “King of Potatoes” and his company is one of the largest processors of potatoes in China.  Continue reading

Irish research project funded to develop nanosensors for quick disease detection

Image result for “A vital step in addressing barley and potato crop disease is the implementation of adequate surveillance strategies so that rapid, in-field diagnosis can be made,” said Dr Alan O’Riordan, research fellow at Tyndall National Institute. Scope will develop prototype nanosensors by combining all parties’ expertise in crop pathology, immunochemistry and nanotechnology.Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Dublin City University and Teagasc are teaming up to research crop disease in Ireland. Backed with a €1m investment from the Department of Agriculture, a number of research institutions are looking to get to the bottom of crop disease. Ireland’s two most important crops are barley and potato, and disease poses a significant challenge to these and many other strands of agriculture. With that in mind, SCOPE, a research project addressing the issue, brings researchers from several institutions together to investigate the problem and develop an antibody-based sensor Continue reading