The announcement that Smiths Snackfood Company will close its Canning Vale potato chip manufacturing plant will affect Western Australias fresh potato growers. Smiths Snackfood Company has announced the closure of its Canning Vale crisp manufacturing plant in Western Australia. The facility will shut its doors next year, meaning alternative markets will have to be sought from the 12,000 tonnes of potatoes worth A$5m that are supplyed to the plant each year. "At this point it is anticipated the site will close in mid to late 2016," the Smiths Snackfood Company said in a statement. "This difficult decision was made with careful consideration, and The Smiths Snackfood Company will provide outplacement services and redundancy support to affected employees," the statement concluded.
Hybrid potatoes are piquing the interests of people both within and outside the potato sector. A hybrid combines the best of two systems in order to maximize performance. In the same way that a hybrid car achieves maximum horsepower by using the electric and the diesel engine, two specially developed parent lines create a strong and high-performance variety when crossed. Successful hybridization can significantly boost potato breeding. It can also replace seed potatoes with actual seeds. In other words: its possible to grow potatoes from seeds instead of seed material (seed potatoes). But what does hybridization mean? And will it change the sector for good? According to Robert Graveland, R&D manager at HZPC: The market still uses hundred-year-old potato varieties. Unlike other crops, their potential cannot be structurally improved each year, although bigger strides have been made over the past fifteen years.
Last year, Canadian potato packer EarthFresh launched Celebratoes, fresh baby potatoes along with a seasoning pack and are now available in a recyclable three-in-one cooking tray. EarthFresh grows potatoes on its own farm in Ontario and sources from other local farmers who grow EarthFreshs exclusive varieties. In addition to growing locally, the company sources potatoes across Canada as well as from 38 US states. Sourcing from so many different regions assures our customers receive the finest product year-round, said Stephanie Cutaia with EarthFresh. Our local supply generally carries our customers into the New Year and from then on, we source from partner growers elsewhere. Last year, EarthFresh launched its Celebratoes, a quick and fresh side dish for dinner or any occasion.
McDonalds Ireland has no plans to source potatoes from Ireland at this time, a spokesperson from McDonalds has confirmed. Recently, McDonalds UK announced that the only potatoes it will use for its fries will be UK potatoes. The move will make McDonalds one of the largest buyers of UK potatoes through supplier McCain Foods and Lamb Weston. McDonalds Ireland sources its potatoes from supplier McCains in the UK, the spokesperson said and there are no plans to source potatoes from Ireland at this time. All McDonalds beef, bacon, milk, cheese, water and eggs are 100% Irish, the spokesperson said.
The Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released its latest report, entitled "China - Potatoes and Potato Products Annual". In the report the authors note that China was boosting its potato production and consumption to transform the crop into the country's fourth major grain": after rice, wheat and corn, planning to expand potato acreage to 10 million hectares by 2020 from the current 5.3 million hectares without using land currently utilized for rice, wheat and corn production. Forecasts suggest that Chinas fresh potato production for MY2015/16 will reach 98 million metric tons (MMT), a 3 percent increase from the 95 MMT in MY2014/15 due to an expansion of the potato crop area. Chinas MY2015/16 frozen french fry production is forecast at 210,000 MT, a 17 percent increase from the estimated 180,000 MT in MY2014/15 because new production capacity is expected to run in the new marketing season. Chinas potato consumption will continue to increase in the coming years. Continued urbanization and resulting increasing number of fast food restaurants, the major market channel for FFF, will underpin consumption growth. Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chains have been the largest buyers of frozen potato products in China, along with hotels, restaurants, and bars.
Western Australias potato wars have landed in court, after the states all-powerful potato regulator and its biggest grower failed to come to terms. The Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC) and Tony Galati, the self-styled rebel grower and founder of grocery chain Spudshed, were listed for a directions hearing at the supreme court on Thursday, after the former made good on its threat to take its dispute with Galati to court if he did not cease his unauthorised potato production. Galati and the PMC have been warring since 2013, when, the PMC alleges, Galati breached his agreement with it and deliberately grew more than his allocated share of potatoes, which he then sold in his Spudshed stores.
Skinless potatoes fry in just 25 seconds whereas those with skin need 50 seconds these are the new potato slices that do not absorb oil! The Distretto tecnologico agroalimentare della Regione Puglia (DARe) of the Puglia region combined the needs of private companies with the findings of researchers to create this new product. Potatoes will be processed by Farris, part of the Giardinetto cooperative.
Ondanks dat Duitsland deze zomer flink getroffen werd door droogte is de aardappelopbrengst niet overal slecht. In deelstaat Nedersaksen wordt een gemiddelde opbrengst van 47,2 ton per hectare verwacht. Een stijging van 4,5 procent ten opzichte van het zesjarig gemiddelde. Veelvuldig beregenen heeft daarvoor gezorgd. De landelijke verschillen zijn echter groot. Zo wordt in Beieren slechts 35 ton/ha gerooid. Met een areaal van 105.600 hectare, bijna net zoveel als heel Groot-Brittannie, is Nedersaksen het grootste aardappelteeltgebied in Duitsland. Dit jaar wordt een totaal volume van ruim 5 miljoen ton aardappelen verwacht.
The Dutch Association of Arable Farmers of (VTA) has completed their annual assessment of the potato yield in the Netherlands for mid-September, following their standard measurement protocols in place since 2001. The average yield measured was 53.622 kg per hectare. This is 8% lower than last year and on par with the 5-year average. Taking into account this years reduced acreage and the fact that excessive rainfall destroyed a number of fields, this years overall production will be well below the total production of last year.
Why does a British supermarket sell around twice as many types of potato as the Australian equivalent at any one time, while relying on specific varieties rather than made-up brands? The experts agree that its partly because, unlike residents in many parts of Europe, Australians havent been adequately educated about the spud and its many varieties. There are hundreds of varieties of potato in Australia but the consumer doesnt know about most of them because they havent been told, says Robbie Davis, the chief executive of Potatoes South Australia.
A potato-powered energy plant has gone live in Carlisle as food manufacturing giant 2 Sisters Food Group launches a new sustainability plan that aims to generate 35,000 tonnes of carbon savings per year and slash the groups carbon footprint. The new bio-refinery at 2 Sisters Cavaghan and Gray chilled food factory in Cumbria is the first waste-powered plant of its kind in the world to be used in food manufacturing, according to the group. The four-storey bio-refinery in Carlisle is powered using potato waste arising from the plants mashed potato and pie manufacturing lines. Diverting this waste to power production is expected to help 2 Sisters meet its goal of ensuring zero waste is sent to landfill by 2017.
Das Jahr 2015 hatte es wettertechnisch in sich: Trockenheit, Hitze, Starkregen, Hagel von jedem etwas, meist zu einer ungünstigen Zeit und regional unterschiedlich intensiv Für die Kartoffelanbauer eine Herausforderung. Dennoch, so wurde auf der 64. Internationalen Kartoffel-Herbstbörse konstatiert, werden auch 2015/16 ausreichend Kartoffeln für alle Verwendungszwecke zur Verfügung stehen. Nach Mitteilung des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft wurden im Jahr 2015 234.100 ha mit Kartoffeln bestellt. Das sind 6,5% weniger Fläche als im langjährigen Durchschnitt.
Western Australian potato growers are shell-shocked after being informed the Smiths Snackfood Company will close the doors on its Canning Vale crisp manufacturing plant next year. About a dozen WA potato growers in Busselton, Myalup, Dandaragan, Gingin, Manjimup and Pemberton supply 12,000 tonnes of potatoes to the factory, which is worth about $5 million to growers each year. The closure follows a long-running debate about the future of the industry continuing to operate in a regulated market.
The potato industry is to get a £9m boost after McDonalds UK said 100% of its French fries are now made from British potatoes. About 87% of the companys fries were made from British potatoes last year, totalling about £70m and the move to 100% British represents an additional £9m. The fast-food giants hash browns and potato rosti are now 100% British as well, although McDonalds said its French fries were its top seller in 2014. Connor McVeigh, UK head of supply chain, said: As part of our long-term commitment to source locally wherever possible, we want to set down a marker by working alongside our suppliers and their growers to commit to 100% British potatoes for our fries.
HZPC gaat in samenwerking met een aantal partijen praktijkonderzoek doen naar een nieuwe bewaarmethode voor pootgoed. Met behulp van ionisatie moeten partijen vrij gehouden worden van ziektes. De eerste resultaten zien er veelbelovend uit. De techniek heeft geen nadelig effect op de kwaliteit of kiemkracht van het pootgoed. Ionisatie zorgt ervoor dat vuil wordt afgebroken zonder dat schadelijk restproduct achterblijft. Ionisatie is vergelijkbaar met onweer, legt Gentia Lokkers van ATB Nederland uit. Dit bedrijf is verantwoordelijk voor de techniek.
Starting this month, lovers of hearty soups will have a new option with the introduction of Idahoan Steakhouse Potato Soup: an Idahoan Foods first-ever soup line. Real potatoes from Idaho are in every spoonful of these new soup flavors. Additionally, younger palates will find some of their favorite bold flavors in the new Idahoan Fully Loaded Mashed products. This collection comes in single-serve cups, making them a new after-school or on-the-go snack option. Todays consumers want exciting flavors and convenient solutions without compromising taste; at Idahoan we take great pride in innovating products that satisfy consumer needs, said Director of Retail Marketing at Idahoan Foods, Ryan Ellis. Our new dry soup line is a convenient and delicious solution for people who enjoy wholesome and hearty soups with real ingredients.
The potato harvest is in full swing and its bringing in some of the nations top food bloggers and chefs to eastern Idaho. This is the fourth year the Idaho Potato Commission has invited them here for the harvest. This brings in people from all over like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Its all to teach them about the potato. They see everything from processing plants to shipping facilities. Travis Blacker from the Idaho Potato Commission says digging the potatoes is the favorite part.
British potato growers and agronomists are invited to have their say on the structure and information included in a new guide for controlling their number-one pest potato cyst nematode (PCN). A PCN management guide was released by Maff Defras former guise in 1999 as a response to the rise of a more virulent PCN species, Globodera pallida. G. pallida has now reached epidemic levels across Britain, largely due to the majority of commercial potato varieties susceptible to the species, allowing the pest to multiply. The loss of chemical control options and the slow adoption of cultural controls such as longer rotations and resistant varieties are also fuelling the problem.
At first it seemed as though water-rot was occurring in a diagonal swath through the Southwest of the Netherlands. Now it is known that the rot has been found in other places as well, as a result of large rain storms. We are also seeing rot in places where less rain has fallen. The intensity of the rainfall has most likely given rise to a dense flow of lenticels, which has resulted in asphyxia, says Nedato (a potato cooperative) on their website. At Nedato 15-20% of the crops have substantial to severe problems with rot. Several plots are 100% rotted. Some of the rot got inside last week when there were a few dry days. The first few days are crucial when the potatoes are drying. Extensive attention was given to the drying process and the necessary use of heaters this week during a meeting with 125 participants.
Though the weather reduced yields for some potato growers in Washington state, prices for potatoes have been low. But growers expect prices to rebound as supplies level off with current demand and movement. Prices havent been good because Idaho tried to push too much out of their market, said Larry Sieg of Potandon Produce. So the fresh market has been on a downward trend for the last six weeks. Shippers were sending out potatoes on the assumption that there would be an excess amount of product available this season. But Sieg believes those assumptions will dissipate and so will excess supplies.
McDonalds is continuing to invest heavily in dispelling myths over the quality of its food with another instalment in its advertising series intended to instil trust in the brand while helping to maintain its success in the UK market. The ad campaign, developed by Leo Burnett London and OMD UK, follows on from the myth busting approach adopted in The Cow ad released earlier this year and aims to promote the quality of McDonalds core products - fries and chicken. It will consist of three 40-second TV ads and represents the companys biggest investment in a quality and food provenance marketing campaign to date.
Lidl has nearly doubled orders of Kent-grown potatoes as discount shoppers lap up local produce. The supermarket has increased requests for Kent Potato Companys own-brand Amber spuds from six tonnes a week in April to 11 tonnes a week last month. The tatties are grown at farms across the county and packed in a factory in St Nicholas-at- Wade, near Birchington. Lidl spokesperson Laura Hamlin said: We have been delighted with the performance of our potato category and as we head into winter we only anticipate these sales will increase. The Kent Potato Company has been able to offer us regionally-sourced potatoes into our Kent stores which we hope reflects the interest of our customers in local produce.
One of the UKs biggest food manufacturers is turning to the power of the potato as it seeks new sources of energy to run its factory. In what it says is a world first, 2 Sisters Food Group has installed a £50m plant that allows surplus mash from its production line to be converted into electricity, in a move that should cut carbon emissions by a fifth and prove that you really can cash in your chips. The company claims its plant in Carlisle should produce 3,500 megawatt hours per year of electricity, or enough to power around 850 homes, and generate a further 5,000 MWh per year in heat for its manufacturing processes.
Die bayerischen Kartoffelbauern erwarten heuer eine katastrophal schlechte Ernte. Trockenheit und Sommerhitze setzten den Knollen derart zu, dass laut Landesamt für Statistik mit der zweitschlechtesten Ernte der Nachkriegszeit zu rechnen ist. In diesem Jahr werden in ganz Bayern voraussichtlich nur 1,42 Millionen Tonnen Kartoffeln geerntet, teilt das Bayerische Landesamt für Statistik in Fürth am Montag (28.09.15) mit. Dies sei die zweitniedrigste Erntemenge nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs, heißt es weiter. Die durchschnittliche Kartoffelernte der vergangenen sechs Jahre liegt bei etwa 1,8 Millionen Tonnen, im besonders ertragreichen Jahr 2014 wurden fast 1,9 Millionen Tonnen geerntet.