Small potatoes are bigger than ever. Nielsen FreshFacts reports that Petite potatoes posted double-digit growth versus the prior year, and now account for 11.1% of fresh potato category dollars at retail. Side Delights® Gourmet Petites have been a standout in this red-hot segment since the moment they were first introduced, earning the coveted PMA Impact Award for Excellence in Packaging in 2014 on their way to racking up record sales. In response to growing consumer demand and widespread retailer requests, the Side Delights Gourmet Petites line is growing as well.
The extreme weather has its effects on the potato harvest in Switzerland. The potatoes are small, which is why the supply will be limited. At 269 kilos of food content per 100m², the surface yields are almost at the historic low point of 2003 (262 kg/100m²), as Swisspatat reports. Compared to the last 5 years, the yields are around 25 percent lower. The quality of the potatoes is mostly good, however. The weather is making it difficult for potato producers this year. While in spring potatoes suffocated due to excess moisture, in summer they grew only slowly due to the great drought. The cultivation area is around 10,981 hectares this year, 350 hectares less than last year. Source: www.lid.ch
Trevor Hall, a Scottsdale potato grower and chairman of the Tasmanian Farmers and Growers Association’s (TFGA) Simplot growers committee, said be believed Tasmania’s farming future was almost guaranteed by China’s growth. Mr Hall said his recent trip to the World Potato Congress in China had raised his hopes for the future. “One of the facts that was put to us while we were in Beijing was that Beijing is going to grow by 25 kilometres in each direction of the compass in the next decade,” Mr Hall said. “It’s just a massive amount of land that gets taken up by urban sprawl and I think it’s hard to get your head round it in Australia. “In China they’ve built their cities around their productive farming land, and there are that many people, it just expands out on their best farming land.
Der 63-jährige Mathias Adank ist Chef des Chips-Herstellers Zweifel. Im Interview sagt er, wann Schweizer gerne snacken und weshalb die Kartoffeln bald knapp werden könnten. Denn Schweizer essen gerne Chips als Beilage zu Grilladen. Mai bis August sind deshalb Monate, in denen wir traditionell viel verkaufen. Dieses Jahr half uns der heisse Sommer. So war der Juli einer der erfolgreichsten Monate unserer Firmengeschichte. Letztes Jahr waren wir trotz schlechteren Wetters dank der Fussball-WM allerdings auch erfolgreich. Dass Schweizer gerne Chips zu Grillfleisch essen, geht übrigens auf eine Marketing-Aktion von Chips-Pionier Hansheinrich Zweifel zurück: Er liess grilliertes Poulet mit Zweifel-Chips als Beilage verkaufen.
The man who almost single-handedly forced the West Australian Government to commit to reforming its potato market has revealed when his deep distrust of the industry regulator began. Tony Galati admits he has a chip on his shoulder over what happened to his Sicilian-born father at the hands of the so-called “potato police”. Francesco Galati grew potatoes on a small block south of Perth soon after emigrating from Italy in the 1950s but he had his grower licence revoked for breaking the rules by taking a second job as a painter. Galati Brothers is now one of the biggest potato growers in WA.
Het telen van gewassen met resistentie-genen van wilde aardappelsoorten, gecombineerd met resistentie-management, kan ervoor zorgen dat die gewassen langdurig resistent blijven. Die combinatie biedt wereldwijd kansen voor het duurzamer maken van de landbouw, bijvoorbeeld als onderdeel van geïntegreerde bestrijding, waarbij alleen in uitzonderlijke situaties chemische middelen worden ingezet. Dat blijkt uit een internationaal symposium bij Wageningen UR, dat gehouden werd bij de afsluiting van het tien jaar durende onderzoek naar aardappels die langdurig resistent zijn tegen Phytophthora, dankzij genetische modificatie met resistentiegenen uit wilde aardappelsoorten (DuRPh). Het DuRPh-onderzoek werd gefinancierd door de Nederlandse overheid.
Potato field days didn’t only happen in the northeastern region of North Dakota on Aug. 20, as growers in the Oakes area also looked at potato production. The North Dakota State University Extension Research Center at Oakes focuses on irrigation production and is a part of the Research Extension Center at Carrington. The potato research discussion was led by Kelly Cooper, the farm manager at the Conservation Cropping System Project south of Forman, N.D. He has recently come on board helping the management team at the Oakes Irrigation Station.
A pair of potato farmers from Pembrokeshire have been named Britain’s food producers of the decade. Peter and Gina Smithies of Trehill Farm, Pembrokeshire, scooped the top prize at the National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award, awarded in recognition of the ceremony’s 10th anniversary. The married couple grow potatoes across 600 acres on the coast of Pembrokeshire, having been tenants at Trehill since taking over from Gina’s parents in 2001. They have won a Fine Farm Produce Award every year since 2007.
Neue Gentech-Pflanzen könnten künftig einfacher auf den Markt kommen. Neue Gen-Editier-Methoden erlauben schnelle Erbgutveränderungen, die möglicherweise eine Aussaat ohne strenge Vorschriften der Agrarbehörden erlauben. Seit Juli laufen die Feldtests mit der französischen Kartoffelsorte “Ranger Russet“. Sie bildet bei der Kühllagerung keinen Fruchtzucker mehr, weil das entwickelnde Unternehmen Calyxt in ihr ein Gen abgeschaltet hat, das Saccharose in Glukose und Fruktose umwandelt. Dadurch lassen sie sich länger ohne Frischeverlust aufbewahren und bilden beim Braten weniger Acrylamid, eine als potentiell krebserregend eingestufte Substanz, schreibt Technology Review in seiner aktuellen Ausgabe.
Every year in mid August the Dutch farmers association VTA estimates the potato yield based on a standard sampling protocol among its members. These yield measurements are always done at the same time and are now common practice since 2001. The sampling includes a representative group of farmers and covers a wide range of potato varieties intended for consumption (seed potatoes and potatoes for starch production are excluded). Based on the sampling, the average yield at this time in the growth season is estimated at 41917 kg/ha. This is 16% lower than the comparable measurement of last year when 49965 kg/ha was found. This year’s yield is also 7.1% lower than the 5 year average.
Anthocyanin compounds found in purple potatoes may help in the prevention of certain types of cancer, even after cooking, say researchers. The new data, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, tested the potential for anthocyanin-containing purple potatoes to block the growth of cancer tumours, even when they have been cooked – after previous research suggested that the polyphenols found in purple potatoes (PP) may help to battle cancer. Led by Venkata Charepalli from Pennsylvania State University, the team used laboratory tests including in vitro cell line investigations and animal modelling to test how PP impacted colon cancer growth, and in particular, colon cancer stem cells (CSCs), which have previously been suggested to be target by dietary bioactives such as curcumin.
Varieties of one of the world's most important staple crops, potatoes, will be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) joined scientific experts and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway to witness a ceremony that will help to preserve these vital crops for future generations. Representatives of indigenous Andean communities who worked together to establish the Parque de la Papa, in Cusco, Peru, will deposit 750 potato seeds. The seeds are the result of benefit-sharing projects supported by FAO's International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The farmers will be joined by scientists from the Center for Agricultural Research at the University of Costa Rica, who will also be adding wild potato relatives to the largest agro-biodiversity collection in the world.
Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, Indian-origin scientists have found. Baked purple-fleshed potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumours in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer’s stem cells, researchers have found. Attacking stem cells is an effective way to counter cancer, according to Jairam K P Vanamala, associate professor of food sciences at the Pennsylvania State University.
Die Deutschen sind führend im europäischen Kartoffelanbau. Mit elf Millionen Tonnen ernten sie mehr als fünf Mal so viele Kartoffeln wie die Spanier, die sie 1525 aus Südamerika nach Europa gebracht hatten. Heute ist die Kartoffel Nahrungsmittel, Werkstoff und Energiespender zugleich – und ein Top-Thema für den Schulunterricht, denn es lässt sich in vielen Fächern behandeln. Die jetzt vom gemeinnützigen i.m.a – information.medien.agrar e.V. und dem Deutschen Kartoffelhandelsverband e.V. (DKHV) vorgestellte Broschüre “Die Kartoffel” unterstützt Lehrer bei der Unterrichtsgestaltung rund um die “tolle Knolle”.
As the Lay’s Do Us a Flavour contest nears closer to an end — Canadians have until September 30th to vote, with the winner being announced in late November—we’re taking a look at how important it is to not only market your product, but also pursue new and inventive techniques to get consumers interested. This contest, put on by Lay’s Potato Chips, is important for several different reasons. For starters, the contest takes place in Canada and the United States, proving that both countries have a large audience interested in this type of marketing campaign.
The science surrounding a low-fat diet has changed but our attitudes haven’t kept up, a dietitian says. The idea that saturated fats were associated with high cholesterol and heart disease was sparked by the Seven Countries Study of middle-aged men in Greece, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Finland and the U.S. “Fat is not the enemy,” Russell de Souza, a registered dietitian and professor of nutritional epidemiology at McMaster University, said. “What’s more important than the amount of fat we consume is the type of fat we consume.” As one example, he compared the labels on low-fat baked potato chips with regular potato chips. The low-fat chips are lower in fat, but also higher in carbohydrates and sugar.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world. The USDA made the announcement Friday on its website. The Russet Burbank variety the USDA approved is the second generation of Simplot’s Innate potatoes and also includes the first generation’s reduced bruising and a greater reduction in a chemical produced at high temperatures some studies have shown can cause cancer.
Every four years Potato Europe is organized in one of the four main potato-producing countries. After France, the Netherlands and Germany in recent years, Belgium will be hosting this major open-air potato event in 2015. On September 2 and 3 delegates from the potato industry will meet again in Kain, near Tournai/Doornik. Professional visitors will be able to talk to experts about any questions and problems related to potato growing, materials, processing and so on. Michel Christiaens, Secretary General of Fedagrim, organizer of this year’s show, has kindly accepted to speak to potatobusiness.com about what will happen in Kain this year.
KAIN Begin mei werd het laatste pootgoed op het demoterrein van Potato Europe geplant . Met meer exposanten, een groeiende perceelsoppervlakte en meer machines in demo, lijkt alles erop te wijzen dat Potato Europe 2015 weer een schot in de roos wordt. Hét aardappelevenement van het jaar gaat door op 2 en 3 september 2015 in Kain, nabij Doornik in België. De vraag naar standruimte door exposanten is dit jaar bijzonder groot. De laatste Belgische editie van Potato Europe in 2011 telde 165 exposanten, aan de komende editie zullen maar liefst 191 exposanten deelnemen.
A Minnesota-based seed potato company recently expanded its operations. Founded in 1945, Pieper Farms, LLC supplies seed potatoes to farmers/growers, both nationally and internationally, who then raise them to maturity, becoming the potatoes consumers buy at the store or eat at restaurants. The company exports its seed potatoes to Africa and South America. Cole explained that residents in those countries “don’t eat potatoes every day.” He pointed out that Americans not only sit down to meals that include meat and potatoes, such as a burger and fries, but also eat potato chips from the store year round. Three years ago, Nicaraguans approached Pieper Farms about providing seed potatoes to ensure a Christmas crop for their country.
The United States is the world’s top exporter of processed-potato products. Over the past decade, those exports have grown 127 percent, reaching a record $1.5 billion in 2014 and far outpacing growth in U.S. exports of fresh potatoes. Export markets for U.S. potato products have become more diversified in recent years, and sales have been especially strong to new Asian markets. Japan was the top export destination in 2014, followed by Canada, Mexico, China and South Korea, reported USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service this month.
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