The market for Prince Edward Island potatoes is holding strong despite the recent reports from six Atlantic Canadian locations of needles found in potato shipments from an Island grower. Gary Linkletter, president of the P.E.I. Potato Board said for now it’s business as usual.
The low-calorie, low-fat, crinkle Satisfries from Burger King will soon be removed from the menus. In North America where it was initially launched in Sept. 2013, about two-thirds of its outlets have taken the fries out of their menu. In a statement, Burger King told that 100 million guests have ordered Satisfries, but the figure is not convincing enough to continue the product. It will be launched in European markets, including U.K., Germany and Spain according to Burger King Chief executive Daniel Schwartz. Burger King came out with lower-calorie, fewer-fats French fries last year in a move to offer healthier option to consumers and to boost its image.
Record yields are causing problems for the German potato industry: the yield is bigger than the demand, the competition is high and the export market offers little chance, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural Market Information Service). "Even setting the prices low is not enough to guarantee sales. With a harvest volume of around 11.5 million tons, 1.8 million tons more than last year must be placed on the market. This predominantly has to do with potato consumption," reports AMI.
Die Kartoffel ist das viertwichtigste Grundnahrungsmittel der Welt hinter Reis, Mais und Weizen. Und das mit gutem Grund: Sie ist sehr anpassungsfähig und wächst in nahezu jedem Klima. Darum setzen viele Entwicklungsländer zur Bekämpfung des Hungers auf die Knolle. Die bevölkerungsreichen Staaten wie Indien oder China sind die größten Anbauländer der Welt und nutzen die Kartoffel, um die Ernährung ihrer Bevölkerung zu sichern.
In its report titled “Philippines: Philippine Market Opens to US Potatoes - Trade Doubles,” the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) said that Philippine imports of US fresh potatoes have doubled in 2013 from 2012 levels, reaching 10,161 metric tons (MT) of imports from 5,289 MT the year previous. For this year, the FAS said its industry and trade contacts estimate to reach the 15,000 MT-level in exports to the Philippines.
‘From seed to ware’, this year’s Seed Industry Event (SIE14) on 25 November, at the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, widens its’ appeal to the whole supply chain, covering seed, plant health, pest and disease advice, seed supplier and customer case studies, processing, storage and retail insights. This year’s seed event will not just be about seed. The speaker programme features industry leaders and technical experts from a diverse range of disciplines and organisations from right through the supply chain.
It's better late than never. A recent official move to popularise export-friendly potatoes in Bangladesh to meet needs of millions abroad is doubtlessly welcome. But what had prevented the authorities to go for such a well-thought-out decision just after the potato price-crash last year? The ministry of agriculture only last week decided to promote quality seeds of exportable potato as well as prepare soil of potato-growing fields. But to get this move executed, it will take at least one more year.
US frozen potato products have been consolidating their presence in Mexico’s retail chains over the past few years, thanks to efforts by the United States Potato Board (USPB) to develop this market sector. Most major retail chains now utilize US frozen potatoes as their primary source, and the vast majority of smaller chains do as well. More recently, the USPB has been focusing on expanding the products offered in the frozen section, and penetrating the Ready-to-Eat (RTE) sections of retail stores. During the July 2013-June 2014 marketing year, two of Mexico’s most important supermarket chains, Soriana and Comercial Mexicana, introduced new U.S. frozen potato products in the RTE section of 245 outlets across the country.
Veruit de meeste aardappelen zijn inmiddels gerooid. Het is m.n. in het (diepe) zuidoosten van Nederland waar telers met een groot areaal aardappelen nog zeker deze maand nodig hebben om alles achter de planken te krijgen. Het rooien gaat momenteel niet overal zo snel als gewenst omdat er vorige week plaatselijk (net als eind augustus) veel neerslag is gevallen. Het “rustig aan rooien” van de laatste percelen is overigens gewenst.
Burkersdorf bei Tegau. Hübsch aufgereiht stehen die Kartoffeln von Ostthüringer Feldern in Burkersdorf. "2014 ist ein guter Kartoffeljahrgang", sagt Bernd Prüfer, Geschäftsführer der Vermarktungsgesellschaft Solanum aus Niederpöllnitz. Vom guten Angebot profitieren vor allem die Kunden durch niedrige Preise, während die Erzeuger Einbußen verzeichnen. "Die Witterung war in diesem Jahr günstig", erläutert Prüfer.
As part of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding program potato commission representatives from both Washington and Oregon along with directors from the Department of Agriculture in both states will be going on a 12 day trade mission to the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar later this month to promote the Northwest’s growing potato market.
The RCMP in Prince Edward Island say another potato with a sewing needle inside has been discovered in Atlantic Canada, bringing the total number of such cases to seven. The Mounties say someone in Labrador City, N.L., found the tampered potato on Sunday. Police say the consumer bought a bag of potatoes containing the tampered vegetable about two weeks ago, prior to a recall.
Czech growers report an exceptionally good harvest. Compared to last year, there is a 16 percent higher volume of cereals, including corn, and the potato harvest should be about 25 percent greater, according to the latest data supplied by the Czech Statistical Office. Growers estimate that nearly 670,000 tonnes of potatoes will be harvested.
Industry leaders and nationally-recognized experts will lead 16 educational sessions focusing on the latest issues and trends in the potato marketplaces during the POTATO EXPO 2015 Breakout Sessions. New in 2015: Breakout Sectors include four time slots synchronized to allow attendees to move between the Chip, Fresh, Process, and Seed Breakouts as desired and select their preferred topic or speaker during each time block. Visit www.potato-expo.com for the full session descriptions and to register. Reminder: Take advantage of discounted rates by registering by November 1.
A Saskatchewan company has more than a seed of an idea to radically change potato production. The secret is in a small fruit that grows on some potato plants. Inside the fruit are many tiny seeds, called true potato seeds, that can grow potatoes. If successful, Tuberosum Technologies Inc. president Joel VanderSchaaf says producers will be able to use a 100 gram packet of seeds, where they would have had to use three tonnes of potatoes to plant a hectare of crop.
In de maand september kwam de export van consumptie- en industrieaardappelen uit op bijna 54.000 ton, de meeste afzet was met 17.000 ton naar het Afrikaanse continent. Dit meldt het Bureau Aardappelmarkt Informatie (BAI) op basis van gegevens van de Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO). De afzet naar Afrika is ten opzichte van de export binnen Europa in relatieve zin hoog, constateert het BAI.
Potato chip, fries and flake manufacturers have urged the government to waive the 30% import duty on potato to improve supplies and check soaring prices at home. The demand comes at a time when the government is considering floating tenders for potato imports.
State Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick calls it “the $6 billion opportunity,” referring to the fact that less than $1 billion of the $7.3 billion worth of food consumed annually by West Virginians is raised in the state. Helmick is mobilizing the state Department of Agriculture to build — or rebuild — another industry in the state. His first step is encouraging West Virginia farmers to raise more food, and he’s starting with potatoes.
Jalapeno Mac N' Cheese beat the competition to become Canadians' preferred flavour in a potato chip contest. Randall Litman of Calgary, who came up with the winning combination, takes home $50,000 plus one per cent of future sales of Jalapeno Mac N' Cheese on Lay's Wavy, Lay's Canada announced Tuesday.
Police in Prince Edward Island say the metal objects found in six potatoes in Atlantic Canada in the last week were sewing needles and they have expanded their investigation to include a french fry production facility in the province. RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler said Wednesday that in addition to the tampered potatoes, sewing needles were detected in french fries on a production run at the Cavendish Farms plant in New Annan, P.E.I. Butler said the tampered potatoes originated from Linkletter Farms, a company based in Summerside, P.E.I., that sells potatoes to the public and supplies Cavendish Farms.
Exports of potatoes have increased by 50 percent over the past ten years, according to the Agriculture & Food Council in Denmark. In 2013, the value of the exports reached 874 million kroner – a 60 percent increase in comparison to 2004. Danish potatoes are sold mostly to neighbouring markets. Sweden is the largest customer, followed by Germany and Norway.
Ingredion Inc., which makes high-fructose corn syrup, agreed to buy Penford Corp. for about $340 million in cash to add potato starches to its range of specialty food ingredients. “Penford’s range of products addresses growing consumer trends, including nutrition, gluten-free, food textures, and sustainable green solutions,” Ilene Gordon, chairman and CEO of Westchester-based Ingredion, said in the company’s statement. The transaction may close this year.
The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association is looking for a new executive director. Duane Maatz, the Antigo-based association’s previous executive director, left the organization in August, according to Maatz’s LinkedIn page.
Florimond Desprez, an independent family©\owned company, has acquired Germicopa, the leading French potato seed company and world leader in firm flesh potato varieties. Germicopa, whose head office is located in Quimper (Finist¨¨re), employs 65 people and generates annual sales of EUR 38 million. Each year the company produces 80,000 tons of seeds, on a contractual basis with 170 farmers, from its production units in Brittany and Nord©\Pas de Calais.
Das Forschungsprojekt zur Verbesserung der Trockentoleranz von Stärkekartoffeln (TROST) am Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie (MPI-MP) wird als „VALDIS TROST“ fortgesetzt. Dazu erhalten die Wissenschaftler von der Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) ein Fördergeld von 736 000 Euro aus Mitteln des Bundeslandwirtschaftsministeriums sowie der Gemeinschaft zur Förderung der privaten deutschen Pflanzenzüchtung (GFP).
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