Liefhebbers van hutspot kunnen deze winter betrekkelijk gemakkelijk aan de ingrediënten voor hun favoriete maaltijd komen. De productie van aardappelen ligt dit jaar namelijk maar liefst tien procent hoger dan in 2013. Ook uien werden veel vaker geproduceerd dan vorig jaar, zo maakte het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek vrijdag bekend. Volgens een raming van het statistiekbureau worden dit jaar zo'n 1,3 miljoen ton aardappelen op Nederlandse bodem geteeld. Ook de productie van uien komt dit jaar uit op ongeveer 1,3 miljoen ton, zo verwachten de statistici. Dat is pakweg negen procent meer dan een jaar geleden.
According to an official report from the Ministry of Agriculture in Egypt the total amount of potatoes approved for export to foreign destinations has reached 697,710 tonnes. This means an increase of 254,000 tonnes compared to the amount exported last year. According to the report the European Union is responsible for 18.14% of the total deliveries, while 46.53% goes to the Russian market, and 32.68 to the Arabian countries. The other 2.64% is exported to the rest of the world. The Ministry of Agriculture is trying to double the Egyptian potato production on the medium long term to raise the export and the profit made with it. (Source: Freshplaza.com)
The new www.mccainfoodservice.co.uk website offers users a bespoke experience, with information, videos and product baskets that have been tailored to provide solutions for the specific business challenges that they face, whatever sector they are working in. The site is fully responsive, ensuring that busy caterers are now able to access the website whenever and wherever they like, via mobile, tablet or desktop.
It began as a trickle — people with their arms filled with personal items, leaving the McCain Foods processing plant in Borden-Carleton for the last time Wednesday — and soon it turned into a mass exodus. In August, workers found out that the New Brunswick-based company would be shutting down its Prince Edward Island operation on Friday, Oct. 31.
Two farmers from Peru’s Potato Park region travelled thousands of miles from the fields where they spend their days to share with students their first-hand accounts of how globalization is affecting their communities. Nazario Quispe Amao and Ancelma Apaza de Ccana came to Connecticut College this month as part of a Global Warming Delegation from Peru, a visit sponsored by the College’s Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE).
Branston, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, will this week unveil their fresh new season crop of fluffy skinned potatoes exclusively supplied from a small grower in Italy across Tesco stores nationwide. The seasonal new potatoes are imported into the country from the Puglia region where they are grown on a narrow 10-mile coastal strip, often no more than 300 metres wide. The growing area stretches northwest from the beach resort of Margarita de Savoia to neighbouring Zapponeta.
More than 80 U.S. agricultural and commodity groups have signed a letter to Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, asking that Congress pass legislation to allow emergency use of the fumigant methyl bromide. For potato growers, retaining emergency use of methyl bromide could be a savior, said Ryan Krabill, senior director of legislative and governmental affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based National Potato Council.
There is concern among Northern Ireland farmers that certain packers are using last season’s potatoes, which are appearing in value packs on the supermarket shelves. Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Potato Committee Chairman Adrian Jamison says this is not only affecting producers but it is misleading the consumer as they think they are purchasing fresh, in-season, quality potatoes.
TOMRA Sorting Food will exhibit its popular Genius modular sorting system at Gulfood Manufacturing, the largest food processing exhibition for the Middle East, Africa and Indian Sub-Continent, November 9-11. The event is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and TOMRA Sorting Food will attend in partnership with United Arab Emirates-based food group Fanar Al Khaleej.
Agronomy consultant Steve Watts is trying to improve the potato business on Prince Edward Island one row at a time. His creation of the province’s smallest potato harvester has added new speed to his mission.
A recent visit to Scotland by Cuban agricultural officials has led to a revised agreement for the importation of GB seed potatoes. Supported by the unique partnership between Potato Council and Scottish Government to boost export opportunities, senior officials from Cuba’s Agricultural Ministry and Plant Health section travelled to Scotland this month to meet officials from Scottish Government, SASA, Fera and Potato Council to view our seed potato industry at first hand and discuss revised import conditions for GB seed potatoes.
The early season potato crop is now being harvested around the country as planting of the the main crop, to be harvested next year, begins in earnest. Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Champak Mehta said the harvesting of new potatoes began in Pukekohe in September and will progress southwards as the weather gets warmer. However, Mr Mehta said growers around the country were reporting that weather conditions were causing a bit a of a harvesting headache - especially getting the delicate new season's potatoes out of the ground safely.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists Dr. Bernie Zebarth and Dr. Helen Tai at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick (NB), will gather data from plants almost the same way a mechanic assesses your car’s engine. "We’d like to take small discs of leaf tissue, conduct a simple test and see how this plant is doing in terms of nutrients,” Dr. Zebarth said. “We may also be able to see if there are any other stresses the plant is facing, such as diseases, all in a single assay."
Japan has established Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Emesto Silver potato seed treatment, according to Bayer CropScience. The recent decision by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare establishes MRLs for prothioconazole, one of the two active ingredients in Emesto Silver. The MRL for penflufen, the other active ingredient, was established previously.
Robert Tominaga, president of Heyburn, Idaho-based Southwind Farms, has seen demand for the fingerlings his company grows and other specialties rise dramatically in recent years. A big part of that has to do with a spike in foodservice demand. “Millennials, and even baby boomers, are looking for something new,” Tominaga said. “Foodservice, especially, is looking for more exciting things.” Chefs and their customers like fingerlings and other specialties for cosmetic reasons, too — not just because they taste good.
According to the Polish Ministry of Agriculture, the price of domestic potatoes for direct consumption dropped in October. The average price in the first three weeks of the month averaged 0.30 z³ / kg (0.07 Euro) and was 19 percent lower than in the previous month and about 54 percent lower than last year. Price drops have also been registered in Western Europe. According to the Potato Council, prices in the UK during the first three weeks of October fell by 2.4 percent, down to 116.25 pounds per tonne.
Potato farmers have teamed up with turkey producers to create a locally-grown and produced festive flavour crisp. Fairfields Farm Crisps, made by potato farmers Robert and Laura Strathern at Wormingford, near Colchester, has joined forces with Danbury-based Kelly Bronze turkeys, run by Paul Kelly, to create a new flavour to add to its range - turkey, sage and onion. Produced on the family farm, the new crisps use only potatoes that are dug, chopped, cooked and packed on site to ensure the best taste and the lowest possible food miles. Kelly Bronze is renowned for its high welfare premium festive birds.
By providing packaging with the correct number of micro-perforations, the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables can be impressively prolonged. The Respiration Control System PerfoTec precisely measures the amount of oxygen required and then adds the right number of micro-perforations. According to Bas Groeneweg of PerfoTec, the system is particularly useful in soft fruit, but also potatoes benefit from the use of micro-perforated foil. He explains that potato packs usually have big holes, making the percentage of oxygen high, but also causing greening.
When opening a new storage facility one has to think about long-term usage. In this case, the developer has to consider as many as possible changes that may happen in the future. Flexibility is one of the key factors in this investment. Potato Business Digital has spoken to Jan van Maldegem, Marketing Manager at Tolsma regarding flexibility in equipping a potato storage facility and much more.
Werd er kort geleden nog vanuit gegaan dat het areaal in Polen voor oogst 2014 uit zou komen op 340.000 hectare, uit de laatste informatie van het Pools Centraal Bureau voor Statistiek blijkt er juist een flinke daling van het areaal zou zijn geweest. Het Pools Centraal Bureau voor Statistiek schat in, dat na een zeer gunstig verlopen groeiseizoen, de gemiddelde opbrengst per hectare uit gaat komen op ca. 25 ton ruim. De totale aardappeloogst is daarmee met 6,6 miljoen ton 700.000 ton lager uit dan in oogstjaar 2013. In eerdere berichten werd nog uitgegaan van 1 miljoen ton meer op het totaalcijfer.
Idaho potato shippers won’t hold their breath waiting for most of Mexico to reopen to U.S. exports. Chris Wada, director of marketing and exports for Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC and a committee member of the Denver-based U.S. Potato Board, said he doesn’t see a resolution to the Mexico issue happening “right away.” “It was a big win to get it opened up. Now it’s in a stalling pattern,” Wada said. “There are pending legal issues that will create precedents for the future.” Rexburg, Idaho-based Wilcox Fresh was one of the first, if not the very first, Idaho houses to ship potatoes to Mexico, said Rob Rydalch, supply coordinator.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said the state government will help potato farmers get training from Dutch scientists to increase production and mitigate losses. "An agreement between Chandrashekhar Azad Agriculture University Kanpur and Dutch cluster was signed on September 20 for increasing potato production, mitigating losses, storage, processing and also facilitating upgraded techniques," the Chief Minister said after inaugurating the two-day workshop for farmers here.
Het Duitse Lorenz Snack-World wil een nieuwe aardappelverwerkingsfabriek openen die zal zich specialiseren in de productie van chips. Alle grondstoffen zullen worden gekocht bij de lokale telers. Het areaal aardappelen worden verhoogd tot 1.000 hectare. Daarbij zullen drie boerderijen in 2015 starten met de productie van pootaardappelen. Eind oktober zullen Duitse experts naar Toela komen om een bezoek te brengen aan verschillende industriële gebieden. (Bron: AGF.nl)
J.R. Simplot Co. is delaying the closure of a southwest Idaho potato processing plant. Company spokesman David Cuoio tells the Idaho Press-Tribune in a story on Friday that unexpectedly high product demand will keep the plant in Nampa open past a previously announced Oct. 31 closing. Cuoio says a French fry processing line and packaging line is expected to run through November, and a second processing line will run through the rest of the year. Simplot is consolidating operations by closing three plants in the region with an expected loss of 800 jobs. The plants are being replaced by a new plant in Caldwell that will employ about 250 people and can produce the same output as the three other plants combined. (Source: MagicValley.com)
Price is an inherently important piece when marketing any product, and potatoes are no exception to that. Fresh potatoes have experienced considerable price fluctuations over recent years and volume has seemed to follow a similar roller-coaster. In order to understand how consumer demand for potatoes fluctuates in the face of pricing shifts, the Board commissioned the Nielsen Perishables Group to conduct a comprehensive price elasticity study on the potato category. The study comprises more than five years of U.S. retail sales data, and includes more than 800,000 sales records.
The Idaho Potato Commission expects another year of big growth in its retail display contest, and also plans more outreach to Hispanics. The Eagle, Idaho-based commission’s annual retail display contest has been around for a quarter of a century, but it’s grown in recent years like it was the new kid on the block, said Frank Muir, president and CEO of the commission. “Before 2005, we averaged 600 displays. From 2000 to 2012, it was up to 2,000. Now we’re at more than 4,500 displays. We took a program that was 25 years old and made it bigger, stronger and better.” And it’s not done growing, Muir said.
In wenigen Tagen ist es wieder soweit, der Kalender „Heiße Kartoffel“ geht in die dritte Runde – und der Name ist Programm. 12 Junge Frauen – alle mit Bezug zur Kartoffel – haben ihr Bestes gegeben und das Ergebnis war die Mühe wert.
In a bid to increase potato production in Odisha to attain self-sufficiency, the Government has decided to provide 50 per cent input subsidy to farmers. The subsidy will be limited to `40,000 per hectare and a farmer will be eligible for subsidy for maximum two hectares of land. The potato incentivisation programme was decided as per recommendation of the task force constituted by the Government to find a solution to recurring potato crisis in the State.
„In manchen Bereichen wird die Kartoffel noch als „Arme-Leute-Essen“ gehandelt. Dabei gehört die Erdknolle seit langer Zeit zu den Grundnahrungsmitteln, ist aus der Küche nicht mehr wegzudenken“, betont Landwirt Stephan Höhn. „Der schlechte Ruf als nährstoffarmer Dickmacher ist ganz eng mit der Zubereitungsart verbunden. Das man sie zu Kartoffelchips und Pommes verarbeitet, in Fett ertränkt, dafür können unser Knollen nichts“, so Stephan Höhn. „Klar, richtige Bratkartoffeln schmecken mir auch sehr gut. Es kommt immer auf die Menge und auf das wie oft kommen sie auf den Tisch, an.“
Greenvale has welcomed the arrival of a new wind turbine at its Floods Ferry Road site in Cambridgeshire. Greenvale's new turbine is capable of generating 1.5MW and will provide enough electricity to power its processing facility while still supplying roughly 600kw to the grid. The turbine, which was manufactured in Spain and erected at the Cambridgeshire site earlier this month, is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.
Starch Europe (formerly AAF, Association des Amidonniers et Féculiers) announced its support for the European Commission’s Communication for a European Industrial Renaissance at an event held in Brussels October 15. The Communication which forms part of the Commission’s efforts to tackle weaknesses hampering economic growth through industry support is a priority shared by Jean-Claude Juncker who begins his term at the helm of the European Commission.
Smaller sizing could affect foodservice sales for some grower-shippers, but others are bullish on category growth in 2014-15. The wet, cool August that limited the size of some Idaho potatoes could make it harder to keep foodservice customers supplied, said Ryan Wahlen, sales manager of Pleasant Valley Potatoes Inc. Early in the new-crop deal Pleasant Valley had just one-third the normal amount of the size 40 and size 50 russets his foodservice customers like. “It’s been tough,” Wahlen said. “Foodservice is a really big part of our business. Hopefully some of these later fields have better size.”
William Chase came up with a way to turn King Edwards and Lady Claires into a world-class single-estate spirit. And not content with beating the Russians and Polish at their own game, the farmer-turned-entrepreneur branched out into squeezing gin from cider apples. Now his Williams Chase Elegant Gin is reportedly a favourite with Prince Charles. "To make our vodka, we harvest our potatoes and destone and demud them," William said. "Then we peel them. William ensures that his potatoes are peeled as there is no starch value on the outside. Then we smash them through a mill then boil them in a big pan and then we ferment them. We get them all in a tank and add a brewer's yeast and that leaves us with our raw spirit."
Members of the Washington State Potato Commission are gearing up to talk potatoes with government officials and industry representatives in various parts of Southeast Asia. WSPC Executive Director Chris Voigt, marketing director Ryan Holterhoff and commissioners Jared Balcom and Ted Tshirky will join state Department of Agriculture director Bud Hover and representatives from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Potato Commission on a trade mission to the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar next week. The Philippines is the state's fourth largest export market for ag products, with exports to the country reaching $521 million in 2012, according to a WSDA statement. Washington also exported $80.2 million in food products to Vietnam and $5.6 million to Myanmar that same year. Myanmar opened its markets to Washington food products in 2011.
Eric Halverson is the new chief executive officer of potato grower-shipper Black Gold Farms. Halverson, who had been Grand Forks, N.D.-based Black Gold’s executive vice president of technology, succeeded his father, Gregg Halverson, on Oct. 23, Eric Halverson said. Gregg Halverson has retained his position as president of the company’s board of directors.
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