Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Visit our booth at Interpom | Primeurs!

Potato Business will be present at Interpom | Primeurs (hall 5, booth 579) in Kortrijk Xpo, Belgium, November 23 – 25. 

EU promises measures for young farmers: access to credit, production factors and knowledge

The Agriculture Council of the European Union meeting which took place Monday had as main theme “Strengthening EU policies to support young farmers”. 

Prince Edward Island Potato Board awards tips in tampering case

The potato industry in Prince Edward Island (PEI) will offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent potato tampering incidents. 

Mackie’s Crisps choose Ishida technology for the new factory in Errol

Crisps manufacturer Mackie’s Crisps uses three Ishida iTPS (Integrated Total Packaging System) for snacks at the new factory in Inchcoonans in Errol, Perthshire, Scootland.

New Herbert distributor for Russia’s growing market

The company Rusbana Engineering, Moscow-based, is the new distributor appointed by Herbert Engineering, for Russia and surrounding countries.

Americans spend over 85 million dollars on potatoes for Thanksgiving

Americans spend over 85 million dollars on potatoes for...

Fresh foods make up a big part of Thanksgiving dinner, so the Americans spend USD 85.7 million on potatoes...

The campaign Open Farm Sunday arrives to British Parliament

The campaign Open Farm Sunday arrives to British Parlia...

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), an organisation for more sustainable food and farming, launched it...

Potato Council invites the suppliers and traders to sustain Chip Week 2015

Potato Council invites the suppliers and traders to sus...

The Potato Council invites all involved in the business from suppliers to the chip shop trade or food serv...

Technology producers Miedema and Dewulf fusion and form single team

Technology producers Miedema and Dewulf fusion and form...

The fusion between Dewulf and Miedema is to be completed this year, both companies announced. 

New production and distribution facility in Bratislava, Slovakia

New production and distribution facility in Bratislava,...

TOMRA Sorting Solutions, the sorting and processing technology company, andPrologis, Inc., the global l...

Florimond Desprez Group acquires Germicopa, a potato seed company

Florimond Desprez Group acquires Germicopa, a potato se...

Florimond Desprez Group acquired Germicopa, one of the most important French potato seed companies and ...

Tummers on their new logo: “We wanted a more professional and more modern look”

Tummers on their new logo: “We wanted a more profession...

Technology producer Tummers has recently changed the company’s corporate logo and explained the decision ...

tna launched intelli-weigh 0328 omega multi-head twin scale

tna launched intelli-weigh 0328 omega multi-head twin s...

Integrated food packaging and processing solutions provider, tna,has launched the tna   intelli-weigh 0...

New Herbert distributor for Russia’s growing market

New Herbert distributor for Russia’s growing market

The company Rusbana Engineering, Moscow-based, is the new distributor appointed by Herbert Engineering,...

Thanksgiving Feast, a new line of kettle-cooked potato chips

Thanksgiving Feast, ...

Boulder Canyon Foods introduces Thanksgiving Feast, a new ...

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

Potato Week 2014 to ...

The dates for Potato Week 2014 are October 6-12 and the camp...

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

Kent Crisps Announce...

AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Cr...

New DiversaCut 2110A Dicer on Display at SIAL in Paris

New DiversaCut 2110A...

Several Urschel cutting machines will be on display at Sal...

McDonald’s Japan Is Releasing Purple Sweet Potato McShake This Autumn

McDonald’s Japan Is ...

McDonald's Japan is rolling out a special purple sweet potat...

Armenia registered an important growth in potato exports in 2014

Armenia registered a...

Armenian potato exports totaled about 20,600 tons, compared ...

McDonald’s does not plan to use J.R. Simplot's GMO potatoes

McDonald’s does not ...

A huge debate is happening these days in the USA involving...

Prince Edward Island Potato Board awards tips in tampering case

Prince Edward Island...

The potato industry in Prince Edward Island (PEI) will off...

Farmers in Uzbekistan learn how to improve productivity and save water

Farmers in Uzbekista...

Two international organizations lead projects for Uzbekist...

BioSafe Systems Introduces Complete Potato Storage Protection Programme

BioSafe Systems Intr...

Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers...

Cory Schlegel is one of the founding members of Keystone Potato Products, LLC and led the construction of the original building in 2004. Cory has been the General Manager since operations began in 2005. Cory graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1988.

He has worked in manufacturing for the past 20 years having worked for both small private companies and a large global company. Cory resides in Hegins, Pennsylvania with his wife Nancy, to whom he has been married for 19 years. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, riding motorcycles, and building and flying high power rockets.

What is happening at Keystone at the moment?

Exciting things are taking place at Keystone Potato.
We most recently expanded our operations to produce fresh cut (refrigerated) potato products. This will include (but not be limited to) dices, slices, French fry cuts, whole potatoes, halves, and quarters; all with peel on or off. In addition to our new fresh cut line we have been producing dehydrated potato flake and flour since 2005.
A new 36,000 SF warehouse addition has recently been completed to supplement the current 50,000 SF production area and office building. Keystone Potato Products is proud to have introduced an operation of this scale to the East Coast.

Issues such as trans fat and, of course, a general trend towards healthier eating, have caused problems for potato processors throughout the world. How has Keystone reacted to changing consumer trends?

Keystone Potato Products respects and understands the importance of healthy eating and that is why we are extremely excited about introducing our new fresh cut potato products. The potato is a high source of vitamins including potassium and calcium. Our fresh cut potato products will allow the health conscious consumer to be in the ‘driver's' seat when preparing their fresh cut potatoes. One of our main goals is to provide the consumer with an alternative to snack foods while minimising the preparation time to prepare fresh cut potatoes.

In terms of marketing its products to an increasingly health-conscious consumer, how is Keystone tackling the issue?

Initially, Keystone will be marketing our fresh cut product as an ingredient to other food producers (i.e. potato salad makers) and to the food service industry (i.e. restaurants and institutions). Later, we plan to expand our marketing efforts to the fast growing retail markets. One reason for the dramatic growth in fresh cut products is the increasing number of women in the workplace.
Everyone is looking for more choices and more ways to save time in the kitchen. The demand for convenient and healthy food items from these busy consumers is clearly reflected in projection numbers for the fresh-cut industry.
Increased costs for wastewater disposal and transport have impacted processors recently, what do you see as impacting the industry in coming years?

We are very fortunate to have our own state of the art waste water treatment system on site as well as
a boiler that is fuelled by 100 per cent methane gas from a neighbouring landfill, which minimises operating costs. I think the greatest impact will be reflected in freight costs.

As fuel prices continue to climb, we need to remain cost effective in order to remain competitive with other producers farther from the large east coast market. Keystone can offer remarkably quick and efficient East Coast delivery. Our prime location offers the benefits of increased freshness and low-cost shipping. Despite the increase in fuel we will continue to remain competitive in the industry.

What is the best thing about working for Keystone?

Being one of the founding members and a part of Keystone from the ground up, has given me a great deal of job satisfaction. I've learned
a lot about what it takes to start a new company. Keystone President Keith Masser has provided the industry knowledge and the vision for our future. The tremendous staff and workforce that I have here at Keystone Potato have done the rest.

If you had not been working in the potato industry, what would you be doing?

That is very good question - one that I've tried to answer many times. I would likely try something totally different. You only live once.

What is your opinion of faddy diets, health consciousness and the acrylamide and trans fat issues which are currently very hot potatoes globally?

My opinion is that the producer needs to offer a product that will stand up against the test of times. Faddy diets will continue to come and go.
Consumers want a product they can rely on to be nutritious, tasty, and convenient to make.
In order to stay competitive in a market of health conscious consumers, you have to provide a product people can depend on. I can confidently say ‘we are proudly getting that job done here at Keystone Potato Products, LLC'.

 

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