Friday, 19 September 2014

New logistics centre in Penza, Russia, to hold 15,000 tones

The construction of logistics centre has started in the Russian region Penza, new well-equipped hangars will have the capacity to hold up to 15,000 tones of potatoes all year round.

McCain Foods and DuPont India Collaborate to Empower Gujarat's Potato Farmers

McCain Foods and DuPont India are collaborating to implement the Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Farm Assurer Certification Program with McCain contract farmers.

Herbert New Sponge Dryer Removes Surface Moisture with Minimum Maintenance

Sponge and felt dryers from Herbert Engineering, the leaders in root crop handling systems, have been integrated into fresh pack plants in Britain and Europe, with excellent results both in terms of removing surface

NEPG Expects a Record Harvest in North-Western Europe

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that the upcoming harvest could lead to a new record, even higher than 2011 when production reached an 26.8 million tons.

Sri Lanka’s Government to Purchase All Potato Stocks from Farmers

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Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne announced in Parliament that the government was ready to purchase...

Professionals from All Over the World and Around 10,000 Visitors at Potato Europe

Professionals from All Over the World and Around 10,000...

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Great Big Idaho Truck takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Great Big Idaho Truck takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) Great Big Idaho Potato Truck supports one of the most popular fundrais...

NEPG Expects a Record Harvest in North-Western Europe

NEPG Expects a Record Harvest in North-Western Europe

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Head of TOMRA Sorting Food “pleased” at growth in first half of 2014

Head of TOMRA Sorting Food “pleased” at growth in first...

TOMRA Sorting Executive Vice President and Head of Sorting Dr. Volker Rehrmann advised that the sorting b...

McCain Foods and DuPont India Collaborate to Empower Gujarat's Potato Farmers

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McCain Foods and DuPont India are collaborating to implement the Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)...

 Vanmark introduces its new Lamina hydrocutting system

Vanmark introduces its new Lamina hydrocutting system

The Lamina hydrocutting system is designed to cut large volumes of vegetable food products such as: Fre...

Increase Packaging Efficiency with New Robag Auto-Splice

Increase Packaging Efficiency with New Robag Auto-Splic...

Global processing and packaging solutions specialist, tna, announces the launch of the new tna robagAuto-...

Ishida Europe to showcase various technologies at Cibus Tec, Italy

Ishida Europe to showcase various technologies at Cibus...

Ishida Europe exhibits on the stand of its Italian/Swiss distributor Itech at Cibus Tec, and will be show...

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

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The dates have been set for Potato Week 2014, and running fr...

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

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New DiversaCut 2110A Dicer on Display at SIAL in Paris

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

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

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

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Contest Finalists Announced

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Lay's potato chips, one of the brands from PepsiCo (http:/...

BioSafe Systems Introduces Complete Potato Storage Protection Programme

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Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers...

Future Proofing Cheshire Potatoes

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Sophisticated Potato Inspection

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Improvements in sorting machinery are aimed at many grower...

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

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Global potato processor McCain Foods is using drone techno...

Open Farm Sunday 2014 Review

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A Scottish fish and chip shop with the royal seal of approval has won the 2008 national Fish & Chip Shop of the Year competition. The Anstruther Fish Bar in Fife received the award at a London ceremony on 22 January.

The Fife shop is as famous for its customers as its renowned fish and chips. Prince William was a regular visitor during his university days at St Andrews, and Oscar-winning actors Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall and Tom Hanks have all sampled its wares.

Shop owners, Robert and Alison Smith were crowned as champions after a rigorous judging process which included a customer vote, taste tests, two intense rounds of shop inspections and a presentation to a panel of industry experts.

Shops are strictly judged, not only on the quality of their fish and chips, but on all areas of the business including responsible seafood sourcing, customer service, food hygiene, staff training and community spirit.

Alison said: "Being named best in Scotland for the fourth time was fantastic for us, but claiming the national title has always been our ambition, it's the ultimate goal in our industry. The title is just reward for our hard-working staff and a great way of reminding our customers, and fans throughout the UK, where to buy the best fish and chips."

Simon said: "The high standards of our fish and chip shops rival the top restaurants in the country. The best shop owners work hard to deliver outstanding quality by using the finest ingredients and a responsible attitude to the sourcing of fish."

The announcement comes as competition organiser Seafish, the authority on seafood, reveals that fish and chip shops are profiting from the credit crunch as the UK public is buying more takeaway food.
New figures from Seafish and NPD Crest show total sales at the UK's 9,500 fish and chip shops have risen by two per cent as shops recorded sales of £717 million from March - October 2008, as more people visit the nation's favourite takeaways.

And in the eight months up to November 2008, there were more than 548 million visits to fish and chip shops - up five per cent from 523 million in 2007.

The research suggests that the UK public is opting for value for money takeaways rather than eating out in restaurants. Seafish believes fish and chip shops will profit and the industry will grow in the coming months as the credit crunch takes hold.

Andy Gray, competition judge, said: "Fish and chip shops are well-placed to prosper in the current economic climate as they offer value for money and a quality product with a feel good factor.

"Despite the credit crunch, people still want to enjoy small luxuries. Fish and chips are a national institution which have survived the test of time and will be around for many years to come."

 

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