Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

The dates for Potato Week 2014 are October 6-12 and the campaign will celebrate the humble potato and encourage mothers to ‘trade-up’ from generic whites to named varieties.

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to increase production capacity by 25 per cent

The installation of a 20 head Ishida multihead weigher at Italian food manufacturer Martini Alimentare has delivered an immediate 2% improvement in product giveaway and enabled the company to increase production capacity by 25

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help young farmers

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) announced a new partnership with Bekina at its General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium, attended by a number of leading young farmer representatives from across Europe.

Agreement signed for a new fry factory in China

Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co., Ltd and Farm Frites have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in Wudan Town, Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia in China.

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Crisps brand. A brand new design concept has been created with a new Kent Crisps logo and each flavour displays a captivating image of Kent to emphasize the provenance

Interpom | Primeurs 2014, virtually fully booked

Interpom | Primeurs 2014, virtually fully booked

Interpom | Primeurs, the leading trade fair for the whole of the potato, vegetable and fruit sector in E...

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

Sri Lanka’s Government to Purchase All Potato Stocks fr...

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...

PotatoEurope 2014 took place on 3 and 4 September on the Rittergut Bockerode estate in Springe-Mittelrod...

McCain announces new Canadian President

McCain announces new Canadian President

McCain Foods Limited announced the appointment of Shai Altman as President, Canada, effective October 2...

BioSafe Systems announces Ron Fisher as north-east territory manager

BioSafe Systems announces Ron Fisher as north-east terr...

BioSafe Systems announces the appointment of Ron Fisher as Northeast Territory Manager for the agrichemic...

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help young farmers

CEJA announced new partnership with Bekina to help youn...

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) announced a new partnership with Bekina at its General Ass...

Tomra Sorting opens a new research and development center in Dublin

Tomra Sorting opens a new research and development cent...

Tomra Sorting in Dublin has created a new center of excellence for its food optical sorting and peeling...

tna showcases total solutions at Gulfood Manufacturing

tna showcases total solutions at Gulfood Manufacturing

Integrated packaging and processing solutions provider tna will present its range of high performance t...

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to increase production capacity by 25 per cent

Ishida multihead weigher helps Martini Alimentare to in...

The installation of a 20 head Ishida multihead weigher at Italian food manufacturer Martini Alimentare ha...

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...

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

Lay's Do Us A Flavo...

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

BioSafe Systems Introduces Complete Potato Storage Protection Programme

BioSafe Systems Intr...

Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers...

Future Proofing Cheshire Potatoes

Future Proofing Ches...

Cheshire potato growers gathered at Aston Grange Farm near...

Sophisticated Potato Inspection

Sophisticated Potato...

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

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

McCain Foods to Help...

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

Open Farm Sunday 2014 Review

Open Farm Sunday 201...

Farmers and their helpers celebrated this weekend the posi...


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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