Thursday, 03 September 2015

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Potato Congress in Beijing

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Pot...

  North Dakota State Plant Pathologist Dr. Neil Gudmestad was honored at the World Potato Congres...

China makes global commitment to the potato

China makes global commitment to the potato

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

  TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners...

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato Congress

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato ...

  TOMRA Sorting Food has welcomed two new Chinese customers into the fold during a signing ceremony at...

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

  Over the last four centuries, the potato has come a long way from the American Andes. Since its cult...

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCESS EXPO

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCE...

  The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of four sessions of the education...

The sharp edge of the job

The sharp edge of the job

  Product perfection starts before the processing. It is maintained in the processing plant but only e...

Efficient drying pays off

Efficient drying pays off

  When it comes to drying potatoes, regardless of the type of end product one may have in mind, there ...

McCain Australia has new range of frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia has...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

Tolsma-Grisnich and ...

  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

Utz Quality Foods la...

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

Potatoes are back on WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children in USA

Potatoes are back on...

The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

Exclusive interview with the director of Urschel Laboratories, Inc: The Urschel team is a very strong one

Exclusive interview ...

What began with one man's invention more than 100 years ago ...

4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management

4th Symposium of Pot...

  The 4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management wi...

UK Potato Council says it is a record year for seed potato exports

UK Potato Council sa...

  Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figure...

Indian Government will procure 6,600 tones of potato from farmers

Indian Government wi...

The State Government announced its decision to procure 6,6...

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

Company launches a n...

  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

The recent Seed Industry Event, organized by British Potato ...

A survey conducted by the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) has shown that Canadians are a contrary lot.

 

Dr Gefu Wang-Pruski, who headed the NSAC effort, brought the results of the 6,000-household survey to the recent annual Potatoes NB Trade Show and Conference.
The Potato Consumer Research Initiative, headed by Dr Wang-Pruski, set up the study about two years ago at NSAC to examine the social aspects of potato marketing. While some of the results were predictable, others came as a surprise.
According to the survey, consumers want to see the potatoes in the store which means they want them in transparent packaging, but they don't want farmers to use plastic bags because of environmental concerns.
"We used the ‘focus group' approach," explained Dr. Wang-Pruski to potato industry stakeholders. "We chose the Truro area and we chose Halifax as the medium size city. Toronto was ‘the large city' in our survey."
The study asked grocery shoppers what they wanted to see when they go in a store to buy potatoes. They talked about cooking with potatoes, purchasing behaviour, the in-store presentation of potatoes, and about innovative varieties.
The 90-minute discussions went into the subjects of packaging, the sizes of potatoes, specialty varieties, commercial varieties, and some value-added products. All the discussions were recorded and the data were put into a software program.
"Most of the participants want to see fresh, firm, ripe, medium size, and white," Dr Wang-Pruski said, "and if the potatoes don't fit this mental frame, this is something they wouldn't choose. They also appreciate the wide use, the applications of the potatoes. They can be prepared in so many different ways and fit into many types of dishes."
She went on to say that ‘lifestyle dynamics' plays a key role in the consumption of potatoes. The age of the consumer, what type of work they do, and similar factors have a bearing on what form they buy their potatoes, or if they buy them.
"Where the tubers are from, their size, and their appearance," are all important," she said.
"They would like to see the potatoes in their packaging," Dr Wang-Pruski said. "They want to feel the potatoes because they want to have uniform size, and those two things do not fit with the paper packaging."

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