Friday, 06 March 2015

Utz plans to keep company in family, no talk to Warren Buffett

  George Neiderer, vice president of human resources at potato chips producer Utz, denies any discussion with Warren Buffett, who showed interested in overtaking the company.

A bill to help potato growers from Idaho, rejected

A bill that would have allowed Idaho potato growers who are part of a federally regulated area designed to control pale cyst nematode to obtain a refund of their state assessment has been rejected

Lamb Weston / Meijer publishes sustainability report

Lamb Weston / Meijer, which manufactures frozen potato products and dried potato flakes, published its third sustainability report, highlighting key results in saving direct water usage, reducing direct energy use and increasing potato utilization.

US Northern Plains Potato Growers Association has a new chairman

The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association held its banquet; event that included the passing of the chairman's gavel from Rick Vivatson of Cavalier, ND, to Don Suda, a chip and frozen processing potato grower

Tomorrow's industry leaders are trained at 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

Tomorrow's industry leaders are trained at 2015 Po...

  The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) Class of 2015 included twenty-seven potato grow...

Campaign “Cook Your Own Potatoes”, supported by Olympic athlete

Campaign “Cook Your Own Potatoes”, supported by Ol...

Potato Council has added an exciting new dimension to its successful ‘Cook Your Own Potatoes’ projec...

Horsch won "Best new product or innovation" category at LAMMA’15 Award

Horsch won Best new product or innovation catego...

The equipment manufacturer Horsch UK won the “Best New Product or Innovation” at LAMMA’15, the annua...

Sean Connolly is the new ConAgra’s new CEO, after Gary Rodkin retired

Sean Connolly is the new ConAgra’s new CEO, after Gary ...

 ConAgra Foods Inc, one of North America's largest packaged food companies, announced Sean M. Connolly ...

Washington State Potato Commission appoints the entomologist Matthew Blua

Washington State Potato Commission appoints the entomol...

The Washington State Potato Commission appointed a new director of industry outreach, Matthew Blua, an ...

Utz plans to keep company in family, no talk to Warren Buffett

Utz plans to keep company in family, no talk to Warren ...

  George Neiderer, vice president of human resources at potato chips producer Utz, denies any discussi...

A gentle solution to accurately weigh and pack potatoes

A gentle solution to accurately weigh and pack potatoes

An Ishida RV multihead weigher with an IP69K rating is providing protection against humidity and water ...

Heat and Control launches KleenCoat and KleenFlex

Heat and Control launches KleenCoat and KleenFlex

Equipment manufacturer Heat and Control has launched two new products that can help potato processors: ...

FOODesign launches cryo-jet 5 ambient&chilled air cooling system

FOODesign launches cryo-jet 5 ambient chilled air cooli...

Equipment manufacturer FOODesign has recently launched the cryo-jet 5 ambient chilled air cooling syste...

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 ...

Important investment in Lamb Weston frozen food facility in Netherlands will add capacity and jobs

Important investment...

Lamb Weston / Meijer, a joint venture between US-based ConAg...

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...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

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

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...

24 March: The official closing ceremonies of the 7th World Potato Congress (WPC) at Christchurch, New Zealand, were highlighted by the presentation of the triennial Industry Awards. The awards recognize outstanding personal contribution and leadership, related to development and progress of the global potato industry. The awards were presented by World Potato Congress Inc. President and CEO, Allan Parker, and Awards Committee Chair, Douglas Harley. Four individuals were presented with symbolic plaques to commemorate the occasion.

The 2009 award recipients are Mr. Ron Gall, New Zealand; Mr Gregg Halverson, United States; Mr. Hardev Singh Sangha, India; and Mr. Joop N. Stet, The Netherlands.

Ron Gall - New Zealand
Ron Gall has used his knowledge and experience to create a proactive and effective organisation lead by growers and working for the best interests of the potato industry in New Zealand. He is totally committed to the industry in which he works and a very strong advocate for the industry and growers. Ron has encouraged the NZ potato industry to become more involved in international issues, which lead to his being appointed to the WPC International Advisory Committee and culminated in the World Potato Congress being held in Christchurch NZ in 2009. Other initiatives where Ron has played a leadership role include: The NZ Potato industry R&D programme including collaboration with Australia;establishment of the Vegetable Research and Innovation Board; and development of the NZ GAP (Good Agriculture Practice) scheme that provides third party assurances to buyers (now widely used across the NZ horticulture industry).

Gregg Halverson - USA
Gregg Halverson is President and CEO of Black Gold, headquartered in Grand Forks, ND, a company that he founded and built. The multi-state potato growing company has grown to over 15,000 acres of potatoes, with ten individual farms in ten states. Black Gold is known internationally for its adoption of advanced technology in the area of chip potato production and handling. Under Gregg's leadership, Black Gold has received Global and National Supplier Innovation awards from Frito-Lay and Cavendish Farms in recognition for supplier innovation and leadership. In 2002, Black Gold instituted a systematic approach to potato production in the Peoples Republic of China, where they introduced the country's first successful bulk handling and transport system of chip potatoes. Gregg has been involved in leadership positions on the Research Committee of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association as well as the Environmental Affairs Committee of the National Potato Council. He is presently Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. Under Gregg's leadership, Black Gold is honored to be a recipient of the 2009 National Potato Growers "Environmental Stewardship" Award.

Hardev Singh Sangh
Hardev Singh Sangha was among the first, in India, (1960's) to adopt the CPRI protocols for seed multiplication and start commercial seed production. "Seed Plot Technique." His greatest achievement was establishing Punjab grown potato seed in most of India's potato growing states which was earlier supplied by Himachal Pradesh. Gradually, he expanded his operations and established the "Lease-land Farming Model" in the Punjab. In the 1970's, Hardev Singh Sangha became known as the "Potato King" among the potato community and in the media. He has been the largest producer of seed potatoes in Asia for more than 40 years. Now producing over 60,000 tons of high quality seed potatoes annually under a Limited Generation Seed Program on an area of 6000 acres, preserving it in self-owned Refrigerated Storage and supplying it to various states in India. The seed program is supported by a Tissue Culture Facility & a Plant Pathology Laboratory for disease testing including ELISA testing for 6 viruses.

Joop N. (Johannes Nicolaas) Stet
J.N. Stet has been one of the most remarkable figures in the European potato business. As son of a Dutch potato and vegetable grower, he succeeded in creating a new trade company, one of the few individual private breeding companies which created some very successful new potato varieties such as Timate, Donald, Columbus, Bellini and Exquisa .
After his active career in business J.N. Stet assumed responsibility by taking the lead in European business associations via the presidency of Europatat, the European Union of the Potato Trade and CELCAA, the European Liaison Committee for the Agricultural and Agri-Food Trade. J.N. Stet has been recognized for his career in the potato sector by the Dutch Queen Beatrix with the title of "knight in the order of Orange Nassau" in 1998.
Source:www.potatonews.com

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