Saturday, 31 January 2015

New format for Fruit Logistica 2015, focusing on machinery, technology and packaging

For the first time, Fruit Logistica 2015 features an exclusive forum for machines and technology that emphasizes the importance of technical solutions for the fresh produce trade. The trade fair takes place in Berlin, February

Australian project to develop a more reliable soil Phosphorus test

“Innovative Nutrient Management for the Australian Potato Industry”, a project developed by Department of Agriculture National Landcare Innovation, is now in its second year. 

Chip Week is calling all “chip lovers” across the UK

Chip Week 2015 will run from February 16-22 and will select its winners for this year’s Choice Chip Awards.

Global Cold Storage Capacity Report for 2014 shows that India surpassed USA

Global Cold Storage Capacity Report reveals that India has now a bigger total cold storage capacity, with 131 million cubic meters of space, compared to 115 million in the USA. China is now the

Chip Week is calling all “chip lovers” across the UK

Chip Week is calling all “chip lovers” across the ...

Chip Week 2015 will run from February 16-22 and will select its winners for this year’s Choice Chi...

New format for Fruit Logistica 2015, focusing on machinery, technology and packaging

New format for Fruit Logistica 2015, focusing on m...

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IPPSC helps you find more on Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) Technology

IPPSC helps you find more on Pulsed Electric Field...

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Important changes for McDonald’s, starting with the company’s CEO

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McCain transfers production from Grobbendonk to Leuze

McCain transfers production from Grobbendonk to Leuze

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Market trends: Australia’s favorite snack

Market trends: Australia’s favorite snack

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Low-cost solutions: pre-owned machinery from Herbert Engineering

Low-cost solutions: pre-owned machinery from Herbert En...

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Patent Covers Quick-Release Conveyor Belt Containment Device for Easy Cleaning of Food Conveyors

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Dynamic Conveyor Corporation announced the issuance to it by the US Patent Office of a patent that gives ...

Loma helps the companies to apply standards for food safety

Loma helps the companies to apply standards for food sa...

Loma Systems urges food companies to review inspection equipment and procedures in line with BRC’s latest...

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

Potatoes are back on...

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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, ...

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Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

Potato Week 2014 to ...

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Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

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Armenia registered an important growth in potato exports in 2014

Armenia registered a...

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

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Prince Edward Island Potato Board awards tips in tampering case

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Farmers in Uzbekistan learn how to improve productivity and save water

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The UK Potato Council's benchmark model has been launched online for the first time to assist growers.

The move makes it easier for growers to make the right business decisions for the future.

Government funding may also be available to help those who join Potato Council's business-improvement programme.

Over the past four years there has been a significant rise in input costs, according to Neil Cameron of property and agribusiness firm Bidwells, that has helped put the model together. This makes it more important than ever to evaluate cost profiles and understand the true cost of producing a tonne of potatoes.

"The cost of potato production rose by 30 to 40 per cent between 2005 and 2009. The primary drivers are increased machinery, labour, rent, energy, fuel and fertiliser costs. Fertiliser specifically rose by 300 per cent in 2008. Potatoes are a high-cost crop, and require a high degree of financial outlay and risk during the growing and storage season. Find out where your potato business stands against others, and it will help you pin-point areas you can improve."

Getting a comprehensive understanding of your cost profiles also helps you stay competitive in this challenging market, notes Potato Council's business-improvement programme coordinator, Phil Bradshaw.

"Understanding your costs allows you to analyse risk and opportunity and make well calculated decisions for return on investment, capital input and land commitment. A full appreciation of your production costs puts you in a strong position to make these critical strategic decisions."

The business-improvement programme allows growers to make continual improvements to their business approach. To get involved growers can take part in a facilitated group session, or they can enter their own data online by downloading the latest benchmark model software.

Visit www.potato.org.uk/benchmark or contact Phil Bradshaw at 07776 492274 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

The Potato Council has secured funding from Defra and the Scottish Governments skills development scheme, to assist in the development of business improvement groups, to ensure participants maximise the benefits of the programme.

 

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