Sunday, 22 October 2017

PROCESS EXPO Announces Innovations Showcase Finalists

PROCESS EXPO Announces Innovations Showcase Finali...

  The organizers of this year's Process Expo have announced the finalists of the Innovations Show...

Exclusive Interview: What’s in Store for Potato Processors at PACK Expo 2017

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  Bringing together 2,000+ exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from virtually every vertical market, ...

FPSA Young Professionals Group Invites Attendees to Career Roundtables

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  The FPSA's Young Professionals Group (YPG) will host informal roundtable sessions for students ...

International Potato Center Opens Regional Office in Georgia

International Potato Center Opens Regional Office in Ge...

  The International Potato Center (CIP) has opened its regional office covering Central Asia and the C...

US Retail Records Growth for Potatoes in August

US Retail Records Growth for Potatoes in August

  USA total potato retail performance recorded growth in August 2017, according to Total Store Monthly...

Kiremko Focuses on Sustainability

Kiremko Focuses on Sustainability

  Potato equipment processor Kiremko has introduced a new concept challenging itself to improve potato...

AVR Launches New Potato Harvester at Agritechnica

AVR Launches New Potato Harvester at Agritechnica

  Equipment producer AVR launches the latest 2-row potato harvester AVR Spirit 5200, at Agritechnica, ...

 Tomra Launches Enhanced Sorting Machine

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  Tomra Sorting Food has launched an enhanced sorting solution which removes more than 98% of all typi...

Sormac Launches New MS-30 Knife Peeler

Sormac Launches New MS-30 Knife Peeler

  Equipment producer Sormac presents the MS-30 knife peeler for production lines with a higher process...

Left Field Foods Introduces Air-Puffed Potato Snacks

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  Canadian company Left Field Foods has launched Spokes a...

Branston Invests GBP6m in Lincoln Factory

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  Branston has announced the completion of a GBP6 million...

Lamb Weston Expands Operations in Richland

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  Lamb Weston Holdings celebrated the completed expansion...

Tasteful Selections to Introduce SteamPak Mini

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  Tasteful Selections, a specialty potato brand from RPE ...

Fresh Solutions Network to Introduce Flavorables Potato Line

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  Fresh Solutions Network will be serving up fresh-cut po...

Tesco Launches Candy Cane Flavored Crisps

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Fabcon Installs Potato Processing System in Kuwait Factory

Fabcon Installs Pota...

    UK-based Fabcon Food Systems has provided the machin...

Burts Chips Invests GBP3m in New Frying Line in Plymouth

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  British potato chip maker Burts Chips installs a second h...

KFC Mashie Relaunched after Online Pressure

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The KFC Mashie is returning to Australian shores after alm...

DARS Starts Cleaning Potatoes of Viruses to Improve Production

DARS Starts Cleaning...

    The Department of Agriculture Research Services in Mal...

Czech Potato Research Institute Cultivates Blue Potato Variety

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  The Potato Research Institute, based in the town of Hav...

British Potato Producer Builds Potato Store in Marsham

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  A potato producer has applied for permission to build a...

National Potato Council Awards Adrienne Gorny for Potato Research

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  The National Potato Council (NPC) announces that Adrien...

Solynta Develops Late Blight Resistant Potato Varieties

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  Dutch potato breeding company Solynta has developed pot...

Hydroponic Potatoes Might Be Grown inside Europe’s Deepest Metal Mine

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  A research team recently launched a pilot project to in...

Cornell University Publishes Organic Production and IPM Guide for Potatoes

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  The practical potato production Guide was compiled by a...

Canada Approves Three New Types of GMO Potatoes

Canada Approves Thre...

  Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Id...

Cavendish Farms to Build Two New Modern Storage Facilities

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  Prince Edwards Island's major potato processor Cavendis...

The UK crop harvest to 9th October is estimated to be up on last year's figures.

Reports from the British Potato Council say the crop has been estimated at 92,850 ha (71.3 per cent), compared to 75,200 ha (58.7 per cent) in 2008.

Rain arrived in many regions last week, although amounts varied from 6-12 mm in the East, up to 25 mm in Kent and Essex. Ground conditions have improved, but harvesting was delayed at times.

The water was welcomed by most growers, particularly those without irrigation, as the
showers have softened clods and gone some way to reduce bruising levels. Some crops continue to be irrigated pre-lifting in parts of the East. In other regions irrigation, used to soften soils pre-harvest, has made soils too wet and either slowed activities or, in a few cases, halted progress.

In the South most crops have been lifted, however a few growers who were stopped by heavy rain during the middle of last week and a few were delayed by lack of storage, with small areas to complete. In the West, storage programmes are well advanced, particularly in Herefordshire where clearance is near completion. However a shortage of boxes has slowed some growers who have had to make temporary bale clamps to accommodate crops.

Harvest progress remains ahead of last year by around a week. However, activities may now become slower as colder early morning temperatures are already delaying the start of harvesting each day.

Harvesting wastage varies widely with highest levels reported in in the East and South and more average levels in the West and North. According to growers Maris Piper are showing around 10-12 per cent on lifting and other varieties between 2-10 per cent. In Holland around 50 per cent of crops are harvested and in Belgium 40 per cent, both have now had rain but lifting conditions are difficult and wastage is high.

In Scotland lifting proceeded in almost ideal conditions last week, although even in the softer ground compared to England there are reports of bruising in a few crops. Some growers have completed lifting, whilst others are finding problems due to lack of boxes for storage.

Common Scab is affecting some crops and a few rots are reported, although generally quality is described as good this season.

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