Monday, 31 August 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

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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

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  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

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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

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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

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

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

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Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

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New research by Mintel has revealed that almost 100 per cent of British people eat potatoes with more than one in four scoffing spuds more often now than ever.

Despite falling out of favour, potato sales have grown 27 per cent since 2004 and were valued at £1.7 billion in 2009.

Furthermore sales are set to increase by six per cent within the next five years to a volume of 2.3 million tonnes at a cost of £2 billion.

Ben Perkins, senior food and drink analyst at Mintel said: "Flying in the face of low-carb diet trends of the past, our research finds that potatoes are a staple food eaten by almost all the population, and sales are rising. Recent economic conditions have provided an ideal opportunity for the industry to tap into trends such as nostalgia and indulgence. Indeed, as the recession has progressed, British consumers have been turning to classic comfort foods, many of which use potatoes as a key ingredient, such as Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash and Shepherd's Pie."

Only 9 per cent of Brits confessed to cutting back on their spud intake with 6 per cent believing them to be fattening.

Two-thirds of potato purchases were fresh, with 20 per cent opting for frozen chips and just 2 per cent for chilled.

Decline was only reported in the purchase of canned (25 per cent) and dehydrated (21 per cent) potatoes.

Perkins added: "Engaging consumers with all types of potatoes in different parts of their diet will be key to encouraging future growth. As the economy recovers, consumers will trade back up to premium products, creating opportunities for organic products and premium named varieties. Convenience and health will continue to be the driving forces behind the market, with future new product development likely to feature functional benefits as potatoes revive their healthy image."

 

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