Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEurope 2016

Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEu...

  The innovations introduced by ARVALIS - Institut du végétal and its technical partners at Potat...

Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep Potatoes Trendy”

Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep ...

On he occasion of the Europatat Congress, we have had the opportunity to interview Mr. Kees van Aren...

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations Over 23 Hectares

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations...

 PotatoEurope is the largest open-field event devoted to the potato in Europe, which will cover an...

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

  The comments on the UK decision to leave EU assaulted media and social networks.

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period after Brexit

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period af...

  UK food manufacturers face a "very challenging period" in the wake of the country's decisi...

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm Electronics Limited

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm E...

  Tolsma-Grisnich, a leading Dutch specialist in intelligent storage technology for potatoes, onions a...

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato with a Sorting Solution from TOMRA

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato wi...

 The Nedato is a cooperative of 500 farmers, which has been producing quality potatoes to customers acr...

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Transfer Machine

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Tra...

   Tong Engineering is set to introduce a new Cleaner Loader crop transfer machine to its latest range...

Kiremko Builds a New French Fries Line in Belgium

Kiremko Builds a New French Fries Line in Belgium

  Kiremko announced they had started to build a new French fries line in Belgium, with a capacity of 1...

McCain Foods Invests USD65m in Expanding Its French Fries Plant in Canada

McCain Foods Invests...

McCain Foods (Canada) announced a major investment of USD6...

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

Branston Began the E...

The UK potato supplier Branston has begun work on its GBP5...

Processed Potatoes in EU Worth EUR10b in 2014

Processed Potatoes i...

  Processed potatoes (mainly frozen chips and crisps) wer...

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

Aviko Introduces a G...

 The potato processor Aviko is supporting caterers during ...

Americans Were Asked which Lay's Flavors Stay and which Go

Americans Were Asked...

   For the first time in brand history, the Lay's brand a...

Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

Scientists Reveal Po...

  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

Kangaroo Island Potato Producer Wins the “Mini MBA” for Farmers

Kangaroo Island Pota...

 Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been nam...

CEJA President: Losing Young Farmers Puts the Future of European Food Production at Risk

CEJA President: Losi...

  CEJA President, Alan Jagoe, addressed EU agriculture mi...

Researchers Develop Nutrient-rich Purple Potato

Researchers Develop ...

  A group of researchers from CSU have recently developed...

Search Begins for Scottish Strategic Potato Farm

Search Begins for Sc...

  AHDB has announced the quest for the first farmer host ...

The makers of Walkers crisps have set a goal to cut carbon emissions and water use in its crops 50 per cent by 2015.

PepsiCo has become the latest conglomerate to unveil strict new agricultural targets.

Under the initiative, farmers growing potatoes, apples and oats for PepsiCo UK and Ireland have started testing internet crop management tools, low carbon fertilisers and greener machinery in a bid to halve carbon emissions and water usage across PepsiCo core crops within just five years.

The target, neatly dubbed '50 to 5' was confirmed in PepsiCo's first Sustainable Farming Report, published today.

To help deliver the target some of PepsiCo's 350 farms have started to test 'icrop', a web-based crop management tool developed with Cambridge University, which allows growers to track crop inputs and outputs and accurately calculate water use and carbon emissions.

Potato farmers will be able to use a computerised carbon calculator called The Cool Farm Tool, which shows how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted during each part of the agricultural cycle in an attempt to help farmers understand how much carbon results from different practices.

PepsiCo claims to be the largest buyer of British potatoes since switching to 100 per cent British potatoes in 2007 for Walkers crisps; and says it is one of the UK's largest purchasers of British oats and apples.

Richard Evans, president of PepsiCo UK and Ireland said: "Farming is in the DNA of our business - we rely on British produce every day and sustainable agriculture is essential to our future. In partnership with our 350 UK farmers, I'm confident that we will realise our aim to reduce carbon emissions and water used in farming by 50% over the next five years."

The move comes just days after supermarket giant Walmart announced a major new sustainable agriculture strategy designed to increase its use of local produce and better promote best practices across its supply chain.

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