Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Purple Magic Potato Running for the Invent Awards

Purple Magic Potato Running for the Invent Awards

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yummex Middle East: Double-digit Growth for the 10th Anniversary

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UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

 The UK’s top 10 new fish and chip shops have been announced by the 2017 National Fish and Chip Aw...

Syngenta Has a New President Global Seeds and North America

Syngenta Has a New President Global Seeds and North Ame...

 Syngenta has announced the appointment of Jeff Rowe to the new role of President Global Seeds and Nort...

ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

 ConAgra Foods has announced that it has acquired the packaged foods businesses of Frontera Foods and R...

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

 Food processing and packaging supplier tna has expanded its team in Asia, with the appointments of a n...

Key Technology Launches Website in German

Key Technology Launches Website in German

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Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters to Europe

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Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to Grow

Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to ...

 Aperitivos y Extrusionados (Apex), now one of Spain’s top three snack food manufacturers, uses Ishida ...

Nigeria Has a New Potato Processing Plant

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DQ System Launches Potato Skins Snack

DQ System Launches P...

 Dairy Queen brand has unveiled a new line of oven-hot sna...

US Processed 5% Less Potatoes in 2015

US Processed 5% Less...

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Lay’s Chalet Sauce Potato Chips Available in Canadian Retail

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  Frito-Lay Core Global Brands, PepsiCo Foods Canada, a...

Cambodia Opens First Potato Research Centre

Cambodia Opens First...

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Land-Grant Universities Bolster the US Potato Genebank’s Impact

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New Variety of Innate Potato Approved

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  The J.R. Simplot Company has completed a voluntary cons...

The Use of Nicotine-based Pesticides Limited in Minnesota

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Greenpeace Issues Blacklist for Pesticides in EU

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Costs of Developing GM Potatoes Comparable to Conventional Varieties

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Niche items do not always do well in a recession, however, specialty potatoes have done surprisingly well during the recent economic downturn.

"One of the things that I thought would be affected by the economy was the growth of the varieties - reds, yellows and fingerlings," said Don Odiorne, vice president of foodservice for the Idaho Potato Commission, Eagle. "But if anything they've held strong. I think they're expanding."

The U.S. Potato Board, Denver, said in its second quarter report that premium russets, organics, and red skin and yellow flesh varieties experienced double-digit dollar growth year over year.

The recession actually boosted premium potatoes at retail, the board said, because consumers are dining out less often.

Shoppers also took advantage of lower prices by trading up from "mainstream and bargain products" to gourmet items. Retailers responded by increasing the number of premium stock-keeping units by 9%, the report said.

Foodservice, however, gets some of the credit for the growth in specialty items, said Kevin Stanger, senior vice president of sales for Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

"It starts in foodservice," he said. "Consumers see how something is prepared and how it's used at a restaurant. It's like what happened with sweet potatoes. Some restaurant chains are carrying sweet potatoes, and people see how good they are. Then you start seeing it carry over to retail."

 

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