Friday, 28 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

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The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

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

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  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

Indian Government wi...

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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A television campaign helped boost profits at Scotland-based vegetable giant Albert Bartlett by 67.6 per cent last year to £9.9 million.

The company screened adverts for its red-skinned Rooster brand featuring Desperate Housewives' actress Marcia Cross, during breaks in hit shows including The X Factor, I'm A Celebrity and Coronation Street.

This helped double penetration of the brand to 16 per cent of UK households, delivered value and volume growth of more than 100 per cent and boosted its share to 5 per cent of the UK potato market, reported The Herald.

A later tie-up with Disney saw the company produce packaging featuring Toy Story 3, 2010's highest grossing film.

This increased penetration of Rooster further to 29 per cent of households.

The family-owned company, which caught the headlines with its indigo-coloured "Purple Majesty" potatoes last year, still suffered a 8.6 per cent drop in turnover from £149.2m to £136.3m for the year ended May 31, 2010, according to accounts filed with Companies House.

But a sharp fall in administrative expenses meant an increase in operating profit from £7.3m to £10.2m. Pre-tax profit was up from £5.9m to £9.9m.

The profit leap was achieved despite Albert Bartlett writing £8.3m off the value of its operation in Boston, Lincolnshire.

The directors, headed by owner Ronnie Bartlett, said in a statement accompanying the accounts that the trading performance was "satisfactory" given the economic conditions.

They added: "The external market remains extremely difficult as major retailers continue to battle for market share."

Supermarket core own label produce accounts for the largest volume area of business for the company, which is one of the largest vegetable growers and packaging firms in the UK.

But the directors added: "The area of premium own label and brand continues to be a growing share as a result of variety, innovation and increasing customer loyalty in the area."

It said its marketing campaigns during the year were its biggest investment to date and "delivered a significant step on for the generic Albert Bartlett brand and the Rooster sub brand".

"Innovation and consumer advertising is building value and attracting new and younger consumers to the fresh potato fixture, which will build a strong consumer base for the long-term benefit of the category," they added.

The launch of "Purple Majesty" potatoes in October, after the end of the financial year in question was another major publicity, coup for the company.

Among the charitable donations made by Albert Bartlett during the year was £50,000 given to the University of Edinburgh.

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