Friday, 11 July 2014

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

Global potato processor McCain Foods is using drone technology to monitor potato fields, with the help of the cameras and sensors drones use.

Next World Potato Congress to Be Hosted by China

David Thompson, President of World Potato Congress Inc., announced recently that Yanqing County, Beijing City, China has been selected as the site of the 9th International World Potato Congress to be held in July

Your Potato Europe VIP Ticket Is on Us!

As media partners of the event in Bockerode/Hanover, Germany, Potato Processing International and Potato Storage International is inviting 20 lucky readers to win a VIP tour of the fair in September 3-4.

EU Estimates a Large Potato Harvest

The potato harvest in the EU will be 4.4% larger this year than last year, MARS estimates, the European Commission's research bureau in the area of agrarian products.

Your Potato Europe VIP Ticket Is on Us!

Your Potato Europe VIP Tic...

As media partners of the event in Bockerode/Hanover, Germany, Potato Processing International and Potato...

Pack Expo Preview: New Show Feature

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PMMI, owner and producer of Pack Expo International and the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) are bri...

Potatoes in Practice grows for growers

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With up to 1,000 industry visitors expected, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), sponsored by Potato Council, is...

Kickstarter Helps Fund Potato Salad

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Kickstarter is the host of a more unusual project involving the processing of potatoes, by one man, wit...

Potato Council Seeks “Digital Potato Ambassadors”

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Potato Council is searching for enthusiastic, social media-savvy volunteers to join a team of ‘Digital ...

EU Estimates a Large Potato Harvest

EU Estimates a Large Potat...

The potato harvest in the EU will be 4.4% larger this year than last year, MARS estimates, the European...

Ishida Introduces Fast Snack Packing Solution

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Ishida Europe has introduced single and twin high speed snacks packing systems, comprising either a 14-...

Ishida Reveals Ultrasonic Technology

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Ishida Europe has introduced ultrasonic technology into its Atlas range of bagmakers.

Florigo delivers 500th Steam Peeler

Florigo delivers 500th Ste...

Florigo has recently delivered its latest steam peeler technology to a large vegetable processor in Fra...

Lay's Launches Football-Themed Flavours

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UK Ingredients Firm Targets Booming Food Market in Asia

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 Kiremko’s Sliver Remover Gets Upgraded

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The Kiremko sliver remover has undergone a major innovatio...

Lamb Weston Introduces Sweet ‘n Savour Fries Range

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Lamb Weston has introduced a new Sweet Potato Fries range: S...

Cutting Equipment Delivers Themed Potato Slices

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Sophisticated Potato Inspection

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Improvements in sorting machinery are aimed at many grower...

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

McCain Foods to Help...

Global potato processor McCain Foods is using drone techno...

Open Farm Sunday 2014 Review

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Farmers and their helpers celebrated this weekend the posi...

Potato Council’s Cheshire Potato Event to Gather all North West Potato Growers

Potato Council’s Che...

North West potato growers, advisors and agronomists will m...

Marrone Bio Innovations and DSM Food Specialties Sign R&D Agreement

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Innova Market Insights has identified ten key trends to impact the food and beverage market through 2012 and beyond.

The top trends relate to purity, authenticity and sustainability, as consumers continue to look for products with added value, despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.

Innova will present the top trends at Food Ingredients Europe (Paris, Stand: 4D13).

A special webinar will provide a 20 minute sneak peak of next year's trends today (Wednesday) at 4pm (Central European Time), 10am (Eastern Standard Time).

1. "Pure" is the New Natural: Natural products are becoming the rule rather than the exception in most western markets, despite ongoing issues with a clear definition of what "natural" encompasses. One way around this has been marketing the "purity" of a product, with Innova Market Insights reporting a doubling in the number of products using the word "pure" between 2008 and 2009, with a further third added in 2010 and considerably more in 2011.

2. Green is a Given: Corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies have taken on an increasingly important role. The focus is on reducing carbon emissions or packaging, or creating higher welfare or fairly traded lines. The "ingredientization" of commodities is also moving forward, with previously untapped waste materials used for their potential functional and health benefits.

3. Location, Location, Location: Interest in where their foods are coming from has never been higher among consumers. This is being driven by an interest in supporting local suppliers, a desire for ethnic-style lines, concerns over the quality and safety of imported products, or the demand for authenticity in terms of products from a particular country or region.

4. Premium Stands Out: Despite austerity measures topping the agenda yet again from mid-2011, a premium positioning provides many benefits. Consumers still have to eat and are likely to look increasingly to the extremes of discount or super-premium products, with center-ground brands squeezed. A premium treat can be justified as an affordable indulgence during difficult economic times, particularly if it can also encompass a better-for-you element.

5. Seniors Draw Attention: Companies are starting to address the needs of an aging population, both in terms of packaging functionality and of general and specific health concerns. New EU regulations on labeling should also help seniors by improving the clarity and visibility of nutritional information. Various recent moves have been made in US front-of-pack labeling.

The other five trends identified by Innova Market Insights are:
6. Forty is the New Twenty
7. Grounded in Science
8. Regulators Force a Rethink
9. Unmeasurable Niches
10. Boom for Protein

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