Sunday, 26 March 2017

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Potato Grower Awarded with NFU’s Highest Honor

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Global Frozen Fries Market Reaches USD19bn

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  The global frozen French fries market was worth around USD19bn in 2016 growing at a CAGR of around 3...

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  2016 was an absolute record year for the Belgian potato procession sector, according to Belgapom, th...

Exclusive: Asian Demand Drives US Exports of French Fries in 2016

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  Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, based in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the USA, included with the latest expansion of...

TOMRA Presents the Latest Sorting Machine at ProfoodTech 2017

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Key Technology Introduces Infeed and Collection Conveyors for Veryx

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  Key Technology has introduced new product-specific infeed and collection conveyors for their new Ver...

Exclusive Interview: Branston - We Work to Improve Varieties and Develop Tastier Potatoes

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Two years on from launching the search for its first ever team of Potato Ambassadors, the UK's Potato Council is looking to recruit new members to get involved in marketing activity and help spread the word that potatoes are healthy, tasty, versatile, easy-to-prepare and great value for money.

Corporate affairs manager for Potato Council, Maria Ball, said: "The current Ambassadors signed up to get involved in Potato Council marketing activity following an appeal at BP2009. Of the many who applied, ten were chosen to represent England, Scotland and Wales.

"Since their appointment, all have worked hard to reinforce the positive messages about potatoes and to build a closer affinity between the industry and consumers.

"The Potato Ambassadors have helped with making TV programmes about food, such as Channel 4's ‘Food: What Goes in your Basket?' and, ‘The Great British Food Revival' that is currently being repeated on BBC2.

"Our Ambassadors have also spoken with their local press and radio stations to help the industry communicate positive messages about potatoes, as well as attending regional road shows as part of our Many Faces of Potatoes campaign and the nutrition events for mums this autumn.

"The Ambassadors have been exposed to an audience of over 19 million consumers, across press, consumer magazines, radio, internet, road shows and TV, showing the public the dedication and passion that goes into producing potatoes."

Maria added: "It is imperative that we continue to engage with consumers, particularly the younger generation, to demonstrate that potatoes can be versatile, nutritious and an easy weekday meal option.

"That is why we are offering others the opportunity to sign up and join the team now.

"We know that growers and packers are busy people, but the role of a Potato Ambassador shouldn't take up more than a few days in total over the course of a year.

"As an Ambassador, we would like to be able to call on you from time to time to attend regional and national events or speak to your local newspaper or radio station.

"You could be asked to visit a local school to talk to children participating in our Grow Your Own Potatoes project. Of course if you have your own ideas about how to appeal to consumers, then so much the better!"

The Potato Ambassadors initiative has delivered £1.2m of PR coverage in consumer press and broadcast media, with around 19m opportunities to see positive messages about potatoes. £64,000 worth of coverage was generated in the trade press.

To register your interest in becoming a Potato Ambassador or for more information about what's involved, call Maria Ball on 024 7647 8773 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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