Wednesday, 02 September 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

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

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

McCain Australia has...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

Tolsma-Grisnich and ...

  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

Utz Quality Foods la...

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

Exclusive interview ...

What began with one man's invention more than 100 years ago ...

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

Company launches a n...

  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

The recent Seed Industry Event, organized by British Potato ...

Despite new research showing sales of red potatoes have taken a hit, one British grown variety continues to go from strength to strength.

 

Following Fenmarc's commitment to invest in a PR and marketing campaign for its exclusively grown variety Rudolph, sales are up year-on-year, with a staggering 188% increase in the week prior to Christmas.

A Potato Council report released this month showed that volume and value sales of red potatoes were down 26.5% and 22.5% respectively in last quarter of 2011. In stark contrast, this season's sales to date of Rudolph potatoes are up 57% compared to the same time last year.

Jo Giggs, Fenmarc said: "It's great news that Rudolph potatoes sales continue to grow, especially at a time when reds in general have shown a bit of a downturn. Rudolph has also been a variety we've believed in and invested in, so we're delighted to see our work is paying off."

The sales increase for Rudolph comes amid a marketing campaign that has included: a new brand and strapline - All tastes catered for - created for Rudolph; launch of a new website and twitter feed; deliveries of new season Rudolph to media and chefs; and a tasting day at Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk, with Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year Paul Foster. The campaign has been shortlisted for Trade Marketing Campaign of the Year at this months Grower of the Year awards.

All activity focuses on differentiating Rudolph potatoes from other varieties on the market. With its distinctive red skin, this premium red maincrop potato is extremely versatile and reliable, delivering equally good results across most cooking methods.

Jo Giggs added: "Rudolph's quality has already been recognised by the industry, winning gold in the vegetable category at the True Taste of Food & Drink Wales Awards and being highly commended in the fresh produce category at the Quality food Awards. This sales increase shows that consumers have recognised the quality of Rudolph too."

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