PotatoPro Newsletter January 24, 2007
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From the Editor
These days videos become ever more popular on the internet. PotatoPro does not have any plans to start doing a lot with video. However, as more news with video becomes available on the internet, you may occasionally find links to articles that also contain video.
Why I talk about video is because I found a historical documentary on potato chips processing which I think is worth sharing with you. The CBC documentary was made in 1959 and shows a potato chips line in western Canada that was probably quite modern at the time. The video shows peeling, cutting, washing, deep frying and packing of the potato chips. The whole potato chips process and machinery is still very recognizable. Packaging has probably changed most!
The reason I came across this video is because someone told me he had seen a very compact self contained potato chips line for retail use. He saw it on one of the US television channels, but was unable to find more information on it. Neither did I. So here is a question for all of you: if you know more about this product or know who the manufacturer is, please drop me a line.
And who knows, may be in another 50 years we do not recognize the current equipment anymore.
Paul van Eijck
Potato Starch, Potato Flakes, Potato Granules
Due to the weather conditions in Europe last summer, the potato harvest was significantly lower than normal. We discussed this in this newsletter on several occasions (sept 17, oct 10). The low harvest now results in shortages of several potato products, certainly for potato starch and potato flakes. If you still have these products on offer, please let me know, as I have various clients looking for additional supply.
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