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Last week the first
Indian Potato Expo was held in Kolkata. Although I was
unable to attend the event myself, I can update you on the
event thanks to a contribution from Parag Jhaveri. As
director of the
Stratafoam division of Belami Fine chemicals
Pvt. Ltd., he is well aware of the developments in the Indian
potato processing sector since his company is the leading
supplier of foam control agents to this Industry.
These were his
- India is one among Top 5 largest potato cultivating
countries in the world. However, due to infrastructure
bottlenecks such as fewer cold storage/transportation
facilities for preservation of potatoes, lack of
proportionate number of potato processors to consume the
abundant supply of potatoes locally, the industry has
not managed to take-off the way it should have. There
was a unanimous call for welcoming new enterprises in
- The government of India just recently started
exports of potatoes to Western world. Various speakers
urged the government to increase the allocation of
potatoes for exports.
- More and more farmers cultivating other crops are
now moving over to potato cultivation as the economics
/yields are more lucrative.
- Speakers from companies such as Frito Lay and McCain
Foods India were also indicating that their companies
were very keen on working closely with farmers to
jointly develop potato varieties that are suitable for
potato chips and fries. These 2 companies have already
added a lot of value to Indian potato farming by having
brought in specialized potato seeds from overseas and
supplying to farmers so that they can improve the potato
crop quality and fetch better yields by selling the crop
back to these companies for processing, thus creating a
win-win situation for everyone.
- In India, the northern state of Punjab remains the
sole pioneer in developing potato seeds suitable for
specialized processing needs of chips and frozen fries
manufacturers. The Central Potato Research Institute in
Jalandhar City, Punjab has been fairly active in potato
seeds research and has seen a lot of positive response
from some farmers to jointly develop improved seed
varieties. A veteran farmer from Punjab - Mr. Hardev
Singh Sangha was honoured for his contributions to
potato farming, with a Life-Time Achievement award at
the hands of the Chief Minister of West Bengal, - Mr.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who thereafter urged his
colleagues and farmers of West Bengal to allocate
resources to develop potato seeds so as to be
self-dependant in this area.
It was proposed to organize this event every other year,
so in case you missed the event this year, you will have
another opportunity January 9-12 2010! If the Indian potato
(processing) industry interests you, you may want to
check out this newsletter as well.
Paul van Eijck
Auction of Snack Processing Equipment of Jay's Foods on
You may have read all about this auction in our "extra
edition" PotatoPro Newsletter of yesterday. If you are in
snack food processing and you did not yet see it,
here you can find more details on this auction in Chicago,
that you can also attend online.
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Sorry for those of you who do not understand Dutch, but this
week I am going to feature an article in Dutch. Since I
realize that a big majority of you can not read this, I will
not make a habit of picking a non-english article! So for
those who can read Dutch: have a look at the
interview with Romain Cools, I enjoyed reading it.
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Potato King Foods ltd
Potato King Foods is an Indian manufacturer of
dehydrated potato products (potato flakes,
potato flour, potato powder, potato granules)
and potato chips. Located in West Bengal.
Covered Bridge Potato Company
Small start-up potato chip producer (kettle
chips) in New Brunswick Canada. Production is
projected to start in May 2008.
Omnivent Techniek B.V.
Omnivent Techniek B.V. is a worldwide supplier
of complete storage technology
PPM Technologies Inc.
PPM Technologies, Inc. is a leading supplier to
the global food processing and packaging
industry. Products include processing equipment
for french fries, potato chips, snacks and dried
potato products. PPM technologies became
independent from FMC Foodtech in 2007.
Stratafoam Division, part of Belami Fine
Chemicals Pvt Ltd is a
leading Indian supplier of foam control agents
(antifoam, defoamers) to the Indian potato
Nedato is a Dutch potato growers cooperation.
Nedato also owns the potato peeling operation
Western Polymer Corp.
Western Polymer Corporation (WPC) of Moses Lake,
Washington, is the largest wet-end cationic
potato starch supplier to the paper industry in
the U.S. Northwest. In addition, WPC supplies
and services paper mills throughout the United
Western Polymer Corp. currently purchases recovered
potato starch from all major North American French
fry and potato chip processors. Western Polymer
Corp. has two facilities that receive recovered
starch: Moses Lake, Washington and Grand Forks,
Jeppo Potatis Ab - Jepuan Peruna Oy
|Jeppo Potatis Ab -
Jepuan Peruna Oy is Finnish potato processor
manufacturing a range of chilled potato products.
Jeppo Potatis is producing vacuum packed cooked
potato products for the food service industry
according to the Sous Vide method. The products are
sold under the marketingbrand JEPO in Finland and
also to other countries. JEPO is the marketleader in