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Every day we go through a large number of publications
related to the potato and potato products. Hence, we see the
good and the bad of what is written on this topic. Then we
pick out the interesting bits and pieces that we present
here on PotatoPro.
However, sometimes we come across publications that we do
not know what to make of. How about this title:
"World's first potato that peels itself", published on
April 2, in Marie-Claire, a major women's lifestyle magazine
in the United Kingdom. Sure sounds like an April fools joke
to me. The fact that there wasn't any other trace of this
news in other magazines made me only more suspicious. But
the article started with:
"No, this isn't a left over April Fool's gag, but a
ground-breaking new variety of potato which can actually
And continued with:
There's no need to suffer the boring process of peeling
potatoes for your Sunday roast as this new potato
miraculously grows without a skin."
So did biotechnologists really do the unthinkable in
making the potato more convenient?
A little digging revealed the truth behind the story: the
Marie-Claire journalists fell for an April fools joke
themselves! The original story was carefully crafted by the
Complete Media Group as part of their publicity campaign for
Real Food Festival that will be held in London Earl's Court
from April 24 - 27, where "world's easiest to cook spud"
supposedly would have been launched. Compliments, you even
But why peel a potato anyhow? Eating them with skin on is
Paul van Eijck
PS. Please let us know if you came across other potato
related April fools jokes.
offers to purchase Complete Frozen Foods Processing Plant
In case you missed our dedicated mailing on this topic
here is a last minute notification:
- A complete, installed plant of machinery, equipment, & product dies, commissioned in 2005, which produced a unique, natural, & healthy food product, known as "Funsters"
- "Funsters" are individually quick frozen mashed potato alphabet letters, which were sold under the "Funster" label, & "Private" labels, to major supermarkets, specialty food retailers, & foodservice operators, etc., in Canada & the U.S.A.
- "Original Funsters" ingredients are potatoes, filtered water, canola oil, potato starch, sea salt, & no additives
- "Funsters" are cooked by baking in an oven, toaster oven, or grilled
- future production was planned for Broccoli, & Sweet Potato "Funsters", & for other products such as vegetable letters, potato pucks, potato pancakes, cheese/potato fries, etc.
- the Funster plant had an "Auditech Food Safety & Quality Systems Certification"
- the Assets also lend themselves to the production of various other food products
- additional product information, etc., can be found at the company's website www.funsterfoods.com
and Diseases of Potatoes - A Colour Handbook
Just released: The Colour Handbook provides a practical reference for
professionals and students involved with potato production,
handling and storage worldwide. The text is illustrated with
some 235 superb colour photographs of affected crops to aid
in the rapid and accurate identification of disease.
Potato Harvester Mister
This versatile spray unit can be fitted to most potato
harvesters. It delivers a fine mist spray of water onto
potatoes as they are lifted from the ground.
Mist spraying in this way has been shown to reduce
bruising during the harvesting operation, particularly in
dry harvest conditions.
The water dampens both the potatoes and the rollers in
the harvester. This lubricates the passage of the potatoes
over the top of the rollers and helps to prevent the
potatoes being pinched and damaged by the rollers.
The frame of the Harvester Mister has been designed to be
fitted to the framework of most potato harvesters. The spray
boom can be positioned so that water can be directed in the
most effective way onto the potatoes and rollers.
As the quality of the potato crop becomes ever more
important, the Harvester Mister will help to maximise
return and minimise the risk of rejection.
French Fries and Potato Specialties
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Chips and Snacks
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Dehydrated Potato Products
More News on Dehydrated Potato Products
on Potato Starch
Other Potato Products
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Potato Supply Chain
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Health and Nutrition
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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
|Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is an American public
corporation that runs a chain of large, discount
department stores. It is the world's largest
public corporation by revenue, according to
the 2007 Fortune Global 500. Founded by Sam
Walton in 1962, it was incorporated on October
31, 1969, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange
in 1972. It is the largest private employer
in the world and the fourth largest utility
or commercial employer, trailing the Chinese
army, the British National Health Service, and
the Indian Railways. Wal-Mart is the largest
grocery retailer in the United States, with
an estimated 20% of the retail grocery and consumables
business. Wal-Mart operates in Mexico as Walmex,
in the UK as ASDA, and in Japan as Seiyu. It
has wholly-owned operations in Argentina, Brazil,
Canada, Puerto Rico, and the UK.
|Frente is a holding company that manufactures
and distributes confectionery through its
subsidiaries. The company's products include
potato chips, corn chips, and popcorn snacks.
It also offers mint tablets, fruit tablets
and soft candies. The company primarily
operates in Japan and Taiwan. It is headquartered
in Tokyo, Japan.
Fairfield Farm Crisps
|Fairfield Farm Crisps is a small UK chips manufacturer.
Fairfield Farm chips are made from potatoes
grown on the three-generation family farm in
Essex and are sliced with their skins on before
being hand-cooked in sunflower oil and enhanced
with natural flavourings.