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Deep Fried Foods - such as French Fries - form a key part of
the menu in most restaurants. However, as consumers become
more health conscious, they may be looking for healthier
menu options. Some consumers are even avoiding fried
Technomic, a company keeping track of the US foodservice
sector, just published the "Future of Fried Foods Consumer
Trend Report". This report takes a detailed look at menus
and consumers to understand where changes are really
This report does include some interesting data on the
preparation of french fries that I want to share with you in
this PotatoPro Newsletter.
A total of 1502 US consumers were interviewed, of which 309
were classified as "Fried Food avoiders" and 452 as "Fried
Food curtailers". They were asked how each of the following
would impact their decision to purchase french fries at a
consumers responding "Definitely would influence me" or
"probably would influence me" for a specific options
Preparing the french fries in a "better-for-you" cooking oil
is something that appeals to all consumers and increases the
likelihood to purchase among "fried food avoiders" and
"fried food curtailers" with respectively 59 and 61%. Since
many restaurants use a better for you cooking oil
(cooking oils in use by various QSR chains), you
may want to make sure that your customers know!
Offering baked french fries instead of fried french fries
especially attracts "avoiders" and "curtailers".
Overall this research by Technomic shows that there are a
number of ways to make french fries a more appealing choice
for health conscious consumers.
Paul van Eijck
We are busy preparing our presence (presentation and
booth) at the Potato Processing and Storage Convention in
Prince Edwards Island. Hope to see you there!
the fat content of foods
As health problems such as obesity, heart disease and
diabetes increase in many developed and developing
countries, the food industry has come under mounting
pressure to improve the nutritional quality of its products.
Summarising key research in this field, this important
collection reviews both the influence of dietary fats on
health and practical strategies for improving the fat
content of food products.
Frying Oil Sensor CapSens5000 (Polar Compounds)
With this unit, you can
easily assess the current
quality of your frying oil. The precise measurement
technique of the new food oil sensor "CapSens 5000“
will reduce your consumption costs for frying oil
significantly and makes the customer feel good. With this
food oil sensor you can measure cold and hot oils at every
stage of the
tools for quality control
French Fries and Potato Specialties
Chips and Snacks
Ingredients for Potato Processing
Potato Supply Chain
Health and Nutrition
Energy and Environment
Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA)
The Potato Growers of Alberta is a non-profit potato
grower association in the Province of Alberta.
Maple Leaf Potatoes
Maple Leaf is a small manufacturer of Frozen
French Fries in Alberta, Canada. Maple leaf
Potatoes is a subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods, a
manufacturer mainly focused on meat products.
Eurofrits is a well known supplier of a range of
potato products, prepared meat and fish products as
well as appetizers in Spain. Eurofrits has a well
established commercial network covering both Spain