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International Potato Expo marks Successful Event in Charlottetown

International Potato Expo Marks Successful  Event in Charlottetown

International Potato Expo Marks Successful Event in Charlottetown

February 27, 2018
The 2018 edition of the International Potato Technology Expo welcomed professionals from across North America back to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, this past Friday and Saturday. The top industry event took Charlottetown by storm with an impressive display of equipment and products, alongside a sold-out educational conference.

3,362 attendees walked the show floor to check out diverse exhibits from local, regional, national, and international companies. Potato growers, together with the leading manufacturers of equipment and product solutions from across the Maritimes and beyond were in attendance.

Dozens of exhibitors at the show debuted cutting-edge and innovative products including new potato varieties, the latest models of equipment, innovative growing technology, and more.

Show Manager Mark Cusack was pleased to report the success of the event.

Mark Cusack:

“The crowd was very steady and exhibitors were happy with the turnout.”

“We saw professionals of all backgrounds come out to the event – from lifelong growers to children and families of the industry.”

“Comments on the conference were very positive as well. Everything came together at the right time.”
The full educational conference program saw huge success on both days of the show. During some sessions, listeners lined the room with seats completely filled to hear experts speak on informative, relevant topics.

Among the seminar presenters were John Walsh of McCain Foods; Drs. Suqi Li and Christine Noronha of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Dr. Jiwan Palta of the University of Wisconsin; Ryan Barrett, of the PEI Potato Board with a panel of growers including Andrew Lawless and Nathan Ching; Bill Menkveld of Greentronics; and Drs. Andy Robinson and Andrew McKenzie-Gopsill of North Dakota State University and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada.

The International Potato Technology Expo is takes place biennially in Charlottetown with the next edition in 2020.
Companies in this Article
Among a wide range of other activities - Agriculture and Agrifood Canada supports the Canadian Potato Industry with market information and research. The Potato Research Centre is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's network of 19 research centres.
McCain Foods (Canada) is a division of McCain Foods Limited, an international leader in the frozen food industry and the world’s largest processor of French fries and specialty potato products.
North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, more commonly known as North Dakota State University, is a public university in Fargo, in the U.S. state of North Dakota.
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is looking after the interests of the potato industry on Prince Edward Island.
The University of Wisconsin is involved in a range of potato related research programmes.