Potato News from New Zealand
New Zealand potato chips manufacturer Bluebird bags USD 66m for expansion
May 09, 2023New Zealand potato chips manufacturer Bluebird says its parent company PepsiCo has invested over USD 66 million into the development of its Auckland factory, with a USD 26m-plus vending machine packing machine under construction.
Potatoes New Zealand meeting on the benefits of IPM: Big savings by reducing insecticide use.
May 04, 2023By adopting integrated pest management (IPM) practices growers are not on their own, Australian entomologist, Dr Paul Horne, told Pukekohe potato growers at a Potatoes New Zealand research update breakfast meeting in late March.
Chris Claridge resigns as CEO of Potatoes New Zealand
February 13, 2023Potatoes New Zealand has announced the resignation of its chief executive, Chris Claridge. He has been in the role for a total of seven years, since 2015.
Potato processor McCain Foods sets decarbonisation milestone in Timaru plant (New Zealand)
December 02, 2022Timaru’s McCain vegetable processing factory in New Zealand is now producing french fries using a boiler system powered by woodchips instead of coal, seeking to minimise waste by 20 per cent.
Potatoes New Zealand: Frozen Potatoes Trade Report September 2022
September 30, 2022Exports of frozen fries from Belgium and the Netherlands to New Zealand have more than doubled in the quarter ending July 2022. These exports will be arriving presently, given shipping lead-times.
McCain Foods (NZ) - Timaru is switching from coal to wood chips for its french fries
June 14, 2022A NZD 5.6 million (about USD 3.5 million) project to eliminate CO2 emissions and reduce demand for heating fuel at McCain’s Timaru factory will soon use woodchips to make their frozen french fries.
World's largest potato? No, not a potato at all!
March 17, 2022When is a potato not a potato? When it's a tuber of a gourd, according to Guinness World Records. A New Zealand couple who believed they had dug up the world's largest potato in the garden of their small farm near Hamilton
A Potato So Big Even Guinness World Records Doesn't Believe It
January 26, 2022Colin and Donna Craig-Brown found the questionably large potato growing in their yard in November 2021. They even named the potato Dug and submitted their surprisingly large find to Guinness World Records (via Food & Wine).
Wyma: Moving from reactive to preventative maintenance
April 30, 2021Investing in pack-house equipment usually means a notable cash outlay for any grower, packer, or processor. Making the effort to look after your equipment with regular care and maintenance will extend the life of your investment, saving you time and money.
Level of dumping of frozen processed potato in New Zealand no threat to local industry, government report says
April 25, 2021In New Zealand, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released its Interim Report (Essential Facts and Conclusions) on the investigation into European dumping of frozen processed potato into the NZ market.
Pukekawa (NZ) trials to control the Potato Tuber Moth
March 14, 2021Two trials in Pukekawa, New Zealand, are showing some early promise for potato growers when it comes to greater control of the potato tuber moth, Phthorimaea operculella (PTM).
TOMRA Food sets new standards in grading accuracy with SmartGrade software on its Spectrim platform
March 02, 2021TOMRA Food introduces SmartGrade on its Spectrim platform. The new system puts the packhouse in control of grading with such accuracy that it is able to pack fruit to maximize sales by matching the specific requirements of the individual customers.