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Potato News from New Zealand

First time detection of Potato Mop-Top Virus (MPTV) in New Zealand
Biosecurity New Zealand is working with Potatoes New Zealand to respond to a detection of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) in potato tubers in Canterbury. Though common around the world, it is the first time the virus has been found in New Zealand.
New Zealand runs three months of trials with Pulsed Electric Field Technology (PEF) at McCain Foods
In New Zealand, a three month test of a new Pulsed Electric Field Technology (PEF) unit from Elea, from Germany, started at McCain Foods Timaru and involves industrial-scale food processing of french fries.
Do some potato-growing soils suppress powdery scab?
A research project in New Zealand is determining if different field soils affect development of powdery scab on potatoes, and whether soil physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics influence this important potato disease.
New Zealand potato prices almost double in a decade
The price of potatoes in New Zealand has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.
Wet weather causes potato shortage in new Zealand
Stocks of the potato chips are stretched thin as New Zealand battles a nationwide potato shortage after the wet winter. UPDATE: it turns grocery stores right now have NO shortage in stocks after all...
Finding opportunities to save energy in potato processing: McCain Foods Timaru
Management at one of McCain Foods’ processing plants in Timaru, New Zealand, has found over 100 opportunities for improvement in its logistics following a two day “energy blitz” from employees.