News On French Fries and Potato Specialties from Europe

VAVI is affiliated with the Potato Demonstration Day organization
April 15, 2024

VAVI is joining as one of the organizers of the Potato Demonstration Day

As of 2024, the Association for the Potato Processing Industry (VAVI) is joining the organization of Potato Demonstration Day (Aardappeldemodag).
This modern facility, located in Ranst, Belgium, which earned the title of 'Factory of the Future,' last year, embodies Pomuni's commitment to innovation and excellence
March 30, 2024

Pomuni CEO Ben Muyshondt Sees the Market for Frozen Products to Grow in Next 3 to 4 Year

With innovation, resilience, and a commitment to sustainability as its guiding principles, Pomuni is poised to continue its ascent, leaving an indelible mark on the agricultural landscape of Belgium and beyond.
Potato Processor Peka Kroef B.V. Expands Market Dominance with Acquisition of Frespo B.V.
March 18, 2024

Dutch potato processor Peka Kroef B.V. strengthens its position in the market of chilled products with the acquisition of Frespo B.V.

Dutch potato processor Peka Kroef B.V. entered into a purchase agreement with investment company Nimbus on March 14 2024, regarding the acquisition of potato processor Frespo B.V., the former Aviko site in Cuijk.
Nimbus has agreed to acquire CelaVita
March 08, 2024

McCain Foods to sell CelaVita chilled potato business to private investment fund Nimbus

On March 1, 2024, Nimbus entered into a purchase agreement with CelaVita B.V., a member of the McCain Group of companies, to acquire the activities of CelaVita.
Filip Wallays and Hannelore Raes, the CEOs and owners of Agristo.
February 25, 2024

Fries giant Agristo plans fourth production line in Wielsbeke, Belgium

The Agristo factory in Wielsbeke will have a fourth production line. This must guarantee that the frozen potato giant in Belgium continues to grow.
Ecofrost Belgium Expands Operations in Peruwelz!
February 21, 2024

Ecofrost Belgium Expands French Fries production in Peruwelz!

In a move set to redefine the landscape of frozen food production, Ecofrost Belgium, operating under the banner of Côté C, has announced its investment strategy for Peruwelz, Belgium.
Potato Statistics NEPG countries (Excluding Seed and Starch potatoes)
February 06, 2024

Growing potatoes is never a smooth ride!

In season 2023, potato growers in North-western Europe were confronted with difficult weather conditions, a high disease pressure and rising costs.
New frying line to make Belgian fries even tastier
February 06, 2024

New pilot frying line to make Belgian fries even tastier

Nothing as Belgian as a tasty packet of fries. But sustainably producing fries requires a lot of knowledge, development and collaboration with companies and researchers.
Sustainable cooperation in Brabant's potato processing industry
December 27, 2023

Joint project by the potato processing industry in Brabant (the Netherlands) focused on sustainability

Agristo, Peka Kroef, Lamb Weston and Duynie have teamed up to create a groundbreaking partnership with a view to sustainability and ecological awareness.
Largest-ever Dutch TecSource Potato Blancher being installed at Farm Frites Oudenhoorn
December 11, 2023

Dutch TecSource B.V. Installs its largest ever potato blanchers at Farm Frites Oudenhoorn!

Transport, hoisting, and installation of our largest blanchers to date! The two-stage DTS blanching line at Farm Frites Oudenhoorn includes a Short-high blancher with a diameter of 2.6 meters and a length of 7 meters.
Excessive rain delays potato harvest in North-western Europe, creating new uncertainties about the total production (Courtesy: Dewulf)
November 27, 2023

Excessive rain delays potato harvest in North-western Europe, creating new uncertainties about the total production

Due to abundant rainfall, a lot of potatoes in North-western Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France) have not yet been harvested. The lifting period was too short to get the potatoes to the stores in good conditions.
Antti Kuusisto, chairman of Luonnosta Finland and Phil Rayner, Manager of Luonnosta UK
October 02, 2023

Luonnosta Finland Oy establishes a subsidiary in the United Kingdom

Luonnosta Finland Oy and Phil Rayner announced the establishment of Luonnosta UK Ltd. Luonnosta’s strategy for several years has been to develop international business and strengthen networks worldwide.
Agristo and Tereos sign MOU for the acquisition of the site of the former sugar factory in Escaudœuvres for the construction of a frozen potato production plant
August 28, 2023

Agristo buys closed Tereos sugar factory in France to construct a new frozen potato processing plant

Agristo is planning to set up a production unit for frozen potato products in France, creating 350 jobs and requiring an investment of €350 million. Today, Tereos has signed an MOU with Agristo, enabling this project on the site of its former sugar factory in Escaudœuvres, in the North of France.
Innovations in Hydrocutting Technology – By Kiremko
July 24, 2023

Innovations in Hydrocutting Technology – By Kiremko

Cutting potatoes is one of the primary processes in a potato processing line. There have been some significant developments the last couple of years in the way processors cut their raw material.
Together for a greener future: Farm Frites Sustainability Report 2022
July 24, 2023

Potato Processor Farm Frites publishes its Sustainability Report for 2022

With the most disruptive phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, Farm Frites team was able to place renewed focus on reaching their sustainability goals in 2022.
The 30th anniversary of Farm Frites Poland Dwa
July 13, 2023

The 30th anniversary of Farm Frites Poland Dwa

On June 29 potato processor Farm Frites Poland Dwa celebrated its 30th anniversary by organizing the conference '1993-2023-2053. Past-Present-Future of agriculture in Poland'.
July 08, 2023

Potato acreage in North-western Europe up 2 to 3 percent. Questions about total production remain

The North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimate the area of ware potatoes has increased by 2 to 3%. This is slightly higher than the record in 2020, when it was 522.000 ha for the EU-4 (NL, BE, DE, FR).
How Agristo have kept Brexit impact to a minimum
June 30, 2023

Frozen Potato manufacturer Agristo explains how they have kept Brexit impact to a minimum

Agristo is now a good 2 years into the finalization of Brexit. The French Fry company can look back up to this day and safely say Agristo has done everything to uphold one of its core values, which is to service and unburden their clients in any way possible.


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