Potato News from Australia
Ballarat potato growers ask McCain Foods for 78 percent price increase
August 11, 2022
Potato farmers in the Ballarat region are demanding a pay rise for their produce, claiming McCain Foods does not pay a fair price for the popular mealtime vegetable. Last season McCain Foods paid growers an average of AUD 0.33 (about USD 0.23)
Tasmanian potato growers start ditching spuds after stalemate on price negotiations with potato processors
August 06, 2022
Potato processor Simplot Australia has refused to budge on its second price offer to Tasmanian farmers for their potato crop this season. Farmers met on Wednesday night to discuss the impasse with the company.
In shift away from plastic, Pringles replaces plastic cap of 53 g pack with foil laminate seal
July 24, 2022
Snack brand Pringles has had a change to the packaging of its 53g varieties, with the plastic cap removed and replaced with a foil laminate seal, made by Sonoco.
Simplot and Potato farmers of Tasmania in standoff over rising prices
July 18, 2022
Farmers have rejected a second price offer made by food manufacturer Simplot for their potato crop this season.
Simplot Australia announces USD 70 million investment in vegetable processing in New South Wales, Australia
July 11, 2022
Simplot Australia has announced an AUD 65 million (about USD 44 million) upgrade to its Bathurst manufacturing facility and acquisiton of farming land in the Central West region of New South Wales valued at AUD 40 million.
Australian potato company Zerella Fresh focused on consistent potato quality and high throughput
May 21, 2022
Zerella Fresh was founded in 1936 (Virginia, South of Australia) and is since 2009 a part of the Pye Group family. Zerella is committed to being Australia’s leading supplier and marketer of fresh produce.
West-Australian Potato farmers 'doing it for nothing' warn of mass exodus amid stagnant prices
May 06, 2022
West-Australian Potato farmers are warning that growers will walk away from the industry as cost pressures make the staple crop unviable in Australia.
Potatoes in Australia: mashing previous records
February 16, 2022
Developed by Freshlogic, the annual Horticulture Statistics Handbook includes the latest available data on 75 different categories across fruit, vegetable, nut, nursery, and cut flowers in Australia.
Potatoes Australia Growers Profile: Nicole Stevens
October 27, 2021
Nicole Stevens traveled to Australia from the United Kingdom after completing her science and tourism management studies. Her career pathway has now diverted to horticulture.
McCain Foods Tasmania installs Pulsemaster PEF-tech innovation, reduces water use by more than 100,000 litres per day
October 09, 2021
McCain Foods has installed proprietary world-leading technology in the form of a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) generator, as part of the company’s latest upgrade to its Smithton plant in Tasmania.