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Take a tour of the Bluebird chips South Auckland factory.

New Zealand potato chips manufacturer Bluebird bags USD 66m for expansion

May 09, 2023
New 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.
Big savings in reducing insecticide use.

Potatoes New Zealand meeting on the benefits of IPM: Big savings by reducing insecticide use.

May 04, 2023
By 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

Chris Claridge resigns as CEO of Potatoes New Zealand

February 13, 2023
Potatoes 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.
McCain sets decarbonisation milestone in Timaru plant

Potato processor McCain Foods sets decarbonisation milestone in Timaru plant (New Zealand)

December 02, 2022
Timaru’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.
PNZ Frozen Potatoes Trade Report No.3 Sept. 2022

Potatoes New Zealand: Frozen Potatoes Trade Report September 2022

September 30, 2022
Exports 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.
Engineering project manager Lenard Smythe at McCain Foods (NZ) - Timaru( left) and plant manager Jordan Jurcina with wood chips that will be used to replace coal in their boilers.

McCain Foods (NZ) - Timaru is switching from coal to wood chips for its french fries

June 14, 2022
A 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.
This tuber, which weighs a whopping 7.9 kilograms, won't get a Guinness World Record for heaviest potato, because turns out it's not a potato at all. Courtesy: Donna Craig-Brown/The Associated Press

World's largest potato? No, not a potato at all!

March 17, 2022
When 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.

A Potato So Big Even Guinness World Records Doesn't Believe It

January 26, 2022
Colin 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

Wyma: Moving from reactive to preventative maintenance

April 30, 2021
Investing 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.
The MBIE head office on Stout Street, Wellington (the former Defence House)

Level of dumping of frozen processed potato in New Zealand no threat to local industry, government report says

April 25, 2021
In 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.


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