Potato News from Northern America

Potato Grading: Consistent Product Quality at Wada Farms
June 16, 2024

Wada Farms surpasses its ROI in the very first year using optical grading technology for its potatoes

Kip Yeates, Vice President of Fresh Operations at potato company Wada Farms, highlights the success of their partnership with Ellips in enhancing potato grading efficiency and quality consistency, exceeding initial expectations and paving the way for future advancements in AI-driven grading technology.
Delegation from the Phillipines visits the PEI Potato Board
June 16, 2024

Prince Edward Island Potato Industry Welcomes Delegation from The Philippines

The PEI Potato Board recently welcomed a 15 member delegation from the
Peter Dawe, Chief Growth & Strategy Officer of McCain Foods, delivering his address at the Digital Innovation Summit.
June 11, 2024

UNB’s McKenna Institute announces investment in digital agriculture led by potato processor McCain Foods

The McKenna Institute at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) announced a CAD 3.75 million (USD 2.7 million) investment from a partnership led by potato processor McCain Foods that will revolutionize digital agriculture, progress regenerative farming practices and minimize the impact of climate change on farmland.
Processed Potato Market Size Outlook (USD Billion)
June 09, 2024

Global Processed Potatoes Market to grow over 5 percent annually according to Technavio report

The processed potatoes market size is forecast to increase by USD 45 billion at a CAGR of 5.34% between 2024 and 2028. Market expansion is contingent on several factors, such as an increasing emphasis on expanding production capacities for potato processing.
FPS Food process solutions global headcount reaches 1000 strong
June 05, 2024

FPS Food Process Solutions reaches global headcount of 1000

FPS Food Process Solutions, a global leader in turn-key food processing solutions, reaches a global headcount of over 1,000 employees in 20 locations on six continents. 
In December 2023, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 30 as the International Day of Potato.
May 28, 2024

Prince Edward Island Celebrates Inaugural International Day of Potato

The potato industry on PEI is excited to celebrate the inaugural International Day of Potato. In December 2023, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 30 as the International Day of Potato.
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Justin Spannuth, VP and Chief Operations Officer of Unique Snacks
May 20, 2024

SNAC International Inducts 2024-2025 Officers and Directors at Highly Attended SNX Event

SNAC International Business Members unanimously approved a new slate of officers to serve on the Executive Committee, as well as a new class of Directors-at-Large to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors. 
SunChips Harvest Cheddar and Munchies
May 20, 2024

Frito Lay Canada recalls Sunchips ® harvest cheddar and munchies ® original snack mix out of an abundance of caution due to possible health risk

Frito Lay Canada has announced that out of an abundance of caution it is voluntarily recalling SunChips Harvest Cheddar Flavour Multigrain Snacks and Munchies Original Snack Mix.
Washington State Potato growers
May 19, 2024

Sustainable Farming Thrives in Washington State

Washington State's potato farmers are leading the charge in sustainable agriculture. They harness the state's rich resources to produce high-quality crops while preserving the environment for future generations.
Most Innovative New Product Awards at Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024
May 14, 2024

Sweets & Snacks Expo Announces 2024 Most Innovative New Product Awards Winners

Sweets & Snacks Expo has announced the winners of the 2024 Most Innovative New Product Awards, recognizing excellence in 13 categories and showcasing the most innovative ideas, concepts, and products across the candy and snack industries.
Jeremie Pavelski, President at Heartland Farms, Top Tier Ingredients, checks the potato flake optical sorter
May 14, 2024

Top Tier Ingredients facility built by Pavelski family to meet growing need for potato flakes

With knowledge and experience in the potato business dating back five generations, the Pavelski family of Heartland Farms, in Hancock, Wisconsin, is using that experience to improve its operations.
Potato Plant
May 13, 2024

Calcium Can Protect Potato Plants from Bacterial Wilt

Scientists have discovered that calcium plays a significant role in enhancing the resistance of potato plants to bacterial wilt. This disease causes worldwide losses of potatoes costing USD 19 billion per year.
Potato Sustainability Alliance Releases 2023 North American Potato Sustainability Assessment Report
May 12, 2024

Potato Sustainability Alliance Releases 2023 North American Potato Sustainability Assessment Report

The Potato Sustainability Alliance (PSA) announced the release of its 2023 North American Potato Sustainability Assessment Report, communicating sustainability results gathered from 420 growers representing 589,120 potato acres across the U.S. and Canada. 
The Little Potato Company's new facility in Alberta
May 06, 2024

The Little Potato Company Ltd. unveils innovative packaging facility in Alberta

The Little Potato Company, North America's leader in little potatoes, celebrated the grand opening of its innovative, sustainable potato packaging facility in Nisku, Alberta. 
Kettle Fried Chips
May 02, 2024

Crunchy Contender – Why Are Kettle Chips So Popular?

When it comes to savory snacks, there’s no denying the biggest product in the market is potato chips. Within this lucrative category, one crunchy contender continues to steal the spotlight.
PopCorners Jalapeño Popper with jalapeño heat with the taste of smooth and savory cheese flavour
May 02, 2024

PopCorners Debut New Limited-Time-Only Jalapeño Popper Flavor

PopCorners is adding a new flavor to its stable – PopCorners Jalapeño Popper, a limited-edition flavor that offers a mix of jalapeño heat with the taste of smooth and savory cheese.
Travis Getz, Senior Vice President, Operations at Reading Bakery Systems
May 01, 2024

Reading Bakery Systems Promotes Travis Getz to Senior Vice President, Operations

Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of snack production systems, has announced the promotion of Travis Getz to Senior Vice President, Operations.
Potato Museum with antique equipment at Schroeder's Farms
May 01, 2024

Patience, Persistence, Adaptability: The Schroeder Family’s Five Generations of Farming Legacy at Schroeder Brother’s Farms

The Schroeder Brother’s Farms in Antigo, Wisconsin, founded by Eric Schroeder’s family in 1879, has been around long enough to have its own potato museum on site.


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