Potato News from the United States

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.
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.
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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. 
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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.
Matthew R. Ott, new President and CEO of FPSA
April 29, 2024

Matthew R. Ott named new President and CEO of FPSA

The Food Production Solutions Association announced that it has hired Matthew R. Ott as its new President and CEO.
USDA Appoints 32 Members to Potatoes USA’s Board of Directors
April 29, 2024

USDA Appoints 32 Members to Potatoes USA’s Board of Directors

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the appointment of 32 members to Potatoes USA’s Board of Directors.
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April 21, 2024

Turn up the heat this summer with unique potato offerings

From backyard BBQs to campfire cook outs, potatoes should be the MVP of summer time outdoor cooking adventures. They are versatile, delicious, easy to prepare, and the perfect complement to any summer dish.
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New potato chip plant in Aroostook on track for July construction start

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