Potato News from Belgium

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.
The Europatat Congress returns to Brussels on 23 and 24 May 2024
January 30, 2024

The Europatat Congress returns to Brussels on 23 and 24 May 2024

Europatat has announced that the next Europatat Congress will take place in Brussels on 23 and 24 May 2024.
Wireworms
December 21, 2023

Europatat calls for information about ongoing projects to control the spread of wireworms

Europatat, the European Potato Association, is calling upon researchers and industry professionals to share information about ongoing research, and any other related activities which will help to control the spread of wireworms in potatoes.
Dewulf Enduro Self-propelled 4-row sieving harvester
November 22, 2023

Potato harvester Enduro Generation 1 - It's a wrap! Generation 2 is here!

Dewulf's 4-row sieving harvester Enduro has become more than an established player in the self-propelled harvester landscape in recent years.
TOMRA Insight Foreign Materials Identification
November 02, 2023

TOMRA Food wins International FoodTec Award for foreign material identification

The foreign material identification accuracy of TOMRA Food's sorting and grading solutions has won a prestigious International FoodTec Award for 'using artificial intelligence and cloud technology to improve food safety, quality, and traceability while increasing process efficiency'.
Campos de papa cultivados
October 10, 2023

Temporada difícil para los productores de semilla en Europa afectará la disponibilidad para los mercados de exportación

La temporada de cultivo de 2023 trajo desafíos sin precedentes para los productores de semilla de papa en Europa. Condiciones climáticas desfavorables y una reducción en la superficie sembrada han provocado retrasos en la siembra, disminución de los rendimientos y una importante escasez de semilla.
The North-western European Potato growers (NEPG) responds to the price drop of free buy potatoes (non-contracted potatoes)and the negative signal this sends to the growers.
October 02, 2023

North-western European Potato growers (NEPG) concerned about price drop of free buy potatoes and negative signal to growers.

During the last weeks, free buy prices from different North-western European quotations have dramatically fallen, no longer allowing to cover production costs. North-western European Potato growers (NEPG) respond.
Seed potatoes with small green sprouts
September 21, 2023

Challenging 2023 Season for European Seed Potatoes

The European seed potato industry has a long history of producing and supplying high-quality planting material to European and overseas growers.
Potato Europe 2023
September 19, 2023

Potato Europe 2023 attracts increasingly international crowd

Potato Europe 2023, recently held in Tournai, Belgium, became more international than we saw in the past years. Visitors from all around the world visited the event to see the latest European potato technologies.
Potato harvest August 2023 in the Netherlands (Courtesy: Dewulf)
September 14, 2023

Average potato production in North-western-Europe threatened by quality issues

The last 4 months was not easy going for the potato production in the NEPG region. But despite the difficult weather conditions, first yield estimates suggest a return to multi-year averages, with an estimated harvest of around 23 million tonnes of potatoes.
Marco Colombo, Global Category Director for Potatoes at TOMRA, Potato Europe 2023
September 12, 2023

TOMRA Food showcased new-generation, AI-Equipped TOMRA 3A Sorter at Potato Europe

Visitors to Potato Europe, the outdoor exhibition for potato cultivation and machinery (Tournai, Belgium, 6-7 September), were the first to see in action the latest-generation TOMRA 3A sorting machine.
Dewulf Certa 40 Integral
September 12, 2023

Looking back at Potato Europe 2023: Dewulf unveils Certa 40 Integral and MH 24x series with Scotts Evolution

The 2023 edition of Potato Europe took place in Kain (Doornik), Belgium, last week. There, the full-liner in potato cultivation machines unveiled innovations in its product lines for both planting and storage.
‘Climate breakdown’: 2023 likely to be hottest year humanity has experienced in European countries
September 10, 2023

‘Climate breakdown’: 2023 expected to be hottest year humanity has experienced

Scientists confirmed this week that summer 2023 was the hottest season the world has ever seen by a large margin. Europe is warming almost twice as fast as the global average, at about 2.2C above pre-industrial times.
Virto Group facility
September 08, 2023

Capabilities of modern sorters illustrated with a toxic weeds challenge for green vegetables.

Toxic datura and nightshade weeds are more often harvested with crops such as green beans and baby leaf spinach, with the risk of getting into the final product. Today, advanced sorting technology is capable to deal with these challenges
Eqraft potato packing process
September 06, 2023

Eqraft presents turnkey sorting and packing solutions at PotatoEurope 2023

In Emmeloord, with more than 60 employees, Eqraft designs, builds and maintains solutions for agricultural companies worldwide.
Crop.zone revolutionary herbicide
September 05, 2023

Crop.zone breaks ground in Canada, set to showcase revolutionary herbicide at Potato Europe 2023

Crop.zone, a pioneering agtech company, just announced the successful launch of its revolutionary hybrid herbicide technology in Canada.
DOWNS I-CropVision
September 01, 2023

The potato optical grader I-CropVision by DOWNS to be launched at Potato Europe 2023 in Belgium

DOWNS has extended its range of optical potato sorters with the arrival of the I-CropVision®: a modular version of the CropVision®, it incorporates the same technology and numerous benefits.
Certa 40 Integral cup potato planter
August 27, 2023

Dewulf to present new potato planter at Potato Europe 2023: Certa 40 Integral

In keeping with the four-yearly tradition, one of the potato sector's most important trade fairs, Potato Europe, will soon again be held in Kain (Doornik), Belgium. Among a range of innovations Dewulf will present at Potato Europe 2023, the main eye catcher will be an entirely new cup planter, named Certa 40 Integral.

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