Potato News from the United States

MSU professors Jiming Jiang and David Douches. (Courtesy: MSU)
February 27, 2024

Michigan State University researchers further unravel the mechanism of cold induced sweetening in potatoes

Michigan State University professors Jiming Jiang and David Douches has discovered a key mechanism behind the darkening and potential health concerns associated with cold-stored potatoes. 
20% of potatoes grown in the USA are exported
February 26, 2024

National Potato Council Releases New Report on the Economic Potential of the USA Potato Exports

The National Potato Council (NPC) today revealed its latest report on the economic impact of the USA potato industry.
Shawn Moye, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Reading Bakery Systems
February 26, 2024

Reading Bakery Systems Promotes Shawn Moye to Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), a leading manufacturer of snack food production systems, has promoted Shawn Moye to Senior Vice President of Global Sales to support the continued growth of the business.
Potato IPM logo
February 25, 2024

Potatoes USA - Supported research into Neonic alternatives receives USDA funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) recently announced funding for a four-year, Potatoes USA-supported research project to develop and evaluate potential alternatives to neonicotinoids for pest management of potato crops.
Michigan Potato Industry Commission to Release Report on the Potato Industry’s Economic Impact on the State
February 23, 2024

Chipping Potato Capital of the US: Potatoes contribute USD 2.5 Billion to Michigan’s Economy

Michigan-grown spuds deliver a pile of economic activity, generating more than USD 2.5 billion to the state’s GDP and supporting around 21,700 Michigan jobs, according to a report released today by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.
Lays New Sweet & Spicy Honey Flavored Potato Chips
February 21, 2024

LAY'S® Says Hello to Swicy™ with New Sweet & Spicy Honey Flavored Potato Chips and Beloved Reality TV Duo Cameron & Lauren Hamilton

Lay's® debuts of its latest flavor innovation: Lay's® Sweet & Spicy Honey flavored chips.
Future of Frozen Food 2024 Uncovers Hottest Frozen Food Trends Emerging for 2024
February 21, 2024

Future of Frozen Food 2024 Uncovers Hottest Frozen Food Trends Emerging for 2024

Globally inspired flavors, evolving use of kitchen appliances, and a surge in breakfast foods are just some of the emerging trends identified in Future of Frozen Food 2024
Southern Fabrication Works (SFW) Named Exclusive Distributor of PIP Products in the Americas!
February 19, 2024

Southern Fabrication Works Named Exclusive Distributor of PIP Products in the Americas!

Southern Fabrication Works (SFW) has announced its selection as the exclusive distribution partner for PIP in the Americas!
Folson Farms potato grading large capacities
February 16, 2024

Potato Packer Folson Farms in North-Dakota guarantees potato quality

Folson Farms works to produce quality potatoes in the rich soils of the Red River Valley.
Robotic Case Packing for the 2020s: 5 Ways Automation Improves Efficiency
February 12, 2024

Robotic Case Packing for the 2020s: 5 Ways Automation Improves Efficiency

Increased operational costs, energy efficiency regulations, and rising labor costs are driving the demand for robotic solutions. The robotic case-packing industry has been growing steadily in response to these needs. It's estimated that the industry could reach USD 70 billion by the end of next year.
The JOMO is Real: Frito-Lay Predicts Couches and Comfort as the MVPs of Game Day
February 10, 2024

Frito-Lay announces the annual Super Bowl Snack index: how you will snack on game day - on your couch

The first-ever Super Bowl in Las Vegas will be among the year's most exciting cultural moments – but for a staggering 81% of Americans, watching it all from the couch is much better.
Utz Brands Announces Acceleration of Supply Chain Transformation and Brand Portfolio Strategy
February 05, 2024

Utz Brands Announces Sale of Brands and Assets to 'Our Home'

Utz Brands, Inc., a leading US based manufacturer of branded salty snacks, has announced that certain of its subsidiaries including Utz Quality Foods, LLC have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of certain assets and brands to Our Home™
Kellanova North America Plant
February 05, 2024

Kellanova set to achieve 90 percent renewable electricity across North America in 2024

Kellanova has announced that the maker of Pringles® is on track to reach its goal of creating a climate-positive future
Newly-elected PSA executive committee with CEO John Mesko during the winter board meeting at Potato Expo in Austin, TX. From L to R: Shane Sampels, Mike Wenkel, Tracy Shinners-Carnelley, John Mesko, Ritchey Toevs.
February 04, 2024

Potato Sustainability Alliance Elects Executive Committee

The Potato Sustainability Alliance’s (PSA) Board of Directors selected new executive committee members at its winter board meeting held last month month during the 2024 Potato Expo in Austin, Texas.
Sausage Gravy, Biscuits and Chips-Mister Bee and Tudors Biscuit Products
February 03, 2024

Mister Bee Potato Chips and Tudor's Biscuit World Collaborate On Biscuit and Gravy Potato Chip Flavor

Two iconic West Virginia brands - Mister Bee Potato Chips and Tudor’s Biscuit World – have joined forces to offer a new Biscuit and Gravy flavored potato chip.
Cheetos® Drops the Second-Best Thing to Buffalo Wings: Cheetos® Crunchy Buffalo--Hitting Store Shelves Just in Time for Super Bowl LVIII
January 26, 2024

Cheetos® Drops the Second-Best Thing to Buffalo Wings: Cheetos® Crunchy Buffalo--Hitting Store Shelves Just in Time for Super Bowl LVIII

Buffalo Wings have had their moment in the spotlight, so to show that being the best isn't all it's cracked up to be, Cheetos is proud to step in and claim the title of the second-best Buffalo thing.
Working in the lab, Northwestern alumnus Bill Yen buries the fuel cell in soil.
January 26, 2024

This dirt-powered fuel cell can become a perfect power supply for agricultural sensors

A Northwestern University-led team of researchers has developed a new fuel cell that harvests energy from microbes living in dirt.
New potato-threatening pathogens reported for first time in Pennsylvania, US
January 25, 2024

New potato-threatening pathogens reported for first time in Pennsylvania, United States

Researchers of the Pennsylvania State University identified potential threats to the local potato crop by collecting potato stems or tubers that exhibited symptoms of black leg or soft rot from 26 potato fields. They were able to isolate, culture and identify 456 samples of bacteria infecting potatoes.

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