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12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Faculty members of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have looked into their crystal ball and come up with food trends they see for 2015. Read more details from their list from this Grower article.

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12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Of roughly 10,000 samples of mostly produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several state agricultural departments in 2013, more than 99% had pesticide residues below Environmental Protection Agency tolerances. Read more on pesticide residues from this Grower article.

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12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
The U.S. Potato Board has kicked off its 2015 consumer editorial and media campaign with a focus on what people love most about potatoes. Read more on the campaign from this Packer article.

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12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
The United States Potato Board (USPB) received an allocation of $4,998,892 in program year 2015 Market Access Program (MAP) funds from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) at USDA. These funds will be used by the USPB to promote frozen, dehydrated, chip-stock, table-stock and seed potatoes in over 25 countries around the world. These promotions will be directed at foodservice, ingredient, retail and consumer sectors in the targeted markets, mainly in Asia and Latin America. MAP funds will more than double the $4 million in USPB funds applied to the international marketing programs.

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12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Potato shortages are putting McDonald's customers in Japan on an unsolicited diet. McDonald's is now only offering small servings of fries in Japan due to a fry shortage in the country, reports Kotaku. The shortage is due to ongoing labor contract disputes with dockworkers on the West Coast of the U.S. The shortage has been a months-long problem for the fry-loving country.

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12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
The Provincial Government in Benguet is hopeful new varieties of potatoes from Canada can be grown in the province and can provide the levels of composition needed by top companies to consider Benguet's pitch to supply the crop all year round. Governor Nestor Fongwan said the four new varieties from Canada: Cherokee, Sifra, Calwhite and Canestoga, can pass the requirements for Liwayway Marketing Corporation as well as Jollibee and McDonalds to catapult the lowly crop into the international scene and make Benguet's mark in the international food supply chain.

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12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
As the popularity of french fries and other potato products continues to rise around the world, ConAgra Foods aims to satisfy that craving. The worldwide frozen potato category is forecast to surge by 1.8 billion pounds between 2013 and 2018, according to Euromonitor. ConAgra's Lamb Weston frozen potato unit has been aggressively expanding its operations globally.

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12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Idaho's potato prices continue to strengthen, even as shipments have been ahead of last year's pace. Shipments of fresh Idaho potatoes have been well ahead of last year's pace, and prices have continued on a steady climb since harvest. According to the Idaho Potato Commission, 2014 crop shipments to date are about 1 million hundredweight above last year.

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12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
McCain Foods Ltd. is trying to drum up some more interest from potential buyers of its french fry plant in Prince Edward Island. Calla Farn, a spokeswoman for the company, said Tuesday that McCain has issued a call for expressions of interest in the property. The deadline for which is Jan.14, 2014. An expression of interest is basically a preliminary overture on the part of a potential buyer, and must include what they'd do with the plant if they bought it. McCain's has said in the past that it is open to divesting itself of its recently decommissioned french fry plant, but only to someone who would not compete with their business directly.

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12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Starting in 2011, the global (commercial) production of potatoes seems to be stabilizing at 370 million tons. Until that time, there was clear evidence of growth. It is true that production is still growing in some countries. Examples are China and India (together accounting for 37% of the world total), Bangladesh, Egypt, Peru, Malawi, Algeria, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. In many countries, production decreases. Major countries where this is the case include Russia, the United States, Poland, Belarus and the United Kingdom. The majority of the potatoes are consumed in the country of origin, or domestically. World trade in ware potatoes has a volume of 10 million tons.

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