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7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
Consumers who buy fresh food online are often disappointed, according to a new survey of more than 1,100 online grocery shoppers. Read more on these findings from this Packer story.

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7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
Millennial shoppers are the most susceptible to impulse purchases, according to research published by Food Marketing Institute. Read more on these findings from this Packer story.

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7/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
Mike Dodds, of Moses Lake, Wash., is the new chairman of the Washington Potato Commission. The Washington State Potato Commission will concentrate on long-range planning this year, its new chairman says. The commission recently named Mike Dodds as its new chairman. Dodds is raw material and environmental manager for Basic American Foods in Moses Lake, Wash. He previously chaired the commission's research committee. He succeeds Nelson Cox, a potato farmer from Warden, Wash. Dodds said the commission will use this year to develop its long-range planning and review how well it adhered to the plan developed in 2010.

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7/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
Georges Ghonos, the managing director of McCain Hellas, the Greek division of Canada's McCain Foods, is a pickpocket's dream. His black, leather wallet is as thick as a hockey puck. That's because it is stuffed with €1,200 ($1,670) in cash. "The banks are shut and I need to give some cash to my wife so she can get to the island," he says. McCain Hellas is screening its 100 or so distributors to make sure they are financially stable. The distributors are typically paid in cash from the mom-and-pop restaurants, fast-food chains and supermarkets that buy McCain's frozen French fries. If the distributors do not get their cash, they in turn cannot pay McCain.

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7/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
A group of Prince Edward Island farmers who sell potatoes to the same buyer says it doesn't makes sense for each to install metal detectors to screen for metal objects. They want government funds dedicated for the screening to go toward metal detectors at the central location where their potatoes are unloaded. But because that is in Nova Scotia, the funding may not be available to them. The bulk of government assistance being offered to farmers to purchase the equipment is from a federal program and each province's allocation can only be spent in that province. Robert Henderson, a member of the legislature for O'Leary-Inverness, says several of the 15 growers who sell to the buyer in Nova Scotia are concerned about the cost of installing metal detectors. Ottawa and the province committed more than $3 million for security devices after several potatoes were found with metal objects in the Atlantic provinces. (Source: Herald News, Halifax)

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7/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
North Dakota potato grower-shipper Black Gold Farms has a new fresh sales and marketing director. Don Ladhoff will work with Grand Forks, N.D.-based Black Gold on a contract basis, according to a news release. Ladhoff, president of FreshSmartSolutions Inc., a retail marketing consultancy, has worked since 2010 on contract for the Denver-based U.S. Potato Board as manager of its retail programs. Ladhoff's contract with the board ended June 30. "Don will immediately help us dig deeper and bring our sales and marketing efforts to a new level, and is further evidence of our commitment to become the premier red potato grower-shipper in the United States," Eric Halverson, Black Gold's CEO, said in the release. "Nobody else in the potato industry has the knowledge that Don has gained from working with all of the country's largest retailers on their fresh potato categories." (Source: Black Gold Farms)

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7/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
With fast-food companies today emphasizing the use of locally-sourced vegetables and continuing to refine menus to include healthier alternatives, the new desire to market fancier french fries may seem puzzling. But, in fact, it's rather straightforward - the french fry is often a go-to profit machine.

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7/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
Fall potato acres are up in the Northwest and nationwide, according to new numbers from the USDA and United Potato Growers of America. Potato growers planted 1.9 percent more acres this season nationwide, according to new numbers from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). USDA estimated in its June 30 report that U.S. potato farmers planted 955,300 fall acres this season, up from 936,900 acres in 2014. The NASS estimates are in line with numbers also released June 30 by United Potato Growers of Idaho, which sends staff throughout potato country to physically count spud acres.

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7/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Note: Late blight on potato was confirmed in the Northeast part of North Carolina, approximately 30 miles from the Virginia border on 6/11/15. Read more on DSV accumulations as of July 1 from this Weekly Crop Update article.

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7/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Continue to scout fields for Colorado potato beetle, leafhoppers, and aphids. We are seeing an increase in leafhopper populations and low levels of aphids can be found. Controls will be needed for green peach aphids if you find 2 aphids per leaf during bloom and 4 aphids per leaf post bloom. This threshold increases to 10 per leaf at 2 weeks from vine death/kill. If melon aphids are found, the threshold should be reduced by ½.

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