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  • Innovation critical in processed potato sector, claims industry CEO

      Pushing the boundaries is critical to success, according to McCain Foods regional CEO Nick Vermont.   Speaking at the East Midlands Potato Day held at QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire, (July 5) he spoke of McCain Foods’ objective of innovation to make it easy for everyone to enjoy good food.   Foods need to give consumers the ‘feel-good’ factor and be quick and easy to prepare, he said,...

    3 November 2011

  • Wealth of advice and flexible timetable at North of England Potato Day

      For Yorkshire potato grower Stuart Stark, the North of England Potato Day is an unmissable event. The managing director of Fridlington Farms Limited, who is responsible for 520 acres of processing potatoes grown for Walkers Crisps and McCain Foods, believes the flexibility of the programme will make it easier for growers to attend at what will be a busy time of year.   The event held at Askham...

    3 November 2011

  • Jerry Knox to speak at East of England Potato Day

      Dr Jerry Knox of Cranfield University will be examining water use at the AHDB Potatoess East of England Potato Day to be held at Frederick Hiam Ltd, Hill Farm, Tuddenham, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6TA, on September 1.   Dr Knox will examine water auditing and efficient water use to help plan the management of this limited resource. Dr Knox will also lead on  a workshop on soil and water...

    3 November 2011

  • The drought that got away

      Irrigate with the right amount of water, at the right time, in the right place, growers were urged by Dr Jerry Knox at the well-attended AHDB Potatoes East of England day (September 1, Tuddenham, Bury St Edmunds).   Improved water efficiency may not necessarily mean using less water, but it should ensure maximum crop uptake and better yields and quality, said the principal research fellow in...

    3 November 2011

  • Bruising costs potato growers £26 million a year

      With dry weather exacerbating the risk of bruising potatoes at harvest, AHDB Potatoes has called on growers to take a proactive stance and make quality assessments at all stages of harvesting, from lifting to store loading.   “In addition to costing growers an estimated £26 million per year, bruising does untold damage to consumer confidence.” says AHDB Potatoes technical executive Gary Collins...

    3 November 2011

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