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  • Potato Council secures EU funding

    As part of Potato Council’s on-going commitment to reinvigorating the potato sector, director Rob Clayton today welcomed the EU Commission’s decision to approve 50% EU co-funding for an approximate £3.6m joint-venture information and promotion campaign to support potatoes in the British and Irish markets. Dr Clayton said of the decision: “I am delighted to see the EU recognition and financial...

    24 April 2015

  • Same town, new venue – GB potato industry’s main event BP2015

    This November, BP2015 moves to a new home but stays in the same north Yorkshire town of Harrogate, familiar to over 6,000 growers, packers, processors, retailers, researchers, specialists, consultants, journalists, students and international visitors who regularly attend.   Jointly sponsored by Branston and Grimme, BP2015 takes place on 12 and 13 November at its new venue, the...

    23 April 2015

  • Sprout Suppression 2020

    Effective sprout suppression is fundamental to managing stored potato quality.  In April over 65 potato industry movers and shakers including regulators and approval holders, gathered in York for AHDB Potato Council’s Sprout Suppression 2020 forum to debate the future.   For more than fifty years Great Britain has been heavily reliant on chlorpropham (CIPC), as a cost effective...

    23 April 2015

  • Driven by consumer needs and innovation

    Head of Potato Council R&D, Dr Mike Storey discusses Potato Council’s new Research and Innovation Strategy which is focused on delivering the greatest benefits to levy payers over the next 5 years.   “Looking to 2020, GB will continue to need to produce crops efficiently and economically,” says Mike.  “But production must be driven by customer needs and innovation.”   The...

    23 April 2015

  • Supporting potato trade with the Canaries

    Each year, large quantities of GB ware and seed, are exported to the Canary Islands.  Potato Council’s head of seed and export, Rob Burns, updates on the current difficulties affecting this long established trade agreement.    “While no one knows the exact date of the potato's arrival in Europe, its entry point was probably Spain's Canary Islands, where traditional potato cuisine...

    23 April 2015