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  • Dig down into potato costs for a route to better returns

    With a new report on cost of production for processing potatoes in north-west Europe due to be published later this year, Teresa Rush joined UK growers on a Potato Council study tour of Belgium, France and The Netherlands to find out how the region’s potato businesses were faring.

  • Record year for seed potato exports

    Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season for the industry. Already 81,968 tonnes of seed have been exported to non-EU countries – and with the season running from July to June there could be up to another 3,000 tonnes to add to that figure, based on previous years. The current figure is already up 4,000 tonnes on 2013/14’s...

    31 March 2015

  • Have your say on new employer-led “Trailblazer” apprenticeships

    Employers are being encouraged to have their say on the first draft apprenticeship standards for the arable and horticulture sectors to ensure they meet their future requirements.   The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), has joined forces with EDGE Apprenticeships, Lantra and the NFU to develop the draft standards, which are based around three core areas of skills, knowledge...

    26 March 2015

  • Consumer needs drive potato innovation strategy

    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 five 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 newly launched...

    23 March 2015

  • The Frozen Potato Market - Is Breakfast an Opportunity?

    It would appear that booming demand for out-of-home breakfasts throughout much of Europe represents an opportunity for suppliers of frozen potato products.