PW2 2017

Five Guys, the American fast food chain, opened an enormous three-storey restaurant at Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris last year.

On 13 and 14 September, PotatoEurope 2017 will be held in World Potato City Emmeloord. Within the ‘Potatoes Feed and Meet the World’ theme, the Dutch edition will specifically focus on Precision Farming. For example, tractor manufacturer Case IH will introduce a brand-new precision farming concept and demonstrate this machine on the demonstration field.

After two relatively fast takeovers in quick succession namely Underhaug (planting machinery) in April 2013 and Climax (storage machinery) in January 2013, AVR, who manufactures lifters and rotary cultivators in Roeselare, Belgium, almost instantly became a full liner in the world of important machinery for the cultivation of potatoes.

The year 2016 was a good one for breeders. This is thanks, in particular, to the extreme growing conditions that have allowed breeders to get rid of the ‘weaklings’ such as numbers with growth cracks’, as they describe it so beautifully in their breeders’ jargon.

Is the potato on your plate just a source of carbohydrates? And a part of our diet which is supposed to make us fat?

The company N-xt Fertilizers in the town of Emmen has already been active on Dutch soil for almost 20 years now. It started as a franchisee of an originally-American concept, but has now been working independently for 6 years already. As far as fertilisation is concerned, the company has its very own strategy which is, in fact, based on the vision of ‘better growing results and healthier food production start with a fertile soil’.

With the stimulating slogan ‘Making the European Potato Trade great again! (It’s gonna be huge, it’s gonna be great, it’s true!)’ Europatat...

An 18 centimetre-thick layer of pre-fried chips moves into the world’s longest blast freezer at Farm Frites in Oudenhoorn. An ice-cold wind that takes your breath away freezes over 30 tonnes of chips towards a temperature of -14° Celsius.

‘The cost price is threatening to fall out of line and breeding is falling behind due to regulatory measures. If anything, we should look ahead, because the potato is trendy again and the demand is rising throughout the world’, LNCN (Agricultural Commodities Bourse for North and Central Netherlands) Chairman Mark Brantjes tells his audience at the Potato Workshop day in the Meerpaal in Dronten.

The UK and the European Union are finally getting down to the business of negotiating Britain’s exit from the 28 country union.

‘Many of the demands on the processor’s base material today, will still be the same in 2026’, is how agronomist Matthijs Meijer of Aviko Potato starts his address at the meeting of the Midden Nederland Potato Breeders Association (Aardappel Kwekers Vereniging).

Last month I read in the Dutch agricultural press that the Dutch seed company BEJO introduced a commercial True Potato Seed (TPS) variety as first company in the Western world.

Knowledge, passion and experience are the words on which Ryan Smolkin has built his successful business Smokes Poutinerie, with which he aims to conquer the world. During the recentlyheld American PotatoExpo trade show, he convincingly introduced his visitors to the world of Poutine, a big bag of chips to which consumers can add various ingredients and which he sells for around 9 dollars.

You can see it in the layout in the restaurants, the menu, and the recipes in the magazines.

Worldwide salinisation – the gradual increase in the salinity of the soil – is an increasing economic problem. It already seems that 1.5 billion hectares of agricultural land are threatened by salinisation, a problem that causes millions of euros of damage annually.

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