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Simplot Manitoba Plant Expansion to Double Potato Demand Simplot Manitoba Plant Expansion to Double Potato Demand
The Manitoba provincial government in Canada and J.R. Simplot have announced a major investment and expansion in the company’s operations near Portage la Prairie. The plant, which opened in 2003,

Aviko Potato Business Adds to Royal Cosun’s Sweet Success Aviko Potato Business Adds to Royal Cosun’s Sweet Success
Steenderen, Netherlands-headquartered Aviko turned in an excellent performance in 2017, according to Royal Cosun, its Breda-based parent company. The potato products manufacturer responded promptly

British Potato Stocks Up 23% Over Previous Season British Potato Stocks Up 23% Over Previous Season
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) recently announced that potato stock levels in Great Britain for the end of November are estimated at 3.6 million tons, the highest level

McCain Foods Appoints José Boisjoli to Board of Directors McCain Foods Appoints José Boisjoli to Board of Directors
José Boisjoli, president and chief executive officer of BRP Inc., has joined the board of directors of McCain Foods Limited (MFL). He brings to the Florenceville, N.B., Canada-headquartered frozen

Romain Cools Succeeds David Thompson as WPC President Romain Cools Succeeds David Thompson as WPC President
After 17 years on the World Potato Congress (WPC) board of directors, serving as president for the last five years and as vice president for 12 years before that, David Thompson has stepped down as

Second Quarter Revenues Increase 4.3% for Lamb Weston Second Quarter Revenues Increase 4.3% for Lamb Weston
Lamb Weston Holdings has announced sales of $824.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, up 4.3% over the same period in 2017. Income, primarily generated by receipts from purchases

As French Fry Production Rises in China, Imports May Dip As French Fry Production Rises in China, Imports May Dip
The output of frozen french fries continues to expand in China, as production is forecast to reach 250,000 metric tons during the 2017/18 marketing year (September to August). This would be up 10%

Lamb Weston Ups Dividend, Plans Another Plant Expansion Lamb Weston Ups Dividend, Plans Another Plant Expansion
December 21 proved to be “daily double win” for present and future employees of Lamb Weston in Hermiston, Oregon, and shareholders from all parts as the Eagle, Idaho, USA-headquartered company

Peter Bensen Joins Lamb Weston Board of Directors Peter Bensen Joins Lamb Weston Board of Directors
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. has appointed Peter J. Bensen to its board of directors. The quick service restaurant industry veteran served as McDonald’s Corporation’s chief administrative officer

#GetFried Fry Café Expands Operations in USA and Egypt #GetFried Fry Café Expands Operations in USA and Egypt
A relatively new quick-serve restaurant franchise that offers a variety of topped french fries and finger foods, doing business as #getfried Fry Café, is reporting steady growth throughout the

McCain Roastaurant Aims to Help Settle #greatroastdebate McCain Roastaurant Aims to Help Settle #greatroastdebate
Get them while they’re hot! McCain Foods in the United Kingdom is opening the doors to its own specialty restaurant to celebrate the diversity of one of the nation’s favorite meals. Located at the

Cavendish Farms Inaugurates New Potato Storage Facility Cavendish Farms Inaugurates New Potato Storage Facility
Cavendish Farms has officially opened its new state-of-the-art potato storage facility in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, Canada. PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Canada Minister of Agriculture

McCain Opens Specialty Line Expansion at Flagship Factory McCain Opens Specialty Line Expansion at Flagship Factory
McCain Foods (Canada) has officially opened its new $65 million state-of-the-art potato specialty production line, expanding the company's flagship potato processing facility in

Family, Friends, Partners Mourn Reinhold Stöver’s Passing Family, Friends, Partners Mourn Reinhold Stöver’s Passing
Reinhold Stöver, the founder of Agrarfrost GmbH & Co. KG, died after a long illness in Aldrup at the age of 79 on October 19, 2017. The farmer turned industrialist, who built Germany’s most

Lamb Weston Starts Up New French Fry Line in Washington Lamb Weston Starts Up New French Fry Line in Washington
Members of the Lamb Weston Holdings team met with community and civic leaders on October 16 to celebrate the completed expansion of the company’s potato processing operations in Richland,

Lucky Fries Mean Fine Potato Pleasure, Agrarfrost-style Lucky Fries Mean Fine Potato Pleasure, Agrarfrost-style
There were smiles all around at the spacious Agrarfrost stand during the recently held Anuga exhibition in Köln – both on the faces of friendly personnel on duty and upon the hefty Lucky Fries

Potato Passion Ever in Fashion at Agrarfrost Jubilee Bash Potato Passion Ever in Fashion at Agrarfrost Jubilee Bash
Appropriately in the shining presence of a ceremoniously golden marquee outside company headquarters in Aldrup, Germany’s largest producer of sustainably sourced deep-frozen potato products,

New Lutosa Managing Director Meets and Greets at Anuga New Lutosa Managing Director Meets and Greets at Anuga
The surf was up at the Lutosa stand during the just concluded Anuga trade fair in Köln, Germany, as the Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium-headquartered company introduced Surf Potatoes and a wave of other

Lamb Weston Posts Solid Results; Positive About Future Lamb Weston Posts Solid Results; Positive About Future
Lamb Weston reported impressive results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 during an earnings call on the morning of October 4. Sales increased 5% to $817 million and income from operations rose

New French Fry Factory in China Opts for TOMRA Equipment New French Fry Factory in China Opts for TOMRA Equipment
Joint venture partners Aviko and SnowValley Agricultural Group are investing significantly to boost the production of value added potato products in China, and TOMRA Sorting Food equipment will be an...

Construction of New Cavendish Potato Plant About to Start Construction of New Cavendish Potato Plant About to Start
Cavendish Farms has entered the next phase in building a $360 million frozen potato processing plant following a ground breaking event attended by company and government officials at the

With Frozens in Forefront, US Potato Exports Set Records With Frozens in Forefront, US Potato Exports Set Records
Frozen french fries dominated exports of United States potato products from July of 2016 to June of 2017, as the total value of all segment shipments achieved record sales value and volume of

Innate Second Generation Potato Gets Clearance in Canada Innate Second Generation Potato Gets Clearance in Canada
Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have completed the food, feed, and environmental safety assessments of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. The...

Van de Put Leaving McCain for Mondelēz; Koeune to Succeed Van de Put Leaving McCain for Mondelēz; Koeune to Succeed
After serving seven years as president and chief executive officer of McCain Foods, Dirk Van de Put is stepping down to assume the position of ceo at Mondelēz International. Max Koeune will replace

Alberta French Fry Plant Site of Latest McCain Expansion Alberta French Fry Plant Site of Latest McCain Expansion
McCain Foods Limited has announced plans to expand output at its factory in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada. This investment will bring additional production capacity to the frozen french fry

Thumbs Up for McCain Frozen Potato Plant Expansion in UK Thumbs Up for McCain Frozen Potato Plant Expansion in UK
It’s official. McCain Foods’ extensive plans to upgrade and expand its potato processing plant in Scarborough, England, have been approved by local government officials. The £100 million project

Green Light for Genetically Engineered Potatoes in Maine Green Light for Genetically Engineered Potatoes in Maine
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control on May 12 unanimously approved the registration of three varieties of second generation bioengineered Innate® potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Co. According

McCain Foods Plans Major Expansion of Idaho Potato Plant McCain Foods Plans Major Expansion of Idaho Potato Plant
Lisle, Illinois-headquartered McCain Foods USA will boost production capacity for frozen french fries in North America at its factory in Burley, Idaho. Capital investments to support the expansion

Lamb Weston/Meijer Acquires Oerlemans Potato Division Lamb Weston/Meijer Acquires Oerlemans Potato Division
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced on April 26 that its European joint venture, Kruiningen, Holland-headquartered Lamb-Weston/Meijer v.o.f., has signed an agreement to buy the potato division of

Aviko’s Quirky Skinny Fries Join ‘I Love Ras Original’ Aviko’s Quirky Skinny Fries Join ‘I Love Ras Original’
Steenderen, Holland-headquartered Aviko, a unit of Royal Consun, has extended its Ras range of frozen french fries with the debut of Skinny Fries. Promoted as the thinnest fries available in its

Lamb Weston’s Q3 Sales and Profit Up, Net Income Down Lamb Weston’s Q3 Sales and Profit Up, Net Income Down
Eagle, Idaho, USA-headquartered Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. has reported a net sales gain of 5% to $768.5 million for the 2017 third quarter, which ended on February 26. Income increased by 14% to

Early Potato Crop Planting Now Underway in Germany Early Potato Crop Planting Now Underway in Germany
Planting early varieties of the 2017 potato crop in Europe started last week under good conditions in the Rhineland region of Western Germany, reported Jan Willem Peters of Aviko Potato. The Dronten,...

Frozen Fries Lead Way in Belgian Processed Potato Sector Frozen Fries Lead Way in Belgian Processed Potato Sector
The Belgian potato processing industry scored a record year in 2016, reports Belgapom, the Berlare-based trade association that represents the nation’s value-added potato packers and traders....

McCain to Make Major Investment in Upgrading UK Plant McCain to Make Major Investment in Upgrading UK Plant
McCain Foods has unveiled plans to invest £100 million in modernizing its potato processing plant in Scarborough, England. The news has been well received by workers and the community, as less than

Aviko Rises as Star Performer in Royal Cosun Orbit Aviko Rises as Star Performer in Royal Cosun Orbit
Aviko BV, the Steenderen, Holland-headquartered producer of frozen, chilled and dehydrated french fries and other value-added potato products, performed “extremely well” in 2016, according to

Markusse to Succeed Smith as Royal Cosun Chief Executive Markusse to Succeed Smith as Royal Cosun Chief Executive
Robert Smith will stand down as president of the executive board and chief executive officer of Royal Cosun on June 1. Albert Markusse, the managing director of Suiker Unie, will assume the

Lutosa to Add Fry Line; McCain Will Close UK Warehouse Lutosa to Add Fry Line; McCain Will Close UK Warehouse
There is good news and bad news on the McCain Foods employment front. In Belgium, it has been reported that the company’s Lutosa subsidiary plans to build a new french fry line at its flagship

Farm Frites Eyes Kazakhstan as Site for Next Factory Farm Frites Eyes Kazakhstan as Site for Next Factory
Representatives of Farm Frites recently met with Askar Myrzakhmetov, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, to discuss plans for constructing a frozen potato products

Lamb Weston/Meijer Reports Sustainability Goals on Track Lamb Weston/Meijer Reports Sustainability Goals on Track
The Lamb Weston/Meijer (LW/M) sustainability report for 2015-2016, published on January 17, concludes that the Kruiningen, Holland-headquartered value-added potato products manufacturer is well on

Lamb Weston Sales and Earnings Rise in Second Quarter Lamb Weston Sales and Earnings Rise in Second Quarter
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. has reported a net sales increase of 7% to $791 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2017, which ended on November 27 of last year. The Eagle, Idaho,...

Golden Fry Contest Winner Farm Frites Donates to UNICEF Golden Fry Contest Winner Farm Frites Donates to UNICEF
Farm Frites, a Dutch family business specializing in producing frozen and chilled french fries and other value-added potato products, was presented a charity voucher worth €2,000 after winning the

Lamb Weston Reports Pricing of Private Note Offering Lamb Weston Reports Pricing of Private Note Offering
Eagle, Idaho, USA-headquartered Lamb Weston announced on November 1 that it, along with certain selling note holders, has priced the previously announced offering of the $833 million aggregate

Simplot Files Sidewinder Infringement Suit Against McCain Simplot Files Sidewinder Infringement Suit Against McCain
The US armed forces pack an arsenal of Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to take down hostile adversaries. On another battlefield, J.R. Simplot has deployed a squadron of attorneys to defend its

Spin-off Nears, Lamb Weston Announces Private Note Sale Spin-off Nears, Lamb Weston Announces Private Note Sale
Eagle, Idaho, USA-headquartered Lamb Weston reported on October 26 that it, along with certain selling note holders, is planning to offer its senior notes due in 2024 and senior notes due 2026 in a...

Lamb Weston Investor Day Audio Webcast on October 13 Lamb Weston Investor Day Audio Webcast on October 13
Thomas P. WernerThe leadership team of Lamb Weston, a major supplier of frozen potato products to restaurants and foodservice distributors around the world, will host an Investor Day on October 13

McCain Breaks Ground to Expand Flagship Plant in Canada McCain Breaks Ground to Expand Flagship Plant in Canada
McCain Foods executives, managers and a number of invited guests broke ground on October 3 to ceremoniously mark the start of construction in a major expansion project at its frozen french fry

Lamb Weston Innovation Center Features WMS Design Flair Lamb Weston Innovation Center Features WMS Design Flair
Lamb Weston, a ConAgra Foods business with more than 60 years on the job as one of the leading suppliers of value-added frozen potato products to restaurants and retail stores around the world, is

ConAgra Names Top Leaders for Post-Spinoff Lamb Weston ConAgra Names Top Leaders for Post-Spinoff Lamb Weston
Timothy R. McLevish will become Lamb Weston’s executive chairman of the board of directors and Thomas P. Werner will be the new chief executive officer of the frozen potato, appetizer and

LW/M, Belaya Dacha to Build French Fry Plant in Russia LW/M, Belaya Dacha to Build French Fry Plant in Russia
Lamb Weston/Meijer (LW/M) and Belaya Dacha announced plans on June 27 to invest over EUR 100 million to build the first frozen french fry factory in Russia. Situated about 450 kilometers south of

Report Says ConAgra, Post Discuss Lamb Weston Merger Report Says ConAgra, Post Discuss Lamb Weston Merger
Is ConAgra Foods in discussions with Post Holdings to sell its Lamb Weston frozen potato products unit? According to a story in The Wall Street Journal, both parties have been in talks about

McCain Expanding Flagship Factory to Boost Output McCain Expanding Flagship Factory to Boost Output
McCain Foods (Canada) on June 21 announced a major investment at its flagship french fry plant in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, that will expand capability and create 40 to 50 new

Interview with Agrarfrost Managing Director Manfred Wulf Interview with Agrarfrost Managing Director Manfred Wulf
The company’s roots date back to 1967 when founder Reinhold Stöver started processing his own potato crops and producing french fries in the rural heartland of northern Germany. Five years later

Lamb Weston Richland Plant to Get New French Fry Line Lamb Weston Richland Plant to Get New French Fry Line
ConAgra Foods has announced that $200 million is being invested to expand its Lamb Weston facility in Richland, Washington. The addition of a new french fry processing line will boost capacity by

Sustainable Palm Oil Use Awarding Experience for LW/M Sustainable Palm Oil Use Awarding Experience for LW/M
Kruiningen, Holland-headquartered Lamb Weston/Meijer (LW/M) received the 2015 Task Force (TF) Sustainable Palm Oil Award during a special ceremony recently in The Hague. The presentation was made

OSHA Fines Potato Packer for Safety and Health Violations OSHA Fines Potato Packer for Safety and Health Violations
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on May 31 that it has found an Idaho frozen potato products manufacturer failed to safeguard employees and...

Alexia to Go Non-GMO; Launches Truffle Fries and More Alexia to Go Non-GMO; Launches Truffle Fries and More
Alexia, a ConAgra Foods brand, announced on May 11 that all of its offerings will be non-GMO by the end of 2016. In addition, the entire Alexia line will be Non-GMO Project Verified within the next...

Though Sales Decline, McCain Foods Posts Profit in UK Though Sales Decline, McCain Foods Posts Profit in UK
Pre-tax profits for McCain Foods (GB) Ltd rose from £54.7 million to £63.7 million during fiscal year 2015, reported the Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK-headquartered producer of frozen french

Taste of Inspirations Edamame Rangoon Recall Underway Taste of Inspirations Edamame Rangoon Recall Underway
Progressive Gourmet Inc. of Wilmington, Massachusetts, is voluntarily recalling nine-ounce (225g) packages of frozen Taste of Inspirations Edamame Rangoon because they have the potential to contain

Aviko Analyst Sees Stable to Higher Potato Prices Ahead Aviko Analyst Sees Stable to Higher Potato Prices Ahead
As industrial producers of french fries and other value added potato products generally shift to raw materials from new harvests between now and July, Jan Willem Peters of Aviko Potato reckons that

Belgium’s Potato Sector Sizzles with ‘License to Fry’ Belgium’s Potato Sector Sizzles with ‘License to Fry’
The remarkable growth of the Belgian potato-processing sector in the past few decades continued to roll on in 2015. Just under 4 million tons of spuds were transformed into frozen or fresh fries,

Lamb Weston to Increase Frozen Potato Output in Boardman Lamb Weston to Increase Frozen Potato Output in Boardman
ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced on March 11 that its Lamb Weston business will expand operations at the company’s facility in Boardman, Oregon, USA. The $30 million investment will add additional

Lower Result for Royal Cosun ‘Better than Expected’ Lower Result for Royal Cosun ‘Better than Expected’
Breda, Holland-headquartered Royal Cosun, parent company of frozen potato specialist Aviko, achieved lower annual sales figures in 2015 than in 2014, but it was still better than expected. The...

American Lorain Frozen Fries Roll Out in China Market American Lorain Frozen Fries Roll Out in China Market
American Lorain Corporation, a Shandong Province, China-based producer of frozen foods and other convenience products, announced on February 1 that Lorain brand french fries are now ready for sale

Second Generation Innate Potato Gets FDA Safety Clearance Second Generation Innate Potato Gets FDA Safety Clearance
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its food and feed safety assessment of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. It concluded that the

New Agristo Potato Products Coldstore to Open in March New Agristo Potato Products Coldstore to Open in March
Construction of a new high-bay refrigerated warehouse to store Agristo frozen potato products continues as scheduled in Nazareth, Belgium. The 15-level facility is slated to be cooled down in

TaiMei to Pack American Lorrain French Fries in China TaiMei to Pack American Lorrain French Fries in China
Linyi, Shandong Province, China-headquartered American Lorain Corporation has contracted with TaiMei Potato Industry Ltd. to co-pack its line of branded frozen french fries. Based in Shangdu, Inner

Governments Support McCain and Spenst Plant Upgrades Governments Support McCain and Spenst Plant Upgrades
The federal government of Canada and provincial government of Manitoba will invest nearly $380,000 at a McCain Foods potato processing plant in Carberry and $250,000 at the Spenst Brothers Premium

ConAgra to Spin Off Lamb Weston, Split into Two Companies ConAgra to Spin Off Lamb Weston, Split into Two Companies
Lamb Weston will be run an independent, publicly traded company by the autumn of 2016 under a plan announced by ConAgra Foods (CAG) on November 18 to separate the foodservice-oriented frozen potato,...

Potato Industry Award Goes to McCain GB CEO Nick Vermont Potato Industry Award Goes to McCain GB CEO Nick Vermont
The winner of this year’s British Potato Industry Award is Nick Vermont. The chief executive officer of McCain GB was saluted by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) at BP2015,...

Aviko’s UK-Ireland Manager Expects Higher Potato Prices Aviko’s UK-Ireland Manager Expects Higher Potato Prices
“It's likely that 2015-16 will be a year of change, and we should expect to pay more for our spuds due to the comparatively lower harvest,” Mohammed Essa, the Blackburn, England-based general manager...

Lamb Weston Shines Brightly in ConAgra Quarterly Results Lamb Weston Shines Brightly in ConAgra Quarterly Results
The sales performance of ConAgra Foods’ Lamb Weston frozen potato products business was a bright spot in the Omaha, Nebraska, USA-headquartered company’s first quarter results posted for fiscal 2016...

LW/M’s New Potato Sorting Lines Running in Kruiningen LW/M’s New Potato Sorting Lines Running in Kruiningen
A state-of-the-art receiving, washing and sorting station has gone into action at the Lamb Weston/Meijer (LWM) frozen french fry factory in Kruiningen, Holland. Royal Commissioner Hans Polman was on...

New High-Tech Chip Machine Vends Fries in Flash for Cash New High-Tech Chip Machine Vends Fries in Flash for Cash
Drop the euro coin right into the slot – you want to eat something that’s really hot. The french fry vending machine is ready to sell, just tap the color screen’s condiment icon and presto-change-o:...

USDA Approves Simplot’s Second Generation Innate Potatoes USDA Approves Simplot’s Second Generation Innate Potatoes
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deregulated the Russet Burbank variety of the second generation of Innate™ potatoes genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot Co. The Boise,...

Andean Potato Varieties Secure in Arctic Permafrost Vault Andean Potato Varieties Secure in Arctic Permafrost Vault
The future for french fries, or at least for the continued supply of raw material to make the popular product, is now more secure thanks to natural deep freezing, long term thinking and present day...

$10 Million Upgrade for McCain Potato Plant in Tasmania $10 Million Upgrade for McCain Potato Plant in Tasmania
McCain Foods will invest $10 million to bolster potato storage capability and improve production efficiencies at its Smithton processing plant in Circular Head, Tasmania, Australia. The two-year...

Monogram Foods Adds Frozen Appetizers to Portfolio Monogram Foods Adds Frozen Appetizers to Portfolio
Monogram Foods, a manufacturer and marketer of beef jerky, corn dogs, pre-cooked bacon and other value-added meat products, is getting into the frozen appetizer business. With a winning bid of $37.2...

Kraft Heinz Merger Complete; Eduardo Luz Heads US Frozen Kraft Heinz Merger Complete; Eduardo Luz Heads US Frozen
It’s official: the Kraft Heinz Company has been formed following the successful completion of the merger between Kraft and Heinz. The transaction creates the third largest food and beverage company...

New Branding for Lamb Weston Aligns Global Image New Branding for Lamb Weston Aligns Global Image
Lamb Weston has launched a new global brand identity expressed by the catchphrase “Seeing Possibilities in Potatoes.” Its debut aligns the company’s operations worldwide under a common b...

Aviko Sees Likelihood of Higher Potato Prices Ahead Aviko Sees Likelihood of Higher Potato Prices Ahead
The 2014 potato crop year in Europe is slowly coming to an end, with an EU-5 yield of 28.6 million tons – over 4 million tons more than the previous year – due to extended acreage combined with...

McCain to Shutter Appetizer Plant in Wisconsin McCain to Shutter Appetizer Plant in Wisconsin
The McCain Foods frozen appetizer factory in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA, will cease operations by the end of the year, putting approximately 117 people out of work. Production of breaded onion...

Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites Team Up to Jointly Implement Sustainable Practices in EU Potato Cultivation Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites Team Up to Jointly Implement Sustainable Practices in EU Potato Cultivation
Monheim, Germany-based Bayer CropScience and Oudenhoorn, Holland-headquartered Farm Frites recently started a Food Chain Partnership initiative designed to implement sustainable agricultural...

Oerlemans to Double Potato Processing Capacity Oerlemans to Double Potato Processing Capacity
Venlo, Holland-headquartered Oerlemans Foods, a manufacturer of frozen vegetable, fruit and potato products, has announced that its vegetable processing in the Netherlands will be done exclusively at...

Lamb Weston/Meijer Shares Value in Sustainability Report Lamb Weston/Meijer Shares Value in Sustainability Report
Well on its way to reaching 2020 target goals, Lamb Weston/Meijer has achieved continued reduction in the use of water, energy, emissions and waste, according to the 2012-2014 Sustainability Report...

TNA Buys Florigo, Dutch Potato Processing Systems Maker TNA Buys Florigo, Dutch Potato Processing Systems Maker
The Sydney, Australia-headquartered tna group’s March 6 purchase of Woerden, Holland-based Florigo International BV provides it with access to a wide range of continuous snack and french fry...

Are You ‘Hooked’ on French Fries, Pizza or Chocolate? Are You ‘Hooked’ on French Fries, Pizza or Chocolate?
You’ve heard of french fry fanatics, pizza bugs and chocoholics. Are those who crave such fare simply looking forward to indulging comfort food, or are they “addicts” jonesin’ for a fix? A recently...

ConAgra Foods Names Connolly New CEO, Revises EPS Outlook ConAgra Foods Names Connolly New CEO, Revises EPS Outlook
Omaha, Nebraska, USA-headquartered ConAgra Foods announced on February 12 that 49-year-old Sean M. Connolly will replace Gary M. Rodkin as its chief executive officer effective April 6. Connolly was...

Aviko’s 2014 Performance Shines for Royal Cosun Aviko’s 2014 Performance Shines for Royal Cosun
Breda, Holland-headquartered Royal Cosun, a major processor of sugar beets and parent company of value-added potato manufacturer Aviko, has reported results for 2014. Consolidated turnover declined...

Uganda Potato Processor Eyes Domestic and Export Markets Uganda Potato Processor Eyes Domestic and Export Markets
Uganda’s first value-added potato processing factory, built at a cost of US $10 million, is targeting the regional upscale restaurant trade and the Arab market with a range of french fries and...

Colonel Orders Fries Off KFC Japan Menu Due to Shortage Colonel Orders Fries Off KFC Japan Menu Due to Shortage
While McDonald’s is back on track in Japan as far as availability of french fries on its menus is concerned, Kentucky Fried Chicken’s (KFC) line of supply from value-added potato producers in North...

McCain to Shut Grobbendonk Plant, Boost Lutosa Output McCain to Shut Grobbendonk Plant, Boost Lutosa Output
McCain Foods intends to stop manufacturing frozen potato specialty items at its factory in Grobbendonk, Belgium (near Antwerp), early in 2016 and shift production to the Lutosa plant in...

As ‘McLarge’ French Fries Come Back to ‘McMenus’ in Japan, Idaho Potato Sector and Other Exporters Count the Losses As ‘McLarge’ French Fries Come Back to ‘McMenus’ in Japan, Idaho Potato Sector and Other Exporters Count the Losses
They’re back! If large-size orders of french fries are not already being served at McDonald’s outlets in the Land of the Rising Sun, they very soon will be returning to menus. McDonald’s Japan has...

Small Fries Only at McDonald’s in Japan Due to Export Lag Small Fries Only at McDonald’s in Japan Due to Export Lag
“Want small fries with that order?” That’s what customers at McDonald’s Restaurants in Japan began hearing on December 17, as the chain has taken medium- and large-size fries off the menu until...

Aviko General Manager Lists Eight Trends to Watch in 2015 Aviko General Manager Lists Eight Trends to Watch in 2015
As general manager of Blackburn, England-headquartered Aviko UKI, Mohammed Essa knows a lot about frozen potato and snack product markets in Great Britain and Ireland, as well as a good deal about...

€120 Million Expansion for Lamb Weston/Meijer Potato Plant €120 Million Expansion for Lamb Weston/Meijer Potato Plant
Kruiningen, Netherlands-headquartered Lamb Weston/Meijer, a joint venture between Omaha Nebraska, USA-based ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Meijer Frozen Food, on December 4 announced plans to invest...

ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston Plant Officially Opens in China ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston Plant Officially Opens in China
ConAgra Foods, Inc. executives joined with distinguished local and regional government dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of its Lamb Weston potato processing factory in Shangdu, Inner...

McDonald’s Slump Slows; China Unit Says ‘No’ to GM Fries McDonald’s Slump Slows; China Unit Says ‘No’ to GM Fries
First the bad news: Global sales for McDonald’s Corporation decreased 0.5% in October of 2014, compared to the same month last year. Systemwide revenues, which include franchisees as well as...

McCain Debuts Warmer Branding to Heat Up Frozen Sales McCain Debuts Warmer Branding to Heat Up Frozen Sales
McCain Foods (Canada) is unveiling a new look, new products, a new website and a new approach to selling frozen potatoes. "We are warming up the frozen food aisle," said Vikram Bawa, the company’s...

Farm Frites Links up With Linkage Potato Co. in China Farm Frites Links up With Linkage Potato Co. in China
Oudenhoorn, Holland-headquartered Farm Frites has inked a deal with Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co. Ltd (Linkage) to establish a joint venture in Wudan Town, Chifeng City, in the Inner Mongolia...

More than Ample Supply of Potatoes Brings Lower Prices More than Ample Supply of Potatoes Brings Lower Prices
Steenderen, Holland-headquartered Aviko, the nation’s retail market leader in frozen potato products and one of Europe’s top-volume producers and marketers of french fries, posted its latest potato...

McCain Foods Names New President for Canada Operations McCain Foods Names New President for Canada Operations
McCain Foods Limited has announced that Shai Altman as will assume the presidency of the Toronto, Canada-headquartered company effective October 20, 2014. Replacing Darryl Rowe, who stepped down last...

Early Sweet Potato Harvest in America in Full Swing Early Sweet Potato Harvest in America in Full Swing
The first sweet potatoes are being harvested sooner than usual in the United States, due to a mild spring and good growing conditions through the summer and into the fall. While the USA normally...

As Sales Rise for Lamb Weston and Some Frozen Meals, ConAgra Scores Better than Expected Quarterly Results As Sales Rise for Lamb Weston and Some Frozen Meals, ConAgra Scores Better than Expected Quarterly Results
ConAgra Foods, Inc., a leading diversified food company in North America and major producer and marketer of frozen products, surprised analysts with better than anticipated results for the first...

Driven by Frozen Sales, US Potato Exports at Record Levels Driven by Frozen Sales, US Potato Exports at Record Levels
The value of all US potato exports reached $1,755,544,515 for the recently completed July 2013 – June 2014 marketing year. This is a 7% increase over the previous record set in 2012/13. The volume of...

McCain to Close PEI Factory; Cavendish Wants More Water McCain to Close PEI Factory; Cavendish Wants More Water
A day after McCain Foods announced that it will shut down its potato processing plant on Prince Edward Island (PEI) on October 31, rival french fry maker Cavendish Farms warned that without...

Himalya Wants Out of Joint Venture with Simplot Himalya Wants Out of Joint Venture with Simplot
Himalya International Ltd, a Gurgaon, Haryana, India-headquartered frozen and canned food processing firm, is terminating its frozen foods joint venture with J.R. Simplot Company, according to a...

TaiMei Purchase Boosts Lamb Weston Operation in China TaiMei Purchase Boosts Lamb Weston Operation in China
As part of its ongoing business strategy to grow the company’s international presence, Omaha, Nebraska, USA-headquartered ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced on July 14 that it has acquired TaiMei Potato...

Mydibel Modernizes Potato Grading Operation in Mouscron Mydibel Modernizes Potato Grading Operation in Mouscron
The Mouscron, Belgium-headquartered Mydibel Group, a manufacturer of value-added frozen, chilled and dehydrated potato products, is investing EUR 5.2 million in the installation of a fully automated...

$200 Million Lamb Weston Plant Upgrade Cause for Celebration $200 Million Lamb Weston Plant Upgrade Cause for Celebration
Members of the ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston team joined with community and civic leaders on June 27 to celebrate the completed expansion of the Lamb Weston frozen potato processing facility in Boardman,...

Potato Crop Shop Talk from Aviko’s United Kingdom Office Potato Crop Shop Talk from Aviko’s United Kingdom Office
What a difference half a year makes. “Only six months ago, the markets in Europe were trading potato future contracts at above EUR 200 per ton, but now prices have come down to less than EUR 70 a...

iTQi Superior Taste Awards Go to Lutosa and Mydibel iTQi Superior Taste Awards Go to Lutosa and Mydibel
International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) Superior Taste Awards went to two Belgian producers of value-added frozen potato and vegetable products during a recent ceremony in Brussels....

Aviko Posts Details About New Fries Factory in China Aviko Posts Details About New Fries Factory in China
More details have been released by Aviko BV about its new fries manufacturing operation in northeastern China, as first reported in the June 3 FrozenFoodsBiz e-newsletter and posted on this website....

New CEO at Aviko Set to Assume Helm in September New CEO at Aviko Set to Assume Helm in September
Royal Cosun has announced that 51-year-old Piet Hein Merckens will become the new chief executive officer of its Steenderen, Holland-headquartered Aviko BV unit, as well as well as made a member of...

Smooth McCain-Lutosa Transition, Reports Erwin Wuyts Smooth McCain-Lutosa Transition, Reports Erwin Wuyts
On July 1 it will be one year since Lutosa has operated as a unit of McCain Foods, which officially took ownership of Belgium’s largest producer of frozen french fries and other potato specialties...

McCain Foods Taps DeLapp to Replace Retiring Van Schaayk McCain Foods Taps DeLapp to Replace Retiring Van Schaayk
Jeffrey J. DeLapp will assume the role of president of McCain Foods’ North America operations, effective June 2, 2014. Based in Lisle, Illinois, he will replace Frank van Schaayk, who is retiring in...

McCain Goes Primetime with Emmerdale ITV Sponsorship McCain Goes Primetime with Emmerdale ITV Sponsorship
The McCain Foods “Happy Days” marketing campaign continues to roll in Britain this month with the first installments of an £8 million, two-year sponsorship of the Emmerdale ITV series. The popular,...

Ample Supply Quiets Potato Market in Europe, Reports Aviko Ample Supply Quiets Potato Market in Europe, Reports Aviko
Aviko, the world’s fourth largest producer of frozen potato products, issued a relatively upbeat potato crop update on March 28. Distributed through its e-mailed Innovation Newsletter, the report...

Lamb Weston/Meijer Making Major Investment at Plant Lamb Weston/Meijer Making Major Investment at Plant
Kruiningen, Holland-headquartered Lamb Weston/Meijer, a high-volume manufacturer of deep-frozen potato products and dried potato flakes, is investing EUR 20 million at its flagship factory in Zeeland...

How Tweet it is, Birds Eye’s Mash#Tags Potato Shapes How Tweet it is, Birds Eye’s Mash#Tags Potato Shapes
Do you want beer with that? As British frozen food brand icon Birds Eye prepares to roll out Mash#Tags, one wonders just how well the Twitter-inspired potato shapes will pair with a bottle of...

Aviko Ends Year on Upturn as Cosun Posts Record Sales; 2014 Starts with Investment in Germany, Is Belgium Next? Aviko Ends Year on Upturn as Cosun Posts Record Sales; 2014 Starts with Investment in Germany, Is Belgium Next?
After a challenging first half of 2013, Aviko BV turned the tide during the second half and ended the year with a positive result, according to the annual report just posted by parent company Royal...

Agristo Signs Deal for Distribution in India Agristo Signs Deal for Distribution in India
Harelbeke-Hulste, Belgium-headquartered Agristo NV, a frozen potato products specialist, and Mumbai, India-based West Coast Fine Foods, have signed a memorandum of understanding for distribution of...

Aviko Rolls Out Chili Cheddar Nuggets Aviko Rolls Out Chili Cheddar Nuggets
Steenderen, Holland-headquartered Aviko BV introduced Chili Cheddar Nuggets just in time to spice up the Christmas and New Year holidays. While the company specializes in potato products, it...

Simplot’s CravOn Never-Fried French Fries  Roll Out to Northern California Retail Stores Simplot’s CravOn Never-Fried French Fries Roll Out to Northern California Retail Stores
Boise, Idaho, USA-headquartered J.R. Simplot Company announced on November 18 that CravOn, its “never-fried” french fry, is now be available to consumers throughout Northern California, as well as in...

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