January 4
Urschel releases a new concept in potato slicing

Urschel has released what it calls “a new concept in slicing” with the MicroAdjustable Slicing Head (SL-14). The company said it has long adapted to the requirements of individual applications and developed the new head as a result of this adapti... more

January 3
Key Technology names Ray Kramer head of North America sales 

Ray Kramer has been appointed the senior director of North America sales for Key Technology. Kramer is responsible for managing Key’s sales organization in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Key, Kramer was the general manager of YXLON USA, a... more

December 27
EPA reconsiders Worker Protection Standard provisions

In mid-December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will reconsider certain provisions of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). This rulemaking has been in the implementation process for several years and was initiated under the... more

December 27
Washington state adopts pesticide safety rules in new year

New rules for using pesticides, modeled after federal worker protection standards, will take effect in Washington on Jan. 13. Washing State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Director Derek Sandison signed the rules in December. They will bring state r... more

December 27
Perdue points out potato accomplishments as year comes to close

On Dec. 21, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a year-end recap of the USDA’s 2017 achievements and potatoes were high on the list. The secretary called out the reentry of U.S. chipping potatoes from Idaho into Japan as one of USDA "si... more

December 27
Lamb Weston invests $250 million in new fry line

Lamb Weston Holdings is growing its french fry processing capacity in North America. The company said it will expand operations at its Hermiston, Oregon, processing facility with the construction of a 300 million pound-per-year french fry line. Th... more

December 21
South Korea re-opens market to US table stock

Earlier in December, 2017, the South Korean government announced the reopening of its market for table stock potatoes from the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The market had been closed since July 2012 over technical concern... more

December 21
New executives elected for PEI Potato Board

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has elected a new chairman at its December Board of Directors meeting. The new chairman of the board is Darryl Wallace of Cascumpec, who owns and operates Wallace Family Farms. The new vice-chairman of the boa... more

December 21
Campbell Soup buying snack company for nearly $5 billion

Multiple media outlets have reported that Campbell’s Soup is acquiring snack food maker Snyder's-Lance, which owns brands such as Diamond Foods and Pop Secret popcorn. The deal, which CNBC reports is valued at $50 a share, will total $4.89 billi... more

December 18
US potato exports rebounded in October  

U.S. potato and product exports all posted positive growth in October 2017 compared to 2016 according to Potatoes USA. Frozen exports led the way with a 10-percent increase in volume and a 11-percent bump in value at $106 million. Exports of dehydrat... more

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