Fryeburg farm putting a value on potatoes.

From: The Portland Press Herald, January 31, 2016 Sub-title: Green Thumb Farms sells potatoes in liquid and solid form on a national level. Farmer Don Thibodeau grew up in Aroostook County in the era when a potato was vaunted, but hardly pampered. The packaging was a brown paper bag. If there was value being added, it was at home and involved sour cream and butter. Today he grows potatoes on 725 of his 2,400 acres at Green Thumb Farms in Fryeburg, and adds value like nobody’s business. Through Maine Distilleries,...
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New Study Shows Side Delights® Steamables Really Heating Up Retail Sales

Nielsen research confirms that category-leading brand is attracting desirable shoppers and driving bigger baskets. A new study on the microwaveable/steamable fresh potato segment conducted by Nielsen Perishables Group highlights the impact that Side Delights® Steamables have on retailer sales and identifies the desirable shopper groups that the growing brand is attracting. Side Delights® Steamables are the leading brand in the steamable segment, with 54.4% of all microwaveable bag volume measured by Nielsen and accounting for half of all dollar sales in the segment. During the 52 week period ending 6/27/15,...
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Busting Five More Myths about Potatoes

With the start of fall comes the start of the potato harvest, the busiest time of year for potato growers. Since I busted several potato nutrition myths earlier this year, this seemed like a good time to return and address some other misperceptions so you can get beyond the myths and enjoy nutritious and delicious potatoes more often this harvest season and all year round. MYTH #1. MOST PEOPLE EAT TOO MANY POTATOES. Contrary to popular belief, the consumption of potatoes in all forms is well within current food intake...
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Purple Potatoes May Help in Fight Against Bowel Cancer, Study Finds

Naturally purple-fleshed potatoes may aid in killing bowel cancer stem cells, according to a team of international researchers who found that compounds in the vegetables suppressed the spread of bowel cancer tumours.  The research, conducted from researchers at Penn State and the University of Colorado in the U.S., and recently published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found the baked flesh of purple potatoes suppressed the growth of bowel cancer in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer’s stem cells. A release by Australian peak vegetable industry body Ausveg...
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The Key To A Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwich: POTATOES!

The breakfast sandwich has become a staple of on-the-go mornings. In fact, convenient and high-protein breakfast dishes are rising in popularity, according to a new study from Nielsen Perishables Group. But if you’re following a gluten-free diet or low-fat diet, buns, biscuits, English muffins and croissants commonly used in breakfast sandwiches might be off the menu for you. There’s good news: potatoes can fit right in as the base of a quick, high-protein, low-fat and totally gluten-free breakfast sandwich. It’s easy to make Hash Brown Sliders with pre-shredded hash browns...
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NEW DATA SHOW THAT WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE NEED MORE VEGETABLES, WHITE POTATOES ON THE PLATE

APRE’s latest NHANES analytical data are consistent with IOM findings that women ages 19-50 do not get enough key nutrients from vegetables (BOSTON, MA) March 30, 2015 – A new study presented today by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) at Experimental Biology 2015 confirms that vegetable consumption is very low among women of childbearing age (WCBA), and that the nutrient-rich white potato is an important vegetable to this population’s diet, particularly among subgroups with the lowest intake. The results are consistent with the Institute of Medicine findings that mean total vegetable consumption of women ages 19 to...
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Fresh Solutions Network Unveils New Side Delights Website

San Francisco, CA (March 4, 2015) – A 2014 study by Cone Communications found that every day, 43 percent of consumers are searching for food information online. Today’s shoppers expect to be able to not just find information about their potential food purchases on the web, but to find the information they want quickly, easily and loaded with engaging details – and maybe even a few surprises. To respond to that desire, Fresh Solutions Network today debuted a brand-new, industry-leading website for their Side Delights® brand of potato products, located...
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Fiber Blog Names Potatoes as a Hot Food Trend for 2015

  In her nutrition blog “Fiber Is the Future,” registered dietitian Katie Ferraro highlights potatoes as one of the hot food trends for 2015. According to Ferraro, “potatoes are on the prowl.” She cites the recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition to show that individuals can eat potatoes and still lose weight. Ferraro also notes that a medium baked potato with skin provides 3 grams of fiber and contains no fat or cholesterol. The KUSI News segment “Healthy Food Trends for 2015” features Katie Ferraro discussing the information...
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New Research is Good News for Potato Lovers

Selecting healthy foods may be more important than adhering to a glycemic index diet when it comes to reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Denver, CO, January 7, 2014 – New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association,(JAMA), demonstrates that the glycemic index, the basis of many popular diets, may ultimately not be of high importance to those who already follow a healthful diet. This study is more good news for potatoes, adding to a growing pool of research that demonstrates the positive role potatoes play...
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Steaming Up Sales of Fresh Potatoes

Side Delights® Steamables offers the most complete lineup for today’s time-pressed shopper. San Francisco, CA (December 3, 2014) – The NPD Group just released their 29th annual Eating Patterns in America report, and finds that an increase in meals from home is one of the single biggest changes in eating patterns in Americans in the last five years. “We are eating more meals in our homes, but not cooking more dishes,” says Harry Balzer, vice president of The NPD Group and author of the report. Nowhere is this more apparent...
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