Industry News

Read the latest potato industry news including updates regarding Innate technology, sustainable potatoes and potato waste management.



Innate® Second Generation Potato Receives Canadian Government Clearance

Aug 03, 2017

BOISE – 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 authorizations enable the potatoes to be imported, planted, and sold in Canada, complementing the three varieties of Innate® first generation potatoes that received regulatory approval last year.

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J.R. Simplot's Doug Cole Talks White Russet Potatoes

Nov 03, 2016

ORLANDO, FL - Doug Cole, Director of Marketing and Communications for J.R. Simplot, met with us at the RPE booth at Fresh Summit to share why the company is excited about its White Russet Potato, and why it feels retailers and consumers should be as well.

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J.R. Simplot’s Doug Cole Talks White Russet™ Potatoes and Innate® Technology

May 03, 2016

BOISE, ID - New to the market and ready to show off its specialty-bred environmental and health benefits, J.R. Simplot’s White Russet™ potato are a family of varieties that have been developed over the past 14 years using the company’s potato-only bioengineering technology, Innate®, to select for traits that will aid consumer, growers, and retailers alike. 

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New genetically engineered potato approved for Canada

Mar 24, 2016

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave the green light to a new genetically modified potato on Monday.

Innate potatoes are engineered to reduce bruising and black spots and to stop them from browning. They were created by the company J.R. Simplot in Idaho.

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Canadian grocers confident in safety of GMO produce: retail council

Mar 23, 2016

The organization that represents Canada’s major grocery chains says it has full confidence in selling genetically engineered foods that have been approved by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’

Jan 30, 2016

Simplot's new GMO potato, Innate, will be kept in a closed-loop, director of commercialization Kerwin Bradley said during the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

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USDA, FDA give go-ahead on Simplot's GE potato

Jan 16, 2016

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Wednesday it will extend deregulation of the J.R. Simplot Company's Innate Potato to another Simplot genetically engineered (GE) potato with the same traits.

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Genetically Modified Potatoes Are Making Their Way to the Produce Section

Jan 14, 2016

The agency told J.R. Simplot, a potato supplier, on Tuesday that a variety of potato that the company has genetically engineered to resist disease is just as safe as any other tuber on the market, the Associated Press reports. 

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Second-generation Innate potato aims to reduce waste, water use, CO2 emissions

Jan 14, 2016

J.R. Simplot Co.’s second generation of genetically modified Innate potatoes, which just received safety clearance from the Food & Drug Administration, could reduce potato waste by up to 986 million pounds — they could also provide significant reductions of CO2 emissions and water usage.

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FDA gives OK for company’s genetically engineered potato

Jan 13, 2016

A potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine is as safe as any other potato on the market, the Food and Drug Administration says.

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Simplot, universities to develop GMO spuds for Asia

Oct 27, 2015

J.R. Simplot Co. has received a grant to collaborate with two universities on developing potatoes genetically modified to resist blight to improve production in Indonesia and Bangladesh.

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New Commercial Potato Bruises Less, Could Reduce Food Waste

Jan 14, 2015

“Innate” is a weird name for a potato. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, innate means native, inborn, or natural, which most potatoes are, but which J.R. Simplot’s officially named Innate potato isn’t quite.

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U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.

Nov 07, 2014

A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.

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