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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:52 pm    Post subject: New Potatoes Reply with quote

I saw new potatoes on sale in TESCO today, well the bag said Ireland dont know if its the potatoes or bag or it was that they were packed in Ireland, but who is growing new potatoes in Ireland in this quantity and quality at this time of year, with the weather were having I have my doubts but then again I could be wrong, can anyone enlighten me.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"New potatoes" is a marketing term and nowadays is meaningless.

In the past when people were more informed about the food they ate new potatoes was the retail term used for early potatoes. This subsequently transformed into a buzz word which consumers were attracted to and retailers realised was a value adding USP. Now the term seems to be used when there's a new supply or source. Last summer I saw a local roadside potatoe grower selling new potatoes: golden wonder. To a gardener or grower, GWs are maincrop, therefore not early, hence not new. To the seller, it was maincrop that was just being harvested, hence new, therefore attractive to the consumer.

Similar to fresh fruit (not frozen) or organic salmon (intensively farmed but not fed chemicals).

Regarding the Tesco potatoes, what variety were they? At a guess they were a maincrop such as rooster that have come out of storage. Hence "new potatoes".
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ill get back to you on that when I take a trip into town
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