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Annabelle potato now available in Canada


November 30, 1999
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Everyone has his or her own idea of what constitutes a perfect potato.

Everyone has his or her own idea of what constitutes a perfect potato.

Home cooks, nutritionists and professional chefs want a vegetable packed with good nutrition that is attractive in appearance, has taste above others, and boasts cooking method versatility. Retailers want to offer all of this to their shoppers plus they want long-term freshness: a potato that is resistant to premature greening and sprouting while on the shelf. Growers want a potato that is easy to grow, has high yield and is disease resistant. But how do you please everyone?

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According to one Prince Edward Island potato grower, packer and shipper, the Annabelle potato meets all of those criteria. Developed in Europe by HZPC, the Annabelle potato variety has become a favourite among European chefs. W.P. Griffin Inc. of P.E.I. has been growing potatoes for 60 years and sought to introduce Canada to the best potato variety possible. Working with HZPC Americas, the company has invested more than six years in research, testing, and specialized consumer packaging to bring the variety to Canada.

“This variety proved so excellent in meeting all of the above criteria that we signed an exclusivity agreement with HZPC to grow and distribute this potato variety for Canada,” said John Griffin, president of W.P. Griffin Inc.

To assist in distribution, W.P. Griffin Inc. has formed alliances with Grand Bend of Ontario, Kroeker Farms in Manitoba, and Thomas Fresh in Alberta. The company has also developed Canada’s first microwavable steamer potato tray – Annabelle Potato SteamersTM – in order to deliver the best variety and most convenient product.

A website promoting the variety was launched in November 2010 at www.annabellepotatoes.ca.