Growers Gearing up for Processing Tour
February 22, 2017

Potato growers from across Michigan are getting ready to be a part of a tour of potato processors in the eastern United States to gain a deeper appreciation for how the potatoes that they produce are utilized to make products.

The Michigan Potato Industry Commission is coordinating the four-day tour, March 7-10, that will provide participants with an opportunity to see potato chip production in five facilities, a dehydration facility, and the production of a variety of other snack foods.

“This is going to be a great opportunity for our growers to see firsthand how their high-quality Michigan grown potatoes in being converted into the consumer ready products. Additionally, the growers will walk away with a deeper understanding of why the processors have such high demands for ingredients in making their products.” stated Mike Wenkel, Executive Director of the Michigan Potato Industry.

Wenkel continued, “As the number one state supplying potatoes to the chip industry it is important that we do everything we can to fully understand the current and future needs of the snack food manufactures. Seeing first hand Michigan potatoes being converted is a key part in remaining the leader for the industry.”

In addition to the production facilities, growers will meet with Elizabeth Avery the new Executive Director of SNaC International, the international organization of snack food manufactures, meet with a potato broker in the Pennsylvania, and interact with the potato researchers at Penn State University.