Growers Gearing up for Processing Tour
February 22, 2017
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.
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
“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.
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
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.