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The Packer: How the US produce industry responds to the pandemic

With the Farmers to Families Food Box Program underway across the country, companies are busy packing and sending fresh produce to food banks. Chris Koger of The Packer provides a round-up of recent COVID-19-related news.

As far as potatoes are concerned, Koger writes that Potatoes USA is connecting with industry members through a new video series, Keeping It Current, to explain what the organization has been doing during the pandemic.

The first video, posted May 20, features Blair Richardson, Potatoes USA president and CEO, who describes the need for the videos.

second video from May 28 features John Toaspern, chief marketing officer, discussing the changing markets in the U.S. and exports markets.

Washington potato grower-shippers have donated a million pounds of potatoes that were grown for processing markets. Those markets, such as the frozen French fries for foodservice operators, were lost in the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving growers in the U.S. with excess potatoes with nowhere to go.

The Washington State Potato Commission reported it was scheduled to surpass a million pounds donated at 11 a.m. Pacific June 2, as growers distributed 100,000 pounds in the Olympia area in a partnership with Freightliner Northwest.

Read Chris Koger‘s full article in The Packer here

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