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Potato News from Washington

Key Technology Introduces New VERYX® C70 Digital Sorter
Key Technology expands its VERYX® family of digital sorters with the addition of the new VERYX C70. This small chute-fed sorter is ideal for low- to mid-capacity production lines.
West Australian Potato Growers want you to eat potatoes EVERY day...
West Australian potato growers want their potatoes back on dinner plates every day to help ease a massive glut. The advertising campaign - named Todatoes - began Saturday night with the start of a prime-time television advertising campaign.
Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt.
Lamb Weston is adding potato storage capacity in Pasco, Washington
Lamb Weston has started the construction of additional potato storage facilities in Pasco, Washington, representing an investment of USD 3.4 million
Key Technology introduces a new medium capacity sorter: the VERYX® B140
Key Technology expands its VERYX® family of digital sorters with the introduction of the VERYX B140, a medium-capacity belt-fed sorter with a 1400-mm wide inspection zone.
Washington Potato Producers To Vote On Marketing Order
Washington potato producers will vote from June 9–23, 2017, on whether to continue the federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington.
Key Technology introduces product-specific Veryx Infeed and Collection Conveyors
Key Technology introduces new product-specific infeed and collection conveyors for their new VERYX® digital sorters. Designed to work together with VERYX belt-fed and chute-fed sorters as integrated systems, Key’s vibratory shakers and belt conveyors bring together the company’s expertise in both product handling and sorting.
Discovery of Potato Psyllids in Western Australia a serious blow to the industry
Potato producers in south-west Western Australia say the detection of the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) is a "serious blow" to their industry. The detection of the psyllid may put national and international exports in jeopardy.
Lamb Weston plans job fair as Richland's additional French Fry line takes shape
As construction advances on Lamb Weston’s new french fry line in Richland, Washington, the US-based potato processing giant is preparing to hire workers.
The future of the grocery store: Amazon Go?
Earlier this month Amazon introduced its new grocery store concept Amazon Go. Amazon Go is a new kind of store with no checkout required.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016