A Pennsylvania potato grower-shipper has introduced three new consumer packs in its anti-greening packaging line.
Huntsinger Farms Inc., Hegins, Pa., will have its new Petitetoe, Supper Supremes and Dinner Delights bags ready for fall harvest, said Frank Tonart, sales manager.
Huntsinger, which packs red, white and yukon gold potatoes, was one of the first Eastern potato packers to use anti-greening technology in its packaging, which keeps potatoes fresh on retail shelves longer, Tonart said.
The company also was one of the first Eastern packers to pack spuds in poly bags, he said.
The new anti-greening Petitetoe pack is a 1.5-pound bag packed 12 to the box, Tonart said. The Supper Supreme and Dinner Delight packs are 2.5-pound bags, also packed 12 to the box.
The consumer-sized packs were created in response to changing U.S. demographics, Tonart said.
“The concept appeals to senior citizens, individuals, smaller families and apartment dwellers that may not be able to use a 5-pound bag of potatoes.”
To ensure the best quality possible, Huntsinger Farms follows European farming practices, Tonart said. An English de-stoner removes stones from beds before potatoes are planted.
Also following the lead of European spud farmers, the company uses whole size B seed potatoes, not cut seed potatoes, in planting. That helps ensure better emergence and fewer disease problems, Tonart said.
Huntsinger’s potatoes are harvested by a Pearson harvester from England and sorted by a Celox optical grading machine from Denmark, Tonart said.