In the early days potatoes were bulked in giant heaps and packed into 4 stone bags using pikes. Most if not all potatoes were packed without washing and sold loose by weight in shops.
Today, potato packing is very different. Harvested potatoes are stored in dark refrigerated warehouses at temperatures between 20 and 40C. When required for packing batches are removed from cold storage and warmed up to 80C to avoid bruising under the skin during processing.
Our fully automated washing and packing lines use leading edge technology to wash, grade and pack our potatoes. We have the capability to pack to any size in paper bags, plastic film and now paper-laminate and microwavable materials.