Food Processing

The Hermiston Lamb Weston processing facility is in the process of adding an additional french fry line, which will increase production to more than 700 pounds of frozen potato products, from fries to hash browns. (Courtesy Courtesy Lamb Weston)

Fertile ag area fuels food processing industry

By Arielle Dreher The Columbia Basin’s rich agricultural resources are well known at local dining room tables and restaurants. The confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers in the region, good soil for growing crops and a long growing season provide not just food resources but also fuel economic growth, jobs and sustainability for…

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Tri-Cities has hold on NW industry hub

By Mark Fountain Today, many people do not know where their food comes from. But Tri-City residents can just look down the road and see some of the country’s largest food and beverage manufacturing facilities. The Pasco-Kennewick-Richland area and its surrounding counties are a major hub of food processing. Local companies make products including french…

Representatives from Washington State University's Viticulture and Enology program visit with attendees at the 2015 inaugural FABREO Expo.

FABREO expo on a hiatus for a revamp

After a four-year run, the Tri-City Development Council won’t be putting on its annual FABREO conference this year. The Food and Beverage Retention & Expansion Opportunities program, which began in 2015, was held annually to bring food and beverage processors together with industry brokers, distributors, retailers, exporters and service providers from throughout the Northwest. “We…

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Agricultural processing seeing rapid growth

By D. Patrick Jones Manufacturing in the greater Tri-Cities is synonymous with agricultural processing. Out of the nearly 7,900 manufacturing workers in the two counties in 2017, more than 70 percent commuted daily to an agricultural processing facility. Unlike other Eastern Washington metro areas, manufacturing doesn’t rank in the top five by the number of…

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Herbal love can go beyond the stockpot

By Marilou Shea What’s green and typically soft, smells good and blankets you, your plate or room with swoon-worthy fragrance? Herbs. I love herbs! Can’t get enough of them. Mostly because they’re often pretty, smell good and have lots of variety. Sounds like a good first date, right? And what appeals to the logical part…

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