Apparatus and a method for forming a stack of food products in a storage container are described. The apparatus comprises a 1st gate, moveable between an open and a closed position, that drops a row of food products onto a 2nd gate, moveable between an open and a closed position. The 2nd gate receives multiple rows of food products and once a predetermined number of rows have been received, the 2nd gate opens to release the rows of food products into the storage container below it. As the 1st gate shifts from the open to the closed position, it can advance, at least in part, a subsequent row of food products onto the 1st gate for later release onto the 2nd gate. The area defined by the 2nd gate and the 1st gate is a temporary staging area which can increase in height after receiving subsequent rows of food products....

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