NoKota Packers Inc. has joined Fresh Solutions Network LLC, a partnership of potato and onion grower-packer-shippers.

Buxton, N.D.-based NoKota Packers, which packs and ships red potatoes in North Dakota and Minnesota, is the sixth company to join, according to a news release. Fresh Solutions Network, established in 2010, provides marketing, category management and other services.

NoKota Packers joins Fresh Solutions NetworkOther members include Sterman Masser Inc., Sacramento, Pa.; Michael Farms Inc., Urbana, Ohio; Basin Gold Cooperative Inc., Pasco, Wash.; Green Thumb Farms Inc., Fryeburg, Maine; and Red Isle Potato Growers Ltd., Prince Edward Island, Canada. Operations cover more than 60,000 acres.

“Now … NoKota Packers can offer a complete potato category assortment that will satisfy shoppers on a year-round basis,” Steve Tweten, president, said in the release. “Plus, the strategic category management support, innovation, and other marketing programs available through Fresh Solutions Network, LLC will help drive shopper satisfaction and strengthen total potato category performance.”

“Their strategic location in the Red River Valley, recognized quality and service and organizational culture are a perfect complement to the Network value proposition,” Sherrie Terry, president of Fresh Solutions Network, said in the release.