Potatoes Idaho potato promotion rewards foodservice buyers By Ashley Bentley May 17, 2011 | 11:12 am EDT Comments Print Throughout January, the Idaho Potato Commission is offering a cash reward for foodservice buyers who take extra Idaho potatoes. The commission is offering the foodservice deal at the same time its retail program is running a retail bin promotion, said Don Odiorne, vice president of foodservice for the commission. For foodservice buyers, for every truckload more than 2009 volumes warrants a $500 reward, and each extra railcar gets $1,000 from the commission. The offer is capped at $2,000. âOur fresh potato movement is up 27% year-to-date for this crop, and we want to continue the momentum with a retail bin promotion and a foodservice truck and rail promotion,â Odiorne said. Individual foodservice distributors and produce specialty houses are eligible; brokers, terminal market vendors and other buying groups are not, according to the commission. As an added bonus, the first 50 participants in the program will be sent a miniature Idaho potato truck. A submission form is available on the commissionâs Web site, www.foodservice.idahopotato.com.