Held in February, Potato Lover’s Month, the contest drew 4,049 entries, the most ever, according to a news release from the Eagle-based commission.
“We welcomed several major new retailers who participated in the contest for the first time this year, giving them a chance to show off the phenomenal creativity of their produce managers,” Seth Pemsler, the commission’s vice president for retail/international, said in the release.
Hormel Foods partnered with the commission on this year’s contest.
“We were excited and honored to partner with one of the most well-known brands in the produce department,” Tony Horvath, Hormel’s produce manager, said in the release. “Idaho potatoes with Hormel Bacon Toppings are a natural meal solution that resonates with consumers.”
Sweetbay was the first-place winner among stores with 10 or more cash registers. Marsh was the winner among stores with six to nine registers. South Pittsburg, Tenn.-based Kirkpatrick’s Foodland was the winner among stores with one to five registers.
In each register-size category, cash prizes were awarded in first through fifth places. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes were awarded.