Business updates: Potatoes Marketing - The Packer

Business updates: Potatoes Marketing

11/30/2012 11:15:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

Associated Potato Growers names pair of staffers

Grand Forks, N.D.-based Associated Potato Grower, Inc., recently added two people to its staff.

Kimberly Bjorstad started in July as the food safety and quality control director.

Steve Grod joined the sales department in September, general manager Paul Dolan said.


Bushmans’ hires salesman for potatoes, onions

Bushmans’ Inc., Rosholt, Wis., hired John Eckendorf as a salesman Oct. 1.

Eckendorf will focus on potato and onion sales, chief executive officer Mike Carter said.

Before joining Bushmans’ Inc., Eckendorf worked as a sales representative for Spud City Sales. Prior to that, he was in sales in the radio industry, according to a news release.


L&M takes over marketing for High Country Potato

L&M, Raleigh, N.C., has marketed Idaho russet potatoes from Rexburg, Idaho-based High Country Potato since June.

The partnership is going well and the company has enjoyed positive results so far, said Tracy Fowler, general manager of potatoes and onions.

“High Country is set up to double-watch and double-grade the pack. I believe that is why we are having outstanding feedback,” he said in an e-mail.

Fowler also credited a continued focus on customer service as well as the transportation department in Colorado and L&M Transportation Services, a sister company, as having an impact on the success of the partnership.


Peatland Reds adds brands, tweaks tater packaging

Trail, Minn.-based Peatland Reds Inc. has added brands, including the Family Farm Value and Diamond brands.

Other new packaging options are also in the works.

“Our customers have been requesting specific packaging for their company, so we’re working hand in hand with the receiver to give them the package they want,” co-owner Dennis Magnell said.

Other changes include additions to the operations. This will be the first full year with the new system.

“We added another automatic grader that rechecks the potatoes. It goes through the Odenberg first and then they get rechecked by the AgSort before getting checked by one or two workers,” Magnell said.

These machines will reduce the needed number of workers.

“They get graded about 3 times, and we only need about 3 people working on the line,” he said.


Wada Farms to mark 70th anniversary

Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho, will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2013.

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