Industry Happenings Idaho Grower Shipper annual convention By Greg Johnson September 12, 2017 | 12:35 pm EDT This year features the return of the Idaho potato truck, but it will feature a new fiberglass potato that is a little smaller, so it doesn’t have to travel with the “wide load” designation on the highways, and it will be able to be lighted on the inside so it will look like it glows. (from left) Idaho Potato Commission vice president of foodservice Don Odiorne catches up with Potandon’s Jack Kelley and United Fresh Produce Association chairwoman Susan Reimer-Sifford Sept. 1 at the Idaho Grower Shippers Association’s annual convention Sept. 1. Idaho Potato Commission CEO Frank Muir says the state’s strong brand is proving “locale” can overcome local produce popularity at retail. He presented the commission’s marketing plan for the 2017-18 season at the IGSA annual meeting Sept. 1. Idaho Grower Shippers Association president Shawn Boyle (holding check in blue sportcoat) presents a donation of $5,000 to the Idaho Foodbank from IGSA members at the group’s annual meeting. Ron Pelger, owner of consultancy RonProCon, says shippers of a premium product, such as Idaho potatoes, should stand their ground on price when negotiating with retail buyers, and then they have to deliver top quality. He addressed attendees of the IGSA annual meeting Aug. 30. 1 2 3 4 5 6 The Packer Editor Greg Johnson attended the Idaho Grower Shippers Association's 89th annual convention Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Sun Valley, Idaho.