Stepping into retirement, Dave Haun, owner of Haun Potato Co., Lenexa, Kan., is winding down operations of Haun Potato.
In an e-mail to customers and friends, Haun said the company will discontinue active sales the end of December.
“Over my nearly 30 years here as owner, I have enjoyed all of your support and the daily challenge produce brings to the table,” he said in the e-mail. “While I have been approached over recent years to sell this business, my father, Spud, and I always felt that a business with our family name should remain in family hands.”
Still, Haun said the decision to close the doors to Haun Potato “extremely tough.”
“I thank every employee and trade associate for 54 consecutive years of profitable business and am excited to spend time with my family, travel and enjoy our grandkids,” he said in the e-mail.
Haun was The Packer’s Jan Fleming Produce Legacy Award recipient in 2017 and also was named one of The Packer 25 that year.
Again this year, Haun will continue the annual tradition of donating tons of potatoes to the Salvation Army. The company has donated more than 1.5 million pounds since his father, Dick “Spud” Haun, began the tradition in 1982.
Dick Haun opened the potato brokerage in 1965 and ran the company until 1990, handing the reins to Dave. The elder Haun died in 2016 at age 91.
Haun said Dec. 7 he “couldn’t be happier” about his decision to retire and is looking forward to traveling and spending time with family.
“I’ve got plenty I want to do, but I can’t do it doing this,” he said. “It may take about three months to get everything wiggled out and shut everything down officially, but we’re done putting invoices out at the end of this month.”