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Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert (left) talks with John Keeling, CEO of the National Potato Council on the expo floor. Read a story about Lempert's address to attendees: Change accelerating for food marketers.

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The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

New York’s Melanie Wickham was awarded the 2017 Potato Woman for All Seasons by The Packer’s Tom Karst on Jan. 12 at the National Potato Council annual awards banquet. Read the story here.

Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Steven (Gus) Gustafson, national accounts manager for Allen Lund Co., has a book signed by author Jim  Knight at the 2018 Potato Expo. Knight, former Hard Rock International executive, Author of “Culture that Rocks!” spoke on creating an effective company culture.

Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Marco Bini, representative with Nexxt Packaging Solutions, Exeter, Calif., displays a new pack style for potatoes at the 2018 Potato Expo.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Flanked by Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert (left) and Blair Richardson, CEO of Potatoes USA, Dianna Fricke, director of culinary and corporate chef for Simplot, receives the 2018 Top Spud championship belt Jan. 11, for her victory in the Jan.10-11 Spud Nation Throwdown at the 2018 Potato Expo in Orlando, Fla.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Tony Trujillo (from left) of Farm Fresh Direct, Steve Elfering of Potandon Produce, Scott Bennett of Jewel-Osco, Jeff Heins of Walmart/Florida, and moderator Mac Johnson talk about buyer-seller relationships at the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 11 in Orlando, Fla. Read the story here.

Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Jim Englar, senior director of new markets for Simplot Plant Sciences, shows the company’s Innate potato variety at the 2018 Potato Expo.

Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Tim Damico (from left), executive vice president of Certis USA, Addie Waxman, senior Scientist at 1,4GROUP, and Keith Jones, executive director of the Biological Products Industry Alliance at the 2018 Potato Expo. Biological products to protect plants from disease and to stimulate plant growth are seeing tremendous growth in the past few years, Jones says.

Tom Karst

The Packer's National Editor Tom Karst covered the 2018 Potato Expo Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. 

Mike Machurek, vice president of sales and marketing for Industrial Ventilation, Inc. Nampa, Idaho, poses Jan. 11 for a photograph with Merril Hoge, former ESPN analyst and former National Football League star with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hoge, a cancer survivor, spoke about his improbable journey to the NFL and his determination to beat cancer.

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