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Nonpareil-Idaho Potato Packers focus on high quality Idaho Russets

Nonpareil-Idaho Potato Packers is a three-generation, family-owned packer and shipper specializing in Idaho Russet potatoes. Since the company’s founding as Idaho Potato Packers in 1946 by Harold Abend, it “has been committed to providing the best Idaho potatoes that the state can offer,” said Stephen Abend, who has been chief operating officer of the Blackfoot, ID-based company since 2014.

Originally founded in New York City, the company relocated to Idaho in the 1950s “to better monitor growth and quality,” Abend said. “Today, the company maintains the same keystones that it was built on over 70 years ago: unmatched quality and customer service. Nonpareil continues to provide the very best Idaho Russet potatoes available.”

“We are strictly a Russet potato shipper,” Abend said. That is, of course, how the company started, as Russets were essentially the only type of potato being grown commercially in Idaho in the 1940s and for many decades thereafter.

In recent years, the state has diversified into other potato varieties, and Nonpareil experimented with them for a time. But then the company moved away from reds, yellows, and such to focus again, exclusively on the Idaho Russets. “That allows us to be the best we can be on providing the very best Russet potatoes,” he said.

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