Companies are noting that locally sourced products are becoming increasingly important for todayâ€™s shopper. They say consumers are hungry for fruits and vegetables that are grown nearby, and also factor in environmental sustainability when making purchases.
Canadian-based, grower, shipper, packer Thomas Fresh has recently launched a unique line of exclusively â€˜Albertaâ€™, grown potatoes.
â€œWe have been bringing Canadian potatoes to market for decades, but recently weâ€™ve highlighted an ongoing need for shoppers to buy local on a more centralized level. Consumers are looking to take the idea of â€˜locally sourcedâ€™ a step further by directly supporting the provinces they reside in,â€ Roy Hinchey, CEO of Thomas Fresh explains.
The company said that current research findings suggesting that 96 percent of shoppers who buy local products do so to support neighbouring growers and 87 percent believe buying home-grown is important for environmental sustainability.
â€œOur Thomas Fresh head office is located in Calgary, Alberta – and we have close-knit relationships with our potato growers. We know that the marketplace wants local, however quality and availability of product is integral. With our Alberta potatoes we have united local with premium quality in a great looking product that is readily accessible,â€ notes Hinchey.
Thomas Fresh partner growers work exclusively with the companyâ€™s potato varieties. Growing both seed and fresh potatoes in addition to selling to retailers centrally within Alberta allows for an integrated system based on geography, it said, adding that over time, a reduction in shipping during various steps along the supply chain generates a smaller carbon footprint and maximizes product lifespan of potatoes.
Alberta Potato bags are designed to express a story with a look that showcases the history of the Western Canadian provinceâ€™s heritage through rustic cowboys on a prairie landscape.
â€œThe food we eat is so closely integrated with where we live. Our aim, with our unique product appearance, is to remind shoppers that they are feeding their families with Alberta grown potatoes sourced from local growersâ€ explains Andrea Dubak, Marketing Specialist.
â€œPotatoes are as ingrained in our heritage as other food staples, such as Alberta beef. Potatoes have been grown in Alberta since the first settlers arrived and were essential in our provinceâ€™s growth in the foundational years. This vegetable is part of our identity as Albertans and we are honoured to highlight this connection,â€ Dubak describes.
New Alberta potatoes varietals include yellow, white, red and russet potatoes, available in recyclable, 5 lb and 10 lb bags. They are available at major retailers across the province of Alberta.