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Associated Potato Growers Inc. packages Red River Valley potatoes for buyers across the US

Associated Potato Growers Inc. is one of the largest potato packing cooperatives in the Midwest, marketing yellow and red potatoes – in a variety of bag sizes – to buyers across the United States. Ann Bailey reports for Grand Forks Herald.

Seventeen farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota grow potatoes for Associated Potato Growers Inc., which is the only grower-owned potato cooperative in the Red River Valley. Besides shipping its potatoes to distributors, the cooperative markets directly to customers from its locations in Grand Forks, Grafton and Drayton under the name of Nodak.

The new logo of Associated Potato Growers Inc. reflects the growing popularity of yellow potatoes. The 73-year-old cooperative, based in north Grand Forks, recently added yellow potatoes to its logo, which since the beginning had featured only red potatoes.

Demand for yellow potatoes began increasing about a decade ago, said Mike Torgerson, Associated Potato Growers Inc. CEO. “It’s been a steady increase,” Torgerson said. “They’re used for almost everything a red is. It’s a variety that has taken off. People like something new.”

Retail demand for yellow and red potatoes has increased by 10% to 15% during the past year, and Torgerson hopes that trend will grow.

Source: Grand Forks Herald. Read the full report here
Photo: Mike Torgerson, Associated Potato Growers Inc. CEO holds a bag of red potatoes and a bag of yellow potatoes that the cooperative produces. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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