NPPGA: RED POTATOES ARE GOOD FOR BAKING

Published online: Nov 01, 2010 Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
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The Northern Plains Potato growers Association (NPPGA) is running a new advertising campaign designed to get buyers to associate red potatoes with the Red River Valley. The campaign, sponsored by East Grand Forks, Minn.-based Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, includes ads in national trade publications and trade show banners, said Ted Kreis, marketing and communications director.

However, the trick might be in getting buyers to think red potatoes to begin with. Red potatoes are still a niche product in some markets, said Dave Moquist, partner and sales manager, O.C. Schulz & Sons Inc., Crystal, ND. It will take time to move them into the mainstream.

Red River Valley marketers hope retailer and foodservice buyers as well as consumers will start thinking more often of red potatoes as an alternative to russets for baking. Large red potatoes, in particular, are good for baking, but Kreis said he doesn't often see them in supermarkets.

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