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Chobani creates festive recipe in collaboration with Idaho Potato Commission

Published online: Feb 02, 2020 Articles Frank Muir, IPC President and CEO
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This column appears in the January 2020 issue of Potato Grower.

In November, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) collaborated with Chobani, America’s No. 1 Greek yogurt brand, to create a festive recipe campaign promoting America’s favorite holiday side dish: mashed Idaho potatoes made with Chobani Greek yogurt, of course.

The recipe celebrates two of Idaho’s most important agricultural industries: potatoes and dairy, which generate billions of dollars for the state annually. This partnership is a natural fit and is supported by Idaho governor Brad Little. Chobani is a company with roots in Idaho that produces a high-quality product enjoyed by millions of consumers around the country, just like Idaho potatoes. Additionally, both foods are nutritious, accessible and complementary of active lifestyles.

The IPC/Chobani partnership kicked off Nov. 1 with the release of a new mashed Idaho potato recipe featuring Chobani Greek yogurt. Both organizations heavily promoted the recipe throughout the month on their websites, across social channels and newsletters, and via media outlets in Idaho and across the country.

The campaign culminated with an exciting announcement: the fourth Thursday of November has been declared National Mashed Idaho Potato Day by National Day Archives, a national registry for special days and events. Why this day? Based on what we know, we’re pretty certain more mashed potatoes are eaten on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year:

  • Nearly all Americans (97 percent) have potatoes with their holiday meals (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas)
  • Nearly three out of five (56 percent) surveyed say mashed potatoes are their favorite holiday spud dish to eat at these festive gatherings.

In recognition of this monumental day, a social media campaign was created at www.chobani.com to give folks a chance to win Chobani Greek yogurt and boxes of fresh Idaho potatoes just in time for the holidays. A special video featuring Idaho potato mascot Spuddy Buddy dancing with the official declaration from National Day Archives was posted on Thanksgiving.

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the busiest time of year for the Idaho potato industry in terms of sales. We want to remind consumers at every touch point possible—at retail, on social media, in print—to always look for the “Grown in Idaho” seal to be sure they’re purchasing genuine Idaho potatoes.