SIDE DELIGHTS® CELEBRATES THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS

Side Delights farmers introduce the next generation to the potato business supporting trends to support family farms and “Grown Where it Matters.” San Francisco, CA (March 17, 2021) – The Side Delights Network of family-owned farms is vigilantly integrating the next generation into the potato business. 2021 trends show that “The locally grown produce movement starts to come of age,” as stated in the article on Top Seven Trends for Fresh Produce in 2021. Also in the forefront are family farms which, according to the USDA, “are vital to our economy and well-being as...
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SIDE DELIGHTS® PARTNER MICHAEL FAMILY FARMS EDUCATES SHOPPERS WITH NEW WEBSITE

Fresh Solutions Network invests in digital programs to support local growers and customers seeking information online about the foods they purchase San Francisco, CA  (April 6, 2020) –  Studies show that 70-80% of people research a company online before making a purchase. Shoppers search to find information about their potential food purchases in addition to the companies that produce it and what they stand for.  Consumers want the information quickly, efficiently, and with engaging details. To respond to the growing importance of this information, Michael Family Farms today debuted a new website...
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CARISSA OLSEN PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT & CEO OF NOKOTA PACKERS, INC.

San Francisco, CA (February 4, 2020) – Fresh Solutions Network announced today that Carissa Olsen was appointed President & CEO of NoKota Packers, Inc., following the retirement of Steve Tweten in December 2019. NoKota Packers, Inc. is a third-generation packer and shipper of red potatoes in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, and an exclusive supplier of Side Delights® potatoes. Olsen assumed the role of COO in February of 2017 following six years as Director of Operations. She joined the company 15 years ago as an administrative assistant. During her...
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SIDE DELIGHTS® ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF INDUSTRY VETERAN STEVE TWETEN, PRESIDENT, CEO & PARTNER, NOKOTA PACKERS, INC.

San Francisco, CA  (December 18, 2019) – Fresh Solutions Network announced today that Steve Tweten, president, CEO, and partner of NoKota Packers, Inc., will retire on December 27, 2019, after 40 years with the company. An exclusive supplier of Side Delights® potatoes, NoKota Packers, Inc. (NPI) is a second-generation packer and shipper of red potatoes in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. Steve grew up farming potatoes on his father’s potato farm, Malcolm Tweten Farms, and learned first-hand how to be a potato farmer. He deepened his knowledge by attending...
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SUN-GLO OF IDAHO® WELCOMES TRON CRUMLEY – FRESH POTATO SALES VETERAN

Sugar City, ID (April 29, 2019) ­ Potato industry veteran, Tron Crumley, joined Sun-Glo of Idaho in Sales, effective April 15, 2019.  “My career has been single-mindedly focused on the potato industry.  I am also the grandson of Idaho potato farmers, so selling potatoes is in my blood.” Crumley’s dedication to his own family led him to Sun-Glo where the tight-knit, Crapo family’s reputation as a quality grower, packer & shipper are beyond reproach.  “Sun-Glo’s level of customer service makes a positive difference to the bottom line. I¹m looking forward to...
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SIDE DELIGHTS® REMINDS CONSUMERS THAT POTATOES ARE THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD

Side Delights® and the farmers who grow them produce passion videos to tell the story from “soil to shelf”. San Francisco, CA  (August 6, 2018) ­ Side Delights® announced a new video series to tell the story of their portfolio of potato products how they are grown and why they remain the perfect comfort food. In a recent study about 2018-food trends1, comfort food took the lead.  An article referencing the study noted that the ³changing economic, political and social factors will drive consumers to choose nostalgic and comfort foods.²...
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Side Delights® Steamables Keep Heating Up The Category

America’s #1 selling brand of microwaveable potato bags adds a sure-fire winner! With time-pressed consumers continuing to clamor for ever-more convenient ways to enjoy fresh foods, value-added produce items responded – accounting for fully 84% of the incremental sales dollars in produce this past year per FMI’s The Power of Produce 2015. In fact, while unprepared vegetables inched ahead by just 0.1%, value-added vegetables jumped up 4.5% during the same period to command a 22.3% share of all fresh vegetable dollar sales. The value-added products attracting the most attention in...
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FRESH SOLUTIONS NETWORK NAMED AS A FINALIST FOR PMA IMPACT AWARD IN PACKAGING

Side Delights® Roastables product line to compete in PMA’s Product Impact Award Finals September 28, 2015 – For the second year running, Fresh Solutions Network has been named as a finalist in the PMA Impact Awards for Excellence in Packaging for their innovation and creative excellence with the Side Delights® Roastables potato product line. The Produce Marketing Association reported that 57 companies submitted 71 entries. The Impact Award Committee reviewed each entry and has selected twenty packaging submissions as finalists for 2015. According to Kathleen Triou, President & CEO for Fresh Solutions Network, “the...
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FRESH SOLUTIONS NETWORK KICKS OFF SPUD ZONE II AT PMA FRESH SUMMIT

New Side Delights® Roastables Line Debuts Alongside Expanded Convenience and Gourmet Product Lines at booth #3147 Fresh Solutions Network is lining up to kickoff their best season ever, starting with hosting Spud Zone II at PMA Fresh Summit to be held October 23-25 in Atlanta, GA. Attendees can expect to see a full roster of innovative new products as well as meeting the Fresh Solutions Network team and learning about the marketing programs available to support FSN’s retail and foodservice customers during the year ahead. One of the strongest contenders for...
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Small Potatoes Are Bigger Than Ever, And Fresh Solutions Network Is Ready!

Side Delights® Gourmet Petite brand announces new offerings and expanded        packaging options. San Francisco, CA (September 3, 2015) – Small potatoes are bigger than ever! Nielsen FreshFacts reports that Petite potatoes posted double-digit growth versus the prior year*, and now account for 11.1% of fresh potato category dollars at retail. Side DelightsÒ Gourmet Petites have been a standout in this red-hot segment since the moment they were first introduced, earning the coveted PMA Impact Award for Excellence in Packaging in 2014 on their way to racking up record sales. In response...
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