Convenient potato products provide sports fans and athletes
with hearty healthy side dishes

San Francisco, CA  (08/23/18)–– The Green Bay Packers reportedly created the term tailgating in 1919. They used this to describe the activity of fans with pick up trucks packed with foods such as “ham, potatoes, and custards and enjoyed them from the back of the truck with the ‘tailgate’ down.1” Nearly a century later, tailgating has evolved, but one thing has stood the test of time as America’s number one side dish – Potatoes.

Tailgating is no longer just for stadium seekers. For the past decade, approximately 30% of tailgaters don’t even attend the game3and prefer “homegating.” “Tailgating has extended into the backyard and the living room, and elevating the dishes prepared is now the key to a successful tailgate,” said Kathleen Triou, President and CEO of Fresh Solutions Network. “What used to only be burgers, beers and a baked potato, is now wine, steak, and gourmet potato side dishes.” The Side Delights® recipe page offers shoppers party-perfect potato options such as the California Avocado Tri-Color Potato Salad, a gourmet spin on the traditional potato salad.

Side Delights® also has solutions for tailgaters who still choose to attend the game. 95% prepare their food at the stadium2, so the ease and flexibility of convenience potatoes such as Side Delights® Grillables are the perfect parking lot pairing.

Side Delights® offers a wide variety of healthy potatoes including bagged, gourmet and organic, in addition to fresh-cut, convenience, and potato kits. Products and innovative recipes for tailgating and beyond can be found at

About Fresh Solutions Network®, LLC:  Fresh Solutions Network (FSN) is the exclusive supplier of Side Delights® potatoes and onions.  FSN is a group of family-owned potato and onion growers and shippers who help fresh potato and onion buyers grow their categories, maximize category investment, and increase sales. FSN delivers category insights, collaborative innovation, and customized assortment. Fresh Solutions Network, LLC partners are: Sterman Masser, Inc. (Masser Potato Farms and Keystone Potato Products in Sacramento and Hegins, PA), Michael Family Farms, Inc.  (Urbana, OH), Basin Gold Cooperative, Inc. (Pasco, WA), Green Thumb Farms, Inc. (Fryeburg, ME), Red Isle Potato Growers, Ltd. (Prince Edward Island, Canada), NoKota Packers, Inc. (Buxton, ND), Sun-Glo of Idaho, Inc. (Sugar City, ID) and Mack Farms (Lake Wales, FL).


Contact Information: Kathleen Triou, (209)627-6800, [email protected]

  4. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28 (Slightly revised).