A Supply Network that Really Works – with Retailers!
Fresh Solutions Network approaches potatoes and onions as an opportunity rather than a commodity.
San Francisco, CA (September 30, 2014) For many growers, they see potatoes and onions as classic commodity crops – and consequently over-focus on growing and harvesting their products as inexpensively as possible so that they can sell at lower prices. While that approach may work for some, Fresh Solutions Network (FSN) sees the equation differently. FSN feels that only focusing on squeezing down costs can actually cost retailers more, by short-changing them on quality, innovation and marketing support.
These areas – product quality, innovation and marketing support – are in fact the three pillars that Fresh Solutions Network is using to rise above the competition while helping their retail customers to prosper. FSN believes the best breakthroughs – in products and in business – arrive at the intersection of insights and collaboration, so they work overtime to turn category data into insights and consult with their retail customers to develop innovative products and strategic solutions.
“We think the value proposition for retailers has changed and that many of the ways potato and onion suppliers continue to try to capture market share may be a thing of the past,” stated Kathleen Triou. “They fixate on driving out costs to win business, to the point that their packaging is ineffective and their marketing support is non-existent. Fresh Solutions Network’s approach gives retailers unprecedented access to competitive insights, to collaborative innovation, and ultimately to optimal assortments. For example, we recently collaborated with a regional retailer to
strategize an optimized assortment that delivered a 7% sales increase and stole market share from their competition over a six-month pilot program.”
Fresh Solutions Network has reinvented the “supply-and-buy” model by focusing on a direct-supply “dream team”, an invitation-only network of potato and onion growers and shippers with superior products and trustworthy track records who personally own the land, work the soil, and pack the product. Many of the long held ways of buying produce mean retailers may not know where their potatoes and onions are coming from, and that puts quality and accountability at risk. FSN customers always know exactly what product they’re buying and which grower they’re buying it from. FSN members are accountable for quality and service — to each other and to their retail customers —because it is literally their farms that are at stake, not someone else’s.
About Fresh Solutions Network, LLC: Fresh Solutions Network is where potato growers work together for individual growth and category success. Fresh Solutions Network helps the most sophisticated potato and onion buyers grow their categories, fill product gaps, maximize category investment, and increase sales. We reinvented the procurement model by introducing a direct-supply “dream team.” Our approach gives you unprecedented access to competitive insights, collaborative innovation and optimal potato and onion assortment. Fresh Solutions Network Partners grow, pack, sell and deliver potatoes and onions directly to their retail and foodservice customers, providing seamless, transparent product supply and service. 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), and Sun-Glo of Idaho, Inc. (Sugar City, ID).