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US potatoes bred for small size
What is a Creamer potato? The Little Potato Company has built a business around the smallest potato in its family. It’s a unique combination of being naturally buttery tasting and bite-sized, resulting from the company’s specialized breeding program. They’re bred small, ranging from 19 – 41mm. “We’re focused solely on the breeding, growing, packaging and marketing of proprietary little Creamer potatoes,” said Shelley Henschel, marketing manager for The Little Potato Company. “It’s all we do!” A lot of focus centres around constantly looking at packaging improvements, new flavors and new cooking techniques. It takes about 10-12 years to launch a new Creamer potato variety.
The Creamer potatoes are grown in carefully selected areas across North America. “Potatoes are grown throughout the year to supply our grading and packaging facilities that are located in Alberta and Prince Edward Island, Canada, as well as, our new grading and packaging facility in DeForest, Wisconsin,” said Henschel. The new location had its official grand opening on July 27.
Potatoes are the most frequently eaten vegetable in the USA, and The Little Potato Company aims to bring forth variety with specialty Creamer varieties including the Baby Boomer, Blushing Belle, Something Blue, and Terrific Trio varieties. The company is also working with several local Wisconsin potato growers to ensure a steady supply of fresh, nutritious and delicious Creamer potatoes from its new 130,000 square-foot facility. “Wisconsin is well known for its rich soil and dedicated farmers, and for helping to feed families across America. We’ve been working with some of the best growers to plant, nurture and harvest our specialty Creamers, and we’re grateful to have found such exceptional caring partners,” said Sanford Gleddie, Vice President, Agriculture and Business Development in a press release. “We’d also like to thank our construction and operational partners for helping us to create this state-of-the-art facility.”
The Little Potato Company maintains distribution centers and an extensive grower network throughout the US and Canada to serve customers across these markets. Creamer potatoes are marketed on their nutritional aspects, being nutrient-rich and heart healthy. Henschel said with customers always in search of convenience, freshness and taste, interest in their packaged products continues to grow in both microwave and oven kits.
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