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United Potato not protected from charges of illegal supply reduction

December 14, 2011
The Capper-Volstead Act does not protect United Potato Growers of America from charges it illegally reduced the supply of potatoes in order to raise prices.

In a Dec. 2 ruling, U.S. District Court of Idaho judge Lynn Winmill rejected Salt Lake City-based United Potato’s motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by Jamestown, N.Y.-based Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Garden Center Inc.

The court did, however, dismiss charges against several individual grower-shippers who were co-defendants in the case.
Companies in this Article
R.D. Offutt Company and affiliates is the largest potato grower in the United States, operating farms in seven states. R.D. Offutt Company is also involved in 11 potato processing facilities in four states that produce frozen potato products, fresh pack potatoes, and potato flakes.
United Potato Growers of America is a federated farmers cooperative that focuses on managing national potato supply so as to positively affect grower economic success.
Idahoan Foods, LLC is a manufacturer of dehydrated potato products in Idaho.
Potandon Produce is the largest marketer of Potatoes in North America