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United States Potato Board has a new name: Potatoes USA

United States Potato Board has a new name: Potatoes USA

During the 44th Annual Meeting of the National Potato Promotion Board, Board Members voted to change its dba (doing business as—business name) from the United States Potato Board, U.S. Potato Board, or USPB, to Potatoes USA

March 21, 2016
Board Members of the National Potato Promotion Board approved a new name for its agricultural promotion group.

During the Board’s 44th Annual Meeting at the Broadmoor Hotel, they voted to change its dba (doing business as—business name) from the United States Potato Board, U.S. Potato Board, or USPB, to Potatoes USA.

This far-reaching update comes on the heels of the organization’s newly created mission and strategic plan which were also approved.

Potatoes USA exists to “strengthen demand for U.S. potatoes.” We are the global champion for U.S. potatoes, representing 2,500 family farms growing more than 600 varieties of potatoes. We promote U.S. potatoes in all forms including seed, fresh, frozen, chipping and dehydrated products. We make potatoes exciting! We create positive change in the industry through innovative, collaborative and inspiring approaches in marketing, education and research.

The new strategic plan for Potatoes USA includes the collective input of over 450 members of the United States potato industry, Potatoes USA staff and the Board’s agency representatives from around the world. Thoughts, ideas, wants, needs and desires were presented and documented over an 18-month period beginning the summer of 2014.

With access and utilization of over $6 million in USDA funding annually, Potatoes USA works in more than 20 countries around the world. Exports of U.S. potatoes have experienced unprecedented growth over the past 30 years and now account for 18 percent of production.

Potatoes USA President and CEO Blair Richardson:

“In the United States, Potatoes USA is the leading organizer of potato nutrition, research, education and varietal development.”

“We will have a positive impact on long-term demand, consumer awareness, research efforts and utilization of our potatoes by foodservice and retail operators, consumers and other entities.”
Potatoes USA Chairman Mike Pink and one of the 2,500 farmers who grows potatoes in Pasco, Washington:

“Potatoes USA is ready to fight for the future of this industry and will take an aggressive approach in doing so.”

“The potato is an essential part of the American diet and should be something people can enjoy with pride. With its new strategic plan, mission and business name, Potatoes USA is prepared to lead the way.”
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Potatoes USA - until recently named the United States Potato Board (USPB) - is the nation’s potato marketing organization. Potatoes USA is the central organizing force in implementing programs that will increase demand for potatoes.