US: CSS Farms acquires Agri-Pack, additional farms

The recent acquisition of Agri-Pack LLC in Pasco, WA, and its Northwest farming operations by CSS Farms extends the South Dakota-headquartered potato and onion grower-packer-distributor’s presence to 13 U.S. states. According to Trish Lovell, sales and marketing director at Agri-Pack, the alignment is a positive move in every direction. “CSS Farms took over Agri-Pack on July 1,” Lovell said. The growing arm of Agri-Pack, Carr Farms, has become part of CSS Farms, and the packing facility will continue doing business as Agri-Pack. Laurie Widdowson, CSS Farms marketing and development manager based in Kearney, NE, said in addition to the Pasco farm, which was acquired earlier in the year, CSS has a potato farm in Mattawa, WA, where the crop is grown primarily for french fry processing and chip potatoes. An organic farm in the Fairview area of the Columbia Basin began two years ago as well, and a seed potato farm in Ione, OR, is the third Northwest growing operation of the CSS family of farms. Report by The Produce News