US: Monte Vista Potato Growers continues steady growth curve

montevistajasontillman-copyWith 2018’s crop being planted in late April and 2017 potatoes running until the end of July, Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista continues to expand in volume and in shipments, particularly to Mexico. General Manager Jason Tillman said in mid-April the cooperative now is made up of 11 growers, and he said volume has increased 35 percent in the past year as a result of good yields and the additional acreage. “We had eight growers when I started six-and-a-half years ago,” said Tillman, who also handles sales. And, he noted, Mexico has become a very significant market on his watch. “We didn’t ship any to Mexico before I started,” he said. “My first year between 4 and 5 percent of our volume was shipped there, and this shipping season it’s been 40 percent.” He continued, “We’ve created good relationships with our customer base.” More