Consumers/Consumption

Plant-based lifestyle trend: Side Delights potato farmers team up with mushroom growers

Side Delights® potato farmers in the US have teamed up with mushroom growers to create an in-store promotion with seven original recipes for “A Week’s Worth of Yum.” 

The program includes a point-of-sale merchandiser with a tear-off recipe card featuring a recipe and a URL to download the Week’s Worth of Yum e-book.

Potatoes and mushrooms work naturally together to create a nutritious twist, added texture and a depth of flavor to consumer favorites like macaroni and cheese, frittatas, and even lasagna.

The partnership pairs mushrooms with Side Delights® potatoes, inclusive of Steamables™, the nation’s #1 selling branded microwavable potato product line. The two nutritional powerhouse partners are helping to increase awareness on the health and nutritional benefits of potatoes and mushrooms.

Both potatoes and mushrooms fit into the growing Flexitarian and Plant-based lifestyle as more nutritionists and medical experts stress the importance of incorporating more vegetables into consumer’s daily diets.

A recent New York Times article on mushrooms refers to them as “a powerhouse of nutrition” pointing out that the cholesterol-free vegetable is low in fat and calories and contains numerous minerals and vitamins, including copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc in addition to antioxidants like selenium and glutathione, believed to protect cells from damage and reduce chronic disease and inflammation. 

“Mushrooms make great meals even better, whether it’s for the ever-growing ‘blenditarian’ movement to mix mushrooms with meat for healthier, more sustainable dishes – or with the iconic potato through this exciting and creative partnership with Side Delights,” said Heather Harter, Industry Communications Coordinator with the Mushroom Council.  “Potatoes and mushrooms are a perfect pair, as these delicious recipes demonstrate.”

Fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free potatoes are extremely rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, and Fiber. Potatoes also have one of the highest overall antioxidant activity among vegetables and contain glutathione, an antioxidant that may help protect against some cancers.

Most people don’t realize that a medium-sized potato contains 26g of carbohydrates, only 9% of the recommended daily value.

“This program is a win-win for consumers and retailers, pairing two high-nutrient vegetables in creative, delicious ways, drawing consumers in-store with eye-catching promotions and recipes.“ said Kathleen Triou, President and CEO of Fresh Solutions Network.

“The Weeks’ Worth of Yum in-store program is available now with target execution in stores in September for Mushroom Lovers Month.  It is available only from the partners of Fresh Solutions Network and your fresh mushroom supplier.”

Side Delights® continually creates new, innovative products to fit every meal. For more information on Side Delights® products, programs and recipes, visit www.sidedelights.com.

Mushrooms are “nature’s hidden treasure”: always in season and grown year-round. In addition, they are considered one of the most sustainably-produced agriculture products. Visit mushroomcouncil.com for variety information, recipes, cooking demos and more inspirational information.

Source: Fresh Solutions Network and the Mushroom Council.

Contact Information:
Kathleen Triou, Fresh Solutions Network: (209) 627-6800, ktriou@freshsolutionsnet.com   
Heather Harter, Mushroom Council: (408) 477-6528, heather@mushroomcouncil.org

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About Fresh Solutions Network®, LLC

Fresh Solutions Network (FSN) is the exclusive supplier of Side Delights® potatoes and onions.  FSN is a group of family-owned potato and onion growers and shippers who help fresh potato and onion buyers grow their categories, maximize category investment, and increase sales. FSN delivers category insights, collaborative innovation, and customized assortment. Fresh Solutions Network, LLC partners include: Sterman Masser, Inc. (Masser Potato Farms and Keystone Potato Products in Sacramento and Hegins, PA), Michael Family Farms, Inc.  (Urbana, OH), Basin Gold Cooperative, Inc. (Pasco, WA), Green Thumb Farms, Inc. (Fryeburg, ME), Red Isle Potato Growers, Ltd. (Prince Edward Island, Canada), NoKota Packers, Inc. (Buxton, ND), Sun-Glo of Idaho, Inc. (Sugar City, ID) and Mack Farms (Lake Wales, FL).

About the Mushroom Council: 
The Mushroom Council is composed of fresh market producers or importers who average more than 500,000 pounds of mushrooms produced or imported annually. The mushroom program is authorized by the Mushroom Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act of 1990 and is administered by the Mushroom Council under the supervision of the Agricultural Marketing Service. Research and promotion programs help to expand, maintain and develop markets for individual agricultural commodities in the United States and abroad. These industry self-help programs are requested and funded by the industry groups that they serve. For more information, visit mushroomcouncil.com.