Ryan Potato Co. sold to R.D. Offutt Co.
by Tad Thompson | July 25, 2010
R.D. Offutt Co., based in Fargo, ND, on July 12 acquired the assets of Ryan
Potato Co., which is described in the July 20 edition of the Northern Plains
Potato Growers Association's Potato Bytes publication as "an East Grand Forks,
MN-based buyer of washing-quality reds, whites, russets and yellow-flesh
varieties of potatoes."
Potato Bytes further said that Ryan Potato "is a nationally recognized name in
the fresh table potato industry with over 100 years of experience in the
The company prides itself on satisfying customers and increasing the crop
value for potato growers. Company-owned trucks ensure fast and prompt
nationwide delivery. Ryan Potato Co. will continue to operate from the current
East Grand Forks facility, with all current employees being offered positions by
R.D. Offutt Co., said the Potato Bytes piece.
Joan Ryan Mangino, president of Ryan Potato, confirmed the sale July 21 with
The Produce News. "It is something that we've been working on for a while.
We are very proud to align ourselves with R.D. Offutt Co. As I see it, they have
the same family values, principles and integrity that we have here at Ryan
Ms. Mangino reiterated, "I am very proud and honored to be part of RDO."
She added, "Everything here will remain the same at Ryan Potato, and
everyone's jobs are intact, and we will move forward to a new and brighter
Ms. Ryan said that "more details" on the sale "will be coming from the R.D.
According to The Blue Book, R.D. Offutt is a potato processor and a subsidiary
of Winnemucca Farms Inc. in Winnemucca, NV. Winnemucca Farms
manufactures dried and dehydrated potato products as well as other food
Ron Offutt, chairman and founder of R.D. Offutt, was unavailable by The
Produce News' press time to comment on the deal. In Potato Bytes, however,
he was quoted as saying, "We are pleased to have Ryan Potato Co. join our
company. They are an established organization with excellent employees, a
four-star rating, a great reputation throughout the nation and superb
customer service. The combination of Ryan Potato Co. and R.D. Offutt Co. will
be able to provide potato growers expanded value."