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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 potato industry."

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 Potato."

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 future."

Ms. Ryan said that "more details" on the sale "will be coming from the R.D. Offutt Co."

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 products.

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."