Sobeys completed construction of a record-setting display, featuring a final total of 92,500 pounds of Prince Edward Island potatoes, on Oct. 3 at its retail location on University Avenue in Charlottetown, PEI. The display sets a new, unofficial world record for the size of a potato display, eclipsing a previous record of 80,000 pounds previously set in the United States.
The display consists of 10-pound paper bags of PEI potatoes supplied by Prince Edward Island potato growers, including WP Griffin Inc. in Elmsdale and Jewell's of PEI Inc. in York. This record-setting display also kicked off a five-day sale on potatoes at this location, ahead of the Canadian Thanksgiving on Oct. 8.
To celebrate, Sobeys hosted a barbecue Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Potato Museum in O'Leary, PEI. WP Griffin Inc. provided baked potatoes from its portable potato-baking machine. Also on hand was "Tate," the PEI Potatoes mascot and "Bud the Spud," the mascot for WP Griffin Inc.
With headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 105 years. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada.
Prince Edward Island potatoes are known for the great taste and quality that comes from growing in the unique red soil of PEI. The potato industry in PEI creates a total economic impact of $1.065 billion, and directly or indirectly employs over 12 percent of the PEI workforce.