Side Delights Goes for the Gold




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San Francisco, CA  (February 20, 2018) – Side Delights® announces additional support for potatoes ability to impact athletic performance.

Potatoes as a performance food are gaining notoriety during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, with the newly released Olympian Menu and announcement that performance nutrition is now a critical part of athletes’ strategy to win. The PyeongChang 2018 athlete’s village kitchen has 180 chefs serving 7,000 meals a day at its peak, and two senior sports nutritionists appointed to the United States Olympic Committee. Team USA shipped 85 pallets of food and equipment, including potatoes, to ensure athletes had exactly what they needed for fuel at all times.*

One of the nutritionists, Susie Parker-Simmons commented on the recommended dinner for a female cross-country skier, “a bun or roll with 4 ounces of meat, a cup of vegetables, a cup of quinoa, and a cup of baked potato wedges, as well as yogurt and fruit,” confirming that potatoes are a balanced part of a performance enhancing meal.2

In addition to 26 grams of carbohydrates necessary for performance, potatoes contain 620 milligrams of potassium – an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function. Potatoes also have one of the highest overall antioxidant activity among vegetables. This data and additional information on potato nutrition as well as performance driving recipes and links to Performance Magazine are available on the Side Delights® website nutrition page.

“Athletes of all levels know that potatoes are fuel for athletic performance,” said Kathleen Triou, President and CEO of Fresh Solutions Network. “The recent RunDisney Health & Fitness Expo at the 25th Anniversary Walt Disney World® Marathon in Orlando, Florida, included a Potatoes USA Nutrition Program giving credibility for potatoes as fuel for athletic performance, with 75,000 athletes and spectators receiving recipes and nutritional information on potatoes from the Potatoes USA team3.”

For marathon runners and Olympic athletes or anyone who chooses to stay healthy through exercise and nutrition, potatoes are an important vegetable to include in their menu.

1 Food & Wine Olympic village kitchen article, Olympian Menu – Fox News

2 Susie Parker-Simmons Includes Potatoes for Performance

3Potatoes USA Team Media Release


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 growers and shippers who choose to work together to make the potato and onion industry better for everyone. FSN helps 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 are: 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).


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