Entries tagged with: United Potato Growers Of America

Federal judge approves $25 million antitrust settlement against UPGA, UPGI

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill approved a $25 million settlement against the United Potato Growers of America (UPGA), the United Potato Growers of Idaho (UPGI) and a number of other potato growers. The class-action lawsuit, filed by Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Garden Center, alleged that UPGA, UPGI and others sought to increase potato prices by controlling the supply of potatoes grown and delivered to market. Consumers will receive $5.5 million, and grocers $19.5…  » Read more

Potato price-fixing lawsuit remains unsettled

The announcement by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho of preliminary approval of a $25 million negotiated settlement of an antitrust class action lawsuit does not mean an end to the issue. The suit alleged that United Potato Growers of America (UPGA), United Potato Growers of Idaho (UPGI) and independent potato growers engaged in price-fixing. One of the plaintiffs, Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), issued a press release stating that it is not…  » Read more

Day Two: POTATO EXPO 2014

I cornered Jerry Wright, United Potato Growers of America president, on the trade show floor of the POTATO EXPO 2014 Thursday afternoon between break-out sessions. I had missed Jerry’s presentation during UPGA’s Business Summit Wednesday morning and asked him what advice United was telling growers for the 2014 season. Wright said that based upon historical comparisons, models predict flat acreage versus last year. However, they also warn that increasing trend line yields cold produce as…  » Read more