Hot Potatoes: 23rd Annual Idaho Potato Commission Retail Display Contest Set to Sizzle with $150,000 in Cash, Prizes

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Free BlueROCK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker When You Enter an In-Store Display Combining Idaho® potatoes and HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits

EAGLE, Idaho, December 23, 2013—Shoppers will be hoofing it over to produce aisles nationwide this February as retailers unveil their latest spud-themed creations for the Idaho Potato Commission’s 23rd annual Potato Lover’s Month Retail Display Contest.


But boosting potato sales isn’t the only bonus for retailers who enter the nation’s largest vegetable display contest. The Idaho Potato Commission will give out $150,000 in cash and prizes ($34,000 in cash prizes alone) for the winning displays, and all who participate will receive a free BlueROCK wireless Bluetooth speaker with auxiliary and charging cables included.

For the second year in a row, IPC is partnering with HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits to feed consumers’ insatiable appetite for bacon along with their favorite spud dishes. Each display must combine fresh Idaho® potatoes, Idaho® dehydrated potato products and HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits in addition to special eye-catching IPC point-of-sale materials: two round double-sided Potato Lover’s Month logo signs, a large and a small double-sided sign with an appetizing baked potato photo, and two inflatable Mylar Spuddy Buddies.

“A steaming hot Idaho baked potato topped with crunchy bacon bits is the perfect winter pick-me-up for family dinners,” said Jamie Bowen, IPC marketing manager. “Spicing up the produce department with an imaginative, colorful display featuring these two great tastes is a great way to turn up the heat on February sales. Our retailers have found that their Idaho® potato displays really pay off for them throughout the entire produce department.”

Last year’s top show stoppers, for instance, included a floor-to-ceiling “castle” display guarded by Spuddy Buddies, a scaled-down version of the Great Big Idaho® Potato Truck that toured the country spreading spud fever, and an “American Idol” themed display starring Idaho® potatoes. Other display contest entries have run the gamut from football fields filled with potato players to smoking “volcanoes” in honor of Idaho’s much-vaunted volcanic soil.

Retailers will compete with other same-size stores in one of three categories: 1-5 cash registers, 6-9 cash registers, or 10+ cash registers. Entrants within each store category are eligible to win these prizes:


    • 1st place -- $1,500


    • 2nd place -- $1,000


    • 3rd place -- $750


    • 4th place -- $500


    • 5th place -- $250


In addition, the Category Manager Match Program will award equivalent cash prizes to category managers at stores that qualify for a 1st through 5th place prize. One hundred displays selected from the remaining entries will win Honorable Mention Prizes of $100.

Contest Details
Here’s how to enter the IPC Potato Lover’s Month 2014 Retail Display Contest:


    1. Using fresh Idaho® potatoes (bag, bulk or both), an Idaho® dehydrated potato product, and HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits, create an eye-catching display following the contest rules (available at


    1. Put up the display in your store’s produce section for at least one week between Jan. 27 and Feb. 28, 2014.


    1. Submit a picture (digital preferred) of the display and an entry form (available at to the IPC so that it’s received no later than March 15, 2014. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2014, and posted on


All entries will be judged on use of Potato Lover’s Month signage, creativity of the display, how the display incorporates the partner products, and perceived salability of the display. Judging will be done by the Potato Lover’s Month Display Contest Review Committee.

About the Idaho Potato Commission
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered certification mark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho Potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance, that differentiates Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.

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