Idaho Potato Commission Hires Industry Veteran Alan Kahn
BOISE, ID - Spuds are singing their potato praises today, as the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced industry veteran Alan Kahn as its new Vice President of Foodservice.
With over 25 years of experience in foodservice, including time with Ore-Ida Foods, McCain Foods USA, and J.R. Simplot Company in sales and marketing roles surrounding potatoes, Kahn is certainly ready to take on his new role.
His resume also boasts the Director of Sales position at Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, Vice President of Marketing at Clear Spring Foods, and most recently Bureau Chief of Communications & Marketing for the Department of Fish and Game.
As IPC President & CEO Frank Muir explained in a recent press release, “Alan’s impressive experience in the food industry, years spent working at three of Idaho’s biggest frozen French fry manufacturers, and deep knowledge of Idaho make him the ideal person to run the foodservice division at the Idaho Potato Commission.”
Muir continues, “As more and more consumers are seeking healthy out-of-home dining options, getting Idaho® potatoes—fresh, frozen, and dehydrated— on the menu is becoming increasingly more important. I’m confident that Alan’s knowledge and expertise can help us lift foodservice to the next level.”
In his new role with the IPC, Kahn will:
- Supervise three Promotions Directors who are calling on foodservice distributors, produce houses, and terminal markets
- Develop foodservice promotions
- Launch incentive contests for operators
- Create training programs, videos, and educational materials
- Coordinate the commission’s presence at food/restaurant shows
- Work with restaurant chain operators on new menu ideas
AndNowUKnow congratulates Alan Kahn on his new position, and looks forward to seeing the growth his efforts will provide to the Idaho Potato Commission in the coming year. For more of the latest industry news, keep reading us here at ANUK.