Side Delights® Announces the Retirement of Steve Tweten
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A recent announcement from Fresh Solutions Network heralded the retirement of Steve Tweten, President, CEO, and Partner of NoKota Packers (NPI), an exclusive supplier of Side Delights® potatoes. After 40 years with the company, Tweten will retire December 27, 2019.
“I’ll miss connecting with buyers, industry influencers, and my Fresh Solutions Network partners to exchange ideas, grow, and learn,” Tweten said of his impending retirement. “I have loved this industry my whole life but I’m ready to enjoy additional family time now.”
According to a press release, Tweten grew up farming potatoes on his father’s farm, where he learned first-hand what it took to be a potato farmer. He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned an associate’s degree in Agriculture Business. In 1979, Tweten and his father started NPI and began shipping potatoes in 1980. After his father retired in 1988, Tweten became President. In addition to its reputation for superior quality and service, NPI is known for its strong relationships with customers, growers, truckers, and employees. Tweten himself noted, “I’m proud of the way we treat others.”
“Steve is a rare breed of businessman who balances both the needs of the business with those of his team. I came to know and respect Steve as a member of the Fresh Solutions Network Board, and over the past six years, I am proud to call him my friend,” stated Kathleen Triou, President and CEO of Fresh Solutions Network. “We will miss Steve’s steady, unwavering support for Fresh Solutions Network and its mission.”
In addition to his career at NPI, Tweten has also served on the Marketing and Promotion Committee for the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. He has been a consultant to United Potato Growers of America and was President for his local Farm Bureau. He was also involved with Grand Forks County Ag club and served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President.
“Steve has a natural talent for forming and maintaining relationships that both NoKota Packers and the red potato industry will truly miss. I’ve worked with Steve during the past 15 years at NoKota Packers and appreciated all of the knowledge he shared with me,” added Carissa Olsen, COO of NoKota Packers. “Every employee at NPI is grateful to Steve for all he’s done to help build and grow NoKota Packers into what it is today. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Congratulations to Steve on his retirement!