December 4, 2012
For Immediate Release
Brandon Bouchard (Snowe) 202-224-7417
Ed Gilman (Michaud) 202-225-6306
Willy Ritch (Pingree) 207-841-8400
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud have written to the owners of Five Guys hamburger franchises in New England and urged them to use Maine potatoes to make French fries at the restaurant in Portland and a new location scheduled to open in Bangor.
In a letter to franchise owners Gene Prentice and Jamal Bourdoute, Snowe, Pingree and Michaud wrote:
"As you know, purchasing locally can significantly cut down on transportation costs as well as result in fresher food. Additionally, a growing number of consumers in Maine and around the country are keenly interested in supporting local farmers and appreciate having a connection to those growing their food."
Over her nearly four decade career in the U.S. Congress, Senator Snowe has been a tireless champion for Maine’s potato industry.
“Maine’s potato industry is simply iconic, and the crop our hardworking farmers produce each year is second to none,” Senator Snowe said. “As Five Guys presence in our state grows, I urge the company to buy their potatoes locally here in Maine – not only for their superior taste and quality, but to support our state’s economy.”
Michaud said Maine growers produce top quality potatoes.
"The potato industry is a critical part of Maine’s economy. Using Maine potatoes at Five Guys locations in Portland and Bangor would provide new opportunities for Maine’s potato farmers and, of course, make great French fries," Michaud said.
This summer, Pingree successfully convinced cruise ship companies to buy Maine lobster when they visit Maine, and is hoping Five Guys will also agree to buy local.
"Buying locally not only guarantees fresh ingredients, but it's also good business because every dollar spent locally stays right here in the Maine economy," Pingree said.