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ISSUE #1 Spudman Toda y 2019 Show Daily All things potatoes in a city known for all things fun By Dwayne Weyers and John Halverson Co-chairmen of the Potato Expo 2019 Steering Committee W ho said potatoes weren't hip? We can just feel the energy of bringing all things potatoes to Austin, a city known for being fun, hip and vibrant — ranked by Expedia as the No. 1 "super cool U.S. city to visit"; Travel + Leisure ranks Austin No. 8 on "The Best Cities for Food in the United States"; and, Orbitz ranked Austin as one of the top five "Best Music Cities in the U.S." Austin is also known for innovation, and this week we have the potato industry's most innovative minds gathered together. We can't wait to see what new ideas, creative thoughts and new imaginations come out of this idea incubator for potatoes. Over the next two days you will share ideas, identify trends, examine research and connect with other potato professionals — all to help boost your business in 2019 and beyond. We've expanded the wildly popular Innovation Hub introduced last year and now have two sets of breakout sessions — the Process and Seed breakouts — which will be held tomorrow morning. The Chip and Fresh breakouts are tomorrow afternoon, so you have flexibility in attending multiple sessions. We have a new Q&A booth where you can talk with Dwayne Weyers John Halverson Trade Show Hours 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Innovation Hub Sessions 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall 4, Innovation Hub PAA Poster Session: Meet the Researchers 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit Hall 4 Kick-Off Reception 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall 4 Spud Nation Throwdown 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Hosted by Simon Majumdar, food writer, author, cook, Food Network judge and TV personality Exhibit Hall 4, Innovation Hub • Spud Nation Throwdown Cook-off, Page 5 • Trade in 2019, Page 8 INSIDE TODAY at a Glance WELCOME continued on page 3 FULL SCHEDULE on page 12 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 [ [

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