Delta Packing Co., Lodi, Calif., has become the sole sales and marketing agent for Discovery Garden’s LLC potatoes effective Oct. 1.

The proprietary potatoes of Oakdale, Calif.-based Discovery Garden’s — a subsidiary of Cal-Ore Seed Inc. — include Sierra Gold, Autumn Gold, Sierra Rose and Sierra Gems.

The move into potatoes is a step toward diversification for Delta Packing, a grower, packer and shipper of fresh cherries and wine grapes. “They approached us with this opportunity, and after looking into it, it just seemed to fit well with the timing of our other commodities and our growth plan as a company,” Paul Poutre, general manager of the Lodi company, said in a news release.

“With Delta Packing, we will continue to grow our sales and also make plans for new pack types of smaller sizes and organics,” Rob Campbell, president of Discovery Garden’s, said in the release. “Delta Packing will provide a fresh and experienced sales force to gain more retailers and more shelf space.”