Roche Honored By Sugar Club, Named To Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op Hall Of Fame

Congratulations to Dave Roche, former president of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative at Wahpeton, N.D. He is expected to be honored Dec. 4 by the Sugar Club and by the co-op as a hall of famer.

Roche was always decent to me in his times at Minn-Dak, even in difficult times. I keep thinking of him on Sundays, as he told me he planned to make more Detroit Lions football games when he retired.

Minn-Dak has enjoyed excellent leaders, including predecessors I’ve known — Gerald Shannon and Larry Steward. Recently, I have gotten to know the new president, Kurt Wickstrom. Look for his comments in an upcoming issue of Agweek.

Roche Inducted Into Minn-Dak Hall of Fame



WAHPETON, N.D. – Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative will induct David H. Roche, former President and Chief Executive Officer, into the company’s Hall of Fame at its annual meeting on December 10, 2013. The award honors a person who has made significant contributions to Minn-Dak and the sugar industry and is voted on by the Board of Directors.


Roche was Minn-Dak’s third President and CEO. He joined the cooperative on March 1, 2001.  He served on the boards of United Sugars Corporation and Midwest Agri-Commodities. In addition, he was a trustee of the United States Beet Sugar Association, Washington, D.C., and served as a member on the Mexican Task Force.


Roche began his sugar industry career as a controller for Michigan Sugar Company in 1976, and was named president in 1994. In 1996 he became president of Savannah Foods Industrial and was appointed senior vice president of Savannah Foods & Industries.


Roche was also named the “Sugar Man of the Year – 2013.” He’s the 56th recipient of the Dyer Memorial Award, which is sponsored by the Sugar Club. He will be honored at a Sugar Club dinner in New York City on Wednesday, December 4.


Roche retired from Minn-Dak on August 31, 2013. He and his wife Rae Ann live in Harbor Springs, Michigan.


Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is located north of Wahpeton. The co-op has 485 shareholders, employs more than 400 year-round and campaign associates, and has been producing sugar since 1974.