McCain Foods (Canada) will invest CAD 80 million ($60.6 million) to create a new formed potato specialty production line at its facility in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada.
The expansion will enable McCain to meet growing customer demand and strengthen its potato processing presence in Canada and North America.
The new production line will be operational by early 2021 and an estimated 80 new full-time jobs will be created.
“Investing in the Grand Falls facility is a testament to the many successful partnerships McCain values with our local potato growers, employees and communities,” said Danielle Barran, president of McCain Foods Canada.
“McCain is a proud, Canadian family-owned business, where we continue to strengthen and grow our businesses in New Brunswick to meet the growing consumer demand for McCain potato products.”
McCain said New Brunswick is a key potato-growing region in Canada, representing an estimated 15% of the total Canadian production and acreage.
“Today’s investment announcement at our Grand Falls facility reflects McCain’s commitment to the potato business in New Brunswick and to the people that live and work in the Grand Falls community,” said Dale McCarthy, vice president of integrated supply chain, McCain Foods North America.
“Based on the Grand Falls facility expansion, there will be demand for an additional 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of harvested potatoes by New Brunswick potato growers in order to supply the new high-speed formed potato specialty line.”
He added: “With today’s announcement, both the Grand Falls facility and the recent Florenceville expansion will provide McCain Foods with two of the largest formed specialty lines in the industry.”
In July, McCain Foods announced plans to invest around $100 million in its first French fry factory in Brazil, as it “significantly increases” production capacity in Latin America.
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