The world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potatoes, McCain Foods Ltd. has opened a new $65 million specialty potato production line at its flagship facility in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B.
According the company, this new 35,000-square-foot production line is the biggest investment they have made in Canada in the past decade.
“Florenceville continues to be the french fry capital of the world,” said Jeff DeLapp, president of North America for McCain Foods. “The official opening of the new production line reflects McCain’s ongoing commitment to invest in the needs of our consumers and customers today and also the company’s focus toward future product development and innovation.”
The expansion led to more than forty jobs in the plant and an additional demand for 4,000 acres of potatoes supplied by local farmers.
“McCain is proud to partner with over 150 farming families across the country,” said Shai Altman, president of McCain Foods Canada.
The french fry manufacturer is also celebrating its 60th anniversary.
“During our 60th year of business, investment in the Florenceville-Bristol facility is a testament to the importance the community holds as the birthplace of McCain Foods,” added DeLapp.
The expansion comes after two similar projects this year. Last July, McCain Foods announced plans to expand by 15% at its manufacturing plant in Coaldale, A.B. In May, the company invested $200 million in expanding its Burley french fry manufacturing plant.