The company behind about a quarter of the worldâ€™s frozen french fries plans to ramp up demand from Canada’s New Brunswick potato growers with a line capacity upgrade at its recently expanded plant there, according to a report by GFM Staff.
McCain Foods announced Aug. 27 it will put up another $12 million to add capacity to its Florenceville, N.B. plantâ€™s French fry line dedicated to food service and retail customers.
The line upgrade is be be done in two phases, one starting in August and a second to complete the project in early 2020, the company said in a release.
The resulting capacity boost will call for an another 1,000 acres of potatoes from local growers, McCain said.
Operations at Florenceville, near the Maine-New Brunswick border about 115 km northwest of Fredericton, have been a fixture for the potato processing company since it got its start there in 1957.
In the midst of major upgrades at plants elsewhere in its network, McCain budgeted $65 million in 2017 for a 35,000 square foot specialty production line at the Florenceville plant.
The company at the time described that development as its largest capacity expansion investment in Canada in nearly 10 years.
â€œMcCain French fries continue to be in high demand, and we are investing in a strong and sustainable future,â€ said Danielle Barran, president of McCain Foods Canada.