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McCain Foods resumes $300 million plant expansion in Washington State

McCain Foods will resume construction this month of a $300 million expansion at its french fry plant in Othello, Wash., the company announced, according to a report by Matthew Weaver, Field Reporter for Capital Press in Spokane, Washington State in the US in this article.

“We are excited to resume construction on the 170,000 square-foot expansion of the Othello plant, where McCain Foods has operated for over 31 years,” Paolo Picchi, regional president, said in a company press release. “This expansion will increase production capacity through the addition of a new state-of-the art french fry processing line, bring new jobs to the community and require approximately 11,000 additional acres, sourced from local potato growers in the region.”

“Obviously, it’s a very positive sign,” said Dale Lathim, executive director of Potato Growers of Washington. “It’s a sign that we are rebounding from the COVID situation and the downturn we had from that. It all bodes very well for the entire Columbia Basin.”

The voluntary organization negotiates pre-season contracts with major potato processing companies on behalf of 65 member growers representing more than 80% of the frozen processing contracted acres in the state.

Source: Capital Press. Read the full report in Capital Press here

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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