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McCain opens ‘world class’ potato storage facility in Australia

A McCain storage facility capable of storing 11,000 tonnes of potatoes has opened at South Burnie, a locality and suburb of Burnie, in the North West region of Tasmania in Australia, according to a report by Sandy Powell for The Advocate.

Sandy writes that the facility, which can hold 9,000 tonnes of potatoes in cold-storage long term, as well as a further 2,000 tonnes in short term storage, is run by McCain Foods. Plant operator Rodney Smith said the facility is truly “world-class”.

“This is a controlled climate so you get every potato and you regulate the airflow so everything is even. So you’re slowly putting them to sleep,” Mr Smith said. He said potatoes can be stored “very comfortably” in the facility for in excess of six months every year. The facility has been designed by refrigeration expert Terry Rabson in conjunction with Stubbs Construction.

Mr Smith said the facility will collect potatoes from 65 growers across the north and North-West of Tasmania.

Source: The Advocate. Read the full story and watch a movie here
Photo: McCain plant operator Rodney Smith at the new refrigerated Burnie potato storage facility, with 1000 tonnes of potatoes in a pile behind him. | Courtesy Sandy Powell

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