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McCain to modernize French processing plant

Potato Business reports that McCain Foods is set to modernize its Béthune plant in Pas-de-Calais, to produce new packaging more suited to mass distribution and to “strengthen its competitiveness”, thanks to an investment of EUR17m.

The new investment package, which continues the EUR125m expenditure for a period of five years in France, should make it possible “to continue the modernization of the site, to create a new packaging line” and to set up “a new packaging for French fries, more suitable for mass distribution “, according to a press release issued by McCain Foods.

“This investment of EUR17m in Béthune is the first in a series that will be deployed by McCain by 2026” to evolve towards “more modern and sustainable industrial production”, Erwin Pardon, president of McCain Europe, noted.

In Bethune, where it has been established since 1986, McCain employs nearly 230 people for two production lines – one for frozen fries, the other for dehydrated potato flakes.

Source: Potato Business. Full report here

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