Super-Pufft, one of North America’s largest manufacturers and co-packers of salty snacks for retailers and national brands, has established a new state-of-the-art potato chip processing facility in Alberta.
The new $50-million facility will support Alberta potato producers and create more than 100 jobs for the Airdrie area. When both phases of the project are operational, the Airdrie facility will use about 78,000 tonnes of Alberta potatoes each year.
The food processor selected Alberta because of the province’s reputation as a consistent producer of high-quality potatoes, the provincial government says in a news release.
In addition to investment facilitation services, Super-Pufft received $250,000 in funding, cost-shared by the federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to support equipment for their new Airdrie facility.
“This is a great example of how Alberta’s first-class reputation for high-quality agricultural products, combined with the right business environment, is attracting new world-class agri-food investment to the province. Super-Pufft’s Airdrie facility represents a significant boost for Alberta’s potato growers, and will create hundreds of new jobs for Albertans,” says Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development.
“I’m proud of the company we’ve created and the products we produce. We offer imaginative recipes made with the finest ingredients,” says Yousif Al-Ali, president and CEO, Super-Pufft Snacks Corporation.
“We acquire technologies ahead of the marketplace and take measured risks to generate big ideas. We look to continue to grow and succeed with the continuous support from our dedicated employees and the community at large who assist us in making our customers’ bottom line our bottom line.”
“We are thrilled that Super-Pufft has chosen Airdrie as its first location in Western Canada and are excited to welcome them to our city. This venture will increase growth of a target industry, drive our local economy and create vast employment opportunities. We sincerely thank Super-Pufft for this significant investment in our community,” says Peter Brown, mayor, City of Airdrie.
Source: Government of Alberta news release
Photo: From left to right, Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, Yousif Al-Ali, President and CEO, Super-Pufft Snacks Corp and Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown. Credit and courtesy Discover Airdrie
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