Canada-based potato processor McCain has announced plans to further invest C$12 million ($9 million) at its facility in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada, adding capacity to the existing line that produces chips (fries) for the company’s food service and retail business.
The extra capacity will require an additional 400 hectares of potatoes from local growers, McCain said in a statement.
The project is to be completed in two phases, one which has already started this August, and a second to complete the project in early 2020.
Commenting on the move, McCain Foods Canada president Danielle Barran said: “McCain French fries continue to be in high demand and we are investing in a strong and sustainable future. Investing in Florenceville, the birthplace of McCain, where we have long-standing relationships with employees, the community and with local potato growers always feels great”.
The extra capacity follows a C$65 million ($45 million) investment by McCain in the same facility in 2016.