McCain Foods upgrading NB French fry plant in $65M expansion
A new production line to meet growing demand for hash brown patties.
The frozen food manufacturer is adding a new production line to meet growing demand for its hash brown patties and similar potato products. The 32,000 square-foot expansion to the existing fry plant includes the installation of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and technology.
Jeffery DeLapp, McCain’s regional president, North America, said the new line will serve retail and foodservice customers in Canada, the US and other export markets.
Dale McCarthy, McCain’s vice-president of Integrated Supply Chain, North America, noted that the expansion will stimulate economic growth in the area and will have a significant impact on New Brunswick potato growers.
“We are probably going to need an additional 4,000 acres of potatoes or more to feed the new production line,” he said. “We will obviously buy all that we can locally, but we may have to even reach across borders to meet our needs.”
Construction is to begin immediately and the company expects the new line to begin production in late 2017 or early 2018.