FLORENCEVILLE, N.B. — McCain Foods Canada will invest $80 million in the creation of a new Formed Potato Specialty production line at its existing Grand Falls, N.B. facility.
The production expansion and creation of the new high-speed Formed Potato Specialty line will enable the company to meet the growing customer demand for the fast-growing market segment and further strengthens its potato-processing presence both in Canada and North America. An estimated 80 new full-time jobs will be added to the production line once the facility expansion is completed.
“Today’s investment announcement at our Grand Falls facility reflects McCain’s commitment to the potato business in New Brunswick and to the people that live and work in the Grand Falls community,” says Dale McCarthy, vice-president of Integrated Supply Chain, McCain Foods North America.
The new production line will be operational by early 2021 and will feature advanced technology for process efficiency, as well as state-of-the-art food safety, processing and packaging equipment.
“Investing in the Grand Falls facility is a testament to the many successful partnerships McCain values with our local potato growers, employees and communities,” says Danielle Barran, president of McCain Foods Canada. “McCain is a proud, Canadian family-owned business, where we continue to strengthen and grow our businesses in New Brunswick to meet the growing consumer demand for McCain potato products.”
“Based on the Grand Falls facility expansion, there will be demand for an additional 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of harvested potatoes by New Brunswick potato growers in order to supply the new high- speed Formed Potato Specialty line,” adds McCarthy.