PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — McCain Foods recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its facility in Portage la Prairie, Man. and officially opened its new potato-receiving area. Dignitaries, including Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler, were on hand to celebrate alongside McCain executives and employees.
“[The] official opening of the new potato-receiving area reflects McCain’s ongoing commitment to our business in Manitoba and to the people that live and work in the Portage la Prairie community,” says Dale McCarthy, VP of Integrated Supply Chain at McCain Foods North America.
“McCain Foods is a key part of Manitoba’s agricultural sector and our entire provincial economy,” says Pallister. “We congratulate McCain on the 40th anniversary of its Manitoba operations and join in celebrating the recent investment in Portage la Prairie.”
The expansion of the potato-receiving area was part of a multi-year, $45-million capital-investment commitment made by McCain to the facility. The expansion will allow the facility to receive additional potatoes from local growers in a more time-efficient manner, as well as an allowance for additional holding capacity, a new cleaning line and a new refreshment-break area.
Other capital investments included the installation of new high-efficiency potato-sorting systems, cutting-edge processing and packaging equipment, new onsite waste-water treatment systems and upgrades to the facility’s heating, freezing and refrigeration systems.
“As we celebrate both the opening of the potato-receiving area and 40 years of continued operation at the McCain Portage la Prairie facility, we want to express the ongoing importance of the foundational relationships we share with our employees and growers in the Portage la Prairie community, some who have been with us all 40 years,” says Danielle Barran, president of McCain Foods Canada.