FLORENCEVILLE–BRISTOL – McCain Foods’ has officially opened its new $65-million potato specialty production line, the company announced Thursday.
McCain says the new 35,000-square-foot production line is the largest capacity expansion investment in Canada in nearly 10 years. Jeff DeLapp, North America president of McCain Foods Limited, said the investment reflects the continued growth of the North American frozen potato and potato specialty segments in both the retail and food service businesses.
“Florenceville continues to be the French fry capital of the world,” said DeLapp in a release. “The official opening of the new production line reflects McCain’s ongoing commitment to invest in the needs of our consumers and customers today, and also the company’s focus towards future product development and innovation.”
The new production line created jobs and generated additional economic activity in the Florenceville area.
“In addition to the more than 40 new jobs created, the construction build stimulated economic activity within the region, and an additional demand of 4,000 acres of potatoes is to be supplied to the facility by New Brunswick potato farmers,” said DeLapp.
The company said this expansion is part of its ongoing commitment to growth since its inception in 1957.
McCain had 30 employees and sales of $150,000 in its first year of business. It’s now a global enterprise with more than 20,000 employees operating out of 53 production facilities on six continents. It has sales in excess of $9-billion, all while remaining Canadian headquartered and family-owned.