Investments Enhance McCain Potato Processing in Manitoba

McCain Foods (Canada), a division of McCain Foods Limited, is investing $75 million in infrastructure projects at Portage la Prairie and Carberry, Manitoba factories to further strengthen its potato processing presence in Western Canada.

“Our investments at both facilities are testaments to McCain’s ongoing commitment to growers, employees and the communities in which we operate in Manitoba,” said Jeff DeLapp, president of the company’s North America division.

From 2016 to 2019 McCain has committed a $45 million investment in the Portage la Prairie factory, including the installation of new high efficiency potato sorting system, as well as state-of-the-art processing and packaging equipment.

A new onsite waste water treatment, upgrades to the plant’s heating, freezing and refrigeration systems will improve the operation’s environmental footprint, and revamping the potato receiving area will allow multiple truck deliveries to unload more efficiently.

An investment of approximately $30 million will benefit the Carberry factory over the same time period. It will include the installation of auto sampling equipment, a blanching system and improved heating and refrigeration systems as well as other upgrades.

Dale Collingridge, production manager at the Carberry facility and a 42-year McCain employee, is overseeing the potato receiving area until the multi-million dollar investments are completed.

About McCain Foods

McCain Foods Limited is an international leader in the frozen food industry, employing more than 20,000 people and operating 53 production facilities on six continents. Privately owned and headquartered in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada, it generates annual global sales of approximately CDN$9 billion. In Canada, the company has eight production facilities and approximately 2,600 employees. In addition to french fries and potato specialties, it makes frozen desserts, snacks, appetizers and Chinese cuisine entrées.