Jun 23, 2016McCain Foods expands New Brunswick facility
McCain Foods (Canada) is expanding its Florenceville-Bristol french fry plant. The expansion will create 40 to 50 new jobs, according to McCain Foods.
The company is adding a new production line to meet growing demands for hash brown patties and similar potato products. The $65-million investment will include a 32,000 square foot expansion to the existing fry plant as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and technology.
Dale McCarthy, vice president of Integrated Supply Chain, North America, said 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.”
McCarthy said this is the biggest single investment McCain has made in any Canadian facility since 2008, when it opened the new french fry facility in Florenceville-Bristol to replace the first plant ever built by the company in 1957.
Construction will begin immediately and the company expects the new line to begin production in late 2017 or early 2018.
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