Canada Global (Web News) The world’s largest producer of french fries, McCain Foods Inc., has announced plans to expand the size of its potato processing factory in southern Alberta by investing $600 million.
In order to quadruple productivity at its Coaldale factory, located just east of the city of Lethbridge, the Toronto-based food manufacturing company—which boasts that it produces one in every four French fries produced worldwide—is making the greatest investment in its history.
McCain said that the initiative will result in the construction of two new production lines, one for frozen potato speciality goods and the other for French fries. The expansion is anticipated to more than double the facility’s present workforce by adding 260 new positions once it is finished.
The expansion is necessary to accommodate the anticipated increase, according to McCain Foods CEO Max Koeune, who stated in an email that the company is forecasting substantial volume growth over the next five years.
Koeune attributed a portion of the anticipated growth to the restaurant and hospitality industry’s ongoing recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic and limits on in-person dining caused a decrease in demand for frozen potato goods, including French fries and other potato items.