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Cavendish Farms P.E.I. getting major storage upgrades

Potato processor Cavendish Farms is investing in major potato storage upgrades at its New Annan,P.E.I. facility. The company is constructing two new buildings to store potatoes. According to Jubs Bristow, vice-president of agriculture with Cavendish Farms, the new buildings will be able to hold 48 million pounds of potatoes. Bristow said the buildings under construction are meant to replace six outdated ones, which are 50 to 60 years old and poorly insulated….

McCain invests in Coaldale, Alta. plant expansion

McCain Foods Limited is expanding its capacity at its plant in Coaldale, Alta. According to a news release, the investment will bring additional production capacity to the french fry manufacturing facility, helping to meet continued strong demand for McCain products in the company’s domestic and international markets. Built in 2000, Coaldale is a key plant within the McCain North American supply network and today employs over 200 workers and draws its supply…

Celebrating 150-plus years of potato production

Long before John A. Macdonald took office as this country’s first prime minister 150 years ago, there were potatoes growing in Canada. But before we go into the history of the potato, let’s go back to the very beginning. Potatoes originated in the Andes in South America and were taken to Spain around the year 1500. However, another 200 years or so passed before potatoes were recognized as a useful food source…

Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture

Farm operators are slightly older and there are fewer farms in Canada than in 2011, but farms are on average larger and more area is devoted to crop production according to the results from the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Agricultural data has been collected in Canada since 1666 and 2016 marks the 22nd Census of Agriculture since Confederation. The census paints a sweeping picture of the agricultural sector. It tracks changes in crops and livestock, as well as the evolution…

McCain Foods USA Announces Expansion of Burley, Idaho Facility

McCain Foods USA will expand its production capacity for frozen french fries in North America. The location of the expansion is McCain’s current plant in Burley, Idaho where it has been doing business for 20 years.  Capital investments to support the expansion total more than USD$200 million to expand its state-of-the-art production facility.  With the expansion, McCain expects to create more than 180 new positions in Burley directly. McCain officials said in…

Seasonal help can be hard to come by

No two Canadian potato operations have the same challenges. Coast to coast, the problems and opportunities facing producers vary widely based on geography and markets. But one problem might be a little more common than others: finding the right seasonal help during the two busiest times of year – planting and harvest. In New Brunswick, a shortage of skilled workers has been a problem for years, says Paul Leahey, who has managed…

The Little Potato Company New U.S. Head Office and Plant

The Little Potato Company has announced its plan to develop and operate a new $20 million U.S. head office and processing facility in the Village of DeForest near Madison, Wisconsin. This new facility will supplement the Company’s Canadian head office and plant in Edmonton, Alta. This expansion, to be custom‐built on U.S. Hwy 51 and open in early 2017, will feature state‐of‐the art equipment, and will serve customers throughout the U.S. when fully…

US: Potato Growers Provide NAFTA Enhancements to Administration

In a letter to President Donald Trump, the National Potato Council (NPC) provided specific recommendations on how the Administration can improve the terms of trade for potato exports under NAFTA. “Improving NAFTA can benefit rural America and our nation’s economy,” said NPC Executive Vice President and CEO John Keeling. “The potato industry is strongly supportive of building on the successes we have seen over the life of NAFTA.” Canada and Mexico are…

Industry Comment: The Importance of Unity

The United Potato Growers of Canada was formed in 2006. Our country followed a similar initiation of our sister organization, the United Potato Growers of America (UPGA), formed by our neighbours south of the border. It was formed out of desperation. Growers were losing their shirts financially and it was an attempt to bring a tide that would raise all boats. Even more importantly it was recognized at that time that the…

Worst Japan harvest in 34 years bites snack makers’ shares

Japan’s potato chip lovers, beware: Your favorite snacks may become harder to find. The country’s worst potato harvest in at least 34 years has prompted major snack makers to halt production of several types of snacks. The news hit share prices on Tuesday of Calbee Inc, which makes about half of Japan’s potato snacks including “Consonme Punch,” and Koike-ya Inc, both of which tumbled to two-month lows. Bad weather is the main…

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