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 a press release the expansion is in response to increasing demand for their frozen potato products such as french fries in North America and the world. The announcement also comes amid a season in which a large crop has driven fresh spud prices well below Idaho growers’ production costs, leading the state’s shippers to drop their prices to increase their market share.
“McCain has been a part of the Burley community since the 1960s” said Jeff DeLapp, regional president, North America “This investment will bring more jobs, continued partnerships with local potato growers and expanded capacity to meet increasing demand for McCain products”
This investment follows previous McCain expansion announcements in its specialty potato capacity in Plover, Wis., and its USD$65 million investment in its facility in Florenceville, N.B.