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Cavendish Farms Opens New $430 Million Frozen Potato Processing Plant in Lethbridge, Alberta

Cavendish Farms’ newest plant is officially open for business. The announcement was made at a ceremony held Oct. 3 at the new Lethbridge frozen potato processing facility. Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving was joined by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman and other dignitaries to celebrate the largest private sector investment in the history of the City of Lethbridge. “It is a great day for Lethbridge and for our…

Market News, Oct. 1, 2019

Many potato growers across the country had to deal with some serious weather challenges in 2019. In August, severe hailstorms caused widespread crop damage in southern Alberta, while in September, Hurricane Dorian delivered torrential rain and gale-force winds to Prince Edward Island. Those areas — as well as most of the other potato-producing regions in Canada — experienced a cool, wet spring, which delayed planting by up to two weeks. This was…

McCain Foods Announces Investment in Innovative Program

With the planet facing an urgent climate situation, the global food system must become more sustainable. Producing more with less, and protecting the vibrancy of the land by enhancing biodiversity and soil health are critical priorities within agriculture to feed a growing population, responsibly. McCain Foods has long recognized the importance of farms to communities – and the broader world. It is for this reason that McCain Foods has today announced its…

McCain Foods Becomes Founding Member One Planet Business for Biodiversity

With the planet facing an urgent climate and biodiversity situation, McCain Foods has become a founding member of the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition of leading companies. Launched at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 23, 2019, this business-led coalition aims to gather forward-thinking, agriculture-centric companies determined to take bold action to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity within their value chains. In addition to business-led actions, the…

Spudnik Equipment to Purchase STC Trailer

SPUDNIK Equipment Company LLC is excited to announce they have entered into an agreement to purchase STC Trailer LLC of Blackfoot, Idaho. This acquisition will go into effect on January 1, 2020. STC Trailer LLC has served the potato industry well over the past several years by building top quality trailers and bulk beds. The addition of Trailers and Stainless Steel Bulk Beds is an important ingredient in completing the SPUDNIK line…

UPGC Potato Crop Report, September 11, 2019

The United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) has released its most recent Canadian Potato Crop Report. Prince Edward Island The weather was dry and hot well into the summer this year until the province finally got rain in the last week of August. In contrast to last year, the western part of P.E.I. has had good moisture all along. The Summerside area had 90 mm of rain a week ago, and then…

WPC Report on the African Potato Association

During his presentation at the official opening of the 11th African Potato Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, World Potato Congress President, Romain Cools, announced the continuous effort of his organization to be a partner of the African potato sector. President Cools illustrated this statement by referring to the active role of African potato specialists in WPC’s global organization: Dr. A. Jooste of South Africa and B. Lemaga of CIP who are both members…

NEPG Estimates 2019 Potato Harvest at Five-Year Average

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates the 2019 forecasted potato harvest between 27 and 27.3 million tons for the five leading potato countries. This is three per cent more than the five-year average and 12 per cent more than last year. At this stage, the estimations are mainly based upon trial digs. Nevertheless, the NEPG stresses this is an estimation — final trial digs will take place at the beginning of October — and…

McCain Invests in its First Frozen French Fry Factory in Brazil

São Paulo – McCain Foods, the world leader in frozen french fries, potato specialties and appetizers, and one of the top 10 most valuable food brands in the world, announces its investment in its first french fry factory in Brazil. With this investment, McCain continues to strengthen its expansion strategy in the Brazilian market. After acquiring 49% of Forno de Minas, who specialize in bread snacks and appetizers, in 2018 and 70%…

McCain Foods Invests $12 Million in its Florenceville Facility

Florenceville, New Brunswick – McCain Foods Canada, a division of McCain Foods Limited, shared today, the company’s plan to further invest $12 Million dollars in its potato processing facility in the French fry capital of the world, Florenceville, N.B. This investment will add capacity to the existing line that produces French fries for the company’s food service and retail business and will be completed in two phases, one starting in August and the…

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