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

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

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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Bristow said the buildings under construction are meant to replace six outdated ones, which are 50 to 60 years old and poorly insulated. They also don’t have refrigeration and lack airflow.

“Currently we’ve been using numerous older style buildings in different locations through the central part of the Island, which are now just past their use date and just no longer efficient for the volume of potatoes we’re wanting to store,” he said.

Bristow added the new storage facilities will use 35 per cent less fossil fuel than the ones they’re replacing.

Cavendish Farms said it employs about 670 people at its two processing plants in New Annan. The Island facility is a major one for the food manufacturer, accounting for the largest part of its North American production.

Bristow said the construction work is employing about 50 to 60 contract workers on site every day and the project is expected to wrap up in October.

Source: CBC.ca

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