CHARLOTTETOWN, Oct. 16 2009
Cavendish Farms is pleased to announce the official
opening of Cavendish Culinary Creation Centre and Canada's Smartest Kitchen,
the research arm of Holland College's Culinary Institute of Canada.
"This new facility is a great example of a win-win
collaboration with The Culinary Institute of Canada, which is recognized as one
of Canada's best known and most successful culinary training schools" says
Cavendish Farms' President Robert K Irving. "We'll have access to the college's
talented research chefs and their staff, and this partnership will help
Cavendish meet customer demand for new and innovative food solutions."
For Holland College president Brian McMillan, the
partnership is yet another example of the college's leadership in culinary arts,
and research and development. "The major benefit for us is that we will be
working directly with industry on innovative yet practical product development
ideas for the food service industry. Partnering with industry is fundamental to
our philosophy of training, and to our vision for moving forward," he said.
From left to right - The Hon. Keith
Ashfield, Minister of State (ACOA);
Hon. Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince
Edward Island; Mr. Robert Irving,
President, Cavendish Farms; and Dr.
Brian McMillan, President, Holland
College. (CNW Group/Cavendish Farms)
The Cavendish Culinary Creation Centre is co-located
with Canada's Smartest Kitchen, the research arm of The Culinary Institute of
Canada, in Holland College's Tourism and Culinary Centre in downtown
Charlottetown, P.E.I. At 12,052 square feet, the two-story facility will deliver
a suite of services including food concept development, testing and pilot-line
"Continual product innovation is at the heart of
Cavendish Farms' future," states Irving. "Recently, our 'From The Farm'
Homestyle Wedges & Fries won the Canadian Grand Prix Best New Product Award for
Frozen Food, which celebrates product innovation in the grocery industry. This
partnership with Holland College is a vital component of our ongoing commitment
to food innovation."
Farms Culinary Creation Centre includes
a state-of-the-art pilot production line
with scalable food processing equipment.
These production facilities will work in
collaboration with Canada's Smartest
Kitchen and its food science laboratory.
The new facility is the result of financial support from
the federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the
Province of Prince Edward Island, Cavendish Farms and Holland College.
Cavendish Farms is the fourth largest processor of frozen
potato products in North America, supplying leading grocery, food service and
quick service restaurants around the world.
Cavendish Farms is celebrating its 30th anniversary in
2010 and has been part of Prince Edward Island since its inception. The company
operates two plants in New Annan, PEI and this past summer launched a new
Bio-Gas Facility there as well. This facility, which takes non-usable organic
material from the plants and turns it into usable energy, is an example of our
commitment to innovation and sustainable business practices.
Cavendish Farms employs a dedicated team of approximately
700 people at our New Annan, PEI operations. We use quality potatoes, grown by
over 150 Island farmers to produce quality frozen potato products.
Cavendish Farms is a member of the Irving Group of
Companies - a family-owned organization whose commitment to quality products and
services dates back 127 years. Founded in 1882, the Irving Group has operations
in Eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec,
Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador), and the United States.
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