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McCain Foods USA announced a major expansion of its potato processing capacity in Othello, Washington

McCain Foods USA announced a major expansion of its potato processing capacity in Othello, Washington

Aerial view of the existing McCain Foods USA - Othello Washington potato processing plant. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

May 2, 2019
Today, McCain Foods USA Inc., a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of frozen french fries, announced a $300 million investment in its Othello, Washington, potato processing facility, significantly expanding its North American production capacity.

This 170,000-square-foot expansion will add another state-of-the-art battered and conventional french fry processing line to its production capabilities in the U.S. and bring an anticipated 180 new jobs to the community.

Of note, this investment also brings environmental efficiencies, reducing the facility’s carbon footprint while doubling its production, underlining McCain’s commitment to sustainability.

Jeff DeLapp, President, North America:

“This investment signals confidence in Washington, its potato growing community and its skilled workforce availability.”

“It quickly follows other McCain capacity investments, helping to meet the continued increasing demand for McCain products and builds toward a strong, sustainable future in manufacturing and agriculture.”
This added capacity will require an approximate 11,000 additional acres, sourced from local potato growers in the region, and follows a similar high-capacity expansion in Burley, Idaho to service the U.S. and global markets.

Construction will begin this month with anticipated completion in early 2021.

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McCain Foods Limited is an international leader in the frozen food industry and the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato specialities, employing approximately 18,000 people and operating 50 production facilities on six continents.
McCain Foods Limited entered the U.S. market more than 30 years ago and is a leading supplier of frozen potato products for the foodservice markets. McCain also supplies retail grocery chains with both McCain and private label potato products.
McCain Foods USA - Othello (Washington) is one of McCain Foods potato processing facilities in the United States