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McCain sets decarbonisation milestone in Timaru plant

Potato processor McCain Foods sets decarbonisation milestone in Timaru plant (New Zealand)

December 02, 2022
Timaru’s McCain vegetable processing factory in New Zealand is now producing french fries using a boiler system powered by woodchips instead of coal, seeking to minimise waste by 20 per cent.
PNZ Frozen Potatoes Trade Report No.3 Sept. 2022

Potatoes New Zealand: Frozen Potatoes Trade Report September 2022

September 30, 2022
Exports of frozen fries from Belgium and the Netherlands to New Zealand have more than doubled in the quarter ending July 2022. These exports will be arriving presently, given shipping lead-times.
Engineering project manager Lenard Smythe at McCain Foods (NZ) - Timaru( left) and plant manager Jordan Jurcina with wood chips that will be used to replace coal in their boilers.

McCain Foods (NZ) - Timaru is switching from coal to wood chips for its french fries

June 14, 2022
A NZD 5.6 million (about USD 3.5 million) project to eliminate CO2 emissions and reduce demand for heating fuel at McCain’s Timaru factory will soon use woodchips to make their frozen french fries.
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Level of dumping of frozen processed potato in New Zealand no threat to local industry, government report says

April 25, 2021
In New Zealand, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released its Interim Report (Essential Facts and Conclusions) on the investigation into European dumping of frozen processed potato into the NZ market.
John Jackson – Director McCain, Lenard Smythe – Project Manager, Eddie Christian – EECA GM Investment and Engagement, Nigel Bowen - Timaru District Mayor, Barto Greeff – McCain Timaru Plant Manager, In front: Kanchana Marasinghe – EECA Senior Ac

Potato Processor McCain NZ lowers greenhouse gas emissions through use of Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology

September 25, 2020
McCain Foods Timaru potato processing plant is reducing its energy usage environmental impact, now looking to electrification, by installing Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology, a first in New Zealand.
Potatoes New Zealand request Emergency Measures to ban EU imports

Potatoes NZ request Emergency Measures to ban EU imports

May 29, 2020
Potatoes New Zealand is asking the New Zealand government to give urgent consideration to imposing short-term measures limiting the importation into New Zealand of heavily discounted frozen potato chips to avoid a food security threat.
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Elea engineering manager Jimmy Kinsella shows McCain staff and visitors how the Pulsed Electric Field Technology (PEF) machine works.

New Zealand runs three months of trials with Pulsed Electric Field Technology (PEF) at McCain Foods

June 28, 2018
In New Zealand, a three month test of a new Pulsed Electric Field Technology (PEF) unit from Elea, from Germany, started at McCain Foods Timaru and involves industrial-scale food processing of french fries.
View on the French Fry processing line in the McCain Foods New Zealand -Timaru production plant (Courtesy: Andar Manufacturing Engineers)

Finding opportunities to save energy in potato processing: McCain Foods Timaru

August 08, 2017
Management at one of McCain Foods’ processing plants in Timaru, New Zealand, has found over 100 opportunities for improvement in its logistics following a two day “energy blitz” from employees.
JR Simplot has applied at FSANZ for approval to export genetically modified potato products into Australia and New Zealand. Unclear is what type of products this is about, but unprocessed potatoes can not be imported.

Simplot wants to sell food products from GM Potatoes in Australia and New Zealand

July 06, 2017
JR Simplot has applied at FSANZ for approval to export genetically modified potato products into Australia and New Zealand. Unclear is what type of products this is about, but unprocessed potatoes can not be imported.
New potato peeler to make McCain's Timaru factory more efficient

New potato peeler to make McCain's Timaru factory more efficient

July 13, 2015
McCain Foods has installed a new model potato peeler in Timaru, New Zealand. Timaru is the first of the company's factories in the world to use the new model.

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