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McCain Unveils $437 Million Expansion of Alberta Potato Facility

March 14, 2023
Largest capital investment in company history will have significant sustainability aspects.

McCain Foods this week announced its biggest capital expenditure in the company’s history, a C$600 million (US$437 million) investment in its Coaldale, Alberta, plant, doubling the size and output of the facility.

The expansion will create two new production lines, one for frozen french fries and the other for frozen potato specialty products. Once fully operational, the expansion will more than double the workforce at Coaldale to 485.

McCain opened the Coaldale plant in 2000. Construction on the expansion is expected to start later this year.

There will be significant sustainability aspects. The project will include wind turbines and solar panels, providing 100% renewable electricity to the site. Biogas generated at the wastewater treatment facility will be maximized and transported to the steam boilers to offset natural gas demands. A water recycling system will produce clean potable water to be used in the manufacturing process.

McCain has a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations in half by the end of the decade.

"This will fuel continued growth for the business, allowing us to serve key markets further by bringing customers high quality potatoes that begin with our dedicated local farming community,” said Max Koeune, president/CEO.

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Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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