McCain Foods to spend $10m on potato processing plant upgrade in Tasmania


Multi-national leader in the frozen food industry McCain Foods has announced a $10 million upgrade of its potato processing plant in Smithton in Tasmania’s north-west.

Image credit: McCain Foods Facebook page
Image credit: McCain Foods Facebook page

The company manufactures quality products including French fries, appetizers, pizzas, vegetables, desserts, prepared meals and also owns companies in complementary industries, such as agriculture and transportation.

With the upgrade, McCain’s storage facility in Smithton will hold up to 55,000 tonnes of potatoes for processing.

According to Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff, the investment is a vote of confidence in Tasmania’s agriculture industry.

“The investment will secure local jobs in the North West and importantly, McCain’s undertaking to increase production will greatly benefit local farmers who supply the processing plant, giving them confidence to invest and expand,” the Minister said in a statement.

“This investment is a clear sign that McCain sees a bright future in Tasmania and is committed to our agriculture industry. As a Government, we are committed to investing in our competitive strengths, like agriculture, to grow the economy and create jobs. We strongly believe that together with supporters like McCain we can grow the value of our agriculture sector ten-fold to $10 billion per year by 2050.”

McCain Foods Limited has over 20,000 employees working on six continents and generates annual sales over CDN $7 billion.

McCain Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd and McCain Foods (NZ) Limited are both wholly owned subsidiaries of McCain Foods Limited in Canada and are part of the global McCain group of companies. McCain Foods Australia & New Zealand has over 1,500 employees, 5 production sites, and sales presence in all major cities.

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