Canadian frozen food company McCain invests US$200m in development of new potato plant in China

CHINA – Canadian-based and world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain Foods is planning to invest US$200 million to construct a second local potato production facility in China. McCain food says the investment builds on its 25 years’ presence in China and aims to meet the growing demand for its potato products in the country. Located in Yangling Agriculture Hi-Tech Development Zone, Shaanxi Province, the new facility will expand McCain’s local production network in China. The US$200m facility will join the company’s existing potato processing facility in Harbin, Heilongjiang…

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Mr Yum digitizes meal menus in South Africa as McCain launches fully customized cookbooks

SOUTH AFRICA – Mr Yum, an Australian based start-up with operations in South Africa has launched a QR code mobile table-ordering system that allows diners to view the menu then order and pay directly through their phone. Mr Yum is not a delivery service, but rather it allows restaurants to cut out the middleman and run their own deliveries while allowing for simple online ordering and payment by customers. It entered the South African market in June. The company has pioneered the restaurant ordering technology across Australia and New Zealand…

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McCain Foods to invests US$300m to expand production capacity in Washington

USA – Frozen potato and snack food products manufacturer, McCain Foods USA has initiated construction of a US$300 million expansion project in Washington, US. The company said the investment includes a new state-of-the-art battered and conventional French fry processing line that will add a 170,000-square-foot space at its potato processing facility in Othello, Washngton. McCain Foods says that the US$300 million project is estimated to bring 180 new jobs to area residents and will require an additional 11,000 acres to be sourced from Washington potato growers. “McCain Foods has a…

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McCain Foods to invest US$9m in Canadian potato processing facility

CANADA – McCain Foods Canada, a division of McCain Foods Limited, has unveiled plans of investing an additional CAD12 million (US$9 million) in its Florenceville potato processing facility in New Brunswick, eastern Canada. The investment will add capacity to the existing line that produces french fries for the company’s food service and retail business and will be completed in two phases, the first starting in August while the second phase will complete the project in early 2020. This capacity build will require an additional 1000 acres of potatoes from local…

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McCain Foods invests US$100m in new french fry factory in Brazil

BRAZIL – World’s leading producer of frozen french fries, McCain Foods has announced a US$100 million investment in its first french fry factory in Brazil. The company is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in Araxá, Minas Gerais State near its recently acquired frozen potato specialties company, Serya Alimentos S.A. The investment is expected to create 150 direct jobs, 450 indirect jobs and positively impact approximately 750 farmers and agricultural professionals. The new facility is expected to be opened in the first half of 2021 with a goal to…

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McCain Foods invests in US chicken nuggets startup Nuggs

USA – Maker of potato specialties and appetizers, McCain Foods has invested in New-York based chicken nuggets startup, Nuggs as it looks to strengthen its position in plant-based solutions. Nuggs, co-founded by 19-year old Australian tech savvy and entrepreneur Ben Pasternak brings its new nugget technology to which has developed an innovative plant-based chicken nugget alternative. The company has raised US$7 million in a funding round led by McCain, officially launching its product Nuggs, a more advanced version of the animal-based chicken nuggets. Other investors include Rainfall Ventures; Greylock Discovery…

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McCain Foods acquires 70% stake of Brazilian food company Serya

BRAZIL – McCain Foods, a leading manufacturer of frozen potato products has acquired 70% stake of Serya Alimentos S.A., a Brazilian company focused on the production and marketing of frozen potato specialties. The investment expands McCain’s presence in the Brazilian pre-formed potato specialty market. According to the company, Brazil is one of its focus markets where it looks to achieve accelerated growth through a strategy that will make it the leading supplier of potato products. “Brazil currently reports as the 5th largest market in the world for frozen french fries,…

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McCain Foods invests US$300m in US potato processing facility

USA – McCain Foods USA, leading frozen foods subsidiary of Canadian McCain Foods has announced that it is investing US$300 million in its potato processing facility in Othello, Washington, US. The investment allows the company to expand its production capacity at the facility which serves both the retail and foodservice industries in North America. It includes 170,000-square-foot expansion which will add another state-of-the-art battered and conventional French fry processing line to its production capabilities in the U.S. The facility is expected to create 180 new jobs, and expand the company’s…

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McCain Foods completes its investment in the Canadian TruLeaf business

CANADA – McCain Foods Limited, a global leader in appetizers and snacks, has completed a strategic investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture, a highly innovative Canadian agricultural technology company. TruLeaf has developed proprietary indoor vertical farming technology to grow fresh and nutritious leafy greens of high quality and flavour, in an environmentally sustainable way, 365 days per year. Since its inception in 2011, the Company has assembled a strong team of leading experts to develop and advance these proprietary growing systems, that can be located anywhere, from the heart of an…

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McCain Foods acquires 49% stake in Brazil’s food manufacturer Forno de Minas

BRAZIL – Canada’s McCain Food’s has acquired a 49% stake in Brazil-based food manufacturer Forno de Minas Alimentos SA, a Brazil-based company engaged in the food processing industry. Forno de Minas was formed by the Mendonça family in 1990, and is a leader in Brazil’s cheese bread market, also producing a range of frozen and fresh products such as waffles, stuffed pasta, puff pastry and potato breads. According to FoodBev, the company exports its products to over 15 countries, operates three factories in Brazil and registered annual revenue of US$103…

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