Frozen food specialist McCain Foods is to invest US$100m in the expansion of its manufacturing plant in Burley, Idaho.

The Canadian food producer said the investment forms part of the firm’s North American growth strategy. The increase in capacity will allow “more flexibility” in its supply chain to meet increasing demand for potato products in the US, in addition to export markets such as Asia and Latin America, McCain said.

The investment will see the addition of a third production line, which is expected to be operational by the end of the 2015 calendar year.

“Burley continues to demonstrate its importance to our supply chain and from a logistics standpoint, the plant location in Idaho is uniquely positioned to serve local, regional and North American markets as we expand capacity,” said Frank van Schaayk, McCain’s regional president, Americas.

“In addition to creating new jobs at McCain, the Burley expansion will have a significant impact on the local growers as we strive to source potatoes locally for use on the new third line. As with any expansion in our plants, we will continue to determine the most cost effective way to source our North American and export business from around the world.”