Canada-based potato products giant McCain Foods is to expand its production network in China, it has announced.
The frozen fries heavyweight said it is to spend US$200m on a second facility in the country which will be located in Yangling Agriculture Hi-Tech Development Zone, Shaanxi Province.
McCain, which has operated in China for 25 years, said the investment is necessary to meet the growing demand there for its products which its sells into the foodservice channel and, more recently, through retail outlets.
“Through increased capacity and specialised production capability, working closely with local farmers to source high-quality raw potatoes, McCain Foods will continue to lead innovation in frozen potato products that meet growing market demand for locally prepared products across a range of cuisines,” it said.
McCain’s China operation is headquartered in Shanghai and employs 400 people. Its existing production facility is in Harbin, in China’s north-eastern Heilongjiang province.
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Globally, the company operates in more than 160 countries and has 51 manufacturing facilities. In October, McCain announced it had started a construction project at a plant in The Netherlands. The same month, the company re-booted a US$300m expansion plan for a plant in the US that was put on hold due to the uncertainty wrought by Covid-19.