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Cavendish Farms breaks ground on new potato processing plant in Alberta

FBR Staff Writer Published 19 September 2017

North American food processing company Cavendish Farms has broken ground on a new C$360m ($292.7m) frozen potato processing facility in Alberta province, Canada.

The plant will be built in Lethbridge where about 400 construction jobs are expected to be created during the peak phase.

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed by 2019 summer.

The new potato processing facility is expected to increase the annual production capacity of Cavendish Farms by more than twice to cater to the growing demand while decreasing the company’s carbon footprint.

Local potato producers are expected to get greater opportunities owing to the new project while Alberta will see an increase in its value-added food-processing capabilities.

Cavendish Farms president Robert K. Irving said: “Today marks another step towards our new, state-of-the-art Cavendish Farms plant in Lethbridge.

“This significant investment in this community reinforces our commitment to the region and our employees, growers and customers. The Alberta and federal governments and the City of Lethbridge have established the general infrastructure necessary to allow us to build our new plant here.”

According to the Alberta government, the new frozen potato processing facility is anticipated to open up demand for a further 9,000 acres of potatoes. Currently, priced at C$3,500-4,000 ($2846-3252) an acre, potato is among the highest-value agricultural crops cultivated in the Canadian province.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said: “The record investment Cavendish Farms is making in Lethbridge is good for our farmers and producers, good for the entire community, and good for our growing economy.

“Together with the City of Lethbridge, the federal government and the good folks at Cavendish, we are creating more opportunities for our agricultural workers, more jobs for people in the area, and even more reasons to be proud of an industry central to who we are as Albertans.”

Image: Premier Notley and Minister Carlier join Robert Irving and Lethbridge Mayor Spearman to break ground on the new Cavendish potato-processing facility in Lethbridge. Photo: courtesy of Government of Alberta.