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McCain invests millions in French fry factory

May 22, 2024 - By our team of market reporters

The Canadian food company McCain is going to invest €75 million in expanding the French fry factory in Lewedorp, Zeeland (photo). The money will not be so much invested in expanding the production capacity, but mainly in the activities surrounding it. The plans include a new wastewater treatment plant, a new packaging line, a modernized cold store, and an optimized logistics center.

The work will start this summer and is expected to last three years, McCain announced this morning in a press release. The company expresses its confidence in the Netherlands and specifically Zeeland with its growers as an important region for high-quality potato fries. With the investments, McCain expects to significantly improve its competitive position and sustainability performance of the factory in Lewedorp in the long term.

"McCain has a long and fruitful history of fifty years in the Netherlands. I am pleased that we are continuing this history with a large-scale modernization operation of the production facility in Lewedorp. This investment opens up new opportunities to better serve our customers with superior product quality and supports our growth strategy at the same time," said Alain Duranleau, regional president of McCain Continental Europe, in the statement.

McCain has more than fifty production facilities worldwide, nine of which are located in the Netherlands. Two facilities operate as McCain factories; five locations belong to the sister company Van Geloven, known for brands such as Mora and Van Dobben. The other two production sites in Kruiningen and Rilland belong to the recently acquired Dutch and globally operating company Scelta Products, which is integrated into McCain Appetizers Europe.