Canada: New potato processing plant announced

A new potato processing facility in Lethbridge, to be built by Cavendish Farms, was announced Dec. 12 at Lethbridge city hall. | Screencap via www.cavendishfarms.comA new potato processing facility in Lethbridge, to be built by Cavendish Farms, was announced Dec. 12 at Lethbridge city hall. It is expected to create demand for an additional 9,000 acres of potatoes in southern Alberta. Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman said in a news release that the project, with an investment of at least $350 million, is among the largest in the city’s history and will create jobs and economic growth for the city and region. Cavendish has operated a potato processing facility within the city since 2012, when it acquired the former Maple Leaf Foods plant in the city’s north side industrial park.  That acquisition was announced almost four years to the day of this one. In addition to Cavendish, southern Alberta is home to two other potato plants. McCain’s and Lamb-Weston operate processing facilities near Coaldale and Taber, respectively.  At present, about 45,000 acres of potatoes are grown in the region annually. More