Australia: McCain Foods invests $57 million to regenerate Ballarat potato plant

Three people cutting the ribbon to celebrate McCain's $57 million regeneration project.“We’re here for the long haul” is the clear message McCain Foods wants to send the central Victorian town of Ballarat. The company has announced a $57 million investment to revitalise its potato plant, which is expected to create 100 construction jobs and increase production by 25 per cent. As a result, an extra $12.5 million worth of potatoes will need to be planted to meet increased production demand over the next eight years. Hundreds of McCain Ballarat employees walked off the job in 2016, pushing for better job security and entitlements. McCain was forced to import workers to ensure its production of french fries continued uninterrupted. McCain Growers Group chairman Chris Stephens said while the expansion was welcomed, he believed production needed to be sustainable. More