Prince Edward Island’s major potato processor is in the middle of some major upgrades at its New Annan, P.E.I. facility. Cavendish Farms is constructing two new buildings to store its potatoes. According to Jubs Bristow, the vice-president of agriculture with Cavendish Farms, the new buildings will be able to hold 48 million pounds of potatoes. “I think this helps ensure the plants get better quality potatoes, especially through those long storage months of July, August, and September, and so this will help the french fry plants produce better quality potatoes,” Bristow said.
Bristow said the buildings under construction are meant to replace six outdated ones, which are 50 to 60 years old and poorly insulated. They also don’t have refrigeration and lack airflow. Bristow added the new storage facilities will use 35 per cent less fossil fuel than the ones they’re replacing. Cavendish Farms said it employs about 670 people at its two processing plants in New Annan. The Island facility is a major one for the food manufacturer, accounting for the largest part of its North American production. (Source: CBC News)