Cavendish Farms’ new frozen potato processing facility located in Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada) has officially opened its doors. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, as well as Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman.
The new state-of-the-art plant replaces Cavendish Farms’ previous plant and will almost triple its production capacity in Lethbridge. The USD430m plant spans the size of seven football fields and will require 735 million of potatoes annually. That’s an increase of almost 12,000 acres over what Cavendish Farms currently contracts from local growers. With this expansion, the Lethbridge plant will now provide employment to 238 individuals.
“Our new plant is up and running and will allow us to continue to serve key export markets around the world. There were many reasons we were able to expand our operation in Lethbridge and grow in Alberta. It starts with the availability of high-quality potatoes from local growers, the can-do attitude of our Lethbridge employees and the dedicated effort of the project team and the hundreds of vendors who contribute to this project,” said Robert K. Irving, president of Cavendish Farms.