As foodservice dropped is the US, frozen potato producer McCain Foods has put its expansion plans on pause. Last year, the Canadian company had announced its intention to spend USD300m to expand its Othello, Washington plant.
The Othello plant, which currently employs more than 450 workers and produce more than 400,000 million pounds of frozen products, started the expansion in May 2019 and was expected to be completed in early 2021. The company did not provide an updated timeline and only said it would review restarting construction once safety measures are lifted and business is back to normal, according to FoodDive.
This move was expected to follow a similar expansion to its plant in Burley, Idaho. Last year, the company completed a USD200m expansion project, growing its annual French fry capacity by more than 400 million pounds and creating more than 180 new jobs. McCain Foods has also expanded its international business, announcing an investment of USD80m toward the creation of a new production line at its existing Grand Falls, New Brunswick, facility in Canada and in its first French fry factory in Brazil last year.