By Bobinec, Greg on January 4, 2020.
McCain Foods of Canada has announced Perry Produce Ltd. is the 2018 Crop Year Champion Potato Grower for Alberta, at the annual McCain Alberta Growers’ Appreciation Banquet held last month.
Perry Produce Ltd. has been one of the top potato producers for Alberta for a number of years, supplying the Coaldale potato processing facility with thousands of potatoes. The annual tradition was made even more special as the Coaldale potato processing facility enters its 20th anniversary in 2020.
“We have been partners with our Alberta growers for 20 years and we are very pleased to recognize Perry Produce Ltd. and our other valued 2018 top growers for their continued commitment and extraordinary efforts supplying our McCain Foods Coaldale facility,” says Christine Wentworth, McCain Foods Vice-President of Agriculture.
“At McCain Foods, we believe the grower relationship is an extension of our business and we have tremendous respect for your efforts during the 2018 crop season.”
Being a top-10 finalist nine times, this was the first year Perry Produce achieved the Champion Grower award, and Chris, Kyra, Berthe and Gerald Perry accepted the award on behalf of their growing efforts.
“Alberta growers annually harvest about 21,450 hectares of potatoes, representing about 15 per cent of Canada’s total potato crop,” says Danielle Barran, McCain Foods Canada president. “McCain works closely with our valued grower partners to meet the continued demand for McCain frozen potato and potato specialty products in both the retail and food service business. Our shared successes come with plenty of passion and hard work and for that we say thank you.”
Beginning this year, McCain Foods will celebrate 20 years of continued operation and investment in Alberta together with employees, growers and neighbours in the Coaldale community. More than 220 dedicated employees work at the McCain facility in Coaldale, with more than 22,000 employees internationally.
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