McCain Foods Lelystad begins line expansion
McCain Foods potato processing plant in Lelystad begins line expansion to further grow its footprint in the Dutch community
McCain Foods announced today that it has broken ground on an expansion project for the Lelystad manufacturing facility located in the Dutch province of Flevoland. This expansion project inc ludes a line increase of 33% and a substantial investment of 65 million EUR to complete the plant upgrade.
McCain Foods entered the European and Dutch market with the acquisition of its first plant in Lewedorp in 1973 – further expanding to acquire the Lelystad plant in 1991. This expansion will allow McCain to meet the demands of the market and increase local employment, while enhancing the efficiency of operations with a continued key focus on people safety and food safety.
“This expansion provides a profound future for the 250 employees of Lelystad,” said Luc Geurts, Lelystad Plant Manager. “In a year in which there has been much uncertainty, our employees see the investment McCain is making for their livelihoods and the Dutch community. Our essential employees are the backbone of McCain and we have deep gratitude for their commitment during challenging times. We are on the lookout for new talent to join us as we are not only investing in a bigger plant and more agile operations, but the future of our people and those of future employees.”
McCain is committed to producing high-quality products with the lowest possible environmental impact – updating the current lines will have a strong focus on renewable energy sources where possible; the expected energy savings is approximately 15%. McCain is further investigating CO2 reduction opportunities to support the company’s strong sustainability commitments.
The intended completion date for the renovation is February 2022 –the renovation will employ an additional 150 people for the duration of the building period