Cavendish Farms’ newest plant is officially open for business in Lethbridge, Alberta. The October 3 ribbon cutting was attended by company president Robert K. Irving, Alberta premier Jason Kenney and Chris Spearman, mayor of Lethbridge.
“It is a great day for Lethbridge and for our employees, growers, suppliers and customers,” said Robert Irving. “Our new state-of-the-art 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 contributed to this project.”
The new state-of-the-art plant replaces Cavendish Farms’ previous plant and will almost triple its production capacity in Lethbridge. The $430 million-dollar plant spans the size of seven football fields and will require 735 million pounds 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 workers.
Most importantly, the plant will require 16,000 acres of local potatoes to fulfill plant capacity.
Source: J.D. Irving Limited October 3, 2019 news release