McCain Foods to build new facility in Pacific Northwest USA

    FLORENCEVILLE, NB, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - McCain Foods Limited announced today
its intent to invest C$150 million for the construction of a new plant in the
Pacific Northwest. The facility will be designed to produce French fries and
potato specialties primarily for food service and quick service restaurant
customers in the United States and international markets.
    "Our presence in the Pacific Northwest positions us very well for
US domestic and international growth," commented Dale Morrison, president and
CEO. "The region is ideally suited for our business with optimal potato
growing conditions, an established grower community and a low-cost
distribution source point for overseas markets. The investment we are making
reinforces our commitment to our core business and signals our confidence in
the growing demand for McCain products in the US, and in new and emerging
    Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2008 pending final
approvals. Start-up of the facility is anticipated for late summer 2009.

    McCain Foods Limited is an international leader in the frozen food
industry, employing over 20,000 people and operating 60 production facilities
on six continents. A privately-owned company based in Canada, McCain has
annual sales of more than C$6 billion and is the world's largest producer of
French fries and potato specialties. The company's products can be found in
thousand of restaurants and supermarket freezers in more than 130 countries
around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Rogers, McCain Global Communications,
(416) 955-1713,

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