McCain sponsors the United Nations International Year of the Potato 2008

    FLORENCEVILLE, NB, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - McCain Foods Limited announced its
sponsorship of the United Nations (UN) International Year of the Potato 2008,
at the official launch today in New York.
    The United Nations General Assembly has declared that the potato should
be a major component in strategies aimed at providing nutritious food for the
poor and hungry. Rich in carbohydrates and vitamin C and with the highest
protein content of any root or tuber, the potato yields more nutritious food
more quickly on less land and in harsher climates than any other major crop.
The resolution to honour the potato, which represents the world's number four
food crop, was adopted during the 60th session of the UN General Assembly in
December, 2005.
    "McCain Foods has a 50 year history of understanding potatoes," says Dale
Morrison, President and CEO. "We employ over 150 agricultural professionals
who share their expertise in sustainable, high-yield agriculture practices
with local growers around the world. With our knowledge and our global
presence, we are in a unique position to support the objectives of the United
Nations in educating the world on the value of potatoes and by introducing
potato farming capabilities to developing countries and impoverished nations
that will deliver high nutrition, low cost solutions to the world's poor and

    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 headquartered 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: McCain Global Communications, Susan Rogers,
Tel: (416) 955-1713,; McCain Continental Europe, Linda
Pavy, Tel: +33 1 41 86 76 26,

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