McCain Foods is a privately owned business which is one of the world’s largest producers of processed potato products (such as French fries) and other frozen, oven-ready food. The company has been in operation for more than 30 years and is currently still a major competitor in the food production industry, especially in the French fry production area.
The company was founded in 1957 by brothers Harrison, Wallace, Robert, and Andrew McCain. Upon its foundation in May 24, 1957, the company’s name was McCain Foods Ltd Inc. In 1957, McCain Foods operated its first manufacturing facility in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada.
The company entered the United States market in the 1960s and started operating French fry plants in Maine (in the areas of Washburn and Easton) by the 1970s.
During the 1980s, McCain was able to acquire a potato processing plant in Washington (Othello) and expanded it for a total expense of $35 million. That same decade, the company bought Ellio’s Pizza in Lodi, New Jersey.
By the 1990s, McCain Foods announced a major expansion for its French fry processing plant in Easton, Maine for a total expense of $70.8 million. The company also purchased the Ore-Ida Food Service Frozen French Fry and Appetizers business for $500 million.
In 2000, McCain Foods was able to acquire another food company, this time Anchor Food Products Incorporated, buying both its foodservice business as well as the production facilities. At that time, Anchor Foods was a leading producer of frozen appetizers with yearly sales of $503 million. That same year, McCain Foods also purchased Jon-Lin, Incorporated of Colton, California. The company is a manufacturer of roasted vegetables, as well as vegetable and potato appetizers.
Currently, McCain Foods, USA is a major competitor in the food production industry with more than 4000 employees. It operates 10 production facilities in the states of Maine, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Nebraska, Washington, Idaho and California. McCain Foods also serves other major food companies such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Wal-Mart and Burger King. The company currently has its headquarters in Lisle, Illinois.
Worldwide, McCain Foods employs more than 20, 000 people and operates around 55 food-manufacturing plants on six continents in about 110 countries.
Company Headquarter address: Lisle, Illinois
Ownership: Privately owned
No of Employees: More than 4,300
Geography: all across the US
Demography: value shoppers, quality shoppers
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