In a press release today McCain’s released to following statement:-
McCain Foods has sold its potato processing plant in Penola, South Australia to Midfield Group, a meat processor and exporter, December 19, 2014:
As part of the acquisition, McCain Foods has a five year lease-back arrangement with an option to renew for the storage of up to 40,000 tonnes of potatoes on the site.
The majority of potatoes from Penola are processed in Ballarat, and are sold in Queensland and New South Wales.
McCain Foods Integrated Supply Chain Director for Australia/New Zealand Mr Taso Kourou said this is good news for local potato growers and the industry.
“The reason we chose Midfield was that the company would allow potato storage at an equitable rate, which would help local growers and the community”.
“The company is also aiming to further boost jobs in the region,” he said.
McCain Foods acquired the Safries plant in 1992, which was built around 1986.
McCain Foods specializes in frozen potato products, vegetables, dinners, pizza and frozen fruit for both the retail and Foodservice sectors. The company employs around 1300 people across production facilities, which are located on five sites throughout Australia and New Zealand.
From the Midfield Group
A spokesperson for the Midfield Group said today that the company would like to assure those presently using the potato storage facilities as part of arrangements with McCain’s will continue to be supported from the same site with no change to present conditions.
“The Midfield Group will engage with and support the community, council and governmental bodies to ensure a smooth transition of ownership for the community of Penola and the surrounding areas,” he said.
Midfield recognises the value of the world-renowned food production and processing within the south-east of South Australia, and wishes to be a part of the area’s expansion going forward”.
“Further information regarding Midfield’s intentions for the growth of the site will be provided in the near future.”