McCain details his 300 million euro investment in Harnes, Pas-de-Calais

McCain details his 300 million euro investment in Harnes, Pas-de-Calais
McCain details his 300 million euro investment in Harnes, Pas-de-Calais

While investments in potato processing have increased in France in recent months, the undisputed number 1 in fries is now joining the fray. On the occasion of the Choose France summit in mid-May, the Canadian McCain announced 350 million euros of investments in the territory, including 300 million for the Harnes site (Pas-de-Calais) alone. For L’Usine Nouvelle, the industrialist provided some details on this investment.

25% increase in capacity of French sites

McCain aims to increase its production capacity in France by 25%: the Harnes site, which reports an annual production of 260,000 tonnes, is called upon to support the war effort. The manufacturer does not communicate the number of lines, simply indicating that the site “produces potato flakes and frozen fries. The flakes are currently intended for B2B, they will also be intended for retail tomorrow,” said the industrialist. “The objective is to replace the current flake workshop and add a cut specialty manufacturing line,” he explains. The conditioning capacity will be boosted.

140 million euros will be invested from 2024. Two phases of work are planned. The first, until 2026, with this new workshop, which should make it possible to reduce steam emissions by 75%. During this period, cold production will be reviewed. Between 2025 and 2027, the site will experience a phase of expansion, with the creation of a new potato sorting station or even a new “cardboard-film storage factory to supply the factory with raw materials” .

“The investments made at Harnes will thus make it possible to reduce the site’s CO2 emissions by 50% and water consumption per tonne of finished products by 30%,” specifies the company. The manufacturer also plans to deploy a project linked to the reuse of its wastewater.

At least 20 jobs created

The choice of Harnes is not insignificant: it is here that the Canadian came to establish itself in France in 1981. The industrialist does not communicate precisely on the number of jobs created, simply indicating that the envelope of 350 million will create at least 20 jobs on its three French sites.

France, the land of potato production, but a region from which processing has long escaped, continues to boost its capabilities in this area. McCain is accelerating its deployment, in the wake of the projects of Belgian manufacturers announced in recent months: Clarebout launched production at the end of 2023 in its newly built factory in Dunkirk (North), Agristo and Ecofrost also have projects in the pipeline.

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