Cavenish Farms has put its spade in the ground at an industrial park in Lethbridge, Alberta with plans to open its $360 million potato processing plant by fall 2019.
“Our business will grow from 6,000 acres of potatoes today, with our present land, up to over 15,000 acres,” Robert K. Irving, president, Cavendish Farms, said on September 18.
The project represents the single biggest investment in Lethbridge and as such, attracted dignitaries from all levels of government including Premier Rachel Notley, provincial MLAs and city councillors. The Alberta and federal governments are contributing $20 million to the City of Lethbridge for municipal infrastructure developments through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and Alberta’s Capital Plan.
“This is good news for the industry,” says Terence Hochstein, executive director, Potato Growers of Alberta. “The company (Cavendish) could have chosen North Dakota or the Columbia Basin, but it chose Alberta because of the quality of our product.”
Construction on the new plant will begin with foundation work in December.
Photo caption: Cavendish Farms president Robert K. Irving, centre right, flanked by provincial and municipal leaders, breaks ground on a new potato-processing facility in Lethbridge, AB. (Government of Alberta)