Frozen Potatoes Make Sustainable Strides In WI

McCain Foods, one of the largest producers of frozen potatoes in the world, is making significant strides to adopt regenerative agricultural practices in Wisconsin.

McCain’s products can be found in restaurants and retail stores in more than 160 countries. The company has major production, retail, and corporate operations around the world, including Wisconsin. McCain employs more than 1,500 people across three Wisconsin communities.

In its 2023 Global Sustainability Report, McCain was proud to highlight sustainable and regenerative practices in Appleton, Plover, and Rice Lake.

  • In Appleton, the plant is reviewing all of their waste from receiving through shipping to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill. They are also investigating heat pump technology to recover heat from the ammonia refrigeration process.
  • In Plover, they are undergoing feasibility & environmental studies to assess wind and solar possibilities, with a target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.
  • In Rice Lake, the plant is diverting all onion waste from landfills and finding alternative sources of consumption through increased animal feed outlets and potential conversion of onion waste into biogas.

Additionally, McCain was proud to partner with the Soil Health Institute and potato farmers in Wisconsin to trial and adopt climate-smart practices:

“As one of the most vulnerable sectors impacted by climate change, the food system is one of the most important levers to help drive a sustainable and resilient future,” says McCain Foods President and CEO Max Koeune. “That is why sustainability is at the heart of our purpose as a business.”

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