|Founded||Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada (1980)|
|Headquarters||Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Key people||Robert Irving, James K. Irving|
|Products||French fries; grower, processor, marketer, distributor of food and food products|
Cavendish Farms is a privately owned Canadian company based in Dieppe, New Brunswick, that grows, processes, markets, distributes and sells food and food products. Cavendish Farms is currently the fourth largest producer of french fries in North America.
A subsidiary of the industrial conglomerate J.D. Irving Ltd., the company has four processing facilities:
Its products are marketed under the Cavendish Farms brand. The company sells to consumers through grocers as well as to the food service industry through wholesalers.
Cavendish Farms was established in 1980 when J.D. Irving Ltd. purchased C.M. MacLean Ltd., a company that was operating a small frozen vegetable and french fry processing plant in New Annan, Prince Edward Island. Plant #1 underwent multiple expansions throughout the 1980s and early 1990s; Cavendish Farms also focused exclusively on french fry processing.
In 1996 a state of the art Plant #2 was commissioned on the opposite side of the highway from Plant #1 in New Annan. In 2001 the company purchased a french fry processing plant in Jamestown, North Dakota. In 2009 the company purchased the appetizer division of Omstead Foods in Wheatley, Ontario. In 2012 the company purchased a potato processing plant in Lethbridge, Alberta.
In 2009 the company commissioned a biogas facility at its two french fry processing facilities in New Annan. The largest of its kind in North America, Cavendish Farms is the first potato processing company to use solid waste material to produce energy.
In 2012 the company converted its two french fry processing facilities in New Annan from burning #6 fuel oil (Bunker C) to use compressed natural gas. This eliminates the consumption of 22,000,000 l (5,800,000 US gal) of heavy fuel oil annually.