McCain Foods

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McCain Foods Limited
IndustryFrozen food
FoundedFlorenceville, New Brunswick, Canada (1957)
FoundersHarrison McCain
Wallace McCain
HeadquartersFlorenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada
Area served
Key people
Allison D. McCain - Chairman
Max Koeune - President and CEO of McCain Foods Limited
Danielle Barran - President of McCain Foods (Canada)
ProductsFrench fries, appetizers, vegetables, desserts, entrees, and oven meals
RevenueIncrease $6.8 billion USD (2017)
Number of employees
22,000 (2020)[1]

McCain Foods Limited is a Canadian multinational frozen food company established in 1957 in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada.[2]

It is the world's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products.[3] Its major competitors are Simplot and ConAgra.[4]


McCain Foods was co-founded in 1957 by brothers Harrison McCain and Wallace McCain with the help of their two older brothers.[5][6]

In their first year of production, the company hired 30 employees and grossed over $150,000 in sales.[7][5] During the 1970s-1990s, the company expanded into additional prepared food markets including frozen pizza and vegetables.[8]

As of 2017, the company is the world's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, and has over 20,000 employees and 47 production facilities in six continents. The company generates more than C$8.5 billion in annual sales.[9]

Based on 2014 sales, it is the 19th largest private company in Canada, according to The Globe and Mail's Report on Business.[10] Nancy McCain, of the McCain family, is married to Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau.[11]

Media sponsorships[edit]

McCain has sponsored television shows including All Star Family Fortunes and British soap opera Emmerdale.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Our business brands". Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "Company history". McCain Foods. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Kennison, Heather (May 3, 2017). "Update: McCain Foods plans $200 million, 180 job expansion of Burley plant". Twin Falls Times-News. Archived from the original on July 5, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Philpott, Tom (November 14, 1014). "Will This New GMO Potato Take Off? McDonald's Has Spoken". Mother Jones. Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  5. ^ a b The Associated Press (May 14, 2011). "McCain Foods co-founder Wallace McCain dies at 81". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Waldie, Paul (March 20, 2004). "McCain's passing raises questions". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "McCain Foods". CareerBeacon. Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "McCain Foods co-founder dies". CBC News. May 14, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Nunes, Keith (April 5, 2017). "McCain Foods USA to invest $200 million in french fry manufacturing expansion". Baking Business. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "2012 Rankings of Canada's 350 biggest private companies". The Globe and Mail. June 28, 2012. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Parkin, Tom (December 4, 2017). "Morneau scandal shows middle class was never Liberals' top concern". The Toronto Sun.
  12. ^ Kyle, Sarah (February 15, 2017). "New on-pack promotion from McCain". Talking Retail. EMAP. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Competition to win a taste of fame and fortune with McCain Home Fries". PRWeb. November 20, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2017.

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