McCain Foods FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
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  Are all McCain products frozen?
  Does McCain grow its own potatoes?
  Does McCain use genetically modified (GMO) potatoes in its products?
  What is the McCain position on the labeling of products containing GMO?
  How can I find out about employment opportunities with McCain?
  How do you make frozen French fries?
  How many French fries does McCain make?
  How many products does McCain make?
  Policy statement in relation to Palm Oil
  What is McCain position on acrylamide?
  What is the position of McCain Foods regarding recent concerns about health issues and the food industry?
  Where can I find information about McCain products?
  Who invented French fries and when?
  What action is McCain taking to move away from Hydroflourocarbon (HFC) refrigerants within its global frozen cold store estate?

 

 

 

Are all McCain products frozen?

 

McCain is primarily a frozen foods company, but we offer non-frozen products as well. The company makes dehydrated potato products such as potato flakes (instant mashed potatoes) and potato granules in several facilities around the world. McCain Foods (Canada) produces juices and beverages. Read more about the benefits of frozen food.

 

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Does McCain grow its own potatoes?

 

Although we do have corporate farm operations to ensure a ready supply of quality potatoes, these provide only a small percentage of our needs. Most potatoes are grown by independent growers who contract with McCain for a supply of potatoes before planting the year’s crop. McCain agronomists work closely with farmers to help them constantly improve the quality and yield of their crops.

 

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Does McCain use genetically modified (GMO) potatoes in its products?

 

Since 1999 McCain has abided by a policy of not using genetically modified potatoes in any of our products globally. This policy holds true today, but we also recognize that science holds the potential to address many of the issues that continue to challenge the world with respect to the sustainable production of affordable and nutritious food to meet the demands of a growing population. It is the positive potential of science that drives our continued interest in plant biotechnology, and as such, we actively monitor and may participate in research and development projects that seek to offer significant social benefits. Regulatory compliance and consumer acceptance for the use of any new technology will guide our actions.

 

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What is the McCain position on the labeling of products containing GMO?

 

We comply with regulations that mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods in regions of the world where such requirements exist. In Europe, for example, our products are not labeled as they do not contain genetically modified organisms.

 

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How can I find out about employment opportunities with McCain?

 

You may search and apply for positions or upload your resume/CV using the Career Search tool in the Careers section of this site.

 

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How do you make frozen French fries?

 

Making frozen McCain French fries today involves many steps in a modern manufacturing process designed to give the consumer the taste, texture and convenience they have learned to expect from the company. Learn about our process.

 

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How many French fries does McCain make?

 

McCain's potato processing plants around the world have a total production capacity of more than one million pounds of potato products an hour. McCain makes one third of all the frozen French fries produced in the world.

 

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How many products does McCain make?

 

McCain sells hundreds of products to the consumer through retail stores and supermarkets and to food service operations such as restaurants, catering companies and others. The company makes a broad range of French fries and potato specialties, as well as frozen pizza and pizza snacks, frozen vegetables, desserts, oven dinners and entrees, specialty meat products, juice, punches, other beverages, appetizers, and other products. Visit our regional sites for information about products sold in your region.

 

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Policy statement in relation to Palm Oil

 

We use a relatively small amount of palm oil, and have reduced even this amount by 35% in the past five years. We are committed to source inputs to our manufacturing process that are produced in an ethically and environmentally sound and sustainable fashion and we apply the same standards of procurement to palm oil. We aim to purchase only certified sustainable palm oil, which we currently achieve by sourcing from suppliers who have committed to abide by the principles and practices of RSPO, who are working toward RSPO certification or from those who adopt similarly rigorous and recognised standards for palm production.

 

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What is McCain position on acrylamide?

 

Acrylamide is a naturally occurring by-product of the cooking process, and forms in a wide variety of foods, including cereals, coffee, bread, potatoes, pastries, cookies and some fruits and vegetables. Since it was discovered in food in 2002, McCain has been part of a worldwide effort to learn more about how acrylamide forms and how it can be reduced. Read more here.

 

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What is the position of McCain Foods regarding recent concerns about health issues and the food industry?

 

As a result of increasing levels of obesity and associated health risks, health consciousness has been on the rise among consumers. Today’s consumers want healthy alternatives without compromising quality and taste. McCain is responding to our consumers and customers with an expanded range of Better For You product choices that are lower in fat, sugar and sodium. Visit our regional sites for information about products sold in your region.

 

In 2003, we displayed leadership in North America by introducing French fries prepared in non-hydrogenated oils in order to lower the levels of trans fatty acids. Similar initiatives are underway at other company operations around the world. At the same time McCain is working closely with its customers to develop new product options for quick service restaurants.

 

Moderation in how much one eats and drinks, getting regular exercise and enough sleep, as well as reducing stress are all elements of managing one’s health. We believe that all McCain products can be part of a nutritionally balanced diet and a healthy, active lifestyle.

 

Ultimately, it is the consumer who chooses what food he eats, how often and how much. As a responsible manufacturer of food products, McCain believes it should provide both a wide variety of product choices and the information consumers need to make their purchase decisions.

 

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Where can I find information about McCain products?

 

McCain product information may be found on individual McCain country sites as products vary from country to country. Visit our regional sites for information about products sold in your region.

 

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Who invented French fries and when?

 

No one is really sure about the origin of French fries. They became popular in France by the late 1800s, and there are also claims that they really originated in Belgium. American soldiers were introduced to them by French-speaking Belgians when they fought in Europe during World War I — and called them “French fries.” It is even said that former U.S. president Thomas Jefferson served “potatoes fried in the French manner” in the White House in the early 1800s. The British, of course, call French fries “chips,” and England is the land of “fish and chips.”

 

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What action is McCain taking to move away from Hydroflourocarbon (HFC) refrigerants within its global frozen cold store estate?

 

The vast majority of our frozen cold store estate is free from HFC refrigerants. The small percentage that isn't yet HFC free will be moving to natural gas refrigerant at the time of upgrade or replacement going forward.

 

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FAQ

 

 

Are all McCain products frozen?

McCain is primarily a frozen foods company, but we offer non-frozen products as well. The company makes dehydrated potato products such as potato flakes (instant mashed potatoes) and potato granules in several facilities around the world. McCain Foods (Canada) produces juices and beverages. Read more about the benefits of frozen food.

 

Does McCain grow its own potatoes?

Although we do have corporate farm operations to ensure a ready supply of quality potatoes, these provide only a small percentage of our needs. Most potatoes are grown by independent growers who contract with McCain for a supply of potatoes before planting the year’s crop. McCain agronomists work closely with farmers to help them constantly improve the quality and yield of their crops.

 

Does McCain use genetically modified (GMO) potatoes in its products?

Since 1999 McCain has abided by a policy of not using genetically modified potatoes in any of our products globally. This policy holds true today, but we also recognize that science holds the potential to address many of the issues that continue to challenge the world with respect to the sustainable production of affordable and nutritious food to meet the demands of a growing population. It is the positive potential of science that drives our continued interest in plant biotechnology, and as such, we actively monitor and may participate in research and development projects that seek to offer significant social benefits. Regulatory compliance and consumer acceptance for the use of any new technology will guide our actions. 

 

What is the McCain position on the labeling of products containing GMO?

We comply with regulations that mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods in regions of the world where such requirements exist. In Europe, for example, our products are not labeled as they do not contain genetically modified organisms. 

 

How can I find out about employment opportunities with McCain?

You may search and apply for positions or upload your resume/CV using the Career Search tool in the Careers section of this site. 

 

How do you make frozen French fries?

Making frozen McCain French fries today involves many steps in a modern manufacturing process designed to give the consumer the taste, texture and convenience they have learned to expect from the company. Learn about our process.

 

How many French fries does McCain make?

McCain's potato processing plants around the world have a total production capacity of more than one million pounds of potato products an hour. McCain makes one third of all the frozen French fries produced in the world.

 

How many products does McCain make?

McCain sells hundreds of products to the consumer through retail stores and supermarkets and to food service operations such as restaurants, catering companies and others. The company makes a broad range of French fries and potato specialties, as well as frozen pizza and pizza snacks, frozen vegetables, desserts, oven dinners and entrees, specialty meat products, juice, punches, other beverages, appetizers, and other products. Visit our regional sites for information about products sold in your region.

 

What is McCain's position on acrylamide?

Acrylamide is a naturally occurring by-product of the cooking process, and forms in a wide variety of foods, including cereals, coffee, bread, potatoes, pastries, cookies and some fruits and vegetables. Since it was discovered in food in 2002, McCain has been part of a worldwide effort to learn more about how acrylamide forms and how it can be reduced. Read more here.

 

What is the position of McCain Foods regarding recent concerns about health issues and the food industry?

As a result of increasing levels of obesity and associated health risks, health consciousness has been on the rise among consumers. Today’s consumers want healthy alternatives without compromising quality and taste.  McCain is responding to our consumers and customers with an expanded range of Better For You product choices that are lower in fat, sugar and sodium. Visit our regional sites for information about products sold in your region.  

 

In 2003, we displayed leadership in North America by introducing French fries prepared in non-hydrogenated oils in order to lower the levels of trans fatty acids.  Similar initiatives are underway at other company operations around the world.  At the same time McCain is working closely with its customers to develop new product options for quick service restaurants.

 

Moderation in how much one eats and drinks, getting regular exercise and enough sleep, as well as reducing stress are all elements of managing one’s health.  We believe that all McCain products can be part of a nutritionally balanced diet and a healthy, active lifestyle.

 

Ultimately, it is the consumer who chooses what food he eats, how often and how much. As a responsible manufacturer of food products, McCain believes it should provide both a wide variety of product choices and the information consumers need to make their purchase decisions.

 

Where can I find information about McCain products?

McCain product information may be found on individual McCain country sites as products vary from country to country. Visit our regional sites for information about products sold in your region.  

 

Who invented French fries and when?

No one is really sure about the origin of French fries. They became popular in France by the late 1800s, and there are also claims that they really originated in Belgium. American soldiers were introduced to them by French-speaking Belgians when they fought in Europe during World War I — and called them “French fries.” It is even said that former U.S. president Thomas Jefferson served “potatoes fried in the French manner” in the White House in the early 1800s. The British, of course, call French fries “chips,” and England is the land of “fish and chips.”