Highlighting a Canadian Success Story: Minister Fast Visits McCain Plant in Harbin

Photo: Minister Fast (left) and Minister of State Wong (right).


April 15, 2013 - Harbin, China - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) tour the McCain Foods Ltd. processing plant in Harbin, China. In 1994, McCain started working in China to identify the best potato-growing areas and optimal potato varieties. The Harbin plant opened in 2005 and employs 250 people. McCain currently claims more than 60 percent of the Chinese market for frozen French fries.

McCain Foods Ltd., headquartered in New Brunswick, employs approximately 19,000 people on six continents. The company is a leader in the frozen food, produce and transportation businesses. A privately held Canadian company, McCain has more than 50 manufacturing facilities globally and annual net sales of more than $6 billion.

Minister Fast is on a two-week visit to Asia that includes stops in the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Hong Kong, Beijing, Harbin and Tianjin before he attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Indonesia.

For more information, please consult Deepening Trade with Asia.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

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