Super-Pufft, which produces potato chips and other snacks for private brands and their in-house brand, Go 2 Snax, has committed to constructing a $50-million plant in Airdrie, Alberta. The company also received $250,000 in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
The facility will be about 132,500 square feet in size. It will have 11 shipping and receiving doors, operate 24/7 and use about 78,000 tons of Alberta potatoes annually.
It will also bring jobs to the community. Nate Horner, Alberta’s minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, said: “We’re talking about 100 jobs or more. This is a great example of how Alberta’s first-class reputation for high-quality agricultural products, combined with the right business environment, is attracting new world-class agri-food investments to the province.”
Alberta produces the second-largest volume of potatoes in Canada. Alberta farmers harvested 67,800 acres of potatoes in 2021, data from Stats Canada says. Only farmers in P.E.I. harvested more with 85,250 acres of potatoes harvested.
The facility in Alberta is Super-Pufft’s second in Canada with the other in Mississauga, Ontario. The Airdrie location will service western Canada and the western U.S.