AIRDRIE, ALTA.—Super-Pufft, one of North America’s largest manufacturers and co-packers of salty snacks, has announced plans to build a new potato chip processing facility in Alberta.
According to the province, Super-Pufft chose to develop its $50-million facility in Airdrie because of the province’s reputation as a consistent producer of high-quality potatoes.
In addition to investment facilitation services, Super-Pufft received $250,000 in funding, cost-shared by the federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to support equipment for their new Airdrie facility.
When both phases of the project are operational, the Airdrie facility will use about 78,000 tonnes of Alberta potatoes each year.
According to the province, potato processing is a key emerging area for growth in Alberta’s food processing industry.
“We are thrilled that Super-Pufft has chosen Airdrie as its first location in Western Canada and are excited to welcome them to our city,” said Peter Brown, Airdrie mayor, in a statement. “This venture will increase growth of a target industry, drive our local economy and create vast employment opportunities. We sincerely thank Super-Pufft for this significant investment in our community.”