Newspaper article The Canadian Press

P.E.I. Potato Shortage Blamed as Cavendish Farms Closes Packaging Plant

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

P.E.I. Potato Shortage Blamed as Cavendish Farms Closes Packaging Plant

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P.E.I. potato shortfall linked to closure

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DIEPPE, N.B. - Cavendish Farms is blaming a shortage of potatoes on Prince Edward Island as it closes a fresh produce packaging facility in O'Leary, P.E.I., and switches to producing only frozen potato products in the province.

It says the closure by the end of the year will affect 40 employees but some seasonal workers will be hired when the facility switches to a storage role.

General manager Ron Clow says Cavendish had a shortfall of 68 million kilograms of potatoes in 2017 in P.E.I. which it made up for by buying from new sources on the island as well as from producers in New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta and Maine.

He says the company has already made arrangements to import 29.4 million kilograms of potatoes to P.E. …

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