McCain Foods, Lisle, Ill., announced a $100 million investment in its first French fry factory in Brazil.

The intention is to build the new plant in Araxá, in Minas Gerais State, which is where Sérya is situated. This project is expected to generate 150 direct jobs, 450 indirect jobs and positively impact approximately 750 farmers and agricultural professionals.

The new plant in Brazil is scheduled to open first half of 2021, and will significantly increase McCain’s production capacity in Latin America. This new factory, combined with the continued supply from its plant in Balcarce, Argentina, will serve to fuel the company’s growth plans for the Brazilian market.

“With the construction of the new factory in Brazil, McCain will enhance its distribution, create efficiencies in supply and consequently improve its service level and product offering in the local market,” says Aluizio Neto, general director of McCain in Brazil.