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McCain Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Cold Store

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McCain Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Cold Store

McCain Foods today announced the opening of a new cold-store facility built at a cost of NZ $6 million dollars in Hastings, New Zealand.

The 1800 square metre cold store, which was designed to McCain Foods global standards, has the capacity to store up to 2,000 tonnes of frozen meals and vegetables.

McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand Operations Director Mr Graham Harvey said this is a significant investment to improve the Hastings Vegetable and Prepared Foods plant.

Mr Harvey said the Hastings plant performs a vital role in producing goods for export with up to 80 per cent of the vegetable production destined for offshore markets.

"The plant will now benefit with a state-of-the-art energy-efficient refrigeration system, new roads and car parking, and a high tech security system that we can all be proud of," he said.

Mr Harvey said the efficient building of the cold-store was due to the great support received from the Hastings District Council.

"The building took around six months to complete and employed between 40-60 local contractors, which was a great boost to the local economy of Hawkes Bay," he said.

Mr. Harvey said the new facility will mean dispensing with the need for a fleet of refrigerated trucks parked outside the plant full of product.

"The new cold-store facilities will improve storage capacity and create efficiencies in handling raw materials and finished product at the Vegetable and Frozen meal plant," he said.

The Hastings vegetable and Food plant produces around 29,000 tonnes of frozen vegetables and meals annually and employs up to 280 persons.

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