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St. John River: Fries to Go

Fast food for the world

More on the St. John River:
St. John River:
The Good and the Bountiful

Cargo of Misery:
Disease and death stalk desperate newcomers

Company Town:
Boss Gibson's Marysville

Natural delicacy of the river valley

Fir Trade:
Forests are vital to New Brunswick's economy

Fries to Go:
Fast food for the world

Home Children:
Tragic chapter in our immigration history

Big Noise:
Foghorn is invented for Partridge Island

Return Flight:
Bald eagles recover old nesting sites

The Sand and the Fury:
The complex ecology of the Fundy tides

Starting Over:
Loyalists seek refuge from revolution

Vive la République !:
The unique cultural mélange of Madawaska

The Saint John River wanders through New Brunswick's best potato-growing country. Inside a modern processing plant at Florenceville, tonnes of potatoes are washed, peeled by steam, sliced, cooked, and frozen.

The frozen french fries are packaged and loaded into freezer trucks for delivery to restaurants and food stores across Canada.

In 1957, two brothers, Wallace and Harrison McCain, used $100,000 of their inheritance of the McCain family seed potato business to build their first frozen french fry plant. Today, from its world headquarters in Florenceville, the company operates 50 processing plants on four continents. The geographical expansion of its operations around the world has been accompanied by a mushrooming of its product line to include vegetables, pizza, desserts, fiddleheads, and other foods.

The company's success demonstrates how the right mix of local resources, modern technology, and ambition can bring prosperity to entrepreneurs and their communities.

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