Business & Policy
New Airdrie chip processing facility aims to boost province’s potato economy
May 31, 2022 By Potatoes in Canada
Packaged snack company Super-Pufft has opened its first Canadian potato chip processing facility outside of Ontario.
The company has officially opened its new, $50-million, 140,000 square-foot facility in Airdrie, Alta., with 100 jobs created from the initial opening. Over the next three years, it plans to increase that count by four to five times.
Although Super-Pufft began as a popcorn company, it has expanded into numerous salty snacks, including potato chips. The Airdrie facility will focus on chip production and will make use of an estimated 78,000 tonnes of Alberta potatoes per year.
Airdrie mayor Peter Brown thanked the local economic development team, as well as Alberta’s ministry of agriculture, forestry and rural economic development, both of which worked collaboratively to secure Super-Pufft’s investment in Airdrie.
“This venture will significantly drive our local economy and we sincerely thank Super-Pufft for investing in our community,” Brown said in a statement.
In 2021, Alberta produced approximately 1.25 million tonnes of potatoes, just under one fifth of Canada’s potato production.
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