their first plant opened in 1957 in a tiny rural village in Canada. Over fifty years later, McCain has become the world’s only truly global french fry producer.
McCain Foods USA entered the U.S. market more than 30 years ago and is a leading supplier of frozen potato and snack food products for the foodservice markets, which includes major national food chains. McCain also supplies retail grocery chains with both McCain and private label potato products. Popular McCain frozen snack foods are sold under the Moore’s, Anchor and Brew City brands, and the Ellio’s frozen pizza brand.
McCain Foods Limited is an international leader in the frozen food industry employing over 20,000 people and operating 57 production facilities on six continents. A privately-held company headquartered in Canada, McCain has annual sales of over $6 billion and is the world’s largest producer of french fries and potato specialties. The company’s products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers in more than 130 countries around the world.
1956 - McCain Foods founded by brothers Harrison and Wallace McCain
1957 - First McCain french fry plant opens in New Brunswick, Canada
1958 - Moore's introduces first frozen onion ring and moves from Milwaukee to Ft. Atkinson, WI
1962 - Delicious Foods founded in Grand Island, Nebraska
1965 - McCain Foods begins quest to become #1 french fry producer in the world
1968 - Moore's adds rice Lake Facility
1977 - Anchor Appleton Wisconsin plant built
1978 - Moore's Acquired by Clorox
1983 - Delicious Foods acquired by John Labatt Foods / Chef Francisco. Fryer Saver introduction
1988 - Jon-Lin full line of appetizer products introduced
1990 - Anchor Pecos, Texas plant built
1991 - Golden Crisp Acquired by H.J.Heinz / Ore-Ida name changes to Golden Crisp
1992 - Anchor Poppers brand introduced
1993 - Jon-Lin Sauteed & Caramelized Vegetables introduced
1995 - Moore's introduces Brew City brand
1996 - Anchor Mexico plant opens
1997 - Jon-Lin fire-roasted vegetables and fruits introduced / McCain Foods acquires Ore-Ida frozen french fry & appetizer business
2006 - McCain acquires Kempco Foods, manufacturer of enrobed dough, hand held snacks and mini meals / McCain acquires Jon-Lin Foods
2010 - Fort Atkinson and Appleton plants star in Food Network’s Unwrapped / IFDA names McCain Supplier of the Year
2011 - Founder, Wallace McCain, passes away / C.D. Hartnett names McCain Frozen Supplier of the Year
2012 - McCain plants earn highest honor for Energy Star efficiency / Burger King, first QSR to menu Sweet Potato Fries, chooses Harvest Splendor / McCain introduces Fresh-Style Fries