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Founded by two brothers, Harrison and Wallace McCain®,

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.

  • history 1950's

    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

  • history 1960's

    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

  • history 1970's

    1977 - Anchor Appleton Wisconsin plant built

    1978 - Moore's Acquired by Clorox

  • history 1980's

    1983 - Delicious Foods acquired by John Labatt Foods / Chef Francisco. Fryer Saver introduction

    1988 - Jon-Lin full line of appetizer products introduced

  • history 1990's

    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

  • history 2000's

    2006 - McCain acquires Kempco Foods, manufacturer of enrobed dough, hand held snacks and mini meals / McCain acquires Jon-Lin Foods

  • history 2010's

    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