The potato processing company Clarebout announced its plan to open a new production site in the Economic Activity Zone of Frameries, Belgium. The company is already present in the municipality, operating, since 2016, a potato storage and pre-processing center of around 97,000 square feet.
Today, the firm would like to create a production unit of frozen fries and other products derived from the potato. This project supported by the municipality and intercommunal IDEA would represent an investment of at least 300 million euros [340 million USD] and could create 300 jobs.
According to Clarebout, some 200 farmers in a 30-mile radius around Frameries currently grow potatoes for the company. The municipality shows a great potential to develop the potato cultivation and industry thanks, in particular, to favorable climatic and agronomic conditions.
Clarebout has grown since 1988 to become a world-class potato processing company. It produces frozen fries, flakes and private label products. Clarebout has two production sites, in Nieuwkerke and Warneton. The company currently employs more than 1,500 people and works mainly for export, with 5% of distribution in Belgium and 95% abroad.