McCain Foods has installed state-of-the-art tech in the form of a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) generator. It is part of the company’s latest upgrade to its Smithton plant in Tasmania. The PEF generator is another example of McCain’s commitment to producing more with less, as the $1.8 million project, which incorporates McCain’s proprietary technology, results in potatoes being pulsed with an electric field rather than steamed, slashing the plant’s energy and water usage.
The plant has reduced water usage this year by more than 100,000 litres per day. The PEF system will also save the plant approximately 276 tons of carbon each year, and around 33,000 gigajoules of energy due to the increased efficiency and reduced wastage.
McCain Foods Smithton Plant Manager, Gordon Gillies, said adopting this new technology was crucial to the company’s growth strategy. It is also an important step in reducing McCain’s environmental footprint and continuing to improve its sustainable practices.