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McCain shifts export base to port of Dunkerque

31 Mar 2016 | Health Nutrition, A region on the move

Canada-based McCain Foods has traditionally shipped its frozen French fries to Middle East export markets through Antwerp, Belgium. But now the potato giant’s containers will leave Europe from the French port of Dunkerque.

Better for business—and the environment

It’s official: McCain’s export-bound shipments from Béthune and Harnes will shift from the port of Antwerp to Dunkerque. Each month some 400 to 500 containers will head off to the Middle East, and the company hopes to develop trade routes to China, the West Indies and Latin America, too.

Port of Dunkerque—the place to be

McCain’s shift to Dunkerque was anything but random: “It was a business decision: we save on every container we ship. Labor was a factor too, since our entire production chain, from farmer to shipper, is now in France—in Northern France, to be precise; Lastly, it was a green choice, since the move cuts road transport by 200 km per container. Our carbon footprint will benefit enormously,” said Bertrand Achte, who heads a regional association of potato growers.

The company will also save two days of transit time and pay lower customs duties.

Good news for jobs, farming and the region’s image

For six months, local officials, port representatives and farmers had pitched Dunkerque’s benefits as a gateway to global markets.

The 800-850 regional farmers who supply 700,000 tons of potatoes to McCain each year hailed the agreement as testimony to the quality and reliability of their crop. 

 

Source : www.lepharedunkerquois.fr/ - www.lavoixdunord.fr/  

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