About Us

At McCain, we’re passionate about potatoes. And with our potato products, we aim to bring joy to everyday meal times. As a family-owned company, we care both about using simple ingredients in our products and about our people who make them. Here you’ll find out everything you need to know about who we are, how we create simple food that tastes good, our sustainability projects and where we – and our potatoes – come from, as well as getting to know the farmers we support and who grow the potatoes we use.

If you’re looking for more information on McCain as a global business, head over to mccain.com.

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In 1957, the McCain brothers founded our company in their hometown of Florenceville, Canada. McCain created the first ever frozen chip and went on to become the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products.

Today McCain is still family owned, and has grown to 41 production facilities across six continents, employing over 17,000 across the world. That’s a lot of potato experts.

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We want everyone to enjoy potatoes as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Potatoes are virtually fat free, an energy rich carbohydrate, as well as being full of fibre, vitamin C, potassium and iron.


How do we make chips? Like our potatoes, we keep it simple. We simply wash, peel and cut our spuds, then lightly fry in sunflower oil. Then we freeze them. And that’s it. Some of our products do have natural coatings or flavourings.

The simple truth about McCain:

  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • 97% of our potato products have only green or amber nutritional indicators, meaning they’re low in saturated fat, fat and sugar.
  • Most of our products are low in salt and we’re continually looking to reduce this where possible.
  • We were the first food manufacturer to have front-of-pack, colour coded nutritional labelling on our products. Full nutritional information and reference intake guidance can be found on the back of our packs, and our Product pages also provide specific products’ nutritional values.

Freezing also has many benefits and acts as a natural preservative. You can also cook and serve the portion size you need, so there’s less food waste. Frozen food is also convenient to cook, requiring very little preparation.

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Since day one, we’ve always used the best potatoes, sourced from our trusted partners. We have a thorough quality control process – from checking our potatoes, all the way through to the final taste test.

We have traceability right back to each supplier – like our potatoes, which come with their own ‘passport’. This way, we can see the exact field where our potatoes came from. It’s this attention to detail that’s helped us make the nation’s favourite chip.

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We’ve reduced our carbon footprint by using longer lorries. This enables us to carry more products to our customers. So far, we’ve saved over 250,000 road miles and hundreds tonnes of CO2.

Currently over 99% of all McCain food waste is recycled into animal feed, by-products or renewable energy.

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At McCain, we know that good people are the key ingredient to a successful business. In the Ireland and UK we have over 1,700 employees who help us to produce some of the nation’s favourite potato products.

Being a McCain employee has a number of benefits. These include a generous pension scheme, a range of learning and development opportunities, healthcare support, a company Cycle to Work Scheme and access to McCain Community Stars – a grant scheme to support our employees’ voluntary work. Employees are also awarded for outstanding contributions to the business at our annual awards ceremony.

As a global business, we also offer employees overseas opportunities, meaning many of our people have been able to add international experience to their CV.

If you’re interested in joining our team, current job opportunities at McCain are listed on our careers page.