Canadian Manufacturing

P.E.I. spuds company J & S Visser investing in new packaging equipment

The potato producer will buy a new baler and bagger system with the help of a federal government loan

May 18, 2017  by Canadian Staff

The new equipment will help the company adapt to consumer needs at both the local and global level

ORWELL COVE, P.E.I.—The federal government has extended a $250,000 loan to a Prince Edward Island spuds company looking to modernize its equipment.

J & S Visser Produce Inc., which sells its potatoes across Canada and the U.S., will use the funding to buy a new baler and bagger system. The new machinery will enable workers to switch quickly between packaging different types of potatoes in a variety of bag sizes.

“The new machinery helps us to meet the growing needs of our customers, in terms of volume and efficiency, and to develop new product for a changing market,” the company’s owner, Stephen Visser, said in a statement.

The funding was made available through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and aims to improve the company’s competitiveness.