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Swansfleet Alliance named top McCain grower

The annual designation acknowledged the top potato growers 
contracting with the company every year in Manitoba

Ten Manitoba potato operations were named McCain Foods Top Growers last month in Carberry.

McCain Foods has named Swansfleet Alliance, of Treherne and Bruxelles, its top Manitoba potato grower for the 2015 crop year.

The announcement came at the annual Growers’ Banquet, held last month at the Carberry Community Hall with 190 attendees.

Jim Waugh, who heads up McCain’s midwest manufacturing operations, was on hand for the annual event.

“A special thanks to all of our potato growers in the Manitoba region for their partnership in our business,” said Waugh.

Swansfleet Alliance started in the seed business and only began contracting potatoes with McCain four years ago. It has been in the Top 10 for the past three years and achieved the Top Grower award this year.

“It’s an impressive achievement,” said Bob Hyra, McCains director of midwest agriculture. “Being in the Top 10 category for every eligible year is remarkable, and I applaud Swansfleet for its hard work and dedication.”

Potatoes are rated throughout the year on a variety of factors including size, gravity, defect level and colour and awarded points accordingly. At the end of each crop year, the Top 10 Growers are determined based on their overall scores.

The other growers who qualified for the Top 10 roster, in order of final standing, were:

  • Shilo Farms (Mark Keller – Shilo);
  • Millshof (Paul Wollman and Joseph Wollman – Glenboro);
  • Spud Plains Farms (Paul and Kim Adriaansen – Wellwood);
  • Bailey Farms (Terry and Lori Bailey – Carberry);
  • Corduroy Plains (John and Sandra Goff – Carman);
  • Acadia Colony Farms (Isaiah and John Hofer – Carberry);
  • A&M Farm Ventures (Tom and Lisa Adriaansen, John and Shawna Adriaansen – Carberry);
  • Davison Farms (Rick and Jackie Davison, Brad and Gill Davison – Carberry);
  • J.P. Wiebe (Sheldon and Jennifer Wiebe – MacGregor).

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