Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Badger Common’Tater October 2022 Issue

Interview with Morgan Forbush

By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater

McCain Foods purchased the old Ore-Ida plant of Plover, Wisconsin, in 1997, and through the years has added increased production capacity.

Famous for French fries, appetizers, frozen and chilled prepared potato products, desserts, and more, McCain Foods “celebrates real connections through delicious planet-friendly foods.”

Servicing the retail and foodservice industries, the food processor became known for its French fries more than 60 years ago and is still making them today.

Potato or sweet potato French fries come in straight, crinkled, and thin- or thick-cut and skin-on or skin-off varieties, and are either fried, oven baked or microwaved.

In addition, the processor transforms the versatile potato into such creations as “jacket potatoes,” wedges, roast potatoes, croquettes, mashed potatoes, lattice fries, spirals, potato pancakes, hash browns, potato smiles, potato patties, “Tasti Taters” and potato bites, to name a few.

The Plover, Wisconsin, production facility sources potatoes and vegetables, the latter for appetizers, from many contract growers and Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) members in the Central Sands and throughout the state.

McCain Foods Field Manager Morgan Forbush sits on the WPVGA Associate Division Board of Directors and has forged her own career path, starting as a field representative with the company, in 2017, and becoming field manager with the retirement of long-time field department manager, Kerry Larson.

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