Devoted to potatoes
Wide, open fields lined with windmills spread before you as measuredly as they can only in the Netherlands. In the municipality of Lelystad, the conditions are favourable for potato farming since the growing season is approximately two times longer than what it is in Finland. This is where the crispy French fries of Hesburger stem from as well.
Hesburger French fries are supplied by McCain Foods Holland BV, a family business with a long tradition of devotion to potatoes. McCain supplies Hesburger with approximately 5.5 million kilograms of French fries a year.
From the field to the restaurant
Hesburger French fries taste like honest-to-goodness spuds because they are prepared from whole potatoes. The carefully selected potato varieties, such as Zorba, Daisy, Lady Anna, Innovator, Fontane, Markies, and Royal have just the size and consistency that makes a potato especially suitable for creating French fries.
Potatoes harvested from the field are transported to a production plant located nearby, where they are washed, peeled, cut, precooked, coated, frozen, and packed. Throughout the manufacturing chain, the quality of both the potatoes and the French fries created from them are closely monitored.
The finished French fries are sent to the Hesburger central warehouse in Kaarina, from where they are distributed to Hesburger restaurants across Finland. Qualified restaurant personnel then deep-fry the French fries in rapeseed oil till crispy and golden yellow and serve them freshly fried to our customers.
Responsible farming and manufacturing
McCain Foods supports potato farmers in the field of responsible farming. Windmills and solar panels are an important part of sustainable agriculture. By utilizing the newest technology and regulating the use of water, the impact of farming on the environment can be reduced.
The environmental aspects are taken into account in the manufacture of French fries in many ways as well. Among other things, McCain Foods plants are systematically reducing the use of energy, water, and methane. Their manufacturing strives for fully waste-free production where, for example, potato skins are made into animal fodder or biogas.
“Windmills and solar panels are an important part of sustainable agriculture.”