WP Griffin Inc. Celebrates Major Expansion
Griffin Prince Edward Island Potato Specialists™
Over the past 27 years staff at W.P. Griffin Inc. have grown pretty accustomed to change, company president and general manager, John Griffin said..
With the expansion, completed in early December and now fully operational, the potato wash plant and packing facility in Elmsdale, P.E.I. has grown in size by more than 50 per cent, to 38,000 square feet from 25,000.
It allows for a pallet box cold storage area at the back where the company can store specialty potatoes until they have the volumes to fill orders, and a 7,000 square foot shipping and receiving area up front which allows for packaged product to be efficiently stored awaiting shipment.
The expansion has allowed for some reorganization within the plant to build in efficiencies, such as reducing downtime by filling larger runs prior to shifting over to other product lines.
This expansion is yet another accomplishment and milestone among many over the last 60 years for WP Griffin.
W.P. Griffin Inc. is a family owned and operated potato farming and packaging business located in Elmsdale Prince Edward Island, Canada. John’s father Wilfred founded the business in 1947 and it continues to grow today 69 years later. The Griffin brothers now share business management responsibilities for the company. John takes care of the office including strategic business and marketing and Peter looks after field and packing house operations.
As Griffin Prince Edward Island Potato Specialists™ they take great pride in growing, packaging and shipping a wide variety of potatoes and consumer convenient fresh potato product choices. WP Griffin potato products are sold across Canada, primarily to Sobeys Inc. and Foodland stores. Their food service customers include GFS Gordon’s Food Services and branded shipments to The Keg restaurant chain in Eastern Canada. WP Griffin also services the Eastern United States as well as international markets. Other Signature private labels include ‘Griffin™’, ‘Bud The Spud™’ and ‘Dole™’.
Internationally, WP Griffins has entered into a grower/packer contract with Albert Bartlett (UK) www.albertbartlett.com for cultivation of the ‘Red Rooster’™ variety in Prince Edward Island, for Walmart stores in Eastern Canada and the Eastern USA.
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