Alain Dufait officially became the new managing director of Lutosa, a McCain Foods company, on April 1. He will take over from Alain Duranleau, who has been at the helm of the Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium-headquartered value-added potato products manufacturer during the past five years. Duranleau will become regional president of McCain for Continental Europe, Lutosa and Van Geloven following the retirement of Erwin Pardon.
Dufait has 28 years of industrial production, sales and general management experience at international levels within the agrifood business. He spent almost 15 years in various executive positions at Cargill, including five years as a managing director based in Mechelen, Belgium.
“Alain holds high all the values that are part of Lutosa’s DNA, and we are confident that he will continue supporting strong growth at Lutosa on an international level” said Duranleau.
About Lutosa and McCain
Originally a Belgian family business prior to being acquired by McCain, Lutosa NV runs two production plants in Leuze-en-Hainaut and Sint-Eloois- Vijve. It produces and sells a wide range of frozen fries and specialties including Duchesse potatoes, spicy wedges, röstis, mashed potatoes and other items, as well as potato flakes for industrial accounts. In business for 44 years, the company is active in more than 146 countries worldwide in the B-to-B sector, as well as in retail channels outside Europe.
McCain Foods is a family-owned business founded in 1957 in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. Ranking as the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and an innovator in prepared appetizers and snacks categories, its products are found in restaurants and retail stores in over 160 countries. The company has major production, retail and corporate operations around the globe, employs approximately 22,000 people, operates 49 production facilities on six continents, partners with 3,500 farmers and generates annual sales in excess of 11 billion Canadian dollars.