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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta TIH umMiogt HfRAID Avfvtl No small potatoes From a potato peeler that handled 200 pounds an hour and a slicer that cut one potato at a 1 and S Produce Ltd. has grown into a wide- ranging food processor. The company's new Edmonton shown above in the final stages of is designed to handle pounds of potatoes an hour. Ibs. of an hour Spud farmers peel wrap from new plant EDMONTON Jack nd Bob a couple of outhern Alberta bave ome a long way since they rent into business 14 years ago nth a borrowed truck and a ood idea. They did it -with French fried although I and S Pro- duce Ltd. has gone on to bigger arid better things. said Bob Iwa- vice-president of I and and still that of a lo- cally-owned buying Al- berta processing it and selling it back to I and S has graduated from a simple French-fry operation and now custom peels and distributes an assort- ment of vegetables. It also distributes grocery and dry soon will be freezing vegetables and entering a whole new field of food processing in a new plant. started out with an abra- sive peeler that bandied 200 pounds of potatoes an hour and a hand-slicer that cut one po- tato at a Bob Iwabuchi eaid. our new plant we wDl be capable of processing pounds an ORDER Your Supplies of RANGE PELLETS Range Pellets Will Supply Energy As Well As Protein CONTACT US NOW SOUTHERN FEEDS LTD. LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-3500 OR 328-3575 All the potatoes used at tbo plant are supplied by southern Alberta farmers and local pro- vincially-grown produce 10 given priority when it comes to buying. Some fruits and shipped in from British Columbia and Cali- fornia that's simply be- cause they often aren't avail- able in a unique position among Edmonton food process- ors in that we manufacture and distribute our own he added. we have our own trucks for pick up and delivery we see more of the product than most other wholesalers. own distribution in- volves hauling pur produce straight from California to Ed- monton so can say we have care of tlie fruits and vege- tables from the field to the place where the consumer buys them. quality control most Edmonton plants don't Employs TOO I and S employs about 100 people and has 10 trucks deliv- ering in the city and one work- ing in the area. It operates two trucks o steady runs to Calgary and another two to California. The company serves 65 to 75 per cent of the food service in- dustry in including hospitals and schools. lower the wastage and the labor costs involved in food Mr. Iwabuchi said I and S Is an independent dealer and finda it tough competing against na- tional brands. lot of the small plaaT ot potato that we reject and pay to have hauled larger com- panies market as part of their HA ;