The New Brunswick and Canadian governments will provide $867,000 in forgivable and repayable loans to help Hartland's Covered Bridge Potato Chip Co with an 836-square metre (9,000-square foot) expansion.  

Covered Bridge makes old-fashioned kettle chips with dark russet potatoes harvested from the family company’s 200-hectare (500-acre) potato field at Albright Farms.

(Steve Bessant)
(Steve Bessant)
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Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet says the provincial government is contributing $367,000 through a forgivable loan from Opportunities NB. The federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program, provided a repayable contribution of $500,000 for the project.

At the announcement, Tobique-Mactaquac MP T.J. Harvey said Ryan Albright has grown his small business, which began in 2009 with three employees, into a successful venture that now employs nearly 100 people in Carleton County.

Covered Bridge Potato Chips (Facebook)
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Albright says the added space will enable Covered Bridge to add more cooking capacity and a new product line.

The facility is also an agri-tourism destination that offers self-guided factory tours. A recently-expanded section of the building includes an improved viewing space for visitors, expanded gift shop area, and additional washrooms to better accommodate tour bus traffic.