McCain Foods Canada held its 27th annual Champion Potato Grower Awards ceremony last night in Portage.

The awards recognize the top growers supplying the Portage plant, and are determined by the processing quality of potatoes delivered.

A sample from each load is tested for quality factors including size, defect level, and colour.

This year's title went to Harvey and Jason Kehler of Kehler farms of carman.

Also this week, McCain's announced the 2006 Champion Potato Growers for its Carberry processing facility.

Earl, David, and Randy Baron of RED Baron Farms near Carberry received the award.