Wallace McCain, founder of the world’s largest frozen chip maker, has died.

The Canadian billionaire, who founded McCain Foods in 1956 with his brother Harrison, lost his battle with cancer last week aged 81.

UK corporate affairs director Bill Bartlett said McCain was “an inspirational leader”.

“He’s a great loss to the company but he does leave a fantastic legacy,” Bartlett added.

McCain left his eponymous business in 1995, although he retained partial ownership, and subsequently bought a stake in Maple Leaf Foods.

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