Lamb Weston/Meijer (LW/M) has unveiled plans to build a new frozen french fry plant, expanding output at its existing production facility in Kruiningen, the Netherlands. The approximately €200 million investment will increase capacity at the site by 180,000 metric tons per year and is expected to create more than 50 jobs.
The design enables the processing of potatoes with minimal use of water and energy, which is in tune with the company’s 2030 Sustainability Agenda. Expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2023, the new plant will accompany three existing production lines in Kruiningen and be the most automated operation in the LW/M network.
“This new plant at our Kruiningen site does not only reflect our ambition to meet the growing demand for high quality potato products in a sustainable way, it also shows commitment to our customers and growers in building upon the advantages of this region,” said CEO March Schroeder.
Meanwhile, at Lamb Weston headquarters in the USA, President Tom Werner recently announced that in addition to planned expansion at the LM/W flagship factory in the Netherlands, the company has begun construction of a new chopped and form line at its facility in American Falls, Idaho, that will be available in spring 2022. Second, major capacity expansion projects in China and Russia are under way.