Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) announced today an expansion of french fry processing capacity in Argentina with the planned construction of a new manufacturing facility in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires. The company recently increased its stake in its South American joint venture, Lamb Weston Alimentos Modernos S.A. from 50% to 90%.
“Our investment in a new french fry processing facility demonstrates our continued confidence in the growing global market for frozen french fries, and our commitment to serving our customers in Argentina and the broader South American market,” said Tom Werner, President and CEO of Lamb Weston. “We’re grateful for the partnership of Sociedad Comercial del Plata, and the expertise they’ve shared over the last three years. We felt it was the right time to increase our interest in the joint venture, and we look forward to continuing to work with them as we expand in the region.”
The new french fry processing facility in Mar del Plata is expected to produce more than 200 million pounds of frozen french fries and other potato products per year for the 2-billion-pound South American market.
Construction of the new line is expected to be completed by mid-calendar year 2024, and will add approximately 250 new jobs. The total investment is expected to be approximately $240 million, subject to inflation and exchange rates at the time. This investment will add to the capacity produced at the joint venture’s existing manufacturing facility in Munro, Buenos Aires.
About Lamb Weston
Lamb Weston, along with its joint venture partners, is a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the world. For more than 70 years, Lamb Weston has led the industry in innovation, introducing inventive products that simplify back-of-house management for its customers and make things more delicious for their customers. From the fields where Lamb Weston potatoes are grown to proactive customer partnerships, Lamb Weston always strives for more and never settles. Because, when we look at a potato, we see possibilities. Learn more about us at lambweston.com.
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