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US: Lamb Weston to supersize Washington french fry plant

The Lamb Weston potato processing plant in Richland, Wash., will expand, according to the company. The $200 million investment will give farmers another reliable customer, says the state’s potato commission. Potato processor Lamb Weston will invest $200 million to increase the french fry-making capacity of its Richland, Wash., plant, creating 128 full-time jobs and taking advantage of the world’s growing demand for easy-to-prepare food, the company announced recently. Lamb Weston cited forecasts by Euromonitor International, a market research company, that the demand for frozen potato products will grow by 2.6 billion pounds by 2020. The company says its new french fry line will produce more than 300 million pounds a year. “We have a tremendous opportunity to help our customers realize their global growth projects, but we need to make more french fries to do that,” Lamb Weston President Greg Schlafer said in a written statement. More

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