Potato processor Lamb Weston said that grocery store sales of frozen french fries and processed potatoes “are up significantly” as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the “stay-at-home” orders issued by a number of state governors across the U.S.
Charles H. Featherstone of the Columbia Basin Herald reports that Lamb Weston is taking steps to boost production in order to meet the increased demand, according to the company’s President and CEO Tom Werner.
Werner said that “several major customers” have told the company that “french fries are a priority item right now.”
However, he also said it is too early to determine how the COVID-19 epidemic “will play out” in the United States and that the company is unable to forecast what demand or sales will look like for the next few months.
Sean Connolly, president and CEO of Conagra foods — the former parent company of Lamb Weston — said in a separate earnings call Tuesday that all of the company’s North American facilities “are open and running at high levels of utilization.”