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Lamb Weston CEO: ‘We are unable to reasonably forecast frozen potato product demand’

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced its fiscal third quarter 2020 results.

“Our results in the third quarter were mixed,” said Tom Werner, President and CEO. “We drove solid growth in our Foodservice and Retail segments, but our Global segment’s sales declined due to the timing of sales of customized products and higher-margin limited time offering products, as well as the initial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on restaurant traffic in China.

In addition, all our segments had fewer shipping days related to the timing of the Thanksgiving holiday. We also realized the impact of higher-than-expected input and fixed cost inflation, which pressured earnings.”

“While the operating environment in most of our markets during the fiscal third quarter was favorable, estimates on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the global economy are uncertain,” Werner continued.

“At this time, despite only two months remaining in our fiscal fourth quarter, we are unable to reasonably forecast frozen potato product demand because of the pandemic’s unpredictable near-term effect on restaurant traffic in North America and our key international markets.

As a result, we’re withdrawing our financial outlook for the remainder of our fiscal year.”

“During these uncertain times, our top priorities are to ensure the health and welfare of our employees, maintain product safety, and continue to support our customers as they work to manage their supply chains and inventories.

While the near-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer demand and sales volume is likely to be material, we believe we have sufficient liquidity to manage through the uncertainty, and we remain confident in the long-term outlook for our customers and the continued growth of the global category.”

Source: Lamb Weston. Read the full release here

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