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Lamb Weston confident in strong long-term outlook for the global frozen potato category

Lamb Weston announced its fiscal second quarter 2022 results yesterday and updated its fiscal 2022 outlook.

“We are pleased with our financial and operating progress in the quarter as we continue to navigate through a difficult and volatile macro environment defined by cost inflation, supply chain disruptions and production challenges due primarily to a tight labor market,” said Tom Werner, President and CEO.

“We generated strong sales as solid demand across our restaurant and foodservice sales channels in North America drove volume growth, and as we continued to implement pricing actions in each of our business segments. These pricing actions, along with the other strategic actions we’ve taken to offset cost pressures and improve throughput in our factories, led to sequential gross margin gains in the quarter.”

“Looking ahead, we are on track to deliver our financial targets for the year. We expect our pricing actions, productivity improvements in our factories, and product optimization efforts to mitigate the effect of the ongoing macro-operational challenges and higher potato costs resulting from an exceptionally poor harvest in the Pacific Northwest.

“We remain confident in the strong long-term outlook for the global frozen potato category, and believe that executing on our strategies and ongoing investments in our business will keep us on a path to deliver sustainable, profitable growth and create value for our stakeholders.”

Lamb Weston’s net sales increased $110.5 million to $1,006.6 million, up 12 percent versus the prior year quarter, with volume and price/mix each up 6 percent. The ongoing recovery in demand for frozen potato products in the company’s restaurant and foodservice channels in North America drove the increase in sales volumes, while the initial benefits of product pricing actions, as well as higher prices charged to customers for product delivery, primarily drove the increase in price/mix.

Source: Lamb Weston. Read the full press release here

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