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Lamb Weston’s mega expansion: A game-changer for the potato processing industry?

Lamb Weston, a global leader in frozen potato products, is currently undergoing a massive $415 million expansion at its American Falls facility. This ambitious project aims to enhance the facility’s french fry production capacity by a staggering 40%, positioning it as one of the world’s largest frozen potato processing units, as Jason Thomas reports for Idaho Business Reviews.

Upon completion, the expansion is anticipated to necessitate an additional 12,000 acres of potato cultivation in Idaho, predominantly in Power and Bingham counties. The first phase of this three-tiered project has been successfully executed, with the remaining two phases progressing steadily. The entire endeavor is slated for completion by mid-2024.

This significant investment underscores Lamb Weston’s unwavering confidence in Idaho’s thriving potato industry. Mark Wynn, Lamb Weston’s Vice President of Tax, emphasized the state’s conducive business environment and the consistent supply of premium-quality potatoes as pivotal reasons for selecting American Falls for the expansion.

Furthermore, this expansion promises substantial economic benefits for Power County, with Lamb Weston set to introduce approximately 280 new job opportunities at the American Falls facility. The expansion project is expected to result in about 12,000 additional acres of potatoes in Idaho.

Source: Idaho Business Review. Read the full story here
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