Lamb Weston's European JV invests in additional production at Dutch plant
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Lamb Weston’s European JV invests in additional production at Dutch plant

By Simon Harvey 28 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 28th, 2021 08:47)

Idaho-based Lamb Weston also recently announced plans to boost capacity in the US.

Lamb Weston’s European JV invests in additional production at Dutch plant

Lamb Weston’s European venture plans to build an additional French fry plant at its European joint-venture headquarters in the Netherlands.

Lamb Weston-Meijer, a partnership with the Dutch group Meijer Frozen Foods, will invest around EUR200m (US$236.2m) at its facility in Kruiningen to expand production by 180,000 metric tonnes a year, a project that is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

Idaho-based Lamb Weston said the new plant will add to three existing production lines at the Kruiningen site, which also received EUR50m in 2019.

“The new state-of-the-art production facility enables Lamb Weston-Meijer to meet the global growing demand for frozen potato products,” it said, with more than 50 jobs to be created.

Marc Schroeder, the CEO of the joint venture, said: “This new plant at our Kruiningen site does not only reflect our ambition to meet the growing demand of high-quality potato products in a sustainable way. It also shows our commitment to our customers and growers building upon the advantages of this region.

“The state-of-the-art facility will use less water and less energy, and allows us to process with fewer emissions, which is critical to our sustainability strategy. This investment strengthens Lamb Weston-Meijer’s global position in the frozen potato products market, enabling our growth ambition, new product innovation and improved service to customers.”

Last week, New York-listed Lamb Weston revealed it would also create 130 jobs from a US$451m investment to add a French fry production line at one of its own plants, located in American Falls, Idaho, and to modernise the facility. That project is also expected to be completed in 2023.