Turning Our Story Into History
Scroll through our history and you'll see more than just milestones - you'll see the tradition of curiosity and inventiveness that drives us as a company. You'll also catch a glimpse of future possibilities.
1950
Lamb Weston Incorporates
F. Gilbert "Gib" Lamb purchases a defunct co-op plant in Weston, OR and incorporates, renovating the facility to become the most advanced pea processing plant in the U.S.
1960
Water Gun Knife Invented
The first of what would become numerous company innovations, Lamb Weston invents the Lamb Water Gun Knife—the first device to slice french fries in a high-velocity water flow—which quickly becomes the worldwide industry standard.
1961
Potato processing and domestic expansion
In 1961, Lamb Weston officially enters the domestic potato processing market with the construction of a new processing plant in American Falls, ID. Over the next 10 years, the company would develop additional processing plants in Connel, WA; Quincy, WA; and Hermiston, OR.
1983
Twister® Fries introduced
Venturing beyond the traditional straight-cut french fry, Lamb Weston introduces Twister® Fries, a curly-shaped fry that enhances operator profitability.
Automatic Defect Removal System designed
Lamb Weston designs the Automatic Defect Removal System—another industry gamechanger—which improves operator profits by eliminating product blemishes on high-speed production lines.
1984
CrissCut® Fries introduced
Lamb Weston expands its offering with CrissCut® Fries, a unique specialty cut with great plate coverage and higher profit potential.
1989
LW Private Reserve®
The company releases its upscale line of premium potato products called LW Private Reserve®, recognized throughout the industry as the ultimate in potato quality.
1991
Viking International purchased
Lamb Weston purchases Viking International, an American company with strong export ties into Asia.
1992
Stealth® Fries launched
Lamb Weston introduces its innovative brand of Stealth® Fries, which retain heat and flavor longer than conventional fries thanks to an invisible potato starch coating, making them ideal for takeout and drive-through applications.
1994
Lamb Weston / Meijer partnership formed
Lamb Weston purchases two plants in Holland and then forms a partnership with Meijer Frozen Foods, experts in potato research and European market distribution.
1995
Supreme Mashed Potatoes launched
The company introduces Lamb's Supreme® Mashed Potatoes, real, made-from-scratch mashed potatoes delivered in portion-controlled pouches to save operators time and labor without sacrificing flavor or quality.
1996
Stuffed Spudz introduced
Lamb Weston introduces Stuffed Spudz, a completely new line of potato-based finger foods.
1997
Generation 7® Fries introduced
Lamb Weston launches Generation 7® Fries, a better tasting, more profitable french fry with up to 50 percent faster prep times and significantly higher yields than conventional fries.
1998
Holland Expansion
Lamb Weston/Meijer expands its Kruinigen, Holland factory, making it one of the largest potato processing facilities in the world.
Canada Expansion
Lamb Weston builds and begins selling product out of a new, state-of-the-art processing plant in Taber, Alberta, Canada.
2000
Continued European Expansion
Lamb Weston/Meijer acquires three additional plants in Holland, making it the largest producer of frozen potato products in the European market.
2001
Sweet Things® brand launched
Lamb Weston debuts its Sweet Things® brand of sweet potato french fries.
2002
Lamb's Natural Chips introduced
The company introduces Lamb's Natural Chips, becoming an immediate success when they hit the market.
2003
Starz introduced
Lamb Weston becomes the first frozen potato producer to launch a product with zero grams of trans fat, called Starz.
2004
Yukon Gold introduced
The company releases its Lamb's Supreme brand Yukon Gold potato products, ranging from wedges, twister fries and chef cut fries to hash browns and mashed potatoes.
2007
Washington plant expanded
To support its growth in the appetizer category, Lamb Weston completes an 85,000-square-foot expansion of its potato processing plant in Pasco, WA, later adding two new state-of-the-art production lines for making potato- and onion-based appetizers to the facility.
2008
Continued expansion
Lamb Weston acquires Watts Brothers, a group of vegetable processing, packaging and farming facilities based in Kennewick, WA. The company also purchases a potato processing facility in Prosser, WA from Twin City Foods.
2010
Operations begin at Lamb Weston's Delhi, LA facility
The first frozen food manufacturing plant worldwide to earn LEED Platinum certification, the highest distinction available to green buildings. The design, construction and operations were all developed with environmental impact and sustainability in mind. Situated in a prime sweet potato growing region, the Delhi plant is uniquely equipped to process high-quality sweet potatoes, using cutting-edge proprietary processing and packaging technologies.
2014
Lamb Weston acquires TaiMei Potato
As part of its strategy to grow internationally, Lamb Weston acquires TaiMei Potato Industries Limited in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia. Located in one of the largest potato growing regions in China, this facility provides Lamb Weston the ability to make frozen potato products closer to its expanding customer base and meet the growing demand for frozen potato products in Asia.
2014
Boardman East opens
Boardman East opens, increasing the facility's capacity for making french fries and other frozen potato products and adding more than 100 jobs to the local economy. The facility is EPA ENERGY STAR® Certified as a result of employee efforts to reduce energy, reuse water and increase recycling. The technology and sustainable construction techniques pioneered at the LEED Platinum-certified Delhi, LA facility were leveraged during the Boardman expansion.
2016
French fries in the public eye!
Lamb Weston begins trading as a public company on the NYSE under the symbol LW.

Around The World, We're Local

Started in 1950 on a small farm in the northwest region of the U.S., Lamb Weston has grown to be one of the world's largest frozen potato companies, happily delivering the delicious goodness of fries to more than 100 countries. While our growth has been remarkable, we've never forgotten where we came from. We see things differently–just like our founder, Gilbert Lamb, did back in 1950. Amazing what a little ambition and a lot of hard work can do.

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We always challenge the status quo and we never settle. Being inventive, we are always exploring. Always imagining there's a better way. See how

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