Our Story

As you grow we grow – and as we grow together, so grows opportunity.

At Lamb Weston®, we apply our inventive thinking to everything we do. Founded in 1950, as a small family business, we've earned and continue to earn-our reputation as an industry pioneer and one of the world's leading suppliers of frozen potato products.

Turning Our Story Into History
Scroll through our history and you’ll see more than just milestone – you’ll see the tradition of curiosity and inventiveness that drives us as a company. You’ll also catch a glimpse of future possibilities.
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.
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.
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 Connell, WA; Quincy, WA; and Hermiston, OR.
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.
CrissCut® Fries introduced
Lamb Weston expands its offering with CrissCut® Fries, a unique specialty cut with great plate coverage and higher profit potential.
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.
Viking International purchased
Lamb Weston purchases Viking International, an American company with strong export ties into Asia.
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.
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.
Lamb's 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.
Stuffed Spudz® introduced
Lamb Weston introduces Stuffed Spudz®, a completely new line of potato-based finger foods.
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.
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.
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.
Sweet Things® brand of sweet potato french fries launched
Lamb Weston debuts its Sweet Things® brand of sweet potato french fries.
Lamb's Natural Chips introduced
The company introduces Lamb's Natural Chips, becoming an immediate success when they hit the market.
Starz® introduced
Lamb Weston becomes the first frozen potato producer to launch a product with zero grams of trans fat, called Starz®.
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.
Washington plant expanded
Pasco, Washington plant expanded to support potato- and onion-based appetizer growth.
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.
Operations begin at Lamb Weston's Delhi, LA facility
The Delhi plant is a LEED Platinum Certified frozen food facility, the highest distinction available to green buildings, keeping 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, with proprietary technologies.
Lamb Weston acquires TaiMei Potato in China
It is located in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, one of the largest potato growing regions in China.
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.
French fries in the public eye!
Lamb Weston begins trading as a public company on the NYSE under the symbol LW.
Richland Washington plant expanded
290,000 square foot expansion adds a new processing line increasing production capacity by approximately 300 million pounds annually.
Australia Plant Purchased
Marvel Packers Pty Ltd ("Marvel"), a frozen potato processor in Australia, adds approximately 50 million pounds of production capacity to Lamb Weston's existing global manufacturing network.
Hermiston Plant Expansion
A $250 million investment adds approximately 300 million pounds of production capacity.
Australia Plant Purchased
Ready Meals Pty Ltd, a frozen potato processing and storage facility in Hallam, Victoria, adds approximately 70 million pounds of production capacity of our existing global manufacturing network.