Scroll through our history and you’ll see our greatest milestones are the innovations and accomplishments that have grown new partnerships and led to shared successes.
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 Connell, 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.
1983 - Continued - 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
Understanding operators needs to both delight their customers and increase profit potential, Lamb Weston expands its offering with CrissCut® Fries, a delicious specialty cut with great plate coverage.
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
After seeing a need in the marketplace for fries that have a longer hold time for your operation as well as a crispier, more indulgent texture for your customers, 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.
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 - Lamb's Supreme® Mashed Potatoes launched
To save operators time and labor without sacrificing flavor or quality, Lamb Weston introduces Lamb's Supreme® Mashed Potatoes, real, made-from-scratch mashed potatoes delivered in portion-controlled pouches
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 at the time of it's launch.
1998 - Holland Expansion
Lamb Weston/Meijer expands its Kruinigen, Holland factory, making it one of the largest potato processing facilities in the world.
1998 - Continued - 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 a significant player in the frozen potato European market.
2001 - Sweet Things® brand of sweet potato french fries 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 introduces a unique new shape into their frozen potato protfolio 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
Pasco, Washington plant expanded to support potato- and onion-based appetizer growth.
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
2010 - 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.
2014 - Lamb Weston acquires TaiMei Potato in China
It is located in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, one of the largest potato growing regions in China.
2014 - Boardman East opens
Boardman East opens, increasing the facility's capacity for making french fries and other frozen potato products. The facility is EPA ENERGY STAR® Certified as a result of employee efforts to reduce energy, reuse water and increase recycling.
2016 - French fries in the public eye!
Lamb Weston begins trading as a public company on the NYSE under the symbol LW.
2017 - Potatovation
At Lamb Weston, we’re bound by a shared goal with our customers to deliver the perfect potato solutions for their business. That’s why we introduced “Potatovation,” a team ideology that seeks to understand every facet of our customers' operational needs to guide our product development, packaging, culinary innovations and new technologies. Potatovation helps to shoulder the back-of-the-house load, so our customers can devote more time to the business they love.
2017 - Richland Washington plant expanded
290,000 square foot expansion adds a new processing line increasing production capacity by approximately 300 million pounds annually.
2018 - Crispy on Delivery fries Launched
Lamb Weston launches a revolutionary fry, with unique clear-coated batter, that stays crispy for up to 30 minutes when held in a vented container. Perfect for dine-in, drive-thru, room service, and buffets.
2018 - Potato Dippers™ Introduced
Lamb Weston introduces Potato Dippers, a unique new cut hin Stealth coating, ideal for scooping and dipping with a thin Stealth coating
2018 - Marvel Packers Aquistion
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.
2019 - Hermiston Plant Expansion
A $250 million investment adds approximately 300 million pounds of production capacity.
2019 - Continued Australia Expansion
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.
2019 - South American Expansion
To serve the nearly 2-billion pound South American market, Lamb Weston and Sociedad del Plata in Argentina form a new joint venture partnership.
2019 - Waffled Hash Browns introduced
Introduction of Waffled Hash Browns, a unique take on Belgian waffles made from shredded Idaho potatoes that can be baked to crispy perfection, offering operators without fryers a new potato option to satisfy customers.