Discover the history of french fries through Lamb Weston's eyes

Scroll through Lamb Weston’s history and latest news and you’ll see our greatest milestones are the innovations and accomplishments that have grown new partnerships and led to shared successes.

Vintage Processing Line Image

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.

Potato Watergun Knife
1960 - Water Gun Knife Invented

The first of what would become numerous company innovations in the potato and fries distribution industry, 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. This was Lamb Weston’s first step into making our mark on the history of french fries in America and around the globe. 

Twister® Fries and Burger
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.

Defect Fry Removal
1983 - 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.

Plate of Criss Cut Fries
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.

Fries and Sandwich on Plate
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.

Stealth Fries

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.

Meijer Logo

1994 - Lamb Weston® / Meijer partnership formed

Lamb Weston purchases two plants in Holland and then forms a partnership with Meijer Frozen Foods, a company specialized in potato and fry research and European market distribution.

Bowl of Mashed Potatoes
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. 

Stuffed Spudz
1996 - Stuffed Spudz® introduced

Lamb Weston introduces Stuffed Spudz®, a completely new line of potato-based finger foods.

Canada Aerial Facility Photo
1998 - Canada Expansion

Lamb Weston builds and begins selling product out of a new, state-of-the-art processing plant in Taber, Alberta, Canada.

Sweet Potato Fries on a Plate
2001 - 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
2002 - Lamb's Natural Chips introduced

The company introduces Lamb's Natural Chips, becoming an immediate success when they hit the market.

Star Shaped Fries
2003 - Starz® introduced

Lamb Weston introduces a unique new shape into their frozen potato portfolio called Starz®.

Twister Fries on Plate with Sandwich
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.

Washington Aerial Facility Photo
2007 - Washington plant expanded

Pasco, Washington plant expanded to support potato- and onion-based appetizer growth.

Farm Land
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 and fries processing facility in Prosser, WA.

Lamb Weston's Delhi Facility
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.

Lamb Weston's China Facility

2014 - Lamb Weston® acquires TaiMei Potato in China

It is located in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, one of the largest potato growing regions in China.

Lamb Weston's Boardman East Facility
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.

Richland Innovation Center
2016 - Richland Innovation Center

Lamb Weston opens state-of-the-art Innovation Center in Richland, Washington.

Building with Flags and Lamb Weston Banner
2016 - French fries in the public eye!

Lamb Weston on the stock market: Lamb Weston begins trading as a public company on the NYSE under the stock symbol LW.

Potatovation Logo

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,” an innovative service 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 activity.

Burger and Fries

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.

Potato Dippers with Sauces
2018 - Potato Dippers™ Introduced

Lamb Weston introduces Potato Dippers™, a unique new cut thin Stealth® coating, ideal for scooping and dipping.

Burger and Fries
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.

Waffle Hash Browns Sandwich
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.

RapiPap Bag with Fries
2019 - Joint Venture in Argentina

Lamb Weston forms a joint venture with Sociedad Comercial del Plato in Argentina, thus reinforcing its position as a potato and fries distribution company in Latin America.