EAGLE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ready Meals Pty Ltd (Ready Meals), a frozen potato processor in Australia. Terms were not disclosed. Ready Meals sells frozen potato products under the Harvest Choice brand and operates frozen potato processing and storage facilities in Hallam, Victoria.
“The Ready Meals acquisition is the continuation of our strategic work to strengthen and expand our global capabilities,” said Tom Werner, President and CEO. “The acquisition complements our presence in Australia, providing us additional avenues to increase our position in Australia’s 1.1 billion pound market.”
The Ready Meals facility adds approximately 70 million pounds of production capacity to Lamb Weston’s existing global manufacturing network. Upon completion of the transaction, Lamb Weston will own and operate 18 processing facilities worldwide, and an additional 8 facilities in conjunction with its joint venture partners. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed as soon as practicable.
About Lamb Weston
Lamb Weston, along with its joint venture partners, is a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the world. For more than 60 years, Lamb Weston has led the industry in innovation, introducing inventive products that simplify back-of-house management for our customers and make things more delicious for their customers. From the fields where Lamb Weston potatoes are grown to proactive customer partnerships, Lamb Weston always strives for more and never settles. Because, when we look at a potato, we see possibilities. Learn more about us at lambweston.com.
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