Last Friday, the expansion of Lamb Weston / Meijer's French Fry factory in Kruiningen, The Netherlands was inaugurated by Royal Commissioner Han Polman.
The new expansion includes the receiving, cleaning and sorting of the potatoes.
The result is a more efficient and more sustainable production process. Before the upgrade, potatoes were touched 4 times during processing, according to Managing Director Bas Alblas. Now this has been reduced to only one time.
The washing and Sorting section in the new expansion of Lamb Weston / Meijer - Kruiningen
The new potato reception is highly automated. To to such an extent, that the potato receiving area now requires only four operators per shift. All staff no longer needed in the upgraded potato reception found a new position elsewhere in the company.
Lamb Weston / Meijer invested 20 Million Euro (34 million USD) in the expansion in Kruiningen.
Currently, the company is also expanding its potato processing plant in Bergen op Zoom with new state-of-the-art production line for premium frozen products. This involves an investment of 120 million Euro (136 million USD)
Festive start of the construction of the Bergen op Zoom expansion in April 2015.
The new production line is expected to be fully operational mid 2016.