Simplot becomes exclusive manufacturer of Ore-Ida potato products, takes ownership of the Ore-Ida plant.

Ore-Ida offers a range of retail potato products. The company has made fame as the inventor of the tater tot potato specialty.
Ore-Ida offers a range of retail potato products. The company has made fame as the inventor of the tater tot potato specialty.
March 16, 2022
The J.R. Simplot Company has agreed on an exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Kraft Heinz Company naming Simplot as the exclusive manufacturer and supplier of its Ore-Ida retail brand. In the agreement, Simplot will take ownership of the existing processing location in Ontario, Oregon. Kraft Heinz will continue to own the Ore-Ida brand.

Mark McKellar, President of Simplot’s Food Group:
 
"We’re thrilled to welcome these employees to the J.R. Simplot Company and excited about the added capacity and distribution capabilities this acquisition provides."

"The Ore-Ida brand is well known and loved in many of the same communities where we do business and we’re thrilled to help ensure their continued success. With our combined history of high-quality frozen potato products and our continued dedication to the communities where we operate and the customers we serve, we have a bright future in front of us."
Ore-Ida was founded in Ontario in 1949 and is a well-known brand in the retail frozen potato space in the United States. This agreement expands Simplot’s processing and distribution capabilities and adds a number of job opportunities at the facility that currently employs approximately 600 people. The Ontario facility is in close proximity to Simplot’s headquarters in Boise, ID and one of its largest potato processing facilities located in Caldwell, ID.

The two sides entered into their agreement on Feb. 22, 2022. It is scheduled to become final later in the spring. The agreement enables Simplot to bring its processing expertise to a well-known retail brand while furthering its offerings to regional growers and customers. It also includes a clause that enables Simplot to supply potatoes for Ore-Ida products beginning in the 2023-24 growing season.
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