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French fry factory planned to support key customers in Russia

27 June 2016

Lamb Weston / Meijer and Belaya Dacha are set to embark on a joint venture to build a new factory in Lipetsk, Russia, to serve the local french fry market. This will be the first french fry factory in Russia. 

Commenting on the recent announcement, Bas Alblas, CEO at Lamb Weston / Meijer, said: "Our new joint venture will provide us with a unique opportunity to expand our position in the Russian market, while supporting our international key clients in optimising their own value chain, growing their businesses in the region and meeting local needs.” The collaboration will enables Lamb Weston / Meijer and Belaya Dacha to combine their complementary knowledge and skills.

Victor Semenov, co-owner and chairman of Belaya Dacha said: “Both companies benefit from each other’s unique knowledge, skills and expertise. We can take advantage of Lamb Weston / Meijer’s in-depth experience in potato growing and high quality French fry production, while leveraging Belaya Dacha‘s experience in the Russian quick service and retail market and our own construction division.”

To secure a potato supply, the joint venture will make use of its own farm in the Tambov region and will work closely with dedicated Russian farmers.

Construction is planned to begin mid-2016 with the aim of starting production early in 2018. The French fry plant will have a production capacity of 90,000 tons per year.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Russian Federal Anti Monopoly Service (FAS).

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