ConAgra Lamb Weston to build sweet potato facility

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OMAHA — ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston is planning to build a new environmentally friendly sweet-potato processing plant near Delhi, La.

"We’ve learned from our extensive experience with sweet potatoes that they require special handling and processing," said Jeff DeLapp, president. "This new processing plant is uniquely designed to enhance the quality of our sweet potato products in the most efficient way, which allows us to continue bringing value to our customers. Those customers, including some of the largest quick-service restaurant chains, seek consistent, high-quality sweet potato fries and other sweet potato products. We look forward to meeting the strong and growing demand for these potato products."

The plant is scheduled to open in November 2010 and will create about 275 jobs when it opens with potential for a total of more than 500 jobs later on.

The plant will follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for environmentally sustainable construction and will incorporate features such as natural lightly and minimally irrigated landscaping.

"This significant investment is indicative of the big opportunity we see in our potato platform," said Gary Rodkin, chief executive officer. "Potatoes, including sweet potatoes, are a strategic priority for ConAgra Foods, and we are committed to expansion in this area. This new plant will further our North American leadership position in potatoes by supporting growth in an adjacent category and add to our worldwide presence."

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