Gary Rodkin, chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods, joined Lamb Weston President Jeff DeLapp, Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal, and others to commemorate the grand opening of ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston’s new environmentally friendly sweet potato processing plant in Delhi LA recently.
The Delhi plant will produce products for the Sweet Things line for foodservice, which includes sweet potato fries, wedges, puffs, as well as mashed sweet potatoes. This plant will also produce ALEXIA retail grocery brand sweet potato products.
“The Delhi plant is the culmination of our decade-long experience with sweet potato processing technologies and product innovation,” said DeLapp. “Today’s official grand opening ribbon-cutting celebrates the past year and a half of intense planning and construction, building our most sustainable plant to date.”
“When ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston selected Louisiana for this new expansion last year, it was a major victory not only for northeast Louisiana, but also for our entire state,” said Jindal. “Phase one of this project is already having a significant impact in terms of jobs, capital investment, and revenues.”
Grand-opening festivities continued through November 6, with a community celebration at the Delhi National Guard Armory. This celebration included performances by local school groups and musical acts as well as musicians Amanda Shaw, Chubby Carrier, David St Romain, and Darryl Worley.
The Delhi plant is one of 20 Lamb Weston plants in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and the total Delhi plant project employs 275 people.