The J.R. Simplot Company
J.R. Simplot was an energetic entrepreneur who started the company in 1929. The company has grown from a one-man farming operation into a food and agribusiness empire.
The Company’s integrated portfolio includes farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, phosphate mining, fertiliser manufacturing, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Its major operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina and China provide a diverse array of products and services to people around the world.
J.R. Simplot was an innovator from the start, but our founder’s accomplishments accelerated after creating the first commercially-viable frozen french fries in the 1940s. That momentum continues today, with technology improvements that are revolutionising plant research and food production.
The company has invested significant resources to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations.
J.R. always understood that resources are finite. As a company we strive to be good stewards and responsibly manage the air, water, land, and other resources on which we all rely.
Even though J.R. is gone, his legacy has been perpetuated by members of his family, several of whom comprise the Executive Committee of the Simplot Company Board of Directors. They have continued the tradition of ploughing profits back into the enterprise, responsibly advancing J.R.’s lifelong mission of Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life.
Through good times and difficult times, the family has remained true to our founder's original vision. It has enabled the J.R. Simplot Company to operate under a sound long-term strategy stretching over decades, a rare situation in today’s world of market volatility.