At the beginning of the year, there was a change in the position of the President and CEO of Farm Frites Poland SA.Ernst Christoph Lehmann-Bärenklau, who managed the company since its opening in 1994, was replaced by Adam Klasa - the current Operational Director and Member of the Board.
Adam has been employed in FFP right from the beginning of the company and has been continuously holding very important positions, such as Head of Maintenance, Plant Manager/Director and, finally, has been promoted to COO in 2015. Adam graduated from the Technical University in Gdańsk, but despite of the technical background, he also holds a MBA degree. Adam is committed to continue the high management standard set by Chris, putting first the respect of the employees as well as the continuous improvement, in line with the mission introduced by Chris already 25 years ago – “What we do, we do well. What we do well, we can probably do better – Together”.
Ernst Christoph Lehmann-Bärenklau has been still connected with Farm Frites Holding as President Global McDonald’s Business. He is the head of the international team of directors and managers for McDonald’s in Farm Frites locations around the world (Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Egypt and China) and people responsible for various aspects of this cooperation (agriculture, quality, sustainable development, finance, innovations and promotional products).
We started our activity in Lębork in 1994. The local climate was favourable for growing potatoes and the soil in the area was classified as, so called, Healthy Potato Zone Class 1. The fact that the town authorities were well-disposed towards such plant location also had a major influence on the decision.
Farm Frites Poland was established in 1993 as a joint venture of two Dutch potato processing producers: Farm Frites and Aviko. A factory was built and a line of French fries initiated in the autumn of 1994, within twelve months of the start of construction.
Initially, FFP employed 80 workers, including a few specialists from Holland who were responsible for implementing the international production standards and for training their Polish successors. The annual potato processing amounted to 40.000 tons.
In July 2004, a new line for potato pancakes was introduced and in July 2011, a new line for potato flakes. Currently, three modern production lines enable the factory to process around 50 different types of French fries, pancakes and flakes for three clients only: McDonald's, Farm Frites and Aviko. At present, there are over 200 people working at Farm Frites Poland SA, and the amount of potatoes used for production annually exceeds 200.000 tons.
With our presence on the market for over 20 years, our company still has many new ideas and ventures we hope to embark upon. With the experience and strong technical support we have at hand, and our wonderful workforce, we are confident we will be able to satisfy requirements of the future.