Simplot Retail, a division of the J.R. Simplot Corporation, is one of North America’s largest privately held food and agribusiness companies. With an 87 year legacy in the potato and vegetable processing business, Simplot has serviced many of the largest restaurant chains and brand names in the world. Simplot has annual revenues of approximately $4.5 billion with products sold throughout the world.
The Simplot Corporation has major operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and China, with products marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide. We have facilities in 14 countries and on four continents supply products and services to a global base of customers.
The Simplot Company’s mission statement, Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life, embodies our reason for being in business. We mold many of our planet’s raw materials into value-added items that sustain and enhance life.
Our board of directors, composed of Simplot family members and business executives from diverse backgrounds, is well-versed in every aspect of what it takes to run a successful organization, both at home and abroad. We believe successful companies must be responsible members of society in other ways, too. Through such activities as our annual Simplot Games track meet, we regularly support a wide variety of needs in communities where we operate.
J.R. ‘Jack’ Simplot
J.R. ‘Jack’ Simplot began his colorful career at the age of 14 when he quit school and went into business on his own in 1923, near the small farming community of Declo, Idaho. Jack poured seemingly boundless energy into many endeavors. By the early years of World War II, the Simplot Company had become the largest shipper of fresh potatoes in the country and was selling millions of pounds of dehydrated onions and potatoes to the military.
When wartime shortages made it difficult to buy fertilizer, Jack built a manufacturing plant in Pocatello, Idaho, and produced his own. That kind of ingenuity and determination continued during the early 1950s as the Simplot Company created and marketed the first commercially viable frozen french fries in the world.