The J.R. Simplot Company

Family owned and privately held since 1929, the J.R. Simplot Company is an international food and agriculture company with more than 13,000 employees serving customers around the world.

Farmers at Heart for More than 90 Years

The J.R. Simplot Company began to take shape in the farm fields of southern Idaho in the late 1920s. Young J.R. was armed with keen entrepreneurial instincts, constant curiosity, boundless energy and an irrepressible drive. Through the years, J.R.’s belief in the promise of the possible helped him diversify his efforts into a global food and agriculture business.

From the very beginning, J.R. believed that making something grow, meant seeing opportunities where others saw obstacles. That served him well when he was sorting potatoes for Idaho farmers in the 1930s, feeding the troops in WWII, and introducing the world to the first marketable frozen french fry.

Still privately held and headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Simplot has grown into an international food and agriculture company with more than 13,000 employees worldwide. The Company leads innovations in plant nutrition and food processing, researches new ways to feed animals and sustain ecosystems, and works with farmers and partners to help feed a growing global population.

Our integrated portfolio includes farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, phosphate mining, fertilizer 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.

The Company’s Core Values – Passion for People, Spirit of Innovation and Respect for Resources – are as relevant now as they were when J.R. began his journey 90 years ago, and our dedication to making things grow is as strong as ever.

Our Founder

What started as a one-man farming operation in 1929 has grown into a worldwide enterprise with more than 13,000 employees. The pillars that J.R. Simplot established then still drive our organization today.

Our Responsibilities

Our Core Values of Passion for People, Respect for Resources and Spirit of Innovation drive our actions in everything we do and shape our sense of responsibility to our customers, our employees and the communities where we operate.

Board of Directors

The J.R. Simplot Company Board of Directors helps guide our business with a complementary blend of experience and compassion that serves our customers, employees and communities well.   

Working at Simplot 

The J.R. Simplot Company has operations that touch every aspect of agriculture including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development and distribution. We pioneer sustainable innovations to protect our resources, and we strive to feed a growing population.  
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