CANADA – A global leader in food ingredients, Roquette, has announced a major investment in a new pea protein processing plant in Canada to meet the rising demand for these novel food ingredients

The plant, worth more than 400 million Canadian dollars is located in Portage la Prairie in Manitoba, Canada.

It reaffirms the company’s strategy to develop specialties for Food, Nutrition & Health markets and to accelerate its global growth.

Roquette’s investment – the world’s largest dedicated to pea-protein in the industry to date – will reinforce the Group’s leadership in plant protein, according to the company.

“This investment confirms our commitment to the highly promising pea protein market. We have been a pioneer in plant-based protein specialties with more than 40 years’ experience in research and production.

This new site, together with our existing plant in France, confirms Roquette as the long-term leader in the plant protein specialties market worldwide, and it is a great example of how we are helping to meet customer and consumer expectations for innovative and sustainable plant-based solutions,” said Jean-Marc Gilson, CEO of Roquette

Roquette notes that the pea protein market is very attractive and demand for for human nutrition is growing tremendously, driven by health consciousness, consumer concerns and sustainability, with numerous applications in gluten-free foods, vegetarian foods, sports and slimming foods, senior nutrition and clinical nutrition.

This new plant expand Roquette’s pea-protein production capacity and help address the growing customer demand for plant-based proteins in North America and globally.

Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2017, with production expected to begin in 2019. Upon completion, the plant is expected to employ around 150 people.

January 18, 2017