Food processing

Roquette opens the world’s ‘biggest’ pea protein factory

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MANITOBA – Roquette celebrated the opening of a new pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie on November 17th. Covering 200,000 square feet, the facility is the largest pea protein plant in the world, according to Roquette, which supplies the Nutralys Pea Protein brand.

The plant has the capacity to process 125,000 tonnes of yellow peas per year. Located on the Canadian prairies where peas are grown, the plant has road, rail and air access to the United States and international markets.

“The pandemic has resulted in stronger consumer demand for plant protein while disrupting global supply chains,” said Jeremy Burks, senior vice president of plant protein at Roquette. “This factory will help our customers move quickly in product development. The plant-based food industry needs investment, expertise and innovation to meet global demand, and Roquette delivers all of this. We have seen the enthusiasm of new and existing customers who are eager to develop new products with us.

The facility supplies Arugula pea protein plants from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. By combining the Manitoba plant with a pea protein plant already established in France, Roquette now has the capacity to process 250,000 tonnes of peas per year.

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