Maple Leaf Foods plans to build $310m production facility in US

WCN Editorial Team 9 Apr 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Maple Leaf Foods and its wholly owned subsidiary Greenleaf Foods have announced plans to build plant-based protein food processing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana with an investment of $310m.

Touted to be the largest of its kind in North America, the 230,000ft² facility is set to expand the firm's current production capacity and support innovations to meet the increasing demand for its portfolio of brands, including Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat.

Construction of the facility is planned to commence in late spring 2019 with commissioning scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Maple Leaf president and CEO Michael McCain said: "With Lightlife and Field Roast, we own the leading brands in the North American refrigerated plant-based protein market.

"This investment will secure our ongoing leadership in this rapidly expanding market. By establishing a large-scale North American network, we will continue to meet rapidly growing demand for delicious protein alternatives and create a centre of excellence for innovation.

"It will escalate the financial contribution of this business and advance Maple Leaf's vision to be the most sustainable protein company on earth."

Expected to create 460 jobs, the facility will be equipped to produce tempeh, franks, sausages and raw foods. It will also service customers across North America, the firm said.

Additionally, the site supports future expansion to meet potential market growth through multiple-phase investments expected over the next decade.

The new Shelbyville facility is backed by approximately $50m in government and utility grants and incentives, and approximately $40m in 10-year operational support.

Lightlife Foods president Dan Curtin said: “Our new facility will be a center of plant-based protein excellence that helps accelerate our company’s growth.

"This will support our rich pipeline of innovative products that both satisfy increasing consumer demand and drive our continued leadership of this dynamic category in the U.S. and Canada into the future.

“Our world-class research and development teams are shattering what were once thought to be the culinary boundaries of plant-based protein products, and our new facility will take those ideas from development to commercialization.”

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Image: Greenleaf Foods' protein brand Lightlife Foods. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsfoto/Lightlife Foods.

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