Roquette, a French specialty food ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients firm, has broken ground on its new pea-protein manufacturing plant in Portage la Prairie in Manitoba, Canada.
The new factory, which will be built with an investment of CAD400m ($322m), will expand Roquette’s pea protein production capacity.
It will also enable the company to meet the increasing customer demand for plant-based proteins in North America and worldwide.
Upon commencing commercial production in 2019, the Roquette’s site in Portage la Prairie is expected to employ approximately 150 people.
The new Canadian factory will complement Roquette’s existing pea production facility in Vic-sur-Aisne (France), where the company will invest €40m.
Roquette CEO Jean-Marc Gilson said: “We are thrilled to celebrate our new site’s groundbreaking today in Portage-La-Prairie, and to start working with our local partners on the next phases of this project.
“This represents a major step in our development strategy in North America and in the plant protein business, and we are looking forward to offering our pea-protein products from Portage-la-Prairie, at the heart of Manitoba, to customers and consumers in America and worldwide.”