FRANCE, La Madeleine. Roquette, a global leader in innovative plantbased food ingredients, announced a notable investment of more than CAD$400 mill. to build a brand new pea-protein manufacturing site in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada) in order to address the growing demand for plant proteins.
The company’s investment – the world’s largest dedicated to pea-protein in the Food, Nutrition and Health industry to date - will reinforce the Group’s leadership in plant protein. It also reaffirms the company’s strategy to develop specialties for Food, Nutrition & Health markets and to accelerate its global growth.
This large industrial unit will expand Roquette’s pea-protein production capacity and help address the growing customer demand for plant-based proteins in North America and globally. The new site is strategically located in Canada, the world’s largest producer of peas, with around 30% of the total global production. Manitoba’s well-educated and professional workforce, strong logistic infrastructures and reliable, competitive and sustainable hydroelectric energy, make the province a very attractive environment for this new facility.
Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2017, subject to obtaining the relevant permits. Production is expected to begin in 2019. Upon completion, Roquette’s site in Portage la Prairie is expected to employ around 150 people, mostly recruited locally.