World's Largest Pea Processing Plant Coming Soon to Canada
Portage la Prairie in Manitoba, Canada will soon be home to the world’s largest pea processing plant, according to CBC News. On January 18, French family-owned company Roquette unveiled its plan to build the $400 million plant in the province, aimed at feeding the “growing demand for plant-based protein around the world.” Company chair Edward Roquette emphasized the significance of the announcement:
“It is the largest global investment dedicated to pea protein to date. And it constitutes a key pillar of our strategy in plant protein in general and in pea protein in particular.”
Construction will begin later this year, and it is estimated that the process will create 350 jobs over the span of two years, with 150 full-time jobs being created at the plant itself. Manitoba was chosen as the site due to the “availability of skilled labour” along with its “low energy costs,” with Roquette calling it “the home of hope.”
Pea protein is becoming increasingly popular as a plant-based protein staple, with companies like Beyond Meat, Ripple Foods, and SunFed Meats using them as the stars in their plant-based burgers, milks, and chicken strips.
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