On 17 November, Roquette celebrated the opening of the world’s largest pea protein plant, further extending its leadership position to meet surging global demand for alternative proteins. The new “Plant for the Future” gives Roquette the largest pea protein supply in the world alongside some of the world’s best experts in developing new plant-based foods.
Pierre Courduroux, CEO of Roquette said, “We see this as a transformational event in our history and a boost to the global plant-based food sector. Diets have changed considerably in recent years, and the desire for alternative proteins continues to grow. Our company is proud to bring this amazing new facility online to serve demand in North America and around the world.”
Roquette works closely with food leaders to develop new products and solutions that are contributing to the development of a new plant-based cuisine offering sustainable food for a healthier planet. Demand for pea protein has been booming with multiple industry estimates expecting an annual global growth rate of between 15-24% over the next decade.
With the new plant, Roquette has responded to that demand and is the only company with major pea protein facilities on both sides of the Atlantic.
The new plant is perfectly situated—just outside Winnipeg in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba—in the Canadian Prairies. The region produces more peas than any other in the world, all within a day’s drive of the plant. With easy access to the US and international markets by road, rail and air, the new plant is the largest player in a region becoming known as the “Silicon Valley of Plant-Based Protein.”
Jeremy Burks, Senior Vice President of Plant Proteins at Roquette said, “The pandemic has led to stronger consumer demand for plant-based proteins while also disrupting global supply chains. This plant will help our customers move forward rapidly on product development. The plant protein food sector needs investment, expertise and innovation to meet global demand, and Roquette brings it all. We’ve seen excitement from new and existing customers who can’t wait to develop new products with us.”
With this new facility, Roquette has largely exceeded the half a billion euros investment in plant proteins it had targeted in the period 2015-2020. This includes equity investments, acquisitions, upgrades to the plant in Vic-sur-Aisne, France and the brand-new plant in Portage, which is Roquette’s largest ever North American investment. The 200,000 sq.ft plant has the capacity to process 125,000 tons of yellow peas per year. When combined with Roquette’s plant in France, the company’s capacity now increases to 250,000 tons of peas per year and confirms Roquette’s leading position in this market.
Speaking about the facility, Dominique Baumann, Managing Director of Roquette in Canada said, “This plant is an engineering marvel. We are entering into the next level of quality, efficiency and commitment to the market. The design of the plant is a proof-point of our sustainable development approach, with 100% hydroelectricity power and optimised water management. This plant is part of a whole story, involving farmers, suppliers and local teams.”
Nutritionally, peas are an excellent protein source, being high in fiber and low in fat. On the farm, peas are more environmentally sustainable. They require less water to grow than most other crops, and farmers use less nitrogen fertiliser, while they also naturally produce compounds beneficial to soil health.
Consumers love pea protein as an alternative protein source because it is easily digestible, gluten-free, non-GMO and has low allergenicity. Roquette’s NUTRALYS® pea protein makes it possible to create a vast variety of delicious and sustainable food products, including meat alternatives, nutrition bars, plant-based biscuits and beverages.
Established in 1933, Roquette is a global leader and pioneer in plant-based ingredients, and a family-owned company that operates in more than 100 countries with a sales turnover of Euros 3.5 billion (US$3.97 billion).
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