Roquette breaks ground on pea protein plant

by Eric Schroeder
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Roquette's new pea protein manufacturing site is expected to have a processing capacity of more than 120,000 tonnes per year.

LA MADELEINE, FRANCE — Roquette on Sept. 28 celebrated the groundbreaking of its pea protein manufacturing site to be built in Portage la Prairie, Man.

Jean-Marc Gilson, Roquette
Jean-Marc Gilson, c.e.o. of Roquette

“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,” said Jean-Marc Gilson, chief executive officer of Roquette. “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.”

Roquette first announced plans for the new facility back in mid-January. The plant is expected to have a processing capacity of more than 120,000 tonnes per year. Roquette has said it plans to invest more than $303 million in the site.

La Madeleine-based Roquette already operates a pea protein manufacturing site in France that has processing capacity of nearly 100,000 tonnes per year. 
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