France based Roquette to invest around C$400Mn ($306Mn) in Manitoba, Canada to build a new pea-protein manufacturing facility. The plant when completed will create 150 new jobs. The construction of the plant is expected to start in the second half of 2017 and the production is set to kick off in early 2019.
With this Roquette’s investment will create world’s largest pea-protein facility. The decision of investment is strategic as Canada produces around 30% of worlds peas. So, world’s largest pea-protein facility for world’s largest producer of pea is a perfect fit.
Roquette is a French-based family owned company which produces more than 650 by-products from the starch extracted from corn, wheat, potatoes and peas. Worldwide Roquette has 18 production sites and 12 offices located on three continents, Europe, Asia, and North America. Roquette’s products fall into five major product categories; native starches and proteins, physically and chemically modified starches, hydrolyzed and isomerised products, hydrogenated products, and fermentation process derivatives and fine chemicals.
It was founded and headquartered in Lestrem, France in 1933 by the brothers Dominique and Germain Roquette.