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Roquette's New Pea Protein Plant Begins Contracting for Organic Yellow Peas

World's largest pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie is contracting now for organic yellow peas for the 2021 season, providing Canada's organic pulse growers with access to a new domestic market.
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB, - Canada's organic pulse growers will now have the option of contracting organic yellow peas with Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of plant proteins for food, nutrition and health markets. Conventional and organic yellow pea contracts are now available for the 2021 season.
"Roquette is excited to work with Canada's organic pulse growers as we expand our popular NUTRALYS® plant protein line to offer organic pea protein," said Dominique Baumann, CEO for Roquette in Canada.
Baumann added: "Adding organic yellow pea protein to our NUTRALYS® plant protein product line means Roquette can continue to help our customers move their innovative products to market faster in response to North America's rapidly growing demand for new, healthy, plant-based foods."
The ability of pulse growers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to meet Roquette's required capacity for yellow peas was an important factor in the Group's decision to locate its new, 20,000m2 (200,000 ft²) pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
"Response to Roquette's first round of contracts in Canada for conventional yellow peas was very positive and the feedback we've received from growers who signed with us is that they are eager to re-sign for 2021 and beyond," says Glen Last, Grain Buyer for Roquette in Canada. "Our goal is to build strong, long-term relationships with growers who contract with us. Their success is our success."
With an investment of more than CAD$600m of its own funds for the construction of the Portage pea protein plant, Roquette is the anchor tenant of Canada's growing plant protein ecosystem.
The plant, the largest of its kind in the world, will start operations at the end of 2020 and at capacity, will process 125,000MT of yellow peas annually. Roquette's investment adds a significant boost to Canada's agri-food value chain while helping sustainably meet the future nutritional needs of people around the world.
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