[8 June/ 2017]

Roquette intends to invest EUR 40 million to increase the capacity of its Northern France pea processing site to meet growing global demand for plant-based protein. This investment comes after the company announced in January plans to build a EUR300 million factory site in Manitoba Canada. Head of Roquette’s pea business said the EUR40 million investment would begin in the second half of 2017 so that the site would be operating at full capacity in 2019. When the sites in France and Canada are fully operational, Roquette will be able to produce 250,000 tonnes annually. Roquette CEO Jean-Marc Gilson said the investment was a significant step in the company’s growth strategy to meet a large growing demand for plant-based nutrition and become an industry leader.