Nov 4, 2020
Canadian processor begins contracting for organic yellow peas
Stephen Kloosterman

Manitoba’s Roquette announced Oct. 28 it had conventional and organic yellow pea contracts available for the 2021 season.

The company, based in Portage La Prarie, markets itself as a leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of plant proteins for food, nutrition and health markets.

“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,” Dominique Baumann, CEO for Roquette in Canada, said in a news release. “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 200,000 square-foot pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, according to the news release.

“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,” Glen Last, grain buyer for Roquette in Canada said in the release. “Our goal is to build strong, long-term relationships with growers who contract with us. Their success is our success.”

Roquette said it invested more than $600 million (Canadian) of its own funds for the construction of the Portage pea protein plant. The plant, the largest of its kind in the world, will start operations at the end of 2020 and at capacity, will process 125,000 metric tons of yellow peas annually, according to the news release.

Growers who would like more information regarding Roquette’s 2021 contracts for conventional and organic yellow peas can visit or call Glen Last at 204-872-0619 / 431-304-0173.

Above, Roquette’s new 200,000 square-foot pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie will process 125,000 metric tons of yellow peas annually when at capacity Photo: CNW Group/Roquette

Stephen Kloosterman is the managing editor of Organic Grower.

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