Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - EuropeUS edition | APAC edition

Ingredients > Flavours and colours


Roquette ready for major investment in North American pea protein

Post a comment
Niamh Michail

By Niamh Michail+

Last updated on 22-Dec-2016 at 14:51 GMT2016-12-22T14:51:02Z

© iStock
© iStock

Roquette is investing in pea protein in Canada next year, as the French firm ups its game in the protein space. 

An industry source told FoodNavigator the strategic investment will reinforce the firm’s position in North America –  one of the world’s largest markets for pea protein – as well as placing the starch supplier at the geographical epicentre of global pea production.

Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of peas, accounting for close to one third of world supplies and well over half of world pea exports, according to the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance.

More details – how much the deal is worth, the plant’s production capacity and the number of employees to be taken on - are to be announced in the new year.

It is understood the plant will be primarily focussed on pea protein but will have the capacity to add value to other components of the ingredient such as starch, fibre and co-products used in the feed industry.

Roquette has operations in over 100 countries worldwide, and already has processing facilities for corn in North America, but this will be its first pea protein plant in the region.

The Lille-headquartered company, whose current supplies of pea protein come from its factory in Vic-sur-Aisne, near Paris, reported a turnover of around €3.3 billion in 2015.

More peas, please

Pea protein isolates have been gaining a stake in the plant protein space along with other sources like algae, which Roquette also supplies, and soy.

It offers a clean label and ever-improving flavour and texture profile – and is allergen-free. It is also cost effective compared to some other proteins.

Neel Varde, senior product manager at the Roquette Innovation Centre in the US city of Geneva, told our sister site NutraIngredients at this year's IFT in Chicago: “Pretty much every food manufacturer you look at is asking about pea protein. Pea protein is at a tipping point, and customers are requesting it for everything, from dairy to bakery and meat analogues."

Post a comment

Comment title *
Your comment *
Your name *
Your email *

We will not publish your email on the site

I agree to Terms and Conditions

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

Related products

Key Industry Events


Access all events listing

Our events, Shows & Conferences...