Scoular Co. subsidiary Scoular Canada Ltd. announced the opening of a new high-speed flax processing plant in Regina, SK Wednesday. The facility is the first flax plant to open in Western Canada in about a decade.
“The facility has outstanding capabilities,” Drew Fossum, product group manager for Scoular, said in a statement. “It further strengthens Scoular’s position as a reliable and consistent supplier of flax to our customers.”
A strong flax market and rising demand for pet food and flax oil prompted Scoular to invest in the new site, according to a company release. The plant produces whole and milled flax in the brown and golden categories, which are used in breads, snacks, supplements, livestock feed, and other applications.
“Our new facility is a testament to Scoular’s dedication to Canadian producers,” said Fossum. “We are committed to providing these growers a competitive market for flax.”
New technology was installed to produce high-purity flax and the facility was designed to meet stringent food safety standards.
“The location of our new facility is perfect for Western Canada, our producers, and our customers,” Fossum stated.
Scoular revealed plans for several major investments last December. The company opened a new barley protein plant in Jerome, ID last month that will supply barley protein ingredients to the pet food and aquafeed industries. Its independent pet food ingredient solutions subsidiary Petsource said in early December that it plans to launch a $75 million expansion project at its Seward, NE plant to triple the facility’s capacity.