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JV Breaks Ground on $49M Plant-Based Protein Facility

September 18, 2019

A joint venture between pea protein firm BurconNutraScience Corporation and Merit Functional Foods Corp. recently broke ground on a new, CAD$65 million (about $49 million) production facility for plant-based protein in Canada, a company press release announced Tuesday.

Slated to become operational by mid-2020, the joint venture's “flex production plant” will have an initial processing capacity of 20,000 tn/yr of yellow field peas. Pea proteins produced at the site will be sold under the Peazazz and Peazac brands. The facility will also eventually produce Supertein, Puratein, and Nutratein brand canola proteins. 

The facility is under construction at the BrookPort Industrial Park in CenterPort Canada in Winnipeg, MB, according to a report by the Winnipeg Free Press.

“Merit’s management team has been working tirelessly over the summer to initiate the buildout of Merit’s commercial plant-protein production facility,” Johaan F. Tergesen, president and chief executive officer of Burcon, said in a statement. “They are working to bring Burcon’s novel pea and canola proteins to market and thereby establish Merit Functional Foods as a force in the plant protein industry.”

Plans to build the new facility were first announced this May.

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