AGT Foods, a Saskatchewan-based supplier of pulse crop food products, held a dedication ceremony for a $30 million expansion of its Minot, ND food processing plant on Aug. 5, multiple news outlets reported.
The expansion will add 33,000 additional sq ft to the facility and about 20 jobs, according to an Associated Press report.
“We’re proud to be here. Agriculture is a big part of the North Dakota economy and pulse crops – peas and lentils and chick peas – the world is demanding high-protein, high-fiber, non-GMO, and gluten-free ingredients and that’s what we’re producing at this plant for major food companies around the globe,” the company’s president, Murad Al-Kaltib, said in a CBS KXNews article.
The Minot facility opened in 2011 and produces over $100 million worth of food products annually, the KXNews report said.
The Minot Daily News’ coverage said that the expansion will give the facility the ability to expand from three processing lines to six.
AGT Foods’ president Al-Kaltib told the paper that future growth in the food industry is likely.
“We need to produce, in the next 50 years, as much food as we have produced in the world in the last 10,000 years in order to meet the growing population of the world,” said Al-Kaltib.