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Plant-based protein maker Roquette sees short-term COVID-19 impact

Demand could accelerate second Canadian plant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — The plant-based protein market has seen a slowdown in new product launches and lower sales in restaurants and cafeterias due to COVID-19 but benefited from more people cooking at home and trying new products, French manufacturer Roquette said. The market for plant-based protein such as meat-free burgers has surged in the […] Read more

Beyond Meat lines up Canadian patty co-packer

U.S. company launches 'latest iteration' of burger line

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the names tied closest to the plant protein-based meat substitute sector has enlisted an unnamed Quebec operation to make its beef-similar patties for the Canadian retail market. Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat on Wednesday launched the “latest iteration” of its flagship Beyond Burger, billed as “produced locally at a co-manufacturing facility in Canada” and […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba pea plant construction continues

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Work continues on Roquette’s pea processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Man., where the French plant-protein firm says measures have been taken to meet health and safety regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. “Beginning in early March we proactively started collaborating with contractors on COVID-19 prevention measures, such as increased cleaning of communal spaces […] Read more

Beyond Meat locks in Roquette pea protein supply

Reading Time: 2 minutes Plant-based protein firm Roquette has been booked to “significantly” increase the amount of pea protein it provides to expansion-hungry U.S. faux-meat processor Beyond Meat in the next three years. Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat on Tuesday announced a “multi-year pea protein supply agreement” with France’s Roquette, renewing a “longstanding partnership” between the two firms. No specifics […] Read more


Manitoba ag minister upbeat about peas

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Earlier this month Manitoba’s minister of agriculture, Ralph Eichler, took to Twitter to sing the praises of dry peas. “Peas will become the next successful crop in Manitoba. Thank you for believing in the future,” Eichler tweeted. Part of the minister’s optimism stems from global corporate giant Roquette constructing the world’s largest pea […] Read more

Construction resumes at Portage pea plant

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada – More than a year after the ground breaking ceremony was held for Roquette’s pea-processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Man., construction resumed on it at the end of October. According to a company spokesperson construction was halted last spring “to adjust and fine tune the project.” ”We took the opportunity to include […] Read more



Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba may give peas a chance

Reading Time: 2 minutes CNS Canada — Total Canadian pea acres are likely to be down in 2018 as export challenges have cut into prices. However, Manitoba could be an outlier, with increased area to the pulse crop a strong possibility. “People are interested in growing peas, but there’s caution there,” said Francois Labelle, executive director of Manitoba Pulse […] Read more


“Maybe we’ve been focusing on things like yield and maturity and disease tolerance, and protein hasn’t been as high on the merit list as maybe what it should be now.” – Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture

Pea processor wants more protein

Mean protein in western Canadian peas peaked at 24.7 per cent in 2007, but declined to 22.1 per cent last year

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pea researchers have a new focus on protein as plans for the world’s largest protein-based pea-processing plant move ahead in Portage la Prairie, Man. Last January, Roquette, a French specialty food and pharmaceutical supplier, announced construction of the $400-million plant, expected to employ 150 people and process up to 125,000 tonnes of peas each year. […] Read more

In 2007, mean protein in western Canadian peas (both yellow and green) peaked at 24.7 per cent.

Pea protein a focus ahead of new processing plant coming to Manitoba

Construction won't begin until next year, but researchers are on the hunt for ways to boost protein content in yellow peas

Reading Time: 4 minutes Pea researchers have a new focus on protein as plans for the world’s largest protein-based pea-processing plant move ahead in Portage la Prairie. The Roquette plant has been big news for Manitoba’s pea industry. In January, the French-based specialty food and pharmaceutical excipient supplier announced $400 million for the plant, expected to employ 150 people […] Read more