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New pea processing plant coming to Saskatchewan

Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) announced Feb. 7 that it will begin construction of a new pea protein isolate production plant at its existing Yorkton, Sask. complex.

“As a leading global merchant and processor of agricultural goods, LDC is committed to helping meet demand for food, feed and biofuels through our integrated and expanding North American industrial centers – Claypool (Indiana) and Upper Sandusky (Ohio) in the US, and Yorkton (Saskatchewan) in Canada. And like other key development projects for LDC in North America, the investment announced today is an important step in the Group’s global growth strategy, as part of our plans to diversify revenue through value-added products – in this case, addressing growing demand for high-quality, nutritious and sustainable plant-based protein alternatives,” said LDC CEO Michael Gelchie with the announcement.

Operations are expected to begin by the end of 2025, creating approximately 60 new jobs. When complete, the processing facility will produce “highly functional, taste-neutral, nutritious ingredients, well-suited for dairy alternatives, high-protein nutrition solutions and other plant-based applications” and expand the company’s existing pea protein isolate and non-GMO soy isolate products.

“Canada is a key market for LDC, supporting our strategic growth plans in the region and beyond, and this is reflected in the continued expansion of our origination and processing operations and activities in Saskatchewan, and Yorkton in particular,” said LDC’s Country Manager for Canada Brian Conn.

Last April, LDC announced the expansion of its canola processing facility in Yorkton. The facility first opened in 2009, and expansion began in 2023 to add capacity. When complete, the canola crushing plant will double its capacity to over two million metric tons annually.