Cargill recently announced that it has invested an additional $75 million in Puris, the largest North American producer of pea protein. The investment will enable Puris to more than double its pea protein production using an existing 200,000-square-foot facility in Dawson, Minnesota.
“As consumer demand increases for plant-based proteins, we want to make sure that Cargill, with our partner Puris, can deliver on that demand with great-tasting, sustainable and label-friendly pea protein for customers in North America and across the world,” said Laurie Koenig, Cargill texturizers and specialty lead. “This investment also provides significant support to the local economy with approximately 90 new jobs and a new revenue stream for Midwest farmers.”
Puris will now own and operate three facilities in North America solely focused on pea protein production: Turtle Lake, Wisconsin; Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Dawson, Minnesota. With engineering complete on the Dawson facility, construction to retrofit it for pea production will start immediately, with an anticipated operational start date of late 2020.
Cargill announced its joint venture with Puris in January 2018, with an initial investment of $25 million, which was used to increase capacity at the production facility in Turtle Lake. Pea protein broadens the company’s portfolio of alternative proteins, such as cell-cultured protein, to meet consumer dietary preferences.
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