Phyto Organix Foods Plans, Strathmore, Alberta, Plant Protein Processing Facility
When operational in 2024, the company will use proprietary wet fractionation technology to annually process 40,000 metric tonnes of yellow peas, grown in close proximity to the facility, into soluble and insoluble protein isolates, processed fibre and starch, and high-quality dietary pea hull fibre.
"This is an exciting time to be an Albertan," said Chris Theal, Founder, President and CEO of Phyto Organix. "Our $225 million investment will generate over $120 million of annual GDP, employ 80 Albertans and yield tangible economic diversification in the Town of Strathmore and the Province of Alberta. Our team has designed a net zero facility to produce food products that embody our core values of health, wellness and sustainability. We are energized to lead the plant protein industry in Alberta."
Phyto Organix received $1 million over two years, cost-shared by the federal and provincial governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to support engineering costs and the purchase of equipment.
"Today's announcement is a win for Alberta's agriculture, innovation and cleantech sectors," said Rick Christiaanse, CEO of Invest Alberta. "Invest Alberta is excited to help support Phyto Organix with its high-value investment journey in Alberta, as the province continues to be a destination of choice for exciting new operations that create jobs, support sustainability, and have big economic impact."
The 100,000-square-foot facility will be the first net zero plant protein processing facility in North America. Key attributes of the plant include: situating it in the yellow pea heartland of Alberta, with annual crop production of over 5 times the facility's processing capacity grown within 75 kilometers of the facility, minimizing emissions from transporting peas supplied by local farmers.
"Alberta's food processing sector is a key driver of our economy, and consumer demand for Canada's responsibly produced plant-based protein is rising worldwide," said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "This investment in Phyto Organix's new, net-zero facility supports local growers, protects the environment and increases our capacity to meet global demand for our high-quality, sustainable food."
Phyto Organix is a newly founded, independent Alberta company whose mission is to develop sustainable, organic plant protein and by-products for wellness-conscious food consumers, and the food & beverage industry as a whole.
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