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Roquette opens a Plant Protein Center of expertise in France

13 September 2021 | News

This R&D accelerator fuels Roquette’s strategy for new plant-based gastronomy, addressing current and future consumers’ expectations

Photo Credit: Roquette

Photo Credit: Roquette

Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of plant proteins, announces the opening of a center of expertise of 2,000 square meters on its site in Vic-Sur-Aisne (Hauts-de-France, France).

Fully dedicated to plant protein, this center will enlarge the field of possibilities in terms of food innovation, new protein development and new production technologies. This R&D accelerator will enable Roquette to support its growth ambitions and make a greater contribution to the food revolution and plant-based gastronomy.

The new center of expertise illustrates Roquette’s strategy of making its Vic-sur-Aisne site a dedicated place for plant protein development. This center will be a major asset to design the future technological processes that will bring new plant protein properties.

Besides extending its pea and wheat protein range, Roquette intends to introduce several new sources of protein every five years. This new asset offers enormous potential to test innovative ingredients, to further develop existing ones, and propose a tasty and nutritional plant-based cuisine for meat and dairy alternatives or specialized nutrition.

Roquette invests €11 million in the new center of expertise towards research and production of plant protein and will reinforce the group’s position as a leader for food, nutrition and health markets.

To go further, Roquette has launched a huge investment program to ensure that the plant protein supply is secure, safe and sustainable. The Vic-sur-Aisne investment is part of this program of more than half a billion euros, which also includes the investment in a textured plant protein site in Horst (the Netherlands) and the construction of the world’s largest pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada), which will start production before the end of 2021.

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