After completing a €35 million investment last year for the extension of its pea plant in Belgium, COSUCRA now announces the opening of a second pea processing plant in Denmark, as the explosion of the pea protein industry continues as a rising trend globally. The commissioning will take place in the first half of 2020.
The project will include the renovation and upgrade of a former soybean processing plant in the port of Aarhus, which will be jointly operated by the current owner, AABT and COSUCRA. The Danish pea processing project is part of Cosucra’s €60 million multi-year development program to support the growth of pea protein and chicory root fibre.
COSCURA says in a press release that they “believe in a food obtained with respect for the planet. Therefore, the facility will process local peas from the Baltic region, transported by sea-vessel to the plant. This unique situation gives COSUCRA a close access to the new EU pea growing areas of Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. The project aims to minimize the CO2 footprint of the process by transforming the secondary products into valuable biogas through an agreement signed with a local biogas plant.”
COSUCRA’s Commercial Director Eric Bosly said, “This opening is part of a €60 million investment in Belgium and Denmark to strengthen COSUCRA’s position in a booming market as the European based leader of premium pea protein and natural dietary fiber. COSUCRA’s optimized energy process allows us to offer a PISANE™ with a CO2 footprint of 4MT/T which is far lower than other protein alternatives.”