Greenleaf Foods to Unveil North America’s Largest Plant-Based Protein Facility

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Source: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Greenleaf Foods SPC has announced plans to construct North America’s largest plant-based protein manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. The 230,000-square-foot facility will more than double the Company’s production capacity of its vegan brands, including Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co, the highest performing brands in the US refrigerated alternative protein category.

Greenleaf Foods, SPC is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., based in Ontario Canada. This new $310 million facility will become operational in late 2020, creating 460 jobs with room for future expansion. In addition, the company plans to invest in equipment to increase capacity and scale production at its existing facilities.

The news reflects the continued growth of the North American plant-based protein market, whose sales in 2018 were estimated at US$1 billion.

“Our new facility will be a center of plant-based protein excellence that helps accelerate our company’s growth. This will support our rich pipeline of innovative products that both satisfy increasing consumer demand and drive our continued leadership of this dynamic category in the U.S. and Canada into the future,” said Dan Curtin, President.

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb commented: “Today’s groundbreaking is a significant milestone for the Shelbyville community and for the state of Indiana. I’m confident that our skilled workforce will be a crucial asset, helping support Greenleaf Foods SPC’s growth for years to come.”

For more information about Greenleaf brands, also see our interview with Lightlife on 10th April.