Cargill invested $75 million in Puris pea protein and will retrofit its facility for pea production starting late 2020, according to Food Business News.
Puris and Cargill’s partnership started January 2018. “This is more than a pea protein facility, ” Tyler Lorenzen, president of Puris said. “This is the future of food. The Dawson facility will not only support Puris farmers in the U.S. with a crop that regenerates their land and that is sustainable because it provides soil health advantages but will also support the growing demand for great tasting, plant-based products in the marketplace. This investment will grant Puris the ability to support more food companies, more farmers and more consumers faster.”
With a network of over 400 U.S. farmers, Puris purchases their pea supply and then turn it into products such as pea protein, pea starch and pea fiber. The products according to Puris’ website is “Protein-packed. Non-GMO Project Verified. USDA Certified Organic.”
Food options with this product is vast and covers a lot of options for interested cooks. Peas protein can be used for the bakery, beverages, cereals and dairy alternatives.
“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.”