“It’s time to redefine plant protein,” Merit’s Co-CEO Ryan Bracken said of the new facility’s opening.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (February 9, 2021) – Merit Functional Foods, a solutions based food ingredients company, is pleased to announce the official opening of its 94,000 square foot plant-based protein facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Merit has now completed construction and has started to commission and optimize its highest purity pea and canola proteins for use in food and beverage applications.
Merit’s accelerated construction project started in the Fall of 2019 and completed in December 2020. The project is the first commercial facility in the world with the capability to produce food-grade canola protein. It will also produce the purest pea protein available to food, beverage, and nutraceutical brands.
“This is a momentous step for us,” Merit’s Co-CEO Ryan Bracken said of the facility’s opening. “We’ve been building our product portfolio and our facility for the past year and a half. Now, it’s time to redefine plant protein.”
The plant will have the flexibility to run both pea and/or canola, with initial requirements of 25,000 tonnes of raw materials, and with the potential for future plant expansion, Merit’s raw material requirement could rise to more than 100,000 tonnes per year.
“Now that we’ve completed construction, we’re spending every day optimizing our manufacturing process so that we can satisfy the demand for better-tasting, better-functioning, and better-for-you plant protein,” Bracken said. “With our facility now live, we’re eager to start collaborating with brands across the industry to develop better plant-based products.”
Merit expects to begin fulfilling commercial commitments this quarter and is excited to collaborate with dairy alternative, meat alternative, bakery, and lifestyle nutrition brands looking for higher quality plant protein options in 2021 and beyond.
To learn more about Merit Functional Foods, visit its website.
About Merit Functional Foods
Established in 2019, Merit Functional Foods is committed to exceeding expectations for plant-based protein, providing the market with the highest quality protein ingredients and blends that offer unmatched purity, exceptional taste, and excellent solubility. Merit has built a state-of-the-art production facility in Winnipeg, where it produces a portfolio of pea and canola protein ingredients with exceptional functional and nutritional values. For more information, visit meritfoods.com.