Roquette invests to develop specialties for Pharma, Food, Nutrition and Health markets

Peas

Roquette, a global leader in innovative plant-based pharmaceutical ingredients, aims at providing new product offerings to address the growing demand for excipients and raw materials for the biopharmaceutical market. The French chemical colossus operates in over 100 countries, has a turnover of around 3.3 billion euros and currently employs more than 8,000 people worldwide. New product offerings are low endotoxin, multi-compendial grade materials for cell culture and biologic drug formulations.

“As a long-time leader in excipients and active ingredients for the pharmaceutical market, Roquette is proud to be part of this major therapeutic progress and is excited to introduce several new products in the U.S., Europe and Asia”, said Paul Smaltz, VP of Global Business Unit Pharma.

“We have three new brands coming to the market under the names Lycadex BioPharma dextrose, Pearlitol BioPharma mannitol and Neosorb BioPharma sorbitol with a plan to continue adding to the portfolio”, added Kelsey Achenbach, Pharma Marketing Director. “Customers now have an alternative option with a partner who is an established manufacturer and has sole custody of the supply chain when it comes to materials for biopharmaceuticals.”

This investment reaffirms the company’s strategic initiatives to develop specialties for Pharma, Food, Nutrition and Health markets to accelerate global growth. The BioPharma market launch addresses the growing customer demand for biologic drugs worldwide. These protein-based drugs can be game-changing by having the ability to put rheumatoid arthritis into remission and transform many cancers into treatable conditions.

Last January the French company announced a notable investment of more than 400 million Canadian dollars  to build a brand new pea-protein manufacturing site in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada) in order to address the growing demand for plant proteins. Roquette’s investment – the world’s largest dedicated to pea-protein in the Food, Nutrition and Health industry to date – will reinforce the Group’s leadership in plant protein. This large industrial unit will expand Roquette’s pea-protein production capacity and help address the growing customer demand for plant-based proteins in North America and globally. This new site is strategically located in Canada, the world’s largest producer of peas, with around 30% of the total global production. Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2017, subject to obtaining the relevant permits. Production is expected to begin in 2019. Upon completion, Roquette’s site in Portage la Prairie is expected to employ around 150 people, mostly recruited locally.

The pea protein market is very attractive and demand for plant proteins for human nutrition is growing tremendously, driven by health consciousness, consumer concerns and sustainability. Pea protein offers many advantages to farmers, customers and consumers, as its production is environmentally friendly and it is a great source of protein, with numerous applications in gluten-free foods, vegetarian foods, sports and slimming foods, senior nutrition and clinical nutrition.

“This investment – Jean-Marc Gilson, CEO of Roquette stated – confirms our commitment to the highly promising pea protein market. We have been a pioneer in plant-based protein specialties with more than 40 years’ experience in research and production. This new site, together with our existing plant in France, confirms Roquette as the long-term leader in the plant protein specialties market worldwide, and it is a great example of how we are helping to meet customer and consumer expectations for innovative and sustainable plant-based solutions.”

 

“We are pleased to welcome this historic partnership with Roquette, which will result in an unparalleled investment in Manitoba’s food processing and agricultural industries,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. “This new facility will create jobs and establish stronger markets for Canadian farmers while benefiting our province’s economy for decades to come. It also demonstrates to Canada and to the world that our province is open for business and ready to compete for investments in agricultural production and innovation.”

 

by Eddy Smith

 

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