Anchor Ingredients Co., a supplier of ingredients for the export, food and pet food industries, has broken ground on a pea protein facility in North Dakota, USA. Anchor’s new pea fractionation facility will expand its capacity and address the growing customer demand for plant-based proteins.
The facility will be strategically located in Buffalo, North Dakota, USA, a location chosen for both the origination of peas as well as its proximity to Anchor’s end customer base. According to the company, the facility will utilize the latest production technology and adhere to industry leading food safety guidelines while producing dry milled pea protein and pea starch. Construction has begun, and the company plans to commission the plant in late 2017.
The global demand for plant-based proteins, specifically pea protein, continues to grow in both the food and pet food markets as consumers look for alternative sources of protein. Pea protein is unique as it is a non-allergenic, gluten-free, grain-free, non-animal based protein source, produced from a sustainable and environmentally friendly crop, field peas.
Anchor Ingredients will continue its relationship with European supplier of pea protein concentrate, Vestkorn Milling. By having the ability to supply both imported and domestically produced pea protein, Anchor will be uniquely positioned to service its diverse customer base, according to the company.