Maple Leaf Foods is planning to build a $310 million plant in the U.S. for the processing of plant-based protein food products.
The 230,000 square foot facility, located in Shelbyville, Ind., is expected to double the company’s current production capacity and will be the largest facility and investment of its kind in North America, reports Food Business News. The facility will make tempeh, franks, sausages, raw foods – and the Lightlife Plant-Based Burger, introduced earlier this year.
Maple Leaf Foods is undertaking the project together with its wholly owned subsidiary Greenleaf Foods. Government and utility grants and incentives are contributing around $50 million to the investment.
The new facility is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2020 and employ about 460 people once startup is complete.
Maple Leaf Foods is also committing a further $26 million to boost capacity at existing facilities.
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