Avena Foods is spending CAD20m on the plant

Avena Foods is spending CAD20m on the plant

Canadian gluten-free oats producer Avena Foods has announced plans to build a new processing facility as it looks to meet demand for plant-based products.

The company said last week it will begin construction of a new facility this spring at a cost of CAD20m (US$14.9m). The site, in Rowatt, Saskatchewan, is scheduled to open in 2021.

The Rowatt facility will work in tandem with Avena's existing oat mill in Regina and will "more than double" the current production capacity, Avena said.

"This expansion builds on the achievements of the pedigree seed farmers who founded Avena," said Gord Flaten, the chief executive of Avena Foods. "We look forward to the benefits it will provide our customers, local farmers, and staff. We would like to thank the government of Saskatchewan and the Rural Municipality of Sherwood for their support as we begin this new chapter."

Avena has three locations on the Canadian prairies processing gluten-free Avena Purity Protocol oats and Avena Best pulse ingredients.