Propelling pea protein production: Cargill’s US$75m investment in Puris facility

Cargill is ramping up its interest in Puris, the largest North American producer of pea protein and a key supplier to Beyond Meat, with an additional US$75 million investment. This enables Puris to more than double its pea protein production using an existing Minnesota facility and to keep pace with the increasing demand for its category-leading pea proteins, starches and fibers.

Puris will now own and operate three facilities in North America solely focused on pea protein production: Turtle Lake, Wisconsin; Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Dawson, Minnesota. With engineering complete on the Dawson facility, construction to retrofit it for pea production will start immediately, with an anticipated operational start date of late 2020.

“As consumer demand increases for plant-based proteins, we want to make sure that Cargill, with our partner Puris, can deliver on that demand with sustainable and label-friendly pea protein for customers in North America and across the world,” adds Laurie Koenig, Cargill Texturizers and Specialty Lead. “This investment also provides significant support to the local economy with approximately 90 new jobs and a new revenue stream for Midwest farmers.”


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