Greenleaf Foods SPC to Construct Plant-Based Protein Facility in Indiana
New facility will more than double production capacity for Lightlife and Field Roast Brands
Greenleaf Foods, SPC announced plans to construct North America’s largest plant-based protein manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, Ind. The 230,000-square-foot facility will more than double the company’s production capacity to meet the surging consumer demand for its portfolio of brands, including Lightlife® and Field Roast Grain Meat Co™, the #1 and #2 brands in the refrigerated alternative protein category.
The $310 million Shelbyville facility, slated to become operational in late 2020, will create 460 jobs on the 57-acre property and can be expanded to meet future market growth. The new facility will extend the company’s network of production facilities, which includes facilities in Seattle, Washington, and Turners Falls, Massachusetts. In addition, the company plans to invest in equipment to increase capacity and scale production at its existing facilities.
The new Shelbyville facility will enable the company to meet rapidly rising demand for plant-based proteins by supporting its innovation pipeline across its brands. In January, the Lightlife Burger, Ground, Italian Sausage and Bratwurst Sausage were launched as part of a new pea protein-based product line that delivers the sensory experience and taste consumers crave, marking the brand’s most significant innovation launch in its 40-year history. The new line will be among the products made at the new facility, along with other bestselling products from the Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co brands.
The North American plant-based protein market had estimated sales of $1 billion in 2018 and demand for plant-based protein continues to show strong growth. Fresh refrigerated products represent approximately 24% of the total market and delivered 40% sales growth in 2018. While burgers are fueling category growth, all refrigerated products are forecasted to deliver double-digit growth for the next twenty years.