Food Engineering

Plant Openings & Expansions: November 2011

November 1, 2011

Maple Leaf Foods celebrated the opening of its Hamilton, Ontario plant, which is Canada’s largest commercial bakery.  The plant produces a variety of products for the Canadian market and represents a $100 million investment. The 385,000-sq.-ft. “Trillium” bakery features efficient design flow and best-in-class LEED technologies.


Cargill will rebuild and expand its oilseed processing plant in West Fargo, ND. Construction is expected to start late fall 2011 with completion slated in time for the 2013 harvest. Project costs are expected to exceed $50 million.


Toronto-based SunOpta Inc. is expanding its Modesto, CA non-dairy beverage processing facility to handle the production of aseptic, private-label, non-dairy beverages for big-box retailers. The expansion is expected to increase plant capacity by about 40 percent, and the company’s overall aseptic non-dairy and broth capacity by approximately 10 percent. The project is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2012.


Algae Biosciences is expanding its omega-3 production facilities near Holbrook, AZ. The $5 million project is expected to be complete this year. The expansion will boost production of omega-3 fatty acid oils and high-protein algae meal, products primarily used in food additives and nutraceutical products. The facility is expected to produce about 5,900kg of whole algae powder a month by late 2012.