Avena Foods building new oat-processing facility
February 27, 2020, Regina, Sask. – Avena Foods Limited, the Canadian premier processor of Purity Protocol gluten-free oats, will begin construction of a new oat-processing facility this spring to meet the growing demand for safe, plant-based, nutritious, gluten-free foods and beverages.
Opening in 2021, the new facility will be located in Rowatt, Sask., and it will work in tandem with Avena’s existing oat mill in Regina.
The company stated in a press release that the investment will more than double Avena’s current production capacity of “start safe, stay safe,” ready-to-eat Avena Purity Protocol conventional and certified-organic oats.
“This expansion builds on the achievements of the pedigreed seed farmers who founded Avena,” said Gord Flaten, CEO 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 Foods was founded in 2008 by pedigreed seed farmers who are committed to growing gluten-free oats for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
The company is a specialty miller of safe, sustainably grown, gluten-free oat and pulse ingredients and supplies food, beverage and nutraceutical manufacturers throughout the world.
Today, Avena has three locations on the Canadian prairies with exemplary food safety systems and farm-to-plate traceability, processing gluten-free Avena Purity Protocol oats and Avena Best pulse ingredients. Avena products are sold in six continents.