Oat mill planned for Manitoba

A new oat mill is coming to Manitoba.

Executives with Paterson GlobalFoods and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced this morning that the company will build a 250,000 tonne oat mill northwest of Winnipeg.

The $94 million processing plant will be located next to the Paterson grain terminal, which services farmers around Winnipeg and in the southern Interlake region.

Construction of the oat mill will begin immediately.

“Paterson’s new oat mill will allow PGF to continue to diversify its commodity business with value added products for the benefit of consumers and farmers alike,” said Andrew Paterson, PGF’s president and chief executive officer.

The location is logical because Manitoba’s Red River Valley is a major oat producing region in Western Canada. Manitoba already has the Richardson oat mill in Portage la Prairie and the smaller Emerson Milling in Emerson, Man.

As well, the mill will have access to a huge rail siding, with 260 rail cars, serviced by Canadian Pacific, Canadian National and BNSF.

The investment is a win for Manitoba’s food processing industry, which has been booming in the last couple of years.

Simplot Foods has nearly completed a $450 million expansion of its potato processing plant in Portage, and Roquette, a French firm, is building a $400 million pea processing plant, also in Portage.

Contact robert.arnason@producer.com

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