Bunge has announced plans for an 80 to 100 million dollar investment in its canola processing plant in Altona.

The proposed project would more than double capacity at the facility, from 1100 metric tonnes daily to 2500 metric tonnes per day. It would also see Bunge add a new deoderizer to fully process the oil.

Rick Watson, country manager for Bunge in Canada, says from Altona they can serve most of their oil packaging plants and major food manufacturers, as well as efficiently transport meal to key dairy states in the upper Midwest.

The expansion is expected to be complete in time for harvest of 2012.

The facility in Altona is still on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's import alert list after canola meal shipments tested positive for salmonella in 2009.

~ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 ~