The Scoular Co. announced Aug. 11 that it has selected Jerome, Ida., as the location to manufacture a sustainable new plant-based alternative protein made from barley.
Scoular will build a 15,000 sq. ft. facility to manufacture the product, called barley protein concentrate (BPC), for use in aquaculture feed and pet food. The building will be constructed on four acres south of Scoular's existing livestock feed ingredients facility in Jerome. The operation is expected to create 13 jobs and to begin manufacturing in May 2021.
“We're very excited that The Scoular Co. chose Jerome as the site for this new investment,” Jerome Mayor Dave Davis said. “The city is grateful that Scoular continues to demonstrate its long-term commitment to our community.”
Scoular, based in Omaha, Neb., selected Jerome in south-central Idaho because of the proximity to its grain producer customers and end markets for its manufactured products, according to JC Olson, product group manager for Scoular. Idaho is the leading state for barley production in the U.S.
Scoular's presence in Idaho includes several grain handling facilities and the state-of-the-art livestock ingredient facility in Jerome.
Initially, the new manufacturing plant is projected to process 1.9 million bu. of barley annually, with capacity projected to expand over the next several years. It also will co-produce a high-energy liquid feed supplement for cattle feeders.
“We look forward to making this investment in both Jerome and the state of Idaho,” Olson said. “This facility and innovative barley product will create a new market and greater stability for farmers in the Magic Valley region and throughout Idaho.”
In June, Scoular and Montana Microbial Products announced that they had entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to produce and sell the BPC in North America and Asia. BPC is made from non-genetically modified (GM) barley in a process that does not use harsh chemicals or solvents. BPC will provide a non-GM, clean-label solution for aquaculture and pet food manufacturers seeking high-protein nutrition for their formulas, the announcement said.
Scoular, a 128-year-old company founded in the U.S. heartland, has offices and facilities worldwide and more than $4 billion in sales. Scoular provides global and diverse supply chain solutions for end users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients and food ingredients.