REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Viterra on Nov. 1 announced it has taken full ownership of Pacific Coast Canola, which operates an oilseed processing facility located in Warden, Washington, U.S. Viterra said it plans to fully integrate the facility into its asset network and implement the Viterra brand across the business over the next few months.

Viterra and Pacific Coast Canola have been involved in a supply and marketing agreement since 2016, under which Pacific Coast Canola has crushed canola for Viterra.

“We are pleased to be making this plant officially part of our asset network,” said Kyle Jeworski, president and chief executive officer of Viterra North America. “Through this facility, we’ve been able to expand our processing capacity and build on the success we’ve achieved at our other crush plants. We look forward to achieving our full potential here by continuing to invest in the plant, develop marketing opportunities for farmers in the Pacific Northwest and expanding the local canola market.”

The Warden facility opened in 2013 and is the largest expeller-press canola processing facility in North America, with the ability to crush more than 350,000 tonnes of canola seed a year, producing more than 300 million pounds of canola oil per year. According to Viterra, the plant produces a variety of healthy canola oils to meet demand from food manufacturers and distributors, and also produces meal products that are sold into the pork, poultry, dairy and cattle markets.