Canada’s Richardson International announced on 17 August that it is investing CAN$120M (US$91M) to modernise its canola processing plant in Lethbridge, Alberta and increase crush capacity from 450,000 tonnes/year to 700,000 tonnes/year.

Combined with its canola processing plant in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Richardson will have a total processing capacity of 1.7M tonnes/year.

Upgrades and enhancements to the facility began last year with the addition of new processing equipment, the company said. A high throughput seed receiving facility was now being built to provide quick turnaround for farmers and truckers delivering seed to the plant.

The new high-speed receiving system would be able to receive 800 tonnes/hour of canola and would be ready for harvest deliveries in the autumn of 2017.

Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products.