Scoular Opens Sustainable Barley Protein Plant in Idaho

The factory will begin producing barley used in pet foods in January.

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JEROME, ID — On Dec. 7, Scoular celebrated the opening of its new facility that will produce Emerge™, a first-of-its-kind concentrated barley protein. Emerge was developed to help meet the growing demand for plant-based, sustainable ingredients in pet food and aquafeed. 

 “Scoular is proud to develop this innovative feed product and partner with Idaho’s barley farmers and pet food and aqua feed manufacturers to add value throughout the supply chain,” said Scoular CEO Paul Maass. “Scoular has a long history of success with our Jerome, Idaho, teams and customers, and we are thrilled to make additional investments in this region.”

Joining Maass at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in Jerome were David Faith, Chairman of Scoular’s Board of Directors; Laura Wilder, Executive Director of the Idaho Barley Commission; and Mike Williams, City Administrator of Jerome. 

“Idaho is the top-producing barley state in the U.S., growing 37 percent of the nation’s crop in 2021,” said Wilder. “Scoular’s new facility will bring expanded opportunities for growers, further strengthening Idaho’s place as the No. 1 source of consistent, high-quality barley in the U.S.”

Emerge, both traceable and non-GMO, is the only barley protein for feed customers. It is created through a patent-pending process that concentrates the protein naturally found in whole barley kernels, creating a nutrient-dense ingredient for use in pet food and aqua feed.   

The facility is expected to begin commercial production in January. Along with State of Idaho and City of Jerome, key project partners include the Jerome 20/20 Economic Development Organization, Scott Jackson Trucking, Starr Corporation and Bratney Companies. 

Scoular is an employee-owned, $6B agribusiness leading the way since 1892. We buy, sell, store, handle and process grain and ingredients by leveraging our global networks and expertise in international trade and transportation. Employing more than 1,000 people in more than 100 offices and facilities in North America and Asia, we provide safe and reliable solutions to farmers, grain processors, renewable energy producers and manufacturers of animal feed, aquafeed and pet food as well as food, beverages and supplements. Our global headquarters are in Omaha, Nebraska.

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