LONDON, Ont. — Odd Burger Corporation has secured land in London, Ont. for the development of its new 50,000-sq.-ft. food-manufacturing facility. The facility can be expanded to nearly 150,000 sq. ft. of building space to increase manufacturing capacity in the future.
Once completed, the facility is expected to be operated by Odd Burger’s food technology and manufacturing subsidiary, Preposterous Foods Inc. The facility will produce the company’s line of plant-based proteins and dairy-free sauces to support hundreds of Odd Burger restaurant locations across North America, as well as supply select products to external foodservice customers. With the new expansion, Preposterous Foods also plans to launch a retail product line, which will be targeted for sale in grocery stores and direct-to-consumer sales channels.
Furthermore, Preposterous Foods has engaged Mallot Creek Group Inc. to assist the company with plant design and equipment specifications, as well as process engineering. Once the design phase is complete, Preposterous Foods will submit permits to the City of London and begin the construction process. The facility should take between one to two years to build once permits are approved and is expected to create between 50 and 100 jobs once fully operational.
“We are thrilled to commence this next chapter of growth for our company and we believe that London is the best place in the world to execute our vision for a more sustainable future,” says James McInnes, co-founder and CEO of Odd Burger. “We will be creating one of Canada’s most advanced plant-based food manufacturing facilities and we believe that through this investment we will be able to make a tremendous change in the industry by creating more affordable, healthy and sustainable food.”
“Odd Burger is an innovative addition to our thriving proteins cluster in London,” says Kapil Lakhotia, president and CEO of London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC). “Our industrial lands, infrastructure, talent and supply chains continue to put London on the radar for sustainable food production and plant-based proteins development.”
“This investment by Odd Burger is just the latest in a long list of recent examples demonstrating why London’s economy continues to be among the best in all of Canada,” says Josh Morgan, Acting Mayor of London, ON. “As a Council, and with strong support from LEDC, we have worked exceptionally hard to ensure businesses and industries choose London when it comes time to launch or expand their operations. On behalf of Council, I wish Odd Burger nothing but success in the years to come.”