Daiya Foods provided a behind the scenes look at its new production facility and corporate headquarters, which are currently under construction at 3100 Production Way in Burnaby. This new facility will quadruple the production capacity of the B.C.-based industry leader in dairy-free, plant-based foods. It will also house the company’s food innovation centre, bring more than 300 jobs to Burnaby and an estimated 100 additional jobs over the next few years.
Wales McLelland is the construction manager for the project. The facility was originally built in 1970, however Daiya wanted to divert as much from landfills as possible, so the building is being reconstructed into a state-of-the-art facility. At peak construction there were 130 personnel onsite. Once the production facility is complete this winter, Wales will begin construction of the office space scheduled for completion this Spring/Summer.
Spurred by increased global demand for plant-based foods, Daiya’s new facility will increase its production footprint from 65,000 to 400,000 square feet and be one of the largest food production facilities of its kind in the province. In addition to food production, the new building will also house Daiya’s corporate headquarters, innovation centre and warehouse. Daiya expects the new facility to be operational in the latter half of 2020.
As part of Daiya Foods’ commitment to sustainability, their new production facility is certified BOMA Best (Bronze) by the Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia and is currently pursuing LEED certification.