Red lentils receive an oil polish at the Goze processing plant in Mersin, Turkey.  |  Sean Pratt photo

Lentil processors told profit lies in tender loving care

CESME, Turkey — Pulse processors could be getting more bang for their buck if they used the right equipment and processes, says a major manufacturer. Surojit Basu, global product manager for Buhler Group, said 10 to 15 percent of a pulse is husk and the rest is endosperm. “Theoretically, we should get 85 to 90 […] Read more

An alliance between the Arslan family of Turkey and Murad Al-Katib of Saskatchewan has resulted in the world’s largest lentil processing company. In the back row from left to right is Huseyin Arslan, Murad Al-Katib and Hasan Arslan and seated in the front row is Mahmut Arslan.  |  AGT photo

Lentil empire built on a handshake

President of Arbel Group in Turkey linked up with Al-Katib of Saskatchewan to create pulse processing powerhouse

Sean Pratt reports from the Global Pulse Convention in Cesme, Turkey, about what is driving pulse markets MERSIN, Turkey — It all started with a complaint about the quality of Canadian red lentils. That complaint led to a partnership that would eventually result in the formation of the world’s largest pulse processing firm. The complainant […] Read more

The U.S. Dry Bean Council is forecasting tightening supply of all the major bean classes grown in Canada due to reduced plantings in the U.S. and Canada. And demand is expected to be strong for many classes of beans due to production problems around the world. | File photo

VIDEO: Pinto, black bean supply may be tight

CESME, Turkey — Supply will be tight for two of the main classes of dry beans grown in Canada, according to an expert. “I think there is great potential for the pinto bean market to get tight,” said Randy Duckworth, director of worldwide activities for the U.S. Dry Bean Council. He forecasts total supply from […] Read more


International buyers are disappointed in the quality of Canadian lentil exports. | File photo

Canadian lentils sub-par?

Sean Pratt reports from the Global Pulse Convention in Cesme, Turkey, about what is driving pulse markets. CESME, Turkey — Some international buyers of Canadian lentils are not happy with the quality they’re getting. “As millers, we are very disappointed in the quality the Canadian system allows suppliers to supply as lentils,” said Saifuddin Abidali, […] Read more