Pulses are often lauded for their impact on the environment and human health, but industry officials say that needs to be proven and demonstrated to the market.  | File photo

Sustainability key to protein sector

Manitoba has a number of major protein processors, but staying near the front in the struggle to become a world-leading protein supplier requires a holistic strategy, the Manitoba Protein Summit heard. Connecting Manitoba-made protein products to sustainability criteria will be key. “Knowing how to sustainably produce food is extremely important in order for us to […] Read more

The plant protein market is expected to be worth $12.5 billion by 2024.  |  File photo

Alberta eyes promise of protein fractionation

Proponents say developing an industry that processes plant proteins would help diversify the province’s economy

TABER, Alta. — Binders, emulsifiers, texturizers, foaming agents, gels: these are some of the uses for fractionated plant proteins. David Fielder, senior scientist and value-added fractionation program lead with Alberta Agriculture, said Alberta can be as competitive as other provinces in processing plant proteins for use in foods and other products. That would help diversify […] Read more

Plant-based proteins and meats cultured from animal cells in a laboratory are gaining more attention and Tyson spokesperson Justin Ransom argued these products may help feed a swelling global population expected to hit nine billion by 2050. | Reuters photo

U.S. meat company invests in alternative protein products

HOUSTON, Texas — Major meat companies including Tyson Foods are investing in alternative protein production. Plant-based proteins and meats cultured from animal cells in a laboratory are gaining more attention and Tyson spokesperson Justin Ransom argued these products may help feed a swelling global population expected to hit nine billion by 2050. “Unless you have […] Read more


Feed expert says grain companies and feed mills have different ways of calculating protein. | File photo

Protein confusion in feed wheat

Rex Newkirk is constantly fielding calls from farmers and feed companies wondering why their wheat is being assigned a higher protein level at the feed lab than it is at the grain elevator. The chair in feed processing technology at the University of Saskatchewan says the two sectors have different ways of calculating protein with […] Read more

Abundance of rain is increasing prospects for exceptional wheat yields but the moisture is bringing down protein levels.  |  File photo

Premiums could widen for high protein

While global supply is healthy and yields look promising, there are reports of a significant drop in protein levels

The world is set to harvest a bumper wheat crop but it could be low in protein, according to an analyst. Wheat crops are in good shape in most major production regions with the exceptions of China and India, said Bruce Burnett, weather and crop specialist with G3 Canada. The United States Department of Agriculture […] Read more


With drier weather in the forecast this week, combines in Texas should be able to restart the harvest that was delayed by two weeks of heavy rain. Growers will have to contend with lodged and sprouting wheat and quality will likely be downgraded.  |  USDA photo

Weather plays havoc on wheat protein

The rain damaged red winter wheat crop in the U.S. could lead to strong protein premiums

A global shortage of high protein wheat will likely persist in 2015-16 due to harvest rains in the U.S. hard red winter wheat region. “The conditions that we’ve had right now do not seem conducive to a high protein crop,” said Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of the Kansas Wheat Commission. “That’s certainly what the […] Read more