AGT planning major expansions

Company president says AGT Food and Ingredients will add capacity to its pulse facility in Minot

Regina will not be the location for AGT Food and Ingredient’s next pulse food ingredients plant. The Regina-based company announced it is instead expanding its facility in Minot, North Dakota, which makes pulse-based flours, proteins, starches and fibres for pet and human food. Company president Murad Al-Katib had previously said the firm would consider adding […] Read more


Small Alta. lentil crop puzzles officials

It remains a mystery to some in the pulse industry why lentil production seems to stop at the Saskatchewan-Alberta border. “That’s an enigma. I’ve asked the same question,” said Neil Whatley, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Lentils are primarily grown in Sask-atchewan’s brown and dark brown soil zones. Those same soil zones also extend across […] Read more


Rain a concern for Indian crops

Wet weather has analysts watching for reports of damage to country’s pulse production

India has received an unusual amount of winter rain and there is more in the forecast, which doesn’t bode well for the country’s pulse crops, say analysts. An average of 28 millimetres of rain fell across the country from Feb. 26 to March 4, which is 358 percent above normal for that period. The winter […] Read more



Video: Poor harvest in India sends yellow peas up

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Yellow pea prices should rise next year because of pulse production problems in India, says an analyst. “I think we’re going to $8 (per bushel) on yellow peas,” Marlene Boersch, managing partner of Mercantile Consulting Venture, told Agri-Trend’s 2014 Farm Forum Event. She believes peas are undervalued, but lentils are about where they should be […] Read more


Ukraine bows out of world pea market

Shifts to soybeans Canada remains the ‘giant bear’ among pea exporting countries, says analyst

Ukrainian farmers are getting out of peas in a big way. Production has fallen more than 40 percent over the last decade, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Ukrainian farmers are expected to produce 267,000 tonnes of peas this year, similar to the previous year’s output. To put […] Read more



Producers bullish on lentils, less keen on peas, chickpeas

Market outlook | Delegates to CSCA meeting favour green lentils; prices expected to surge in world markets

The Canadian Special Crops Association allowed delegates to weigh in on the pulse market outlook at this year’s convention. Delegates used electronic voting gadgets to indicate whether they were bullish, bearish or neutral on the price outlook for peas, lentils and chickpeas. The informal poll showed they were slightly bearish for yellow peas and red […] Read more


Ingredient business picking up

Alliance Grain Traders | Company secures new distributor for international markets

Alliance Grain Traders has landed a second major customer for its food ingredients business. The company signed an agreement appointing Ingredion Inc. as the exclusive distributor of its pulse flours, protein and bran ingredients to the food industry. The deal covers the United States, Canada, China, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. It does […] Read more


Positive outlook for green lentils

The market outlook for green lentils is improving because of stronger demand and diminishing supply, says an analyst. “The worst-case scenario for price trend is flat, but I think it’s going to grind higher in due time,” said Greg Kostal, president of Kostal Ag Consulting. “It’s not going to take much to turn this into […] Read more



AGT processes for humans, pets

Diversification efforts | Alliance Grain Traders adds more production lines for specialty products

Alliance Grain Traders is continuing its diversification into value-added processing. The pulse processing giant commissioned a second production line at its food ingredients plant in Minot, North Dakota, during the first quarter of 2014. The line is operating at 50 percent capacity and should be at 66 percent by the end of the second quarter. […] Read more


Low wheat prices put shine on peas, lentils

Acres hampered by seed shortage | Analysts’ planting predictions for pulses more than double Agriculture Canada’s

Analysts think Agriculture Canada is way off the mark with its 2014 forecast for pulse acres. In its latest supply and disposition report issued March 20, the department predicts a nine percent increase in pea plantings and a three percent hike in lentils. It is a far cry from what people in the pulse industry […] Read more