CANADIAN pulse crop and ingredient processor Alliance Grain Traders announced Jan. 9 that it has selected Cargill as its exclusive sales and marketing agent for marketing pulse protein ingredients in the U.S.
Through its U.S. subsidiary United Pulse Trading (UPT), Alliance produces protein ingredients from lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans and canary seed for the livestock and companion animal feed sectors.
The five-year agreement appoints Cargill as UPT's exclusive sales and marketing agent in the country and also designates UPT as Cargill's exclusive supplier of pulse protein ingredients for the duration of the deal.
"We are excited about the profile of pulses as ingredients for protein, fiber and starch," Alliance chief executive officer Murad Al-Katib said. "Whether for human consumption or for animal feed, pulses are nutrient-dense, (non-genetically modified organism), gluten-free, high-protein and -fiber products with a desirable combination and untapped potential for the global food market."
Al-Katib said the agreement with Cargill was the first step in providing added value to company's pulse and staple foods products, and the partnership could provide opportunities for UPT to become a preferred ingredient supplier to branded food and feed companies around the globe.
UPT operates a pulse ingredient processing facility in Minot, N.D., which is set for commissioning late in the first quarter of 2013. The plant will process protein, fiber, starch and flour ingredients from lentils, peas, chickpeas and beans for human food, food ingredients and animal feed.