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Plant-based protein maker Roquette sees short-term COVID-19 impact

Demand could accelerate second Canadian plant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — The plant-based protein market has seen a slowdown in new product launches and lower sales in restaurants and cafeterias due to COVID-19 but benefited from more people cooking at home and trying new products, French manufacturer Roquette said. The market for plant-based protein such as meat-free burgers has surged in the […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Lentil crop expected to spike in Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — One bright spot for Alberta agriculture in 2020 has been the province’s lentil crop. The amount of the pulse grown this year skyrocketed by more than 173 per cent than compared to 2019, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Monday that lentil production in Alberta is set to hit a record […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Large Canadian crops expected

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canada will have grown a record-large pea crop in 2020 and possibly the second-largest lentil crop ever, according to preliminary estimates from Statistics Canada, released Monday. Using satellite imagery and model-based yield estimates, the government agency pegged the 2020-21 Canadian field pea crop at 4.996 million tonnes. That would be a new record […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Good year for Alberta pulses, except in northern regions

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm – Pulse crops are doing quite well in most of Alberta, according to the province’s agriculture department. However in the Peace River and northwest regions, the story has been much different. “This year, crop conditions are better than the five-year average in both the south and central regions. In the northern region, excess moisture […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Saskatchewan pulses heading for a good year

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Pulse crops in Saskatchewan are in shape to have a good year, according to Dale Risula, a pulse specialist with the province’s agriculture department. “Pulses got off to a pretty good start. Moisture levels in the soil were pretty good. Most of the pulses were up and growing rapidly,” Risula said, noting pulse […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Lentil prices off pandemic peak

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Lentil prices received a bit of a bump earlier in the year from peak pandemic panic-buying, but have subsided in recent weeks. “At the beginning, a lot of people were buying, which led to a spike in prices,” explained Marcos Mosnaim of Globeways Canada in Mississauga. “That scarcity has come down a lot.” […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Pandemic may pose market opportunity

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Plant protein products were steadily rising in popularity before the COVID-19 pandemic set in — but that industry could also get a boost from consumers shifting away from meat in a post-pandemic world. “There’s an increased level of awareness of hygiene issues in the meat industry,” Vishal Vijay, head of business development at […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Chickpeas recover from previous lows

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Chickpea prices have recovered slightly from lows hit around the end of 2019, but they’re still a long way off historic highs from years past. Ahead of the 2018 growing season, chickpea prices were around 50 to 60 cents/lb. for growers, according to Darwin Hamilton of Kalshea Commodities in Winnipeg. Currently, large chickpea […] Read more



Demand may encourage more red lentil acres: AGT

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Improving lentil prices over the past month may encourage more acres of the pulse crop in Western Canada this spring, according to an industry official, as seeding is set to start within the next few weeks. “With the recent March demand surge, mostly due to COVID-19, pulse prices have increased sending a signal […] Read more