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A new $400-million pea-processing plant in Manitoba, announced with fanfare at the Manitoba legislature in January, may just be the beginning of Western Canada’s bid to become the leading global supplier of plant-based proteins.

Prairies could be plant-based protein superpower

Protein Innovations Canada aiming to make Western Canada the world’s ‘leading source of high-quality proteins’

Allison Ammeter doesn’t understand why there isn’t more domestic pulse processing on the Canadian Prairies. “As a farmer, I’m really proud of the fact that I grow good, safe food that’s enjoyed around the world,” said the past chair of Alberta Pulse Growers, who farms near Sylvan Lake. “But it’s always really ticked me off […] Read more


Cargill’s Q3 profit up on ingredient, protein demand

Chicago | Reuters — Global commodities trader Cargill reported a higher quarterly profit on Wednesday as strong earnings from its food ingredients and protein units more than offset lagging results from South American grain trading and processing. The privately held company has been streamlining its operations to focus on higher-margin businesses such as food ingredients […] Read more

Cargill books higher profits, warns of tough markets

Reuters — U.S. agricultural commodities trader Cargill on Thursday reported a rise in third-quarter profit on stronger results in food ingredients and grain handling, but warned about headwinds from oversupplied grain markets and low commodity prices. The privately-held company is exiting lower-margin operations, including its U.S. pork business, and expanding deeper into food ingredients and […] Read more


Cargill Q1 profit jumps despite commodities slump

Chicago | Reuters — Global commodities trader Cargill Inc. effectively navigated tumbling commodities markets and volatile currencies to turn in a 20 per cent gain in first-quarter profit, the privately held company said Wednesday. The Minnesota-based company’s grain and oilseed supply chain and energy businesses were standouts in the quarter ended Aug. 31, in stark […] Read more

An unsettling discovery via a cool summer treat

Who would have guessed that propylene glycol 
is a permitted ingredient in a food product?


Long warm days call for cool refreshing treats such as ice cream. One afternoon I was enjoying a milky bar — ignoring the calories and savouring the apparent goodness — when I glanced at the ingredients on the box. Sugar, fat, cholesterol in mind-numbing percentages were accepted — with a good dose of guilt. What […] Read more


Mexico trip generates sales

A market development mission to Mexico, focusing on food ingredients for human and animal consumption, is expected to generate $4 million in sales. Alberta Barley, the Alberta Food Processing Development Centre, and Cigi were among the participants in the recent five-day mission. It included informational and technical seminars on food ingredients and animal feed, and […] Read more