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Fractionation is a process that separates a pulse, grain or oilseed into protein, starch and fibre. But there are also steps before and after that process that are often done by contract, or toll, processors. This slide shows some of the steps before fractionation can occur. It was part of a presentation by anCeres Processing Solutions for a series of ‘Fractionation 101’ workshops put on by the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta prior to the pandemic.

Study finds major gap in Alberta’s valued-added strategy

A supporting cast of contract processors key to developing plant protein-processing sector

Reading Time: 3 minutes A lack of fractionation plants isn’t the only thing holding back development of a plant protein-processing sector in Alberta. Like fractionation, the province is falling behind on toll processors, companies that provide specialty processing and manufacturing for other companies. “We need all that toll processing in Alberta in order to get the secondary and tertiary […] Read more

After five years of effort, Chris Chivilo expects to start construction on his pulse-processing plant at Bowden this summer. But during those five years, Roquette has built the world’s largest pea-processing plant in Portage la Prairie, Man. (left), Merit Functional Foods is now commissioning its new facility in Winnipeg, and Verdient Foods (right) is expanding its processing operation at Vanscoy, Sask.

The plant protein ship hasn’t sailed — but time is running out

Manitoba and Saskatchewan are part of the pulse-processing boom — but in Alberta, nothing

Reading Time: 7 minutes For nearly five years, Chris Chivilo has been ready to break ground on a new pulse-fractioning facility near Bowden. And every year, his plans have been pushed to next year. First, the bottom fell out of the pulse market. Then the capital just wasn’t there. Then the pandemic. But you only get so many ‘next […] Read more


Finding a valuable use for pea and lentil hulls will increase the value of those crops for farmers, said Michael Riedijk, CEO of Lucent BioSciences.

Pitch pays off for startup organic fertilizer maker

Fertilizer made from pea and lentil hulls wins supercluster funding and praise from environment minister

Reading Time: 2 minutes Apitch at an ag innovation forum a year ago has paid dividends for a Vancouver company that wants to make fertilizer out of waste material from pulse processing. Lucent Plant BioSciences and its partners — including pulse trader and processor AGT Foods — is receiving $1.3 million from the protein supercluster to help develop a […] Read more

A woman samples a plant-based meat product by Whole Perfect Food (a Chinese competitor to Beyond Meat) at the VeggieWorld fair in Beijing in November. Plant-based foods are on the rise but so is meat in the world’s most populous regions, says food trend guru David Hughes.

Expect to hear a lot more about fake meat, eco-foods, and urban consumers

It’s a fast-changing world but Prairie farmers are in a good spot, says food trend guru

Reading Time: 3 minutes More focus on the environment, more plant-based meat alternatives and more scrutiny of food production. That’s what lies in the crystal ball of David Hughes, an international speaker on global food industry trends. At a recent event hosted by the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta, Hughes laid out a number of points that could be […] Read more


Two years ago, Chris Chivilo put a new pulse fractioning plant at Bowden on hold.
But now he’s “taking up the torch again.”

Prairie pulse processing still in next-year country

But that could change as ‘supercluster’ hands out first $40 million to spur processing on the Prairies

Reading Time: 4 minutes Chris Chivilo was nearly ready to break ground on a brand new pulse fractioning plant in Bowden when the bottom fell out of the market. “Two and a half years ago, we got very close, and then the pulse market went to hell,” said Chivilo, president of W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions. “So we put […] Read more

(AGTFoods.com)

AGT managers seek to take company private

CNS Canada — Plans are afoot to take publicly-traded Saskatchewan pulse and specialty crop processing firm AGT Food and Ingredients private. AGT, in a release Thursday, said it has received a non-binding proposal from a senior management group, led by company CEO Murad Al-Katib, to acquire all its issued and outstanding common shares. The proposal […] Read more



Pulses are being used as ingredients in a growing list of products — from pasta to pet foods — and that has experts predicting acreage of peas, lentils, and other pulses will rise sharply over the longer term.

Give peas a chance — the future looks bright

Acreage may plummet in the coming year, but the new processing plants 
are laying the foundation for a surge in production

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here’s some counterintuitive advice: Think about growing peas in 2018. That’s a suggestion from Alan Hall, who has kept a close watch on the pulse sector in his role as ‘new initiatives and project hunter’ with the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund. As such, Hall is well aware of the recent plunge in pea prices, […] Read more


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’

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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