Global Pulse Suppliers
Our global pulse supply business sources, stores, trades and distributes a broad range of products including chickpeas, beans, lentils and peas. We operate in markets around the world, with a large origination and destination network backed by an experienced team of supply chain specialists.
An important and versatile food staple in many countries, pulses account for a significant share of calories consumed by humans worldwide. Our work in the sector allows us to address global challenges around responsible sourcing, traceable supply chains and sustainable agriculture.
Pulse Supply Solutions
Beans are one of the longest-cultivated plants in the world. Currently, the world gene banks hold approximately 40,000 bean varieties, although only a fraction are mass-produced for regular consumption.
The pea is the small spherical seed of the pod fruit Pisum sativum, an annual plant with a life cycle of one year. The immature peas are consumed throughout the world as a vegetable, fresh, frozen or canned.
The chickpea is an annual legume that has been cultivated in the Middle East for thousands of years. It is a nutrient-dense food, providing a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, folate, iron and phosphorus.
The lentil is an edible legume that comes from an annual plant known for the lens-like shape of its seed. Lentils comprise an important global food crop; A majority of production comes from Canada and India.
Also known in as the broad bean, the fava bean is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. Widely cultivated as a crop for human consumption, fava beans can be eaten raw or cooked.
Lupin beans are the yellow legume seeds of the genus Lupinus. Cultivated for human consumption since ancient times, Lupin beans have recently seen a rapid growth in use as a plant-based protein.
The mung bean is a plant species in the legume family. It is mainly grown and consumed in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, where it has been domesticated for over 5,000 years.
Canola seeds contain about 45 percent oil. This large percentage of oil comes in a small package; canola seeds are similar in size to poppy seeds, though brownish-black in color.
The Desi type is smaller in size, has a thick, dark colored seed coat and is either de-hulled and split or de-hulled and ground into flour. It can also be roasted and puffed after splitting.
Pulses and Food Security
Pulses play a key role in developing countries as a source of protein that is low in fat and high in fiber. They are essential to maintaining food security in lower income countries, where major protein sources come primarily from non-animal products.
Pulses can be grown by local farmers for their own nutrition as well as for commercial purposes. Moreover, they contribute to improving crop patterns, which helps improve yields and limit the threat that soil degradation presents to food security.
What are Pulses?
Pulses are the edible seeds from plants in the legume family. They grow in pods and appear in a broad variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes several types of pulses. These include dry beans, dry broad beans, dry peas, chickpeas, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, Bambara beans, vetches, and lupins.
Where are Pulses Consumed?
Pulses are among the most versatile and culturally diverse foods in the world, acting as a staple protein in several countries. Global pulse production reaches approximately 40 million tonnes per year. Consumption in the Western world remains relatively low, however, in comparison to markets in Asia and Africa where demand is highest.
Are Pulses Healthy?
Pulses – notably dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas – are nutrient dense foods that possess many beneficial health effects.
Research suggests that eating pulses can contribute to lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure and helping with weight management, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
Studies have found that individuals who eat diets containing pulses regularly may also have a reduced risk of some cancers due to the low-fat, high-fiber and antioxidant-rich contents of the food.
Are Pulses High in Protein?
Pulses are a low-fat source of protein with high levels and fibre. They also contain several important vitamins and minerals.
Studies indicate that people who consume pulses daily have higher intakes of fibre, protein, calcium, potassium, folate, zinc, iron, and magnesium, as well as lower intakes of total and saturated fat. As such, they are recommended as part of a healthy diet in the national dietary guidelines of most countries.
Solutions for International Pulse Traders
Targray connects producers and consumers of pulses in markets around the globe. Our experienced team of pulse suppliers & traders works together with partners to source and distribute a broad variety of pulses including chickpeas, dry peas, lentils, and a multitude of dry bean varieties.
Our commitment to responsible and sustainable supply chains is reflected in all of our pulse sourcing, trading, logistics, sales and distribution activities. Our in-house expertise in global logistics helps us ensure that the products we provide maintain their exceptional quality throughout the product journey.
Global Pulse Confederation (GPC)
Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA)
Established in 1987, the Canadian Special Crops Association is a non-profit alliance of over 100 processors, exporters and service providers engaged in the production and trade of Canadian pulses and special crops – including peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans, mustard, canaryseed, sunflower and buckwheat. CSCA members include individuals, partnerships, corporations and other legal entities engaged in the growing, export, merchandising, brokerage and supply of pulses.
The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA)
American Pulse Association (APA)
India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA)
Pulse Canada is the national association representing pulse suppliers & traders, as well as the growers and processors of Canadian pulses including dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. The organization is focused on creating efficiencies through the elemination of pulse trade barriers by ensuring continued market access in key regions, keeping crop protection products available to growers and advocating for the improvement of domestic grain transportation.