Dry Bean Trading & Distribution Solutions
Our pulses team works with dry bean suppliers, traders and distributors in markets throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Supported by Targray’s global sourcing, distribution and supply chain capabilities, our experienced team of dry bean traders is able to create differentiated value and new growth opportunities for wholesale pulse buyers and sellers.
To learn more about our dry bean sales and procurement solutions, get in touch with a member of our pulses trading desk.
About This Product
Beans are the round, elongated or kidney-shaped seeds of the flowering plant family fabaceae. They are widely consumed as vegetables, and can be cooked in many different ways including boiling, frying, and baking. Beans have been an important source of protein throughout human history. The world gene banks hold approximately 40,000 bean varieties, though only a small portion of these are mass-produced for regular consumption.
Dry beans are a nutritious, versatile and inexpensive ingredient used in many traditional dishes throughout the world. They come from both Old World varieties of broad beans (e.g. fava) and New World varieties (e.g. kidney, black, cranberry, pinto, navy).
For centuries, European, African, American and Asian peoples have produced their own varieties of wild beans on their continents.
The broad bean was the most commonly cultivated bean in Europe for many centuries, before being surpassed by the garden bean. Soybeans, green mung beans and azuki beans have African and Asian origins. In the Americas, garden bean varieties including lima beans, kidney beans and black / white beans were most commonly cultivated. Garden beans were brought to their later cultivation areas by commercial travelers and seafarers during the colonial period.
Beans are a highly sustainable crop. They carry the distinction of being able to reinvigorate the soil they’re planted in, courtesy of their nitrogen-fixing properties. As such, they have a reduced need for fertilizers. Adding pulses to crop rotations helps lower soil erosion and depletion risks, and can even transfer fixed nitrogen to crops subsequently planted in the same soil.
For the reasons listed above, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stated that legume crops (like beans) help decrease greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) stemming from farming activities.
The Global Pulse Confederation (GPC, formerly known as CICILS IPTIC) represents all segments of the pulse industry value chain from growers, researchers, logistics suppliers, traders, exporters and importers to government bodies, multilateral organizations, processors, canners and consumers.
India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), is the apex body of India’s pulses and grains industry & trade and its membership encompasses market participants along the value chain. The association has a pan India reach of over 10,000 stake holders involved in the farming, processing, warehousing and import business of Pulses across the entire value chain.
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.
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.