The Manitoba Advantage in Pea Protein

Manitoba is an ideal location to grow the pea protein industry, with an economical and sustainable land base and a good transportation network. The demand for Manitoba-grown peas will grow as pea processing capacity increases in the province. Growing peas provides many soil and farm management benefits.

 

Manitoba’s Pea Industry

Peas are typically grown in the western regions of the province, due to well drained soil types.

  • In 2019, there are over 125,000 acres of peas grown in Manitoba and the number of acres is climbing.
  • The majority of peas grown in Manitoba are yellow peas, used for food and animal feed industries.  
  • In 2018, 104,900 metric tonnes of dry peas was produced in Manitoba, generating $18.5 million in cash receipts.
  • Manitoba exported dry peas valued at $71 million in 2018, in the form of dried, shelled or split peas, totalling 192,700 tonnes.
  • Pea Production

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Market and Consumer Trends

The demand for plant protein has gained traction in North America, increasing consumer demand for pea protein. Dry peas are an excellent source of protein, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals - protein content in peas is around 22.7 per cent.  The global food industry offers highly specialised pea protein ingredients such as concentrates, isolates and textured pea protein. The pea protein isolate market is projected to grow in the upcoming years.

There are opportunities for pea protein to be used as an ingredient in meat analogues and extenders, high protein bakery products and pea-based beverages. 

Research

The University of Manitoba has a Research Agronomist who is specialized on soybean and pulse crop agronomy and cropping systems. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research stations in Morden and Brandon are working on pulse and soybean disease issues. 

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