The Manitoba Advantage in Dry Beans

Manitoba is the second largest producers of dry beans in Canada and accounts for 40 per cent of the country's production in 2020. Dry beans are typically grown in south central Manitoba around Portage la Prairie, Carman, Morden, Winkler and Altona. The province is strategically located mid-continent, with a strong transportation network to supply major markets such as the United States.

 

 

Manitoba’s Dry Beans Industry

  • Manitoba’s seeded acres for dry beans is climbing. In 2020, 204,700 acres were seeded in the province, producing 199,400 tonnes of dry beans.
  • In 2020, Manitoba exported 73,000 tonnes of dry beans valued at $84 million. With the being exported to the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and other European destinations.

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Main buyers for Dry beans in Manitoba:

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Market and Consumer Trends

The demand for plant protein has gained traction in North America. Dry beans is an excellent source of protein, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. The protein content in most beans grown in Manitoba is around 24 per cent. High protein bean flour is used as an ingredient to prepare plant-based food products.

Research

The University of Manitoba conducts research in soybean and pulse crop agronomy and cropping systems. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research stations in Morden and Brandon conducts research on pulse and soybean disease issues.

 

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