British Edible Pulses Association (BEPA)

BEPA is the trade association representing the processors and users of British-produced pulse (mainly combining peas and field beans) crops. BEPA’s key objectives are to liaise with UK government and other national and international associations, & encourage the consumption of home-produced pulses by promoting their value as healthy, high-protein and high-fibre foods, and to liaise with crop scientists and plant breeders.

Chris Collings, President and Franek Smith, Vice PresidentOur website brings you the history of BEPA, contact information for all our members, BEPA in the press and media, the latest pulse market prices, and an introduction to the many end uses for UK-produced pulses.

We also give details of the main BEPA contacts - if you would like to know more about BEPA, and the important role pulses play in the UK's agricultural and food sectors, please ask us!

Chris Collings, President and Franek Smith, Vice President.

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January 2017

"Since the more or less stagnant days at the end of the year, a lot has changed in pulse markets," comments Roger Vickers, Chief Executive of PGRO. "Confirmation of a huge crop of good quality Faba beans in Australia has had a significant effect on the UK export markets, while a shortage of beans on offer in the domestic market has impacted the values for feed."

January 2017Chris Collings, President of BEPA, reports that the Australian crop is estimated at between 550-600,000 tonnes, perhaps the largest on record, with exceptional yields in 2016 of 2.5t/ha from the same crop area. This means some focus has been taken off more immediate European competitor origins. Meanwhile, the main export market buyers have been in significant difficulty with yet further weakening of the Egyptian pound. In some cases, indebtedness has more than doubled almost overnight, and some importers are believed to be unable to honour their contracts.

The Sudanese market - smaller but still important – is now effectively closed as the annual February delivery window shuts to protect domestic production.

The continuing rise in oilseed rape prices has furthered Faba bean demand by the UK feed industry and short sellers have been forced back into the market to cover their commitments. This is in the context of oilseed rape production being 30% down in 2016, based on Defra farming statistics, while pulse crop sowing forecasts for 2016-17 vary between plus 10% to minus 6%, emphasising that there are a lot of cropping decisions still to be made.

The market for Human Consumption Beans is apparently almost closed through lack of buyers and extreme competition with good quality availability from Australia, as a result, UK exports are about half of those a year ago.

This time last year, Australian 'fiesta' beans commanded a premium to UK origin of US$100/t. A year later the premium is just US$15/t. Australian beans are generally perceived of top quality, being of generally larger size, colour and bruchid free.

Values have been eroded by supply volumes and market demand. Where offers can be found, values are currently trading at circa £160/t ex farm - which represents as little as a £5/t premium. Late sellers for human consumption may see premiums eroded completely.

Trade for crop 2017 is being made in this market with max/min offers of £10-£40 premiums over November feed beans, with a base price of £152 ex farm.

Feed Beans continue to be in demand. Some short sellers are being forced to cover commitments at higher prices, which is in turn persuading some growers to hang on further. Feed prices have risen significantly in recent weeks and are now around £155/t ex farm for March collection. Rising commodity prices elsewhere are also helping to present beans as an attractive option as feed ingredients, further supporting demand. The value of Sterling means UK suppliers are able to capitalise on any export feed opportunities.

Feed bean trade for crop 2017 is already taking place, with offers in the region of £152/t ex farm, circa £12-£15 over November wheat futures.

Marrowfat peas see traders still clearing their contracts, and open market sellers aiming to reach premium human consumption markets may be finding it hard to move produce. The situation remains unchanged from recent reports.

Contracts for 2017 production are available, though now very limited. Quality parameters may be very specific concerning waste and damage. Contract values circa £235-240/t ex farm with wide movement windows. The market for Large blue peas is strong - especially for good quality. Feed quality is discounted to beans and values are circa £147/t ex farm. Bleached samples (>10%) that soak and cook well can reach £178/t ex, whilst the very best quality - now hard to find - are fetching circa £210-215/t ex farm.

Contracts for crop 2017 are available with likely min/max offers circa £170 - £200/t ex farm with options for movement before May.

No trade is reported for Yellow peas. Strong demand has seen all offers of sale absorbed earlier in the season. Parcels available are estimated at £40/t over feed.

Contracts are available for crop 2017 with nominal values estimated at circa £170/t plus.



BEPA presentationAs most members will know, we collected for the QMC Neonatal Unit at the Annual Dinner. We have now visited the Unit to present the cheque and their release about the occasion is below.

Many thanks to members for their generous contribution to this very good cause.

Chris Collings, President

On 10 January, three members of national trade body the British Edible Pulses Association (BEPA) presented staff at the QMC Neonatal Unit with a cheque for £11,675, raised at the Association’s annual dinner in November 2016.

BEPA President Chris Collings and Vice President Franek Smith were joined by former President Paddy Barrett and Paddy’s daughter Melanie, to hand over this extremely generous donation. BEPA chose to fundraise for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Neonatal Appeal after Melanie’s daughter Amaya was born 16 weeks premature with chronic lung disease. Amaya is still receiving treatment at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

800,000 babies in the UK will need specialist care in hospital every year – one in nine babies. Nottingham’s Neonatal Units care for more than 1,000 babies every year, caring for tiny patients from across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and often further afield.

Donations to the Neonatal Appeal help to enhance care and facilities for tiny patients and their families from across the East Midlands - providing new state-of-the-art equipment, funding research to improve care for patients, improving facilities and giving essential support to parents and families who have premature and sick newborn babies being cared for at the Neonatal units.

Mary Palframan, Family Support Sister at the QMC Neonatal Unit, said: “We are so grateful to the members of the British Edible Pulses Association for such an incredibly generous gift. Donations like this support the Neonatal team in delivering excellent care to our families – providing equipment, improvements to parent accommodation, and other facilities and services that help to make this very long journey better for babies and families.”

Chris Collings, President of the BEPA, added, “We’re very glad the money our members raised has gone to such a fantastic cause. It was so special to visit Nottingham Children’s Hospital and to see all of the wonderful work being done by the really great team at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

Nick Lawford, Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, continued, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of BEPA members. The money raised at the annual BEPA dinner will have a hugely positive impact – it will make such a difference to young patients and their families at the Neonatal Unit. Thank you so much.”