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.

British Edible Pulses Association (BEPA)
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"The market situation has continued to be difficult for pulses over recent weeks and little has changed materially," comments Roger Vickers, Chief Executive of PGRO. "Competition in the export market to Egypt from the Baltic region has not been as fierce as had been anticipated due to poorer than expected quality.

"Quality is also an issue that has affected UK bean production with an estimated 70% rendered unsuitable for export. However, with increased volume of production, merchants appear able to satisfy what has been a reduced demand."

BEPA pic for LHS home page with December

Chris Collings, President of BEPA reports on the North American market where, for 2016-17, Canadian production is estimated to rise by 45% to a record 4.7 Mt, due to higher area seeded. Yellow pea production is forecast to rise and green type production to fall to 0.5 Mt. Production of the other remaining dry pea types is also expected to fall sharply. That said, as stocks are low, supply is forecast to rise by only 25%. Exports are forecast to increase to a record 3.2 Mt. India, Bangladesh and China are Canada's top three markets.

The USDA forecast is for the area seeded to peas in the US for 2016-17 to rise by 11% from last year to a record 1.3 mln acres. This is mainly due to an increase in production in North Dakota. Yields are expected to be average - forecast by USDA to rise by 20% to a record 1.0 Mt.

Human Consumption Beans have seen almost no movement. Values remain around £160/t ex farm having rallied in the previous month. Slight increases in Sterling will be used as an excuse for buyers not to purchase UK produce, but currency issues continue to worsen in the Egyptian market. Recent flotation of the Egyptian Pound saw the value swing from around 8 to 18 Egyptian Pounds/US Dollar as the government sought to attack the currency black market. This has added further problems to bulk vessel importation.

Stock carried over through the summer by the importers has also satiated the desire for new crop and exports to Egypt in the immediate post harvest period have, for these reasons, been running at about 50% of that for the same period last year.

Some sellers appear to have been dissuaded with recent low prices, preferring to play a longer game when availability of suitable quality produce has become an issue. Buyers may come into the market after the New Year - but this is always a guess and a gamble. By then the Australian crop will be fully available and reports are that, although offered at a premium, it is of good quality and availability.

Feed Beans continue to be in demand with ever increasing quantities being absorbed by the feed compounders. Circa £140 ex farm is typical.

Marrowfat peas remain unchanged. Outside of production contracts, marrowfats are proving difficult to place with values at circa £250/t ex farm. Contracts for 2017 production are available, they are likely to be open value or with a minimum maximum price guarantee against sample quality.

Large blue peas have seen little movement with poor quality feed samples trading at a £5-£10 discount to feed beans. Values are circa £132/t ex with 'Second quality' samples suited for processing circa £175/t ex. Best quality samples for processing, splitting and export can make circa £205/t ex. The message remains strong - grow for good quality! There are contracts on a min-max price basis available for 2017.

Yellow peas also have seen no change on the month, remaining undersupplied in the local market. Values are circa £190-£200/t ex. Contracts are available.




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.”