Europe leads the global pulse food revolution

February 22, 2018 – As reported by the Midwest Shippers Association here in the Heartland earlier this week: “While the growth in pulse consumption (edible seeds from legumes) is a global consumer trend, Europe is leading the way when it comes to new pulse products coming into the global food market, according to new market research.


In a joint research project, Portugal Foods and Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) found that over 27,000 new legume products entered the global market between 2013 and 2017. Europe, in particular noted lead researcher Carla Teixeira, witnessed a 39% increase in pulse products, the highest international growth rate.

Regional data showed that the UK exhibited the highest levels of new product development, which accounted for 19% of total legume product launches in Europe. France (14%) and Germany (13%) also saw meaningful rises in new pulse-based products, such as peas, beans, soybeans and lupin beans.

The research indicated that since 2013 the European food industry has witnessed a surge in the quantity and variety of legumes products entering the market, crediting the rise to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) ‘International Year of Pulses’ campaign in 2016 (IYP2016), which sought to raise awareness of the health benefits of pulses, as well as the industry’s positive impact on sustainable development and food security.”

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