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Canadian Pulse Processor Scoops International Business Award

Best Cooking Pulses, Inc., a Canadian-owned pulse-processing firm, has picked up an international award recognizing excellence among women-owned businesses.

The award was presented by WEConnect Canada at the 2nd Annual WEConnect Canada national conference in Toronto from November 8 to 10, 2010. The company won the “Done Deal” award in the International category.

WEConnect Canada is a non-profit organization that connects women-owned businesses with the growing global corporate and public sector demand for diverse and innovative suppliers. It certifies and promotes firms that are at least 51 per cent owned, managed and controlled by women.

Best Cooking Pulses, Inc. has been active in the international pulse trade since 1936. Sisters Trudy Heal and Margaret Hughes own and operate the business together with Mike Gallais. Started by their grandfather, the company processes dried peas (split and whole) and a range of Best pea flours and pea fibre at plants in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Products are sold throughout the world into the food, bakery and meat-processing industries, as well as to several leading pet food suppliers. The company recently introduced Yumpeez, a roasted split pea snack. “We are honoured to receive this award,” said Hughes, vice-president of sales and marketing. “It marks our success in introducing Manitoba-and Saskatchewanmade pulse products to food and pet food industries in North America and around the world.”

“It is significant that Canadian women-owned businesses now qualify for supplier diversity programs in the U.S. We’re just one year into the program and we anticipate more done deals,” said company president Heal.

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