Alliance Grain Traders

From Producer to the World

Lentils

History

Alliance Grain Traders

Alliance Grain Traders (TSX:AGT) is one of the largest lentil and pea splitting companies in the world. As a trusted source for value-added processing of pulses, we buy lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas from farmers around our 31 facilities located in the best pulse growing regions in Canada, the United States, Turkey, Australia, China and South Africa and ship them to over 100 countries around the globe. We create value for producers, quality products for our customers and growth for our shareholders.

Alliance Grain Traders was founded in 2007 with the acquisition of Saskcan Pulse Trading by the Agtech Income Fund, the predecessor to Alliance Grain Traders. The fund was re-branded as the Alliance Grain Traders Income Fund and a new leader in the global pulse industry was born. In 2009, Alliance Grain Traders completed a conversion to a dividend paying corporation and a transformational acquisition of The Arbel Group, creating a global leader in the processing, trade and export of pulses and staple foods. The acquisition also included the Arbella Pasta brand, the third-largest selling domestic brand of pasta in Turkey that is also being sold in 80 countries worldwide, and the largest bulgur and durum wheat semolina milling facilities in Turkey.

Global operations include AGT CLIC, located in Québec, Canada; Australia Milling Group, located in Australia; Alliance Grain Traders (Tianjin) Co. Ltd., located in Tianjin, China; AGT India Pvt. Ltd., located in Mumbai, India; United Pulse Trading, located in North Dakota, USA; and Advance Seed, located in South Africa.

Alliance Grain Traders was founded on the following mission statement, based on the operational philosophy that has made all areas of the group a leader in food products:

"To provide a clean and quality product with reliable and timely shipments, competitive pricing and flexible delivery arrangements for bulk, bagged and packed pulses and foodstuffs. Our commitment to supply guaranteed quality to our clients is ensured through comprehensive production, execution and quality control."

This philosophy is part of our guiding principle "From Producer to the World".

Alliance Grain Traders is an active exporter to all geographic regions, serving a network of customers in over 100 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The core business of Alliance Grain Traders is supplying customers with premium quality Red Split and Football Lentils, Kabuli Chickpeas, Laird/Eston/Richlea Lentils, Yellow Split and Whole Peas, Green Split and Whole Peas, Whole and Split Desi Chickpeas, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, Dark and Light Kidney Beans, Black Beans, White Beans, Faba Bean and other specialty crops such as Canary Seed. Alliance Grain Traders' facilities feature systems for cleaning, calibration, peeling, splitting and colour sorting on a full line of pulses.

With its facilities in Turkey through the Arbel Group, Alliance Grain Traders also offers beans, rice, milled durum wheat and bulgur products. Through the Arbella brand, Alliance Grain Traders offers a full line of packaged pasta products for the domestic Turkish market that is also exported to over 80 countries around the globe.

 

Arbel Group

Arbel has been a supplier of food products and other goods and services for more than half a century. Arbel Pulse Grain Industry & Trade S.A. maintains its production facilities in Mersin, Turkey with a daily capacity of 4,000 metric tons. The company is the largest exporter of pulses in Turkey, exporting to all geographic regions and serving a network of customers in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The Arbel Group facilities in Mersin are located on a 1,000,000 sq. ft. parcel of land equipped with 38,000 metric tons storage capacity steel silo facilities and more than 50,000 metric tons storage capacity in horizontal warehouses. Arbel maintains its leadership role in production and processing through a continuous Research and Development program.

Arbel S.A. facilities include cleaning, calibration, peeling, splitting and colour sorting lines for the production, processing and export of red split lentils, whole red lentils, green lentils, chickpeas, white beans, bulgur, pasta, semolina, durum wheat and wheat flour. Trading activities include rice, edible oils and crystal sugar, vegetable oil, salt, potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetables.

For over 20 years, Arbel has been a leading supplier of food and emergency relief items to international development agencies, NGO sector and aid relief operations, including the World Food Program, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Arbel has introduced Tüv Cert EN ISO 9001:2000 Quality Control System to assist the company in promoting and expanding its marketing activities throughout the world. The company has diversified its activities into the tourism and hospitality industry through a resort development of 100 acres by the Mediterranean Sea including a motel/restaurant and camping resort.

In 2009, all food production-related operations of the Arbel Group were acquired by Alliance Grain Traders.

 

 

Saskcan Pulse Trading

In 2001, the Arslan Family, principles of the Arbel Group, established Saskcan Pulse Trading Inc. with Alliance Grain Traders President and CEO Murad Al-Katib. Within five years, Saskcan Pulse grew from a small start-up company to being awarded the Saskatchewan ABEX awards for "Best New Venture" in 2003, "Exporter of the Year" in 2004 and capping off by winning "Business of the Year" in 2005.

Today, Saskcan Pulse Trading operates 12 facilities across Western Canada including the largest lentil and pea splitting plant in the Americas, expanded capacity in lentil and pea processing at other facilities and new platforms for bean and chickpea production. The Saskcan Pulse Trading brand of pulses is known in all major pulse markets as the quality brand in the marketplace.