This February we travelled to attend The Pulse Conclave in Jaipur, India. The conference hosted just over 1100 delegates. The focus of The Pulse Conclave was to provide a platform to give updates on various pulse outlooks as well as to launch 2016 International Year of Pulses in India. Those in attendance were of course keen to hear about the Indian production projections as it is a large consumer of pulses and even more so in 2015 and 2016 with lower production of local harvest.
Following the conclave we traveled to Dubai for the Gulfood Show were we had a booth in the Canadian Pavilion. This show is always well attended and brings alot of interest in lentils for 2016 crop. All eyes are on Canada as we move into the 2016 planting season. Weather and seeding conditions will be watched closely by all who import from Canada. Both trips provided us with the opportunity to meet with current customers face to face as well as meet new potential customers to help us grow in individual markets.
On these travels it is always interesting to see how the lentils we ship are used in different markets and the brands carried. We took a quick trip to the grocery store in the Dubai Mall and found some interesting snack products containing lentils as well as traditional small pack lentils. It is clear that these items are growing in popularity and being introduced into a variety of ways. We are excited to see the continued growth of the industry and lentils into international and local markets.