A major tenant in Minot's Ag Park is growing -- a multi-million dollar expansion.
United Pulse Trading takes pulse crops grown around the region, and creates products for food companies world-wide...and business is booming.
In our Eye on Agriculture today, Perry Olson takes us inside the company's Minot location to see what's happening.
(Eric Bartsch - GM United Pulse Trading) "So we are seeing a big shift, what we feel, is a big shift in how pulses are consumed. It isn't just soup anymore."
That shift that United Pulse Trading General Manager Eric Bartsch sees is being taken advantage of...in a big way...
(Eric Bartsch - GM United Pulse Trading) "We are taking the pulse crops and making them into flours and even going further into extracting the protein and starch from those products as a high quality food ingredient. Companies that are looking for a gluten free all natural ingredients in foods we eat everyday are utilizing these ingredients."
At this plant just east of Minot, the pulse crops are blazing new paths into ingredient lists on foods everyone eats. And companies, both small and very large are taking a close look at what's happening in Minot, and how the business is transforming the crop, adding value.
(Eric Bartsch - GM United Pulse Trading) "They take our products back and put their R&D teams on it and see how they can incorporate it into foods that they put on the shelf everyday like pasta, snacks, breads...whatever it may be." (Jerry Chavez - MADC President) "Maybe it goes into baby food...maybe it goes into some of the national foods that we get from local grocers. All produced out of commodities grown in ND and now being processed in Minot through United Pulse."
Most of what is produced is made specifically for a client...and the good news is, more and more, these major companies like what they are getting from United Pulse Trading.
(Eric Bartsch - GM United Pulse Trading) "They see the consumer trends are pushing them in these directions to put a good, healthy product on the shelf. They love these products because it gets them to the final goal that they want to accomplish."
United Pulse Trading is growing...adding a second production line with a four million dollar price tag...and a third is planned too. It, along with these products...are sure signs that the company is succeeding. With your Eye on Agriculture, Perry Olson, KX News.
Bartsch says later this week, representatives from a large company from France will be in Minot to look at the facility.