Grain commission suspends licenses for Canpulse Foods and Global Grain Canada

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has suspended the licenses for three related companies that purchase pulse and specialty crops from farmers in Western Canada.

The grain industry regulator has temporarily revoked the licences for Canpulse Foods Ltd. and Global Grain Canada Ltd, as well as their parent company, Mississauga, Ont.-based Globeways Canada Inc., as of October 31, 2020.

Globeways Canada is owned by the multinational agri-food and pulse crop supplier Hakan Group, which is headquartered in Dubai, UAE.

Globeways Canada and its subsidiaries buy, process, and export Western Canadian lentils, peas, dry beans, canary seed, and other specialty crops.

In a notice published on October 31, the CGC says farmers who are owed money for crop that’s been delivered to these companies should notify the commission immediately.

Any grain business with Canpulse Foods, Global Grain, or Globeways Canada done after October 30 will not be subject to producer payment protection under the Canada Grain Act.

The CGC has not released any info on how much security it holds for the three companies, and how that amount compares to the total money owed to producers.

Canpulse Foods holds a primary elevator license for its facility at Kindersley, Sask., while Global Grain Canada holds a primary license for its facility in Plum Coulee, Man. Canpulse Foods and Globeways Canada also hold grain dealer licenses with the CGC.

Canpulse Foods divested ownership of three pulse and specialty crop facilities in Saskatchewan in November 2019, when it sold its facilities at Lajord, Sedley, and Zealandia to Toronto, Ont.-based Global Food and Ingredients Inc. GFI’s plan included operating the facilities on a toll basis for other companies, such as Canpulse.

Global Grain Canada’s business in southern Manitoba is mainly focused on dry beans. Globeways acquired Global Grain from a local owner and founder in 2017.