New State-of-the-Art Facility in Caledon Means Increased Exports for Canadian Pulse Growers

Thursday, June 9, 2016

photo taken by Priya Kapur

photo taken by Priya Kapur

At the end of April, Agrocrop Exports Ltd. (AEL) and their employees celebrated the groundbreaking of their new 171,000 square ft. state-of-the-art processing and packaging facility in Bolton. Champions of the export pulse industry, AEL celebrates this expansion at an opportune time in 2016, the International Year of Pulses.

“The new and larger facility in Bolton means we can aggressively pursue new export opportunities,” AEL CFO Peter Niclasen told us. “That means increased exports of Canadian grown pulses plus increased employment opportunities.”

The Town of Caledon has expressed their excitement in welcoming Agrocrop Exports Ltd. to the community, adding to the growth of the food processing cluster in Caledon.

Agrocrop Exports Ltd. initially began as a trading company in food products, and then moved into the pulse industry (beans, lentils and peas).

A family-owned business, Agrocrop Exports Ltd. was established by the late Kirit Karia and his wife Niru in 2001. In 2007, under the direction of their son Yash, the company expanded to include an ultra-modern high tech Private Label processing and packaging facility.

“We are growing because we always maintain the highest quality in everything we do: product quality and availability, packaging quality, and customer service,” shares Niclasen.

Today, AEL is the largest processor and exporter of Private Label consumer packaged pulses in the Western Hemisphere. On an almost daily basis, Yash Karia is in communication with growers across Canada and around the world. Working with 15 countries across 5 continents, AEL have become established experts in the industry.

Agrocrops won the 2015 Ontario Export Awards, and won the 2015 supplier award for being the best supplier to a large U.S. company.