About Us

Pulses UK’s top priority is securing a brighter future for the industry and its members, communicating the value of pulses in the rotation, and capitalising on the increasing demand by encouraging the production of pulses in the UK and worldwide.

We have a role to highlight to the British public that peas and beans can be a great protein in their diets, delivering value-for-money and numerous nutritional properties.

We collaborate with research bodies and plant breeders to develop seed and produce quality schemes to maintain the UK’s reputation as the gold standard of pulses worldwide.

We believe pulses play an integral role in realising policy-makers’ environmental ambitions and we are working to promote pulses as a healthy, high-protein and high-fibre product, made at home within more sustainable agri-food systems. Pulses UK represents its members and provides a platform for the industry’s views to be heard by policymakers.

James Maguire

President of Pulses UK

I have been in the UK agricultural industry for over 11 years, during this time I have experience working in all mainstream UK crops in various market sectors including commodity trading, farm buying, business development and most recently the commercial sales and product management for a European based plant breeder. 

Throughout my career there has always been a common passion which has been protein crops. I believe with consumer demand for plant-based protein rapidly gaining traction we have a unique opportunity to offer the industry sustainable crop options in peas and beans. Through my role as president of Pulses UK I am grateful to be able to represent our members at such an important time for British agriculture. 

In conjunction with the associations’ 51 member companies I wish to seek to secure a brighter future for the industry during a period of intense upheaval and uncertainty, and over the coming years will be communicating the value of pulses in the rotation and capitalising on increasing demand for domestically- produced protein. I firmly believe that pulses play an integral role in realising policy-makers’ environmental ambitions and we will be working to promote pulses as a healthy, high-protein and high-fibre product, made at home within more sustainable agri-food systems.

Michael Shuldham

Vice President of Pulses UK

Having grown up surrounded by agriculture in South Yorkshire I went on to study Agribusiness at Harper Adams University, during which time I worked for a major UK merchant; gaining experience of seed and fertiliser markets, commodity trading, and logistics. After graduating in 2018 I continued to work on an arable farm in the UK and in the Swiss Alps before starting a new role on the commercial team at LS Plant Breeding.

Pulses have an enormous capacity to help solve some of the greatest challenges facing the UK and wider world including climate change, biodiversity loss, volatile food supply and poor air and water quality, whilst being economically viable and a source of high quality nutrition. For these reasons there is a huge future for pulses in agriculture, supply chains and diets.

We have an opportunity to help pulses realise that future, and with the wealth of knowledge and expertise of our member organisations, I’m looking forward to working with James to promote pulses as the versatile and important crops that they are. 

HISTORY TIMELINE

1950 – 1975

The Pea Pickers and Pea Packers Association was formed in 1975, representing processors & users of British-produced pulse crops in the UK and worldwide.

1975 – 2018

BEPA (British Edible Pulse Association) was formed in 1975 to succeed the Pea Pickers and Pea Packers Association. The purpose of the association is to support the interests of its Members.

2018

BEPA rebranded and relaunched as Pulses UK in 2018 to bring it in line with international partners and to be more easily recognised by the wider food chain and consumers.

2021

Pulses UK launches new members Website.

The key aims and achievements of Pulses UK

  • Encourage the production of Pulses in the UK
  • Encourage the consumption of Pulses in the UK and worldwide, with a focus on British
  • Further the education of the UK public regarding the production and consumption of pulses
  • Liaise with UK government and other national and international associations to encourage to production of pulses in the UK
  • Work with research bodies and plant breeders to ensure that the UK has the best quality pulses grows and is the gold standard of pulses quality worldwide
  • Encouraging the consumption of home-produced pulses by promoting their value as healthy, high protein and high fibre foods.
  • Providing a forum where members can exchange views, agree policy and develop their businesses through discussions on a variety of topics.
  • The development of seed and produce quality schemes, when needed, to ensure that UK pulses are of the highest quality for varietal purity.
  • The extension of aid schemes to encompass human consumption pulses.
  • The introduction of special recipes that exploit the value-for-money and nutritional properties of UK pulses.

Pulses UK Presidents

2021-J Maguire
2019-2021L Cottey
2017-2019F Smith
2015-2017CR Collings
2013-2015A Bury
2011-2013P Smith
2009-2011P Rix
2007-2009H Jackson
2005-2007J Martin
2003-2005PE Barrett
2001-2003AMM Donald
1999-2001J Manners
1997-1999AC Church
1994-1997A Wymer
1992-1994D Shreeve
1990-1992G Lodge
1987-1990DEB Trehearn
1985-1987G Jopling
1983-1985RG Adcock
1979-1983FH Nicholls JP
1977-1979JH Gosling
1975-1977JH Fletcher
Pea Pickers and Pea Packers Association (Chairmen)
1973-1975JH Fletcher
1971-1973GW Dean
1967-1971JH Fletcher
1960-1967JCW Stead
1950-1959H Hubbard