BEPA Annual dinner was the venue for announcing the 2018 Pulse Crop Competition winners and a successful charity auction.

The competition is judged by a panel of BEPA members (L-R Phil Rix, Lewis Cottey, Chris Collings, Robert Brown, Andrew Little).


The BEPA Annual Dinner was held at Belton Woods Hotel, near Grantham on Thursday 22 November and was attended by over 100 members of the UK pulse trade and their guests. The event featured the awards to winners of the 2018 Pulse Crop Competition and a successful Charity Auction.

Speaking at the Dinner, President Franek Smith repeated earlier comments that 2018 has seen a market that has been described as ‘quite interesting’- potentially the understatement of this very unusual season. Yields and quality varied around the country, presenting both challenges and opportunities for growers and the trade alike. On the plus side, farmers who truly produced excellent quality in 2018 received a good premium. Looking forward to both the New Year and crop 2019, there are both opportunities and challenges for farmers, merchants, processors and end users.

The annual BEPA Crop Competition produced a good selection of samples from growers and their merchants.  The competition is judged by a panel of BEPA members, and there were excellent samples from this year’s harvest, despite it being a less-than-perfect growing season for pulses and all arable crops. Awards were given to the winning grower and their merchant in six classes: Marrowfat pea, Large blue pea, Spring bean, Winter bean, Yellow pea, and Any other pea.(email for a list of winners and their contact details)

The Dinner also featured BEPA's traditional Charity Auction, run by Paddy and Justin Barratt, and raised almost £6,000 for the Ferry Project ( This is a charity that provides emergency accommodation and longer term help for homeless and vulnerable people in the Fenland area.