The Global Pulse Confederation today introduced the Pulse Brand and ‘Made with Pulses’ seal at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. The Pulse Brand and ‘Made with Pulses’ seal are distinctive green and gold symbols intended to help consumers easily identify food products that contain pulse ingredients (dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas). The seal and Pulse Brand are available to food manufacturers, consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and the foodservice industry to use on packages and in promotions.
Consumer interest in pulses is growing in part because the United Nations has designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, and food companies and consumers are looking for affordable food options that are healthy, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable.
Pulses are high in protein and add nutritional value when incorporated into product formulations across many food categories. Pulse ingredients are nutrient-dense and deliver high levels of fiber. Pulses require less nitrogen fertilizer than other crops, giving them a low carbon footprint. Pulses are a water-efficient protein and enrich the soil where they grow, making them an important and sustainable crop.
Several global companies are already showing strong interest in the new ‘Made with Pulses’ seal and credit the halo of health, value and quality of pulses for their early adoption. Companies that have already signed on to use the Pulse Brand include Princes Food and Drink Group (Napolina and Batchelors brands), JM Grain, AGT Food and Ingredients and Floating Leaf Fine Foods.
“The ‘Made with Pulses’ seal gives companies the unique opportunity to tie their products to the momentum pulses are gaining as healthy, nutritious and sustainable ingredients that fit with today’s lifestyle and taste preferences,” said Daria Lukie, Pulse Brand Manager for the Global Pulse Confederation. “The Pulse Brand provides shoppers with an easy way to identify products that are good for people and good for the planet.”
The first packages featuring the new ‘Made with Pulses’ seal are expected to begin appearing on store shelves before the end of the year.