CALGARY, ALTA. — Viterra Inc. has acquired substantially all the assets and inventory of Premier Pulses International Inc., a processor and merchandiser of peas and lentils with a facility in Minot, N.D., and a marketing office in Lewiston, Idaho.

The Minot facility offers pulse cleaning and processing services and a finished product warehouse where a variety of locally sourced peas and lentils are stored, processed, bagged and shipped to destination customers worldwide.

“Premier Pulses is an excellent fit for our North American grain operations, as it is located in the primary pea and lentil growing regions in the northern U.S,” said Bob Miller, senior vice-president of Grain North America for Viterra. “Expanding our operation into Minot presents an exciting opportunity that aligns with Viterra’s pulse merchandising growth strategy. Strong global demand fundamentals in the Middle East and Asia continue to drive increased pulse acreage. By increasing our footprint in these crops, we are able to better serve this demand while bringing Viterra’s expertise and value to local producers.”