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The Food Show | June 30, 2020

The Food Show

Welcome to the Food Show with Tom and Mary-Anne Fitzmorris! Today our hosts are joined by a variety of guests and callers from around the city and far flung locations. At 2:30 we are joined by Tony Roelofs of Columbia Grains who talks to us about beans, hummas, and other new grains. Then in the […]

Aberdeen News | June 23, 2020

The healthy pandemic pantry: Beans are the new superfood

Columbia Grain International (CGI) is one of the largest processors and exporters of high-quality pulses in the United States, supplying the world’s pantry with a plethora of these nutrient-dense powerhouses. But, first, what are pulses? Pulses are the dry, edible seeds of plants in the legume family, a category of superfoods that includes chickpeas, lentils, […]

OilSeed & Grain News | June 02, 2020

The Push and Pull of Pulses, CGI Barrels Ahead

It must have been fate because all that the 20-year-old Jeff VanPevenage wanted to do was trade wheat. While finishing his senior year of college at Washington State University, VanPevenage started with Columbia Grain International (CGI), LLC. Shortly thereafter, he transferred to Great Falls, Montana, where he spent six years trading durum, oats, and barley. […]

AgWeek | June 01, 2020

Durum, pasta industry copes with volatile demand

Kurt Haarmann, senior vice president of Columbia Grain International, based in Portland, said the food industry — producers, to handlers, to processors — are on the job and ready for increasing demand. The company is important to Montana and North Dakota producers, and to food companies throughout the world. Food Manufacturing, food industry news source, […]

Montana Ag Network | May 14, 2020

Montana Ag Network: Columbia Grain meeting demand during pandemic

BILLINGS — As other sectors of American agriculture feel the pressure of the coronavirus, pulse crop supplier, processor, and distributor Columbia Grain International has seen bean demand soar for shelf-stable foods, especially beans and lentils grown by farmers in Montana. Jeff VanPevenage is the president and CEO of Columbia Grain International and expects this demand […]

The Columbian | April 26, 2020

Virus pandemic spurs demand for legumes

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — Toilet paper isn’t the only thing being whisked off the grocery store shelves these days. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic settled in, agriculture producers have experienced a bean boom as consumers stock up on dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Jeff Van Pevenage, president and CEO of Columbia Grain International at Portland, […]

US News & World Report | April 25, 2020

A Boom for Bean Farmers: Pandemic Spurs Demand for Legumes

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — Toilet paper isn’t the only thing being whisked off the grocery store shelves these days. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic settled in, agriculture producers have experienced a bean boom as consumers stock up on dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Jeff VanPevenage, president and CEO of Columbia Grain International at Portland, […]

Williston Herald | April 22, 2020

Beans are getting a boost from COVID-19

The grocery store’s dry beans and lentils section usually has a pretty small footprint, with not so many people hanging around. But then came coronavirus, and suddenly, there was renewed fervor for these shelf-stable commodities, which are affordable, versatile, and Mediterranean healthy in the kitchen. That’s sparking a nice rally in commodity prices for things […]

Pulse Pod | September 25, 2019

GPC Interview with Andrew Jacobs and Jeff Van Pevenage

Andrew has 48 years of experience in the European pulse trade and is one of the lead architects of the GPC Pulses Contact. Jeff Van Pevenage is the President and CEO of Columbia Grain Intl. LLC and an early adopter of the contract. In this interview, Andrew and Jeff highlight the benefits that come from using […]

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