Food & Health

Mission ImPULSEible Manitoba - March 27th, 2013

On March 27th Pulse Canada hosted the 5th annual Mission ImPULSEible pulse product development competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The competition took place at Red River College’s newest culinary campus, the Paterson Global Foods Institute. Two teams from the University of Manitoba and one team from Red River College battled it out with their pulse-based food products. Competing products included a power pinto bean smoothie, a do-it-yourself black forest cake batter in a pouch format and an ice cream sandwich geared toward the retail and foodservice industry.

Judges included:

Neola Henry, Technical Sales Manager at Source Nutraceutical, Inc.

Peter Ecker, Corporate Chef of Sysco Winnipeg

Michael Reimer, Acting Executive Director at Manitoba Pulse Growers Association 

Teams responded to insightful questions relating to their products’ processing feasibility, shelf life, projected cost, product differentiation and market potential. The judges focused on retail and foodservice applications and asked questions relating to the marketability, theoretical accessibility and distribution of the products. It was challenging, but the judges eventually determined which team would earn the first place title and move on to the national competition taking place at the Pulse and Special Crops Convention on June 25th in Calgary.

And the winners are…

First Place: Pulse Power Ice Cream Sandwich made with a lentil cake and chickpea ice cream centre (Hayley Walker-Ross, Scott Ball, and Ian Gerbrandt from Red River College)

The Pulse Power Ice Cream Sandwich will be presented at national competition during the Pulse and Special Crops Convention on June 25th in Calgary.

Pulse Power Ice Cream Sandwich - Hayley Walker-Ross, Scott Ball and Ian Gerbrandt

Second Place: Black Forest Cake, a packaged batter made with chickpea flour and pea fibre (John Dupuis, Erika Jones, Jie Zhang and Jiajun Li from the University of Manitoba)

Black Forest Cake - Erika Jones and John Dupuis.

Third Place: Pinto Power Smoothie, a healthy portion packed ready to drink beverage made with whole pinto beans. (Lindsey Boydm Yuan Fang, Danielle Gundayao and Jaehee Jin from the University of Manitoba)

Pinto Power Smoothie - Danielle Gundayao, Lindsey Boyd, Yuan Fang and Jaehee Jin.

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