TORONTO -- Grocery store demand for beans during the COVID-19 pandemic is up between “500 and 1,000 per cent,” according to Canada’s biggest supermarket supplier.
Yash Karia, president and CEO of Agrocrop Exports, which supplies packaged beans, lentils, peas and other pulses to Canada’s largest grocery stores, said his company was struggling to keep up with demand.
“Sales are through the roof, we have supplied three months in two weeks to them (grocery stores),” Karia told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview.
But Canada is “by far the world's largest grower of beans and lentils” and Agrocrop the “largest private label processor and exporter of consumer packaged beans and lentils to Europe and the USA,” according to the company website.
“Eventually we’ll run out of some beans,” Karia said.