Pulses UK elects new president and vice-president

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Lewis Cottey was elected President of Pulses UK (formerly BEPA) at the organisation’s Annual Meeting this month, with James Maguire stepping up as Vice-President.

At the meeting, Mr Cottey paid tribute to the immediate past-President Franek Smith for his hard work on behalf of 
members over the last two years as BEPA has been transformed, re-named and re-energised as Pulses UK.

“This is a time of uncertainty – but we must instead see it as a time of challenges to be met and overcome! We are now in great shape to focus on our goals as an association that will play its part in giving our industry a secure future.

“A key role for Pulses UK is to liaise with the UK Government as well as relevant national and international bodies to encourage the production and consumption of home-produced pulses. We will do this by promoting their value as healthy, high-protein, high-fibre and sustainable foods,” he added.

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