Pulse specialist Dunns (Long Sutton) Ltd and The British Quinoa Company have struck an exclusive three-year processing agreement, underwritten by a joint £50,000 investment to upgrade Dunns’ production line.

Under the contract, Lincolnshire-based Dunns, a producer of specialist premium quality pulse products for human consumption markets worldwide, will supply processing facilities for all British Quinoa’s output for crop years 2016 to 2018.

Shropshire-based British Quinoa, the leading supplier of UK-grown quinoa, will supply several hundred tonnes annually from committed growers across the UK.

All product will be cleaned on BRC-accredited production lines and will be marketed by The British Quinoa Company.

Dunns trader Franek Smith said the deal would maximise the efficiency of Dunns’ small seed processing.

“Lines are currently mainly used for cleaning large seeds such as peas and beans, which means screens have to be changed before small seeds such as quinoa can be handled.