UPDATE 1-Alliance Grain shares up 8 pct on Cargill sales deal

Wed Jan 9, 2013 10:32am EST
 
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* Cargill signs 5-year deal to sell feed proteins

* Marketing clout lifts share price (Adds analyst comment, updates share activity)

By Rod Nickel

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Cargill Inc has agreed to sell animal feed proteins made from pulse crops by Canadian-based Alliance Grain Traders Inc, boosting Alliance shares 8 percent on Wednesday.

The five-year deal makes Cargill the exclusive seller in North America of proteins made by Alliance subsidiary United Pulse Trading Inc for the animal feed sector, Alliance said.

Cargill is one of the world's largest privately held corporations.

"You've got a big guy marketing for you, so that will help big-time," said Robert Gibson, an analyst who follows Alliance for Octagon Capital.

Animal feed proteins are not a core product for Alliance, which exports and processes pulse crops such as lentils and peas, making it a logical area for a marketing arrangement with Cargill, Gibson said.

Alliance, based in Regina, Saskatchewan, plans this year to start processing pulse crops into human food ingredients and animal feed products at a new plant in Minot, North Dakota.

Alliance shares rose C$1.10 to C$13.90 in early trading in Toronto, touching a two-month high.

($1=$0.99 Canadian) (Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Dan Grebler)