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A stock to consider: AGT, the world’s leader in lentils Add to ...

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In 2001, when Murad Al-Katib was just 28 years old, he quit a cushy job with the Saskatchewan government to launch a business out of his basement. His wife was pregnant with twins, and his big idea—growing, processing and exporting pulse crops such as lentils and peas—was an odd concept for a start-up, even in the ag-rich Prairies. But it turned out to be a very smart move. Regina-based AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. now generates nearly $2 billion a year in revenue and its stock price has more than doubled over the past five years, handily beating the S&P/TSX Composite Index’s 24.7% gain.

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