CBH Grain has been named state finalist in the 2021 Australian Export Awards, an event which aims to showcase Australian businesses which are succeeding on the global stage in key sectors such as agriculture.
CBH, a West Australian organisation that formed as a farmer’s co-operative in 1933, has handled crops from the state’s famed wheatbelt for almost 90 years.
Federal Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Dan Tehan said Australian exporters had achieved extraordinary outcomes in the past year.
“Australia is a trading nation, and the high quality of the nominations for this year’s awards demonstrate why we are a world leading exporter,” Tehan said.
“Successful exporters are innovative, hard-working and versatile and their work supports jobs and other businesses in our community.”
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CBH’s Chief Marketing and Trading Officer Jason Craig said the introduction of Chinese trade tariffs on Australian barley and disruptions in the global supply chain caused by COVID-19 presented challenges for agricultural exports.
“Over the past 18 months we have battled market volatility to develop new markets for high-quality Australian barley, and we are pleased that we’ve been able to open access to these markets for Australian grain growers,” Craig said.
“Though our existing strong customer relationships we have been able to re-establish trade flows of feed barley to the Middle East and South East Asia with millions of tonnes exported to Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam in 2021.
“In addition, we called upon our existing long-term relationships with European powerhouse beer brands Heineken and AB InBev to facilitate sales of premium malt barley into Latin America, including what is believed to be the first ever shipment of Australian malt barley into Mexico.
“Australian farmers grow some of highest quality barley in the world, and I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to find these new markets which will deliver great value to growers now and in the future.
CBH Group will compete against other state finalists in the Agribusiness, Food & Beverages category, before an overall 2021 Australian Exporter of the Year is selected from each of the category winners.
The winner will be announced in Canberra by Minister Tehan on Thursday, 25 November.