In a coup for the local industry, AWB has locked in a world-renowned durum expert to address Australia’s first National Durum Forum next week.
Representing the Italian Millers Association (ITALMOPA), Mr Roberto Ranieri will make his first official address to the Australian durum industry, with a presentation on ‘Italian and European durum wheat usage and grain quality characteristics for pasta production’.
Mr Ranieri has more than 20 years experience with the durum industry, culminating in his current position as durum wheat research manager with the world’s biggest pasta manufacturer, Barilla.
His knowledge and experience will be a highlight for participants at the forum, which is being held at the Radisson Playford Hotel in Adelaide on 15 and 16 October.
As part of his visit, AWB has also arranged a first-hand look at the local durum industry, with a trip to one of the key production areas around Gunnedah, and to AgriFood Technology to discuss how the Australian durum industry can best meet the needs of its international market base.
AWB’s Global Durum Market Manager, Michael Long, said access to Mr Ranieri’s wealth of experience would be a major boost for the Australian industry, which has set its sight on lifting its international presence.
“Australia currently exports about 500,000 tonnes of durum each year, but with industry cooperation this figure can be significantly increased,” Mr Long said.
“Being able to tap into Mr Ranieri’s experience in durum wheat processing, and durum research and development, should be invaluable in helping the industry achieve that,” Mr Long said.
Since starting with Barilla in 1996, Mr Ranieri’s list of accomplishments include the definition of wheat quality concepts, producing the original durum wheat varieties registration, establishment of a durum wheat international network and a pre-harvest forecast system for durum quality and yield.
His address will compliment a wide array of local speakers at the Adelaide forum, all of which will be orientated to building on the industry’s success and increasing its international market presence.
To register for the forum please contact: Pete Mailler on 07 4626 5067
For more information contact: Alana Wastle on 03 9209 2555 or 0407 310 250