“Asia has been a key plank of AWB’s export program for many years, and we have targeted the region for further growth during the next five to ten years,” Mr Buck said.
“The customers we have had visiting in recent weeks are a key part of that plan, and their visit provides an opportunity to showcase Australian wheat, and the services we can offer them,” Mr Buck said.
Indonesian miller Alex Sumantrie from Sriboga Milling said their company had been using quality Australian wheat for a number of years, and appreciated the quality of the product and the support and service provided through AWB.
“We appreciate the opportunity to come to Australia and see the product being harvested and prepared for export, and to sit down with AWB and discuss our ongoing requirements,” he said.
“We have been very happy with the Australian wheat product, but we are always working with AWB on ways we can improve our end product, and what services we have available to make our business more efficient,” he said.
Mr Buck said through its Hong Kong and Japan offices, AWB has been working to grow its presence in Asia.
“After the drought last year, we are hoping to regain the growth momentum in the market, based on the supply of consistent quality Australian wheat,” Mr Buck said.
While in Australia, the delegations visited AWB head office, Agrifood Technology, and a number of farms to see Australian wheat being harvested first hand.