MEDIA RELEASE PR41820
Growers' Support Key to Kangaroo Island Pure Grain's Award Win
ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 21 /Medianet International-AsiaNet/ --
After only a year in business, Kangaroo Island Pure Grain was today recognised as the Business SA Emerging
Exporter for 2010, with markets established for their non-genetically modified high oil canola and other grains in
China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea.
Managing Director Duncan MacGillivray said the award is testament to the support the company has gained
amongst the 80 plus growers on Kangaroo Island who have supported us in achieving export sales of $6m in the
"Kangaroo Island Pure Grain (KIPG) was established with a promise to take Kangaroo Island grain to
international markets and we have certainly achieved that, with 83% of our grain exported in this first year and best
price achieved for the Island's growers," Mr MacGillivray said.
"We asked growers to support our vision of targeting premium markets through managing the harvesting, storing
and transportation process and being able to segregate and trace every grain," he said.
"The ability to trace the grain and guarantee that our product is non-genetically modified was crucial to achieving
sales in markets such as Japan."
Mr MacGillivray acknowledged Kangaroo Island growers as the company's greatest supporters in his acceptance
speech at the Business SA Awards function in Adelaide today. He also thanked Austrade for their continued
support and called for government to continue to support agribusiness in Australia.
"Austrade have given us significant assistance in our first year and we try hard to support Austrade initiatives in
key markets such as Asia," he said. "It's essential that government gets behind primary producers."
KIPG now exports non-genetically modified high oil canola, wheat, malting barley, oats, red lentils, sunflower
seeds and linseed. The success of their non-GM canola in Japan has also opened up an additional market for non-
GM canola honey, highly prized in that country and a bonus new market for Kangaroo Island beekeepers.
"Kangaroo Island is one of the most pristine agricultural 'gardens' in the world," Mr MacGillivray said.
"That clean, protected environment is integral to our growers, and in turn to us to achieve excellent returns on
their behalf and showcase our best produce to the world."
More information: Duncan MacGillivray,
+61 8 418 802 673,
SOURCE: Kangaroo Island Pure Grain
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