GrainGrowers Limited is consolidating the country’s grain quality and processing R&D bodies to increase the efficiency of Australian baking research.
The grain industry organisation’s Sydney-based technical and analytical services – formerly the Bread Research Institute – will be transferred to the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC). It will also expand AEGIC’s technical capacity for baking and provide the Perth-based national body with a substantial east coast presence.
The combination will create one of Australia’s largest grain research laboratories, which will be based at North Ryde.
Chief executive officer Alicia Garden said GrainGrowers Limited and AEGIC already worked together closely and this transfer is the next step in the relationship.
“When GrainGrowers acquired BRI Australia in 2008, AEGIC had not been established. Now AEGIC plays an important role in applying science to ensure our grains continue to produce the noodles, breads, cakes, pastries and other products our customers require,” she said.
AEGIC chair Terry Enright said it’s a valuable opportunity to build linkages across the whole industry from on-farm to in-market, delivering benefits to farmers and other industry stakeholders.
GrainGrowers’ focus will continue to be on advocating policy, trade and market access issues of importance to grain farmers, and to provide opportunities for skill development across the sector.