KIPG's newest addition....
KIPG is very pleased to announce that our 6 New Silos being erected at KIPG, Arranmore Road, Kangaroo Island are full steam ahead and will due to be completed end of May.
Here is a sneak peak of the first concrete slab being poured:
We will keep you up to date with more photos to come!
The year that was…..
KIPG won the 2011 NAB Agribusiness Award for Excellence in the category ‘Australian Farm Journal Rural Enterprise Award’ and was also a Finalist in the category ‘Australian Farm Journal Rural Enterprise Award’. We are all very proud of this achievement and would like to thank everyone for their involvement, partnership & support of KIPG.
On the subject of awards, KIPG also won the 2012 Advantage SA Regional Award – Hills & Coast – ‘Intercontinental Adelaide Sustainability Award’. This is our second Advantage SA Award win, now we have a set of “pears”!
KIPG has welcomed two new Directors to the Board: Mr Graham Walters (left) & Mr. Ichiro Nakane (right) – for further info on these two gentlemen please see KIPG Board of Directors (link).
Also joining the KIPG Team, we are very please to introduce Mr Chris Woods, from Edge Consulting as our new Senior Marketing Consultant.
Chris has worked closely with KIPG over the past 4 years while working for Austrade, JAPAN and we are now looking forward to continuing the journey with Chris in “KIPG Colours”.
In October 2012 we had our Annual Japanese Delegation visit to Kangaroo Island, where KIPG was able to showcase our wonderful clean, green, pristine environment, not to mention many of our Major Growers Crop Paddocks.
KIPG Broad Beans are the latest craze – Kangaroo Island is very well suited to the growing of Broad Beans and this year they have flourished! Look at the height of these plants!....(if you look closely you will see the heads of two of our KI Broad Bean Growers – who are both standing up!)
On the subject of Broad Beans, in November Duncan visited Indonesia to discuss their Broad Bean market, which turned out to be very interesting trip. He got to visit one of their processing plants where they produce their very popular Crispy Broad Bean Snacks. Duncan even got to “lend a hand”!
We have saved the best news for last…in November, KIPG Managing Director Duncan MacGillivray was offered a very special invite from PIRSA to be a part of the South Australia Premier Food and Wine Exhibit that was held for their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at Penfolds Estate Winery.
This was a great opportunity to showcase Kangaroo Island and its produce and Mr MacGillivray was very humbled to be a part of this experience.
2011 - The latest happenings...
During the past 12 months or so Kangaroo Island Pure Grain (KIPG) has been talking to some of Australia's Premium Food Producers that in particular focus on food security, sourcing from the regions and of course a wonderful product.
We are pleased to be able to advise that celebrity chef, Simon Bryant (The Cook and The Chef on TV), is now producing our KI Pure Nugget & Nipper Red Lentils and our Mainland Pure (Yorke Peninsula) Kabuli Chickpeas for both the grocery retails and large pack food service customers under the label Dirt(y) Foods.
Simon Bryant recently "showed off" his new products on Kangaroo Island at the Good Food Kangaroo Island Industry Expo 2011 and also in Hutt Stree, Adelaide.
Simon Bryant, Duncan MacGillivray & Caroline Johannesen at the Good Food Kangaroo Island Industry Expo, Wednesday 16th November 2011
We are also proud to announce that KIPG recently received the following accolades:
* WINNER - NAB Agribusiness Award for Excellence 2011 - Australian Farm Journal Rural Enterprise Award
* WINNER - Advantage SA Regional Awards 2011 - Westpac Large Business Award
* FINALIST - Business SA Export Awards 2011 - Small Business Award
* FINALIST - SA Community Achievement Awards 2011 - T&R Pastoral Industries & Agriculture Award
* FINALIST - SA Premiers Food Awards 2011 - Creating Sustainability
(for articles and further information please visit our media articles)
At this time as we commence harvest for the KI 2011/12 Crop year we would like to sincerely thank our logistic and business partners who have assisted and supported us through the past 12 months which saw grain volumes increase by around 75% to over 26,000m/t including Non GMO Canola, Milling & Biscuit Wheat, Malting Barley, Racehorse & Milling Oats, Faba Beans, Linseed and Red Lentils.
We thank especially Sealink, Ugly Dog Transport, KI Freight Services, Semaphore Container Services and Bank SA. Also to especially thank all our contracted KI Grain Growers, our Honey Producers, The Islander newspaper and all the KI Hospitality & Tourism Businesses that supported and assisted the many corporate delegations that we hosted.
The KIPG team has been hard at it selling Kangaroo Island grain around the world from the 2010/11 harvest and tonnage was well up from the previous year 09/10. We have seen some KIPG Contracted Graingrowers take up the challenge of growing alternate crops to Wheat, Canola and Barley – we received (and sold) from 2010/11 crop Linseed, Faba beans, Broad Beans and Red Lentils, which we are looking to increase volumes of for next year’s 2011/12 crops.
The 2011 year rains were early and sowing has been about a month sooner than 2010. Some paddocks have got a bit wet but generally the Island’s 2011 crops are mostly in and up. Prices are generally firmer than this time last year and with the A$ around 15-20% stronger, we will be keeping a very close watch on our markets as we go forward.
The logistics and handling during 2010/11 season has been made more efficient and cost effective by the erection of our new 6 x 250m/t silo’s which were completed just before the start of this last season.
We also have had a change in KI Site Supervisor at our Kangaroo Island, Arranmore Road and Kingscote Sites with Mark Pope taking over the reins from March 2011.
Some marketing highlights for this year have been:
- Continuing sales of the majority of KIPG Non GMO Canola to JAPAN with regular monthly sales in containers delivered on time every time. We are now preparing our sales program 2011/12 crop sales.
- We have sold our Linseed cleaned and packed in 20 kilo bags to Australian Millers – this Linseed will be used in their whole grain bread mixes on sale throughout Australia.
- We have sold and delivered over 1500m/t of Premium Kangaroo Island Pure Biscuit Wheat to again Australian Millers both in Adelaide and Melbourne.
- We have marketed and sold 750m/t premium KIPG Horse Racing Oats to Port Tomakomai, Hokkaido, JAPAN and we hosted these buyers on Kangaroo Island recently.
- We have sold a further 500m/t of milling and feed oats to India.
- We have sold and delivered all our Malting Barley and delivered to Port Adelaide.
- We have marketed 400m/t of KI Pure Faba Beans – Food grade in containers to Egypt.
In other activities we were proud to invite the new Bank SA Managing Director Ms Jane Kittel to our KIPG Growers Dinner that we held at The Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kingscote on 24th of March 2011 - which was well attended by most growers.
Duncan MacGillivray accompanied the Hon Michael O’Brien MP, Minister for Agriculture on his official visit to Japan during March 2011.
KIPG also hosted the Deputy Premier Hon John Rau MP lunch on the 20th of April at the property of Richard Tretheway. John Rau is also Attorney General and Minister for Food Marketing and KIPG is looking to assist the process of Kangaroo Island being confirmed as the first South Australian Region to agree to an ‘appellation control’ process where all food and produce that is labelled as Kangaroo Island must be produced in the Geographical Region defined border of the island.
In May Duncan MacGillivray was invited to contribute to the future direction of Kangaroo Island by attending The Economic Development Board Workshop.
Lastly, KIPG was proudly part for the lobbying network that has now seen substantial SA Government funds being made available for road maintenance on KI (over $2 million per year ongoing).
As you can see we have had a busy 6 months with KIPG promoting Kangaroo Island and it’s clean, green, pristine & pure reputation which continues to be recognised on the Domestic and International Grain and Food Markets.
KI Pure Grain commenced harvest for the 2010/11 crop on December 6th. The first non-genetically modified canola has been received and is on track for loading out of Port Adelaide from Monday 13th December with Darky Bruce and Mike Smith and their trucks. While we have had some late rains, we are looking forward to maintaining our estimated tonnage throughout for total grains received this year at around 30,000 m/t with non-genetically modified canola making up the largest tonnage for the year.
Award wins for fostering value and exports
KIPG are proud to announce not one but two awards conferred on the company recently in recognition of our status as an emerging exporter and in fostering the vital value chain that connects growers with consumers. On October 20 2010 we were awarded the Business SA/Austrade Emerging Exporter Award for 2010, and on November 5th we were awarded the Fostering the Value Chain Award at the South Australian Premier’s Food Industry Awards.
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