World Grain - August 2018 - 16
Australian grain groups merge
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for representation being offered through GTA.
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Lyndon Asser, president of AGEA, said the move to the new
structure made sense in light of the grain industry's need for streamlined representation.
"All of AGEA's members are also members of GTA and while all
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GTA was formed in 1991 to formalize commodity trading standards, develop and publish the trade rules and standardize grain
contracts across the Australian grain industry. GTA's role today is
to ensure the facilitation of activities across the grain supply chain.
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stepped down from the world's largest palm oil trading company on
July 3. The announcement came about a week after environmental
Gama Plantation, a related palm oil business that Greenpeace claims
has been responsible for massive deforestation in Indonesia.
forests campaign. "This is not just about Gama or Martua Sitorus. It's
step is to prove its palm oil suppliers are clean by making them publish maps of all their concessions."
Greenpeace is calling on brands and traders to suspend business
starting by publishing concession maps for all producer groups within its supply chain.
collaborated on a number of other investments.
ADM, Aston launch joint venture
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Aston is one of Russia's largest agricultural and food ingredients businesses, with activities in farming, oilseeds crushing,
edible oils and grain origination, in addition to its sweeteners and
starches business unit.
of the new joint venture, ADM and Aston will partner to own and
operate Aston subsidiary AKP, which includes a corn wet mill in
Ibred, as well as a sales office in Moscow.
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under the name AKP and will be managed as a standalone entity.
from the two parent companies. ADM and Aston's other businesses in Russia will remain separate.
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