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FEATURE: AGIC FOCUSES ON COVID-19, SUSTAINABILITY
stable. When asked about the challenges the company is
currently experiencing, he pointed to cost pressures likely
due to COVID-19 and its influence on international
freight rates. He also said there was difficulty accessing
containers and that fewer ships were going from north to
south, putting significant pressure
on cost and lead times for getting
products in and out.
Rogers also discussed consumers'
push for sustainability
in
food, which led the company to
work with growers to implement
sustainable practices to meet this
demand. He also said they were
spelling out the health benefits of
wheat as part of their sustainability
program.
At GrainCorp, Spurway outlined
the short-term economic imbalances
caused by COVID-19, like the
dynamic experienced in container
exports and access to labor across
domestic and international borders,
as an area of concern. He added
that the company was focused on
turning challenges into opportuniWe
are getting
more and more
enquiries and
interest from
our customers
around what our
sustainable strategy
is and what it
rates within our
organization.
Bob Rogers, Allied Pinnacle
ties, for example, with more drought-tolerant crops, innovation,
and technology. Spurway said GrainCorp saw
benefits in digital and ag technology that allowed it to do
things in a more resilient and sustainable way.
In terms of Australia's souring relationship with
China, Spurway pointed out that GrainCorp had not diversified
its customer base from 30 to 50 international
customers in recent years because of any particular
trade tension. He also said he was optimistic about the
future of Australian exports, given global population
continues to grow, driving demand for food.
Interestingly, Rogers emphasized the impact sustainability
is having on his business and consumer expectations,
which can flow on to growers, handlers and
exporters.
" We are getting more and more enquiries and interest
from our customers around what our sustainable
strategy is and what it rates within our organization, "
Rogers said.
An initiative of Allied Pinnacle is to reduce waste
and handle it differently, such as in its flour mills where
waste is converted to stockfeed. He said the company's
workforce keenly followed sustainability and treated
the issue seriously.
Supply chain challenges, opportunities
On the first day of the conference, Sean Barker
from
GrainCorp,
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Kurt Wilkinson from Fletchers
International Exports and Shaun Mooney from Port of
Melbourne spoke of the challenges and opportunities in
play with the Australian supply chain.
Opening the discussion was the impact of COVID-19
on the supply chain, which has seen much of Australia
in and out of lockdown throughout
2021. All speakers noted the
pandemic had impacted their organizations
- namely, access to
labor and the influence of changed
consumer spending.
Barker, general manager of
domestic
and
commercial
at
GrainCorp, said bulk exports were
largely untouched by COVID-19,
but he noted freight rates have
tripled since the pandemic began.
One area of concern for the bulk
handler was labor and the company's
inability to move experienced
staff across sites over harvest as
they would typically because of
health restrictions.
Barker said the developing pandemic
alongside a bumper harvest
in 2020 meant the company had
to adopt processes and technology to allow growers
contact-less delivery into the network.
" A lot of our challenges today aren't technology
based, but it can play a role in helping, " Barker said.
" GrainCorp sees its biggest efficiency gains are in
process gains through simplifying down. Technology
needs to fit within the existing infrastructure and work
hand in hand to get the most benefit from it. "
Mooney from the Port of Melbourne said labor access
was creating bottlenecks as fewer truck drivers
could access the port, coupled with congestion due to
the 14% increase in volume compared to the previous
year.
Driving this increase is the diversion of consumer
spending on services to goods, seeing more products
being shipped from China to meet this demand.
" Consumers aren't able to spend money on services,
or restaurants, travel, etc., " Mooney said. " People
are putting the money they would have spent on this
or travel into consumer goods, which are taking up
containers. "
Mooney added that it wasn't only impacting the
Australian market but is being experienced globally,
citing an example of a freight rate on a key Asia to
US West Coast route that increased 1.7 times in just
a week.
On the container side, Wilkinson from Fletchers
International, an integrated meat processor and exOctober
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