CBH Group is a front runner in Export awards for 2021

CBH Grain is being celebrated as a West Australian and national success story after being named as a state finalist in the 2021 Australian Export Awards

Another ship laden with locally grown malting barley is about to leave port for CBH Group that is well known for its expertise in placing our barley with worldwide brewers to make high quality beers will also be facing off in the 2021 Export Awards this month 

Formed as a farmer’s co-operative in 1933, CBH has become somewhat a West Australian institution as it has been marketing crops from the state’s famed wheatbelt for almost 90 years, multiplying their selling power to achieve the highest possible prices on the world stage.

This background of unwithering energy to gain the best prices possible has gained CBH a spot in the Australian Export Awards for 2021.

This award showcases local businesses that are succeeding on the global stage in key sectors such as agriculture, e-commerce, digital technologies, resources, health and biotechnology.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said Australian exporters had achieved extraordinary outcomes in the past year.

“Australia is a trading nation, and the high quality of the nominations for this year’s awards demonstrate why we are a world leading exporter,” Mr Tehan said.

“Successful exporters are innovative, hard-working and versatile and their work supports jobs and other businesses in our community.”

CBH’s Chief Marketing and Trading Officer Jason Craig said the introduction of Chinese trade tariffs on Australian barley and disruptions in the global supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for agricultural exports.

“Over the past 18 months we have battled market volatility to develop new markets for high-quality Australian barley, and we are pleased that we’ve been able to open access to these markets for Australian grain growers,” Jason Craig said.

“Though our existing strong customer relationships we have been able to re-establish trade flows of feed barley to the Middle East and South-East Asia with millions of tonnes exported to Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam in 2021.

“In addition, we called upon our existing long-term relationships with European powerhouse beer brands Heineken and AB InBev to facilitate sales of premium malt barley into Latin America, including what is believed to be the first ever shipment of Australian malt barley into Mexico.

“Australian farmers grow some of highest quality barley in the world, and I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to find these new markets which will deliver great value to growers now and in the future.

“We’ve known it for a while, now it’s time for the rest of the world to find out – beer tastes better with Australian barley.”

CBH Group will compete against other state finalists in the Agribusiness, Food & Beverages category, before an overall 2021 Australian Exporter of the Year is selected from each of the category winners. The winner will be announced in Canberra by Minister Tehan on Thursday 25 November.