The Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre is Australia’s leading organisation for market insight, innovation and applied solutions for the grains industry.
AEGIC exists to increase value in the Australian grains industry by ensuring Australian grain meets the needs of customers and end-users.
AEGIC is an independent, not-for-profit company established in 2012 to increase value in the Australian grains industry.
We are an investment of Australian grain growers and the Australian Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
AEGIC increases value in the Australian grains industry by gathering, analysing and sharing market intelligence the industry needs to breed, classify, grow and supply grain that markets prefer.
Australian grain growers are AEGIC’s primary beneficiary.
22 June, 2022
Farmers with long memories tell their grandchildren that there was a time in Australia when wheat prices were so low that Australian wheat production had to be restricted to help drive up prices. At the instigation of the Australian wheat industry, in 1969 restrictions were placed on the quantities of wheat that could be delivered to the Australian Wheat Board. Each wheat grower was given a quota to reduce the build-up of excessive carryover stocks after the record 1968–69 Australian wheat harvest that coincided with increased world wheat stocks that suppressed global wheat prices.
01 June, 2022
Opportunities for Aussie grains are on the rise in South East and North Asia as consumers increasingly look at not just price, but sustainability and health benefits, when choosing grain-based foods.
Labelling on products can provide a consumer with information that helps the consumer to buy the product, or not. Recent research by AEGIC scrutinised the labelling claims on grain products in South East and northern Asian markets. We investigated the type of claims made on these products, the food sectors they are used in, and the prevalence of claims on new food products. And, we looked ahead at leading markets to get an indicator on the direction in which labelling could go.
25 May, 2022
Since the mid-2000s the bulk freight capacity of international shipping has grown strongly (Figure 1), on the back of a huge ship-building program in the period 2006 to 2012 (Figure 2). However, in very recent years new construction of bulk ships as a proportion of the trading fleet has been very low (Figure 2), despite the volume of grain traded globally continuing to grow as has demand for other main bulk commodities (iron ore and coal).
13 May, 2022
In a tight competition, Queensland baker Chloe Murray has won the LA Judge Award for Baking Apprentice of the Year. Chloe, from Woolworths in Kirkwood, emerged victorious after a tough two-day competition at the AEGIC Sydney Pilot Bakery. Chloe was officially crowned the winner at a gala ceremony in Sydney on Thursday 12 May 2022, […]
10 May, 2022
It could be that many Australian grain farmers are soon to have another fine season; underpinned by the separate or combined forces of high grain prices and favourable yields. What’s the evidence to support that statement? Firstly, when Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, invaded Ukraine, the world’s fourth largest wheat exporter; it caused a cascade of problems that inevitably will support high wheat prices for months. Ukrainian access to its key southern ports from which it cost-effectively exports its wheat is no longer possible. Moreover, the size of the Ukrainian winter wheat crop harvest this year will be markedly less, as field operations that would normally support usual yields are no longer feasible. Ukraine’s main farm group is forecasting 18.2mmt of Ukrainian wheat production in 2022-23, a 15mmt drop from the 2021-22 crop year.
05 May, 2022
Talented young bakers will go head to head next week in Australasia’s most prestigious annual baking competition. Every year, baking apprentices converge on Sydney for three days of friendly but intense competition – each vying for the coveted LA Judge medal. The competition returns this year and will feature candidates working in bakeries in Kirkwood, […]
28 April, 2022
Some recently released market research from Mintel confirms there are sound growth prospects for the consumption of biscuits, cookies and crackers in Asia. As shown in Figure 1, Australia and New Zealand consumers already individually consume on average over 6 kilograms of biscuits, cookies and crackers each year. By contrast, consumers in many Asian countries individually consume far less; but the prospects for consumption growth over the next five years make those markets attractive to suppliers of the ingredients (e.g. wheat flour) for those products.
13 April, 2022
Unmissable baking industry event of the year. 53 years of supporting young apprentice bakers. Tickets available via Eventbrite. After a two-year hiatus, Australasia’s most prestigious annual baking prize – the LA Judge Award – returns from 10-12 May, 2022. The LA Judge Award, which pits young apprentice bakers from across Australia and New Zealand against […]
12 April, 2022
There is a famous Monty Python sketch that touches on “What have the Romans ever done for us?” where one character repetitiously asks that question; only to eventually receive a long list of things provided by the Romans — sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, public health, and peace.
About 22 million hectares are planted annually to commercial grain crops across Australia. During the past decade, state-of-the-art farming systems, new plant varieties and new techniques have increased the reliability of grain production in Australia’s growing environment.
Australia’s grain crops are in demand around the world for a range of high-quality end-products, including noodles, beer, baked products and animal feed.
The Australian wheat industry is export oriented, shipping about 65-75% of the nation’s total production to more than 50 countries. The majority of Australian wheat is exported in bulk cargoes with the top 10 importing countries accounting for 70-80% of exports.
Claiming more than 30% of the world’s malting barley trade, Australia is the world’s largest exporter of malting barley.