New KI export opportunities to Japan

More export opportunities thanks to KI Pure Grain relationship with Japan

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Island Beehive owner and founder Peter Davis speaks about beeswax to Japanese Palsystem delegates during their 2019 tour of Kangaroo Island organised by KI Pure Grain.

Island Beehive owner and founder Peter Davis speaks about beeswax to Japanese Palsystem delegates during their 2019 tour of Kangaroo Island organised by KI Pure Grain.

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Wine and soft wheat for pancakes added to list of GM-free exports from KI to Japan.

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Primary producers on KI are seeing the benefits of the long-standing relationship between the Island's canola producers and Japan.

Kangaroo Island Pure Grain has for the past 10 years forged a very strong relationship with Palsystem Consumers' Co-operative Union, which sells food products to Japanese households through its catalogues.

Now 140 cases of wine from The Islander Estate Vineyards have been added to the Palsystem catalogue, alongside the GM-free KI canola oil and honey that have been offered for many years.

KIPG chief executive officer Shane Mills said talks were also being held to include GM-free KI soft wheat or "biscuit wheat" for pancake flour in the Palsystem catalogues.

Soft wheat from KI has also previously gone to Arnott's to make biscuits such as Tim Tams.

"A container of raw wheat has been sent over that will be released in August for the Japanese to mill into pancake flour," Mr Mills said.

Mr Mills said the Japanese had a great love of KI and its produce and was glad to hear the island was remaining GM-free.

But they were shocked to hear about the summer bushfires.

Delegates were planning a trip prior to the coronavirus pandemic to hand over $75,000 in donations raised by its customers and suppliers.

KIPG meanwhile is pleased to report any Chinese tariffs on Australian barley will not impact on Islander grain producers as all of its barley goes to Coopers Brewery in Adelaide.

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