Cigi welcomes international customers to annual grain industry program

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47th Intl Grain Industry_webRepresentatives from 16 countries are attending the 47th International Grain Industry Program at Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute) in Winnipeg, starting July 14. The two-week program will offer 21 international customers an overview of the Canadian field crop industry with an emphasis on wheat and pulses and their use in end products.

The participants include senior representatives from trading organizations, mills, and processing companies from Algeria, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Nigeria, Singapore, South Korea, Sudan, and United Arab Emirates. In addition, a representative from the Canadian Grain Commission is attending. While at Cigi the group will participate in classroom sessions and technical demonstrations on Canadian grains and pulses including an introduction to the Canadian industry, inspection and grading, handling, transportation, marketing, and technology.

“This annual program is significant for both the industry and producers as it is an opportunity to connect with a number of senior representatives from customer companies of Canadian grain from around the world,” says Rick Morgan, Cigi Manager of Business Development and chair of the program. “By improving customer understanding of our grain industry, the program helps to keep Canadian grain as their top preference in the face of international competition for markets. Ultimately, this is a chance to provide value back to the industry through the education of their customers.”

The program will feature presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations in Cigi’s pilot facilities where participants will experience firsthand the processes involved with milling, baking, Asian products, pasta, and analytical services. They will also have an opportunity to meet with industry representatives including those presenting from grower organizations, grain companies, the CGC, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre.

Participants will also tour a grain farm, primary elevator, the CGC, and CMBTC facilities. Toward the end of the program, they will travel to Vancouver BC where they will visit the CGC, a terminal elevator, and Port of Vancouver.

Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. More than 39,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse, and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi’s mission is to create a global advantage for Canadian field crops through the delivery of technical expertise, support, and customized training to the domestic industry and customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC), and industry partners.

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For more information contact:

Ellen Goodman
Communications Specialist
Canadian International Grains Institute
Ph: (204) 983-1145
Email: egoodman@cigi.ca