International customers at Cigi for annual grain industry program

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International participants on the 49th International Grain Industry Program get their first look at Cigi's technical facilities including the pilot bakery.

International participants on the 49th International Grain Industry Program get their first look at Cigi’s technical facilities including the pilot bakery.

WINNIPEG – Representatives from 16 countries are attending the 49th International Grain Industry Program at the Canadian International Grains Institute in Winnipeg, starting July 18. The two-week program will offer 21 international customers an overview of the Canadian grain and 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 Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates.

At Cigi, the group will participate in classroom sessions and technical demonstrations with Cigi staff and industry representatives on Canadian grains and pulses including an introduction to the Canadian industry, inspection and grading, handling, transportation, marketing and technology.

“The International Grain Industry Program is a yearly opportunity for us to interact with both new and established customers,” says Dave Burrows, Cigi’s Chief Operating Officer. “We want to reinforce customers’ trust in the Canadian value chain, as well as demonstrate that we are constantly working towards improvement in the industry.”

Burrows adds that the program is also an opportunity for feedback from senior representatives from a number of customer countries to ensure members of the Canadian value chain are continuing on the right track in meeting customer needs.

During the program the participants will learn about the processes involved in milling, baking, Asian products, pasta, and analytical services through presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations in Cigi’s technical facilities. They will also have an opportunity to meet with senior industry representatives from grower organizations, grain companies, Cereals Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre.

While in Winnipeg, the participants will also tour Manitoba farms, a primary elevator, the CGC, and CMBTC facilities. Toward the end of the program, the group will travel to Vancouver BC where they will visit the CGC, a terminal elevator, and Port of Vancouver. All of these tours and visits will improve their understanding of the Canadian grain industry and showcase the high-quality standards that Canada maintains, from wheat breeders to exporters.

Cigi is an independent not-for-profit market development institute created in 1972. More than 44,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi’s mission is to increase utilization of Canadian grain and field crops through superior knowledge, technical expertise, industry leadership and collaboration, innovative processing solutions and targeted training to 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