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Glencore Agriculture changes its name but not its focus

3 July 2017

In July 2017, Glencore Grain in Australia changed its name to Glencore Agriculture.

This name change was introduced to better reflect the diversity of the business, while remaining aligned with the company’s global brand.

As you may have noticed, this also prompted a name change for Grain Business magazine to AgriBusiness.

Phil Hughes, General Manager of Trading, said the name change would not affect the way the company operates. “Business will continue as usual,” he said. “Growers should be assured that all paperwork is still valid and all information is still correct.

“The name change better reflects the business as we not only market grain, but pulses, oilseeds, cotton and protein meals as well.”

Glencore Agriculture has a team of 15 field officers in nine locations across Australia – Adelaide, Cummins, Fremantle, Dardanup, Swan Hill, Dooen, Narrabri, Wagga Wagga and Toowoomba – who will assist with any queries regarding this change.

In cereal grains, the business will continue to focus on wheat, barley and sorghum.

“We are one of the largest suppliers of wheat globally and consistently supply milling, durum, noodle and feed wheats in both bulk and containers,” Phil said.

“We participate in the malting barley and feed barley market and are a major supplier to the malting and brewing sectors in China, Japan and across the Asian region.

“We are also well-positioned as an exporter of red sorghum to Asian markets importing sorghum for feed, industrial and food products. We also service local feed and ethanol industries.”

Glencore Agriculture is one of the largest direct handlers of pulses globally and offers multiple products, varieties and quality specifications across all commodities including dry field peas, chickpeas, lentils, edible beans and lupins.

“We supply bulk and containerised pulses to customers in key destinations in the Indian subcontinent, China, Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East,” Phil said.

“In canola, we are a significant supplier to global markets for a range of customers in the industrial, biodiesel and food industries, while also a major participant in sustainable canola and high oleic canola.”

As Australia’s cotton industry grows, Glencore Agriculture’s team on the east coast has increased its presence in this market.

“In cotton, we have a specific emphasis on supply chain and quality management to ensure we service the individual needs of customers and consumers worldwide,” Phil said.

Glencore Agriculture is also the largest importer of protein meals into Australia and supplies product to a range of feed manufacturers and customers.