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Taking Mallee To The World


 Wimpak's Todd Krahe and Sarah Spicer (right) show off their efficent container scales with plant operator Brock Tait (left).WIMPAK Export Company export pulses and niche grains produced by Wimmera and Mallee growers to countries around the world.

Since this time last year, Wimpak has packed more than 2,000 20 foot containers for markets in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, Egypt, South Africa and the Philippines.

About 80 percent of the product is packed in bulk containers as this is the most cost effective way for receiving countries to handle the product.

To make the loading operation as efficient as possible, Wimpak has invested in two container scales produced by Elphinstone Weighing Systems.

Todd Krahe, Wimpak grain marketer said the systems are located on semitrailers which are used to move containers around the yard.

"This means the product is weighed as it is packed into the container," Mr Krahe said.

"This allows much greater accuracy and efficiency, eliminating double handling because of under or over loading," he said.

“In the past, loading was a bit of a guessing game, now we can load containers within 20 kilograms of the exact required weight, saving time and money."

As well as dealing in pulses for export, Wimpak also offers trading of other grains such as wheat,

barley and canola for the domestic and stock feed markets.

Mr Krahe said growers may not realise that Wimpak buy and sell basically any type of grain, not just pulses.

"We encourage all growers to contact us regarding trading of any grain, from cereals to obscure products such as fenugreek and safflower,” Mr Krahe said. 

Mr Krahe will be joined by Sarah Spicer in representing Wimpak at the Mallee Field Days at Speed. 

“We are looking forward to catching up with a lot of our growers from the Mallee region and it's always a good opportunity to create relationships with potential new growers,” Mr Krahe said.

They will be located at site number 26, and will be there to discuss marketing of current season commodities, as well as the market outlook for the new season.

Mr Krahe said it was good to see grower confidence up after a worrying start to the year. "We want to talk to growers about what they are producing  this year and discuss marketing and storage options leading into harvest,” Mr Krahe said.