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Good news for Noodle wheat growers

Japanese Noodle wheat buyers will again accept a lower percentage of ANW in their imported shipments this year due to short supply and limited protein content. Historically, Japanese end-users required a 60 per cent ANW and 40pc APW blend for Udon noodle flour manufacture but this year would marginally reduce that figure to a ratio of 55:45. Staff from the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) and the Grain Industry Association of WA (GIWA) recently met with a number of officials from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Flour Millers Association (JFMA) in a bid to re-affirm high-demand and long-term Noodle wheat supply chains between WA growers and the Japanese industry. But the meeting also made crystal clear the Japanese industry’s lack of production knowledge after a MAFF Grain Trade and Operation Division official “requested” to return to the 60:40 blend ratio next season. The official said high quality and a consistent supply of Noodle wheat from WA was very important to Japan. “Although Japan’s strong preference was to maintain Noodle wheat at the maximum blend ratio of 60pc ANW and 40pc APW, given the difficult conditions in WA we have opted to accept a slightly lower blend ratio of 55pc ANW and 45pc APW for this year,” he said. “We have sought to keep the blend ratio at the highest level possible to encourage WA growers to continue to supply Noodle wheat while at the same time maintaining consistency in Udon noodle quality.” GIWA chairman Jon Slee said the Japanese postion was nothing but good news for the WA grains industry. “This should result in continuing strong demand from the trade and premiums for Noodle wheat relative to APW wheat,” he said. MAFF and JFMA officials also pledged to continue to work with the WA industry to investigate new methods to secure the stable supply of the Noodle blend, which included the potential to introduce the relatively new APWN grade to future Noodle wheat blend shipments from WA. AEGIC business analyst Barry Cox said increasing the value of Australian wheat for grain growers and examining new ways of doing business with Noodle customers was also a key platform for AEGIC. Japan has been a very stable market for WA’s Noodle wheat blend for many years. The country’s annual demand for Noodle wheat blend is 850,000-900,000 tonnes, with a preferred wheat protein content of 10.5pc

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