Grain News

South Africa Trade Team Surveys KS Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop

Date Posted: July 11, 2013

Arlington, VA—A South African trade team is visiting Kansas this week to obtain a firsthand glimpse of the 2013 hard red winter (HRW) crop.

The team arrived in Kansas on July 6 and has spent the week visiting with wheat farmers, researchers, inspectors, traders and baking experts.

USW collaborated with Kansas Wheat to organize the team, which included two representatives from Premier Foods, who markets a number of the country's top flour and corn meal brands, and one member of the OLAM trading group.

USW Regional Program/Information Systems Coordinator Domenique De Oliveira, based in the USW Cape Town Office, accompanied the team.

“These team members are well recognized in the South African milling industry for their evaluations of imported wheat quality,” said USW Regional Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa Ed Wiese.

“The information gained from this farm to inspection visit will be very useful in their discussions for future purchases of U.S. wheat.”

South Africa is the largest wheat producer in Sub-Saharan Africa, but imports between 1.2 and 1.7 million metric tons of wheat each year.

Importers annually assess the quality and price of local and world wheat crops and purchase accordingly from multiple origins.

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