The owner of the only organic flour mill in north-west NSW is certain demand for organic grain products is growing.
Craig Neale, owner and manager of Wholegrain Milling Company in Gunnedah, fears it’s too late in the season to secure a good amount of grain from north of the Queensland border due to dry weather.
However, having worked up his organics business for 25 years, Mr Neale says he’s no stranger to a tough economic climate.
“It’s been a long, tough journey,” he said.
“We’re trying to pioneer a market, so hence you’re outlaying sums of money with no guarantee of return on them, but we’ve persisted and since 2002, the market has grown substantially and we’re spending a lot of our energy now expanding to keep up with the growth in the market.”
Mr Neale says people tend to turn to organics due to advice from health professionals or through their own interest.
“We’re finding more and more people react to things such as articles about organics in magazines and we’ll find a jump in certain product lines, for example gluten-free or products high in selenium,” he said.
“There is still substantial growth still out there in the organic industry and the limiting factor is the supply of raw materials.
“Hence that’s why we need to be passionate and receptive towards our growers, because they’re the ones that are actually at the cold front of the organic scene.”
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/australia-boom-in-demand-for-organic-grain-products)