Viterra, Australia's bulk-handling company, is making changes to its site footprint ahead of the 2020/21 harvest as the company continues its focus on best meeting the needs of its grower and buyer customers and ensuring South Australian grain is competitive in international and domestic markets. Viterra Operations Manager Michael Hill says the company is responding to the changing needs and delivery patterns of growers and adapting to the evolving environment for South Australia’s grain industry.
“We are focused on providing customers with the most efficient, cost effective and sustainable supply chain and delivering value through the services we provide,” Michael says. “Last year, we provided nearly $10 million in additional value directly to growers through dynamic binning, and reduced freight rates, storage and handling fees and warehousing fees. “We intend to open 55 sites for the coming harvest. These sites have previously taken 97 per cent of total receivals and have the capacity to manage all grower deliveries. “There are 12 sites that will not open this year and will not play a future role in our network. These are difficult decisions and where this has occurred we are advising growers of delivery options for the 2020/21 harvest.
Viterra will have 9.8 million tonnes of storage capacity available and will continue to provide segregations for all the major crops grown in South Australia. Michael says Viterra is taking a long-term approach to ensure it can continue to provide a high level of service to growers and attract buyers to purchase South Australian grain. “We have invested around $200 million at our sites in the last five years. We will continue to invest in our people, infrastructure and services to provide the greatest value to our grower and buyer customers,” Michael says.