Export the Backbone of our global transport network

Export the Backbone of our global transport network | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Export the Backbone of our global transport network 

In the 60 years that Manildra Group has been exporting Australia’s finest home-grown food and industrial ingredients, it’s no wonder that our international distribution channels are the absolute backbone of our export business; the lifeblood that ensures we deliver from our manufacturing sites to customers around the world.

Manildra Group remains one of the largest exporters of value-added products through Australia’s biggest container port at Botany, New South Wales.

Specialised modes of transport are required for our industrial and beverage-grade ethanol, industrial and food-grade starches, vital wheat gluten and animal stockfeeds making logistics and transport a full-time operation at our world-class Shoalhaven Starches manufacturing facility near Nowra on the state’s south coast.

Underpinning this global transport network, are Manildra Group’s international customers and their growing appetite for our 100 per cent Australian-grown and made range of food ingredients and industrial products.

Manildra Group Global Logistics Manager, Olga Harriton said her export team managed the international supply chain, and are the interface between sales and the customer, covering logistics, freight negotiations, port terminals interaction, and liaising with quality assurance to packaging, ensuring accuracy and prompt despatch of the documentation.

“We have four to five export trains out of Nowra every week carrying our products in containers to Port Botany,” she said.

“Once loaded onto ships, our team works tirelessly to ensure our import documents are completed to ensure the products are efficiently delivered to customers around the world.”

Ms Harriton said Manildra Group’s export team comprised of customer service, documentation, shipping liaison and production scheduling officials, who were supported by sales, product development, logistics and transport teams globally.

Manildra Group’s offices in the United States, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia managed by our Country Managers – and our on-ground staff in logistics and transport globally — ensure the most effective solutions to customers of all scales from boutique bakeries to some of the biggest brands in the world.

“We’re a firm believer in having people on the ground ready to offer marketing, technical and logistical support to our customers locally.

“Our Country Managers are our eyes and ears, playing a critical role in ensuring product is efficiently delivered,” said Manildra Group General Manager Peter Simpson.

Alongside Chairman, Dick Honan and Managing Director, John Honan, General Manager, Peter Simpson was integral to Manildra Group expanding from domestic into export markets in the early 1960’s.

“As a family-owned Australian business, exports is critical for the growth of the company moving forward — more exports means we have to produce more high-quality Australian-made products and that means creating more local jobs in our regionally-based manufacturing facilities,” said Ms Harriton.

“Export is at the heart of Manildra Group, and is integral to the company’s future.

“There are incredible opportunities for market and product expansions, particularly with the company’s strong reputation for producing premium 100 per cent Australian, GMO-free food and industrial products.

“Additionally, we’re fortunate that we’re strategically located on the doorsteps of Asia with a population of more than 4.5 billion people,” Ms Harriton told The Cultivator.

“We’re ‘consistent exporters’, exporting day-in and day-out, 365 days a year. This consistency of supply is integral to traders and end-users, and it is paramount that we meet these quality and delivery expectations.”

A hot commodity is Manildra Group’s premium, 100 per cent Australian gluten and modified proteins which are exported to every continent and are distributed nationally via our extensive domestic road transport network.

Road tankers take our ethanol to Port Botany for export and domestic distribution, and from our Gunnedah flour mill in the north-west New South Wales, we transport bulk semolina for pasta manufacturers into Port Botany for bulk export.

Manildra Group’s Victorian base in the Melbourne suburb of Altona is our production centre for bakery premixes internationally.

As part of the export service, Manildra Group also offers shipping via air for time-sensitive exports, an option adopted by North America recently in the exportation of samples of high- quality modified wheat starches. China has also recently opted for air freight on Manildra’s premium muffin premix; highly sought-after by major retailers in the orient.

Mr Simpson said Manildra Group coordinated deliveries of Australian-grown and made premium products for global markets, every single day, a mammoth feat.

“Its a juggling act we’ve mastered and we have established an exceptional reputation world-wide.”

“We have established an exceptional reputation world-wide. Our Country Managers are constantly across the fluctuations in demand and they feed that intelligence back to us

which then creates opportunities to expand our products and supply. Our modified protein ranges were created and supplied especially for the Japanese food market and we did something similar in specialised starches supplied to the Indonesian paper market,” said Mr Simpson.

Working in conjunction with Manildra Group is a consortium of private companies, industry and government bodies who ensure efficiencies for Australian shippers and exporters.

The enormously important team comprises multiple shipping lines, freight forwarders, custom brokers, Australian Peak Shipping Association, Freight and Trade Alliance, Department of Agriculture, Boarder Force, Australian Customs, Chamber of Commerce and Aus Trade.