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HGCA encourages open dialogue between growers and the grain chain at spring events

Following the success of its Meet the Processor and Meet the Exporter events, HGCA isencouraging growers to join them at one of 14 events already planned for spring2014.

The initiative, which is open to participation from allprocessors, this year includes visits to three millers, a feed mill, threemaltsters and seven exporter sites.

“The overriding aim of the events is to encourageopen dialogue and better understanding between growers, processors andexporters,” explained Roz Reynolds, HGCA’s Head of Marketing. “At ourprevious events, the conversations between the hosts and growers haveestablished a greater trust in the supply chain.”

Jonathan Tipples, HGCA Chairman added: “This will bethe third year HGCA has run the events, and as word has spread, more processorsand exporters have come forward to take part, offering up their senior staff tomeet growers and explain how their operations work. 

These events enable growers to gain a betterunderstanding of why certain technical specifications have to be met and alsohow processors manage in years like 2012 when grain quality was relativelypoor.

This years initiative offers the chance to see modernmilling machinery, cereal and seed laboratories, test bakeries, export depotsand maltings in action.

To book, visit or contactHGCA Events on 024 7647 8724 or 024 7647 8726.

Please note that, due to limited places, the events arefor cereals growers only.  Places are also on a first come, first servedbasis, and attendance is at the discretion of individual hosts.

Meet the Processor and Meet theExporter dates 2014:


  • 18 March – EB Bradshaw & Sons Limited,Driffield, EastYorkshire           

  • 20 March – FWP Matthews, Chipping Norton,Oxon

  • 29 April – Whitworth Bros Ltd,Wellingborough, Northants


  • 13 March – Boortmalt, Bury St Edmunds,Suffolk

  • 3 April – Molson Coors, Burton-on-Trent,Staffordshire

  • 10 April – Warminster Maltings, Warminster,Wiltshire     

Feed Mill

  • 8 April – Crediton Milling, Devon


  • 30 April Fengrain & Openfield, KingsLynn, Norfolk

  • 6 May – Frontier, Southampton, Hampshire

  • 8 May – Glencore Grain, Tilbury, Essex

  • 12 May – Openfield, Portbury, Avon

  • 14 May – Nidera, Ipswich, Suffolk

  • 15 May Bartholomews, Shoreham, West Sussex

  • 20 May Wessex Grain, Poole, Dorset


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