The Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) aims to be Australia’s leading organisation for market insight, innovation and applied technology in the grains industry.
AEGIC exists to increase value in the Australian grains industry.
Our offices in Perth and Sydney are staffed by highly qualified and experienced scientists and industry experts administering a diverse range of projects, mainly focusing on Australia’s key grain markets in Asia.
Grain delivers more than $10 billion in export income to the Australian economy each year. Wheat is Australia’s most important export grain and is exported to more than 40 countries each year. Australia is the fourth largest wheat exporter in the world, contributing 15% of the total world trade. Other important Australian crops include barley, canola, oats and pulses. These crops are the focus of AEGIC’s work in the grains sector.
Broadly speaking, AEGIC works across four areas:
Strategic Market Intelligence Requirements & Opportunities (SMIRO): AEGIC’s team of SMIRO experts actively works to investigate and understand market trends and opportunities in Australia’s key markets, especially in Asia. We regularly engage with millers, processors and other end-users of Australian grain so that the Australian industry better understands what Australia’s customers want.
Economics and Business Analysis: AEGIC’s team of Economics experts conduct in-depth analysis of the grain supply chains of Australia’s major export competitors. For example, AEGIC has analysed the growing threat of Black Sea wheat (Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan) in Australia’s key Asian markets. This information will allow the Australian grains industry to prepare for and meet this future challenge.
We regularly assist customers to use Australian grain by providing information on its quality, functionality and end-uses.
Australian Wheat for Asian Baking: This SMIRO project aims to increase the volume and value of Australian wheat in the Asian bread sector. Wheat-based baked goods continue to gain popularity in Asia. AEGIC aims to understand the requirements of these markets and to ensure customers know how to use Australian wheat to get the results they want. AEGIC regularly conducts technical baking workshops overseas with major millers and bakers.
Japanese Flour Millers Association sensory Udon noodle testing: Japan has been a major market for Australian wheat for many years. Together with the JFMA, AEGIC convenes an expert noodle tasting panel every year to conduct sensory evaluations (i.e. eating noodles) to ensure Australian noodle wheat varieties meet the requirements of the Japanese market.
AEGIC’s grains quality research programs aim to identify new and innovative uses for Australian grain through cutting-edge laboratory research.
Increasing the competitiveness of Australian oats in China (GRDC project): China has become one of the largest markets for Australian oats. This project aims to investigate oat functionality requirements in China, and build technical capacity in Australia in oat chemistry and end-product functionality.
Bread and noodle research: AEGIC conducts significant laboratory research into the functionality and use of Australian grains in Asian noodles and bread, with the goal of ensuring Australian grain meets the needs of international customers.
AEGIC also offers commercial grain quality testing and food analysis for a range of valued clients in Sydney and Perth. Please click here for details.
The Company was established in November 2012 by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the WA State Government (through the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia).
AEGIC is a not-for-profit, public company, limited by guarantee and operates under the direction of a Board of Directors consisting of the Chair and three non-executive directors.