CBH to build oat facility in WA


Grain supply chain and processing bolstered in Forrestfield

CBH to build oat facility in WA
BLM will get a presence in WA.

 

Western Australia-based grains logistics firm CBH Group is bolstering its operations there with a new oat processing facility at the Metro Grain Centre in Forrestfield.

The announcement will boost its oat-focused Blue Lake Milling (BLM) subsidiary, one of Australia’s largest processed oats suppliers, almost exactly a year after it was purchased.

"This investment grows our oat processing business to improve returns to the co-operative, increase rebates to growers and strengthen demand for WA oats," CBH Group chairman Wally Newman says.

"Through the investment in BLM we have acquired the skills and capability to further grow Australian oat processing and fulfil the growing export demand. 

"It’s an opportune time for the co-operative as we leverage BLM’s expertise in this area with the location of the CBH Metro Grain Centre already providing all the necessary grain handling infrastructure and container loading facilities required for a project of this scale."

The facility will be the third plant operated by BLM, adding to its South Australian and Victorian processing plants.

"Once complete, the new processing facility will make BLM the largest independent oat processor in the Australasian region," BLM CEO Ben Abbot says.

"The new Western Australian plant will enable the BLM business to increase its ability to service the growing Asian demand for oat products; using locally grown oats."

Newman adds that the co-operative is well placed to further capitalise on Asian opportunities.

"Food safety is important to our Asian customers in the oat market and the Australian made brand is highly valued for this type of product," he says.

Construction will begin later this year and is scheduled for completion in December 2017.

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