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Australia’s first fully traceable sustainable sugar exported from Queensland to South Korea



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Monitoring your sugar from the paddock to the grocery store shelf is now a actuality with the assistance of blockchain expertise. 

In an Australian-first trial, 25,000 tonnes of sustainable Queensland uncooked sugar is being shipped from Townsville to South Korea.

The product will likely be traceable by means of your complete provide chain.

Mark Hampson from Queensland Sugar Restricted, Australia’s largest uncooked sugar marketer, stated the initiative mirrored the need of customers to turn into extra sustainable consumers.

“Customers are demanding extra traceability and a greater understanding of the place their product comes from, the way it’s produced, and the way it’s managed by means of the availability chain,” he stated.

“Customers have gotten extra discerning about what they’re utilizing and what affect it is having on the social and environmental landscapes through which it comes from.”

Large volumes of raw sugar being unloaded onto a ship
Queensland sugar certain for South Korea.(ABC North Qld: Lily Nothling)

The traceability trial, spearheaded by Canegrowers, the height physique for Australian sugarcane growers, has been a number of years within the making.

“Australia is on the entrance foot, having the ability to show our traceability again to the grower,” Canegrowers board member Stephen Calcagno stated.

The exported sugar has been produced from cane grown by accredited growers with Smartcane Finest Administration Apply.

How does it work?

To ship traceable sugar to the world stage, Canegrowers partnered with KMPG Origins — a blockchain-based, track-and-trace platform.

Utilizing available knowledge, the platform maps the availability chain of the sugar from paddock to package deal, together with all related certifications to make sure the sugar is sustainable at each step of the method.

A large cargo ship docked at a port
The uncooked sugar is on its technique to South Korea from Townsville.(ABC North Qld: Lily Nothling)

“The blockchain expertise used can hint the sugar from the paddock the place it was grown, to the nitrogen and chemical compounds used to develop it, after which comply with the harvest of the product to processing locations together with the sugar mills, the sugar terminals at ports, and the place the sugarcane was ending up” KPMG Origins supervisor Laszlo Peter stated.

“The info can really convey the story of the sugar’s journey.”

What’s the way forward for traceable sugar?

Business leaders stated the primary export of traceable sugar to South Korea marked the beginning of what would finally turn into customary throughout the sector.

“It may be the norm and that is the thrilling factor about this” Mr Calcagno stated.

Two men stand in front of a large ship at a port
Canegrowers’ Stephen Calcagno and Queensland Sugar Restricted’s Mark Hampson on the Port of Townsville.(ABC North Qld: Lily Nothling)

Queensland had a worldwide status for producing high-quality sugar, which Mr Hampson stated would proceed to supply entry to high-value markets in Asia.

“Extra traceability and extra assurance about the way it’s being produced and managed goes to assist protect market entry and set us other than our rivals,” he stated.

With hopes to ascertain Australia as the primary sustainable sugar market chief, Mr Calagno believed a premium for traceable sugar may change the trade endlessly.

“First step, I might say we proved it. Second step is market entry after which the controversy has obtained available about getting a premium and placing it within the growers’ pockets and the trade’s pocket,” he stated.