Noodle Wheat Segregation Celebrates 30 Years

Noodle Wheat Segregation Celebrates 30 Years

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

Celebrating 30 Years Of Noodle Wheat Segregation

Victor P Taffa

  • Local and overseas industry representatives celebrate 30 years of Australia’s first specialty wheat market
  • Western Australia is the sole supplier of Australian Noodle Wheat to the Japanese market, worth more than $250 Million annually

Local and overseas industry leaders have gathered in Perth to celebrate Australia’s first specialty wheat market at the 30th anniversary of the Australian Noodle Wheat (ANW) segregation.

“Noodle wheat segregation is a great Western Australia success story, government scientists like Jack Toms and Graham Crosbie identified and pursued a unique opportunity for our State to supply a niche product to a highly discerning, premium market.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“State has a long-standing relationship with Japanese flour millers and government officials, who visit AEGIC each year to ensure Western Australia noodle wheat blends achieve the right colour and texture for udon noodles.”

Western Australia produces nearly all premium Australian Noodle Wheat, totalling about 850,000 tonnes p.a. About 60 % of this is exported to Japan for white salted udon noodles, providing more than $250 Million to the State economy every year.

Next biggest market is South Korea, which imports about 30 % of Western Australia’s ANW.

Segregated wheat fetches $20-$100 per tonne and remains a rare phenomenon in the industry, where most wheat is exported as a bulk commodity.

McGowan Government continues to support noodle wheat development in Western Australia through investment in InterGrain, which alongside the Grains Research and Development Corporation, is producing new noodle wheat varieties that meet the Japan’s strict quality requirements.

McGowan Government also co-funds the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), which works closely with the Japanese flour milling industry and government officials to ensure this highly-valued market continues to thrive.