By Olivia Cooper
THE HOME-Grown Cereals Authority has been announced “Exporter of the Year”, having won its category at the International Business Awards on Monday night.
The HGCA beat off companies across a range of industries, from software to transport, to win the “partnership in trading” category.
Awards judge Grant Collier of Export Times magazine said: “The HGCA demonstrated an outstanding contribution to British agriculture at this challenging time and we were very impressed with its commitment to the export markets.”
In alliance with the industry, the HGCA has doubled exports of cereal-based food and drink products over the past 10 years, to 3.3m tonnes a year.
“It is thanks to the efforts of the industry as a whole that the UK has turned round from being heavily dependent on imported cereals in the 1970s, into one of the top 10 world exporters of wheat, barley and oats,” said HGCA director of business development, Alan Almond.