Paddock-to-beverage tracing project brewing

South Australian grain growers will participate in an exciting new collaboration between Coopers Brewery, Grain Producers SA and AgTech company Trust Provenance, which will see barley tracked and traced from paddock-to-beverage.

Through funding from the South Australian Government’s AgTech Growth Fund, barley growers will work with Trust Provenance’s software to capture data points along the barley’s journey, then link into Coopers’ software to enable a full paddock-to-beverage traceability platform.

GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said it’s a unique opportunity for South Australian malting barley growers to take part in an innovative paddock-to-beverage traceability pilot project.

“Many of our grain producers already supply high quality malting barley to Coopers Brewery and in this project, they will be following barley through the many stages to the end product – a high quality beer,” said Mr Perry.

“As part of the traceability program, engagement will occur with a number of growers directly and with grain trading company ADM, to cover all critical tracking events and understand the practical and commercial requirements of all stakeholders.

“The growing global trend for real-time and transparent proof of claim is finding its way into procurement programs for food manufacturers and retailers.

“Making sure South Australian grain producers are future-proofed against evolving supply chain demands is an important part of this program.”

Trust Provenance Chief Executive Officer Andrew Grant said data will be viewable through a unique QR code for each batch of barley.

“This allows for real-time monitoring, management and feedback and allows grain producers and Coopers to provide a new level of trust on quality and sustainability and align with consumers’ demand for greater transparency on the beverages they are consuming,” said Mr Grant.

Coopers Brewery Malting Manager Doug Stewart said: “traceability with this barley application will allow us to more clearly demonstrate the superior qualities and provenance of the grains we use, which provides a range of monitoring, food safety and marketing advantages”.

Announcing the AgTech Growth funding recipients, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Clare Scriven said: “South Australian farmers have a long standing and proud history of being some of the most innovative in the world, and this funding will boost the opportunities to advance their AgTech, not just on farm but throughout the agriculture supply chain.

“These projects will help our primary producers overcome challenges and barriers they have identified and I’m looking forward to seeing first hand how these projects are delivered over the coming months.”

Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia.