“Help us out with the CPSR. Don’t take it away from us.”
That plea, uttered humorously by Colombian miller Carlos Alberto Patino at the end of an interview, sums up both a current market concern with important Latin American millers about a Canadian crop class and the interesting reality of a type of wheat that gets little press in Canada.
“We don’t know if there will be enough availability,” said Peruvian miller Roberto Carlos Torrejon about Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat, which both his and Patino’s companies use in a number of products.
The two men were part of a group of Latin American grain industry representatives attending a program at the Canadian International Grains Institute in mid-September. The program was designed to give foreign buyers of Canadian grain a better sense of how Canada’s system works and to establish better contacts between buyers and sellers.
Latin America is an important market for Canada. Peru buys slightly more than one million tonnes of Canadian wheat a year, while Colombia is just shy of one million tonnes.
Canadian wheat is a go-to commodity for Patino and Torrejon, which they have built their products around.
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