The grain handling and storage companies of today offer sophisticated services and an increasing number of value added products.
The industry offers producers, traders, buyers and processors a range of facilities such as:-
- A time solution (by extended storage periods)
- A choice of locations (extensive geographic distribution)
- Balance sheet (crops serve as collateral)
- Grid linkage (through road or rail transport)
- Managing surpluses (through timely bin allocation)
- Preservation (compliance with food safety and food hygiene requirements)
- Security (extensive protection of commodities in storage)
- Standardization (by applying grading regulations)
- Maintaining quality (through frequent inspections and preventative procedures)
- Regulatory compliance (adhering to all required legislation)
- Variety of products (GMO-free, good milling quality, high oil etc.)
The grain companies are entrepreneurial and deliver competitive services. But where did it all start? The establishment of a network of silos and the growth of the industry has a rich history.