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  • Food and Fibre Supply Chain Institute
    Food and Fibre Supply Chain Institute

The Wheat Protein and Coeliac Consortium

For more information on The Wheat Protein Digestibility & Coeliac Consortium, email: john.williams@commodityinstitute.com

Dr John Williams. Executive Director with a doctorate in supply chain decision making, masters in agribusiness, degrees in economics and agricultural science, a diploma in technical analysis, and authored Competition and Efficiency in International Food Supply Chains: Improving Food Security (2012) and Agricultural Supply Chains and the Challenge of Price Risk (2013). He is the executive officer and chairman of the Wheat Protein Digestibility and Coeliac Consortium, and is a member of the food grain safety committee. John specializes in supply chain risk management, the development of forward markets, supply chain integration, improving competition, and increasing efficiency. He has worked on supply chain projects in China, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

Dr Lawrie Dooley. Director of Supply Chains, with postgraduate qualifications from the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University, and with more than 30 years experience in food and agribusiness. He has taught Agribusiness at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level at Melbourne, Monash and La Trobe Universities and developed Masters degrees in Agribusiness and Food Business Management. He won the competitive bid under the Australian National Food Industry Strategy to develop the first national program in food business management. He has been awarded nationally competitive research grants, and recently completed research into leadership styles in agri-food supply chains.

Dr Alistair Watson. Doctorate in agricultural economics, with degrees in economics and agricultural science. Alistair specializes in agricultural commodity supply chain research both in Australia and China, particularly in grains and wool. He focuses on the links between domestic agricultural policy and agricultural trade in both developing and developed countries. In recent years, he has worked extensively on water policy issues in Australia, China and India.

Si Thinh Hoang (James). Master in agribusiness and a degree in agricultural economics. James specializes in Vietnamese and SE Asian crop development and productivity, supply chain risk management, agricultural insurance, finance, agricultural investment, increasing productivity and supply chain efficiency, rural socio-economics, and trade development.

Jorge Idrovo. Master in agribusiness. Jorge specializes in Ecuadoran coffee and cocoa supply chains, agro-industrial engineering, project management, Latin-American project monitoring and evaluation, and commercial agronomic research.

Meizal Popat. Master in agribusiness and degree in agricultural engineering. Meizal specializes in Mozambique cropping systems, agricultural engineering projects, data analysis, production economics, and agrarian experimentation.

Morris Wambua. Master in agribusiness, a degree in agricultural economics, and graduate diploma in business management. Morris specializes in Kenyan farmer training programs, agricultural IT technology and information systems, crop-trade development and farm productivity, income sustainability, risk management, finance, consumer linkages, value creation in supply chains, food-nutrition security, performance evaluation, quality improvement programs, partnerships for innovation and entrepreneurships, project development, resource management, commercialization and privatization.

Wycliffe Oyunga. Masters in agribusiness and a degree in agricultural science. Specializes in Kenyan crop productivity, project development and management, performance monitoring, evaluation techniques, budgeting, finance and capital investment, training programs, socio-economic mapping techniques, teamwork enhancement, customer and relationship management, survey techniques and data analysis, sales and marketing.

Alick Chirwa. Masters in agribusiness, a degree in business administration, and diploma in agriculture and accounting. Alick focuses on creating linkages between Zambian farmers and end users, and specializes in African agricultural market and supply chain development, as well as trade enhancement.

Evans Mwengwe. Masters in Agribusiness, Hubert H Humphrey fellow at Cornell University and Veterinary Medicine degree. Evans has experience in commodity exchange development in Zambia with linkages to grain and livestock farmers. He has worked as an agricultural market analyst and on food security in Zambia, as well as having a focus on Sub Saharan agricultural development.

Patricia Koki. Masters in Agribusiness and an Agribusiness Management degree. Patricia focuses on Kenyan food security, supply chain development, project planning and implementation, financial management, opportunity gap analysis and systems mapping, sustainability, and the adoption of innovative technology.


What questions should CEOs ask about the supply chain.


November 2014 | by Christoph Glatzel, Alex Niemeyer, and Johannes Röhren - Based on the first chapter of McKinsey’s Excellence in Supply Chain Management

CEOs increasingly view the supply chain as a critical point of competitive differentiation. Three examples illustrate the difference that supply-chain excellence can make:

Differentiate your supply-chain and corporate strategies

Whether the strategy of your business is superior service, product innovation, or cost leadership, ensure your supply chain is helping to deliver the key points of that strategy. Bring together leaders from across your business to define the supply chain that will work for you—and make sure they provide the data your organization must deliver. Marketing should tell you what your customers value most from your service, how those needs vary among customers, and what will differentiate you from your competitors. Your commercial functions have to identify which customers justify the cost of the highest service and which would be better served using a more standardized approach. Together, your supply-chain and product-development functions can find ways to create innovative products that suit the needs of all those customer groups while keeping overall costs under control.

Create a modern, end-to-end supply-chain organization

The times of managing the supply chain in separate tiers is over. Sophisticated data analysis enables companies to manage supply chains end to end and, in industries such as retail, almost in real time. Appoint a single leader with responsibility for end-to-end performance and for delivering improvement projects across tiers and traditional functions such as marketing, manufacturing, and procurement. Make sure your supply-chain organization combines operational excellence with strong analytical capabilities and data-driven, cross-functional decision making. Create analytical teams to support decision making and identify hidden risks and opportunities in unstructured data. Ensure your IT function is supporting them with nimble applications and platforms that enable collaboration and analytical decision making.

Set performance standards for the entire organization

Give incentive to your supply-chain organization to work in ways that deliver the most value for your business while protecting against its biggest risks. That means using more than the traditional metrics of cost, service, and capital. The right key performance indicators depend strongly on the needs of the business, the product, and the market segment: the cost of production for value players, the stability of supply for staples and critical products, agility in volatile markets with fluctuating demand, and launch excellence for new products are essential. If a metric doesn’t matter in your business, don’t misdirect the organization by using it. _____________________________________________________________________

Lydon, J., Dyer, D., and Bradley, C. 2014. Compete to Prosper: Improving Australia’s global competitiveness. McKinsey Australia Report, Sydney.

This article illuminates the vital role that improving Australia’s international competitiveness plays in transitioning to a prosperous future. Australia can benefit from trade by focusing on Australia’s strengths and creating high-productivity jobs. By growing globally strong sectors and skills, Australia will also create jobs which are more sustainable in the face of increasing competition. If Australia does not adapt, the competitiveness problem becomes a hand-break on growth, which leads to rising unemployment and lower wages.


4C Associates. 2014. Delivering Excellence in Procurement: Food and Drink Industry Procurement Forum Best Practice Whitepaper. London.

The Food and Fibre Supply Chain Institute commenced in 2011 with a focus on providing key services to global food and fibre industries, companies, and organizations, such as enterprise development, export enhancement, project management, product innovation, transition development, logistics optimization, and operations growth. It also offers planning, designing, advisory, consultative, research, and training services.

Services offered
The Food and Fibre Supply Chain Institute offers planning, designing, advisory, consultative, research, and training services.

Business focus
The Food and Fibre Supply Chain Institute has a focus on the development of agribusiness companies in the Asian-Pacific, Indian, and East African region.

Research objectives
* To enhance the knowledge of efficient food & fibre supply chains
* To promote stronger commercial trade markets within supply chains
* To foster an awareness of the importance of forward markets
* To create safe food supply chains for consumers
* To encourage integrative operations within supply chains
* To increase competition and efficiency within supply chains
* To improve profitability in food and fibre supply chains

Research projects
1. Improve wheat protein digestibility to minimize coeliac disease
2. Grain food safety
3. Analyse performance between private & regulated supply chains
4. Boost the value & functionality of food chains in African countries
5. Stimulate the competitiveness & efficiency of Australian grain supply chains
6. Improve competitive advantages in Australian wheat/flour value
7. Increase the adoption of risk management within food supply chains
8. Investigate pricing issues in the sugar cane industries

Agricultural Commodity Markets, Pricing, and Supply Chain Risk Management 5 day course with highly experienced guest speakers. Melbourne. 30th January-3rd February 2017

Objectives of the course - On completion of the course, participants will be able to:
* Understand commodity market mechanisms and basis for price discovery
* Identify forward market characteristics and their significance
* Improve your risk decision making in your business and supply chain operations
* Recognize trade-offs in risk: return decision making under uncertainty
* Design and implement flexible strategies in decision making
* Hedge commodities and manage currency and basis risk
* Compare and evaluate strategies including advanced strategies


Agricultural Commodity Markets, Pricing, and Supply Chain Risk Management 3 day course. Melbourne. 8-10th May 2017

Aoki, M., Garber, A., and Romer, P. 2000. Why the Japanese economy is not growing: micro barriers to productivity growth. McKinsey Global Institute, Washington, July, 1-294.

Buddrick, O., Jones, O., Cornell, H., and Small, D. 2014. The influence of fermentation processes and cereal grains in wholegrain bread on reducing phytate content. Journal of Cereal Science, 59, 3-8.

Buddrick, O., Cornell, H., and Small, D. 2015. Reduction of toxic gliadin content of wholegrain bread by the enzyme cariain. Food Chemistry, 170, 343-347.

Dooley, L. and E. Luca. 2010. New and effective leadership in agribusiness value chains. RIRDC, 10-099, 1-96, Canberra.

Foran, T., Butler, J., Williams, L., Wanjura, W., Hall, A., Carter, L., and Carberry, P. 2014. Taking Complexity in Food Systems Seriously: An Interdisciplinary Analysis. World Development, 61, 85-101.

Gobbetti, M., Rizzello, C., Di Cagno, R., and De Angelis, M. 2007. Sourdough lactobacilli and celiac disease. Food Microbiology, 24, 187-196.

Golley, S., Corsini, N., Topping, D., Morell, M., and Mohr, P. 2014. Motivations for avoiding wheat consumption in Australia: results from a population survey. Public Helath Nutrition, CSIRO and the School of Psychology, Adelaide, 1-10.

Gregorini, A., Colomba, M., Ellis, J., and P. Ciclitira. 2009. Immunogenicity characterization of two ancient wheat α-gliadin peptides related to celiac disease. Nutrients, 1:2, 276-290.

Huebener, S., Tanaka, C., Uhde, M., Zone, J., Vensel, W., Kasarda, D., Beams, L., Briani, C., Green, P., Altenbach, S., and Alaedini, A. 2015. Specific non-gluten proteins of wheat are novel target antigens in celiac disease humoral response. Journal of Proteome Research, tba.

Kasarda, D. 2013. Can an increase in celiac disease be attributes to an increase in the gluten content of wheat as a consequence of wheat breeding? Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61, 1155-1159.

Lydon, J., Dyer, D., and Bradley, C. 2014. Compete to Prosper: Improving Australia’s global competitiveness. McKinsey Australia Report, Sydney.

Readon, T., Chen, K., Minmten, B., and L. Adriano, 2012. The quiet revolution in staple food value chains: Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger. Asian Development Bank and International Food Policy Research Institute, Manila, Philippines.

Silva, S. 2014. Gluten may not be the gut culprit: CSIRO. Medical Observer, 3rd June.

Taylor, D. 2005. Value chain analysis: an approach to supply chain improvement in agri-food chains. International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 35:10, 744-761.

Williams, J., and Laucke, M. 2015. The wheat gluten peptide miracle and coeliac beast – An examination of solution pathways from a food manufacturers’ perspective. Paper presented to the 12th International Gluten Biotechnology Workshop in Perth, Western Australia, 13-15th September 2015.

Williams, J., McSweeney, P., and Salmon, R. 2014. Australian farm investment: domestic and overseas issues. Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives Paper 98 – 2014, 1-18.

Williams, J. 2013. Wheat and corn price skewness and volatility: Risk management implications for farmers and end users. Australasian Agribusiness Review 21(6): 101-120.

Williams, J. and Malcolm, B. 2012. Farmer decisions about selling wheat and managing price risk in Australia. Australasian Agribusiness Review 20(1): 1-10.

Williams, John, 2013, Agricultural Supply Chains and the Challenge of Price Risk, Earthscan-Routledge, UK. www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415827003

Williams, John, 2012, Competition & efficiency in international food supply chains: Improving food security, Earthscan-Routledge, UK.www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415520720


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