China – Kialla Pure Foods

China

The buckwheat or sunflower seeds in your product were grown in China under fully accredited organic certification. While the level of pollution visible in China’s many cities gives many cause to doubt the ‘organic’ status of Chinese farmers, you can be assured that our suppliers, who source the farmers to supply them, adhere to strict requirements. They even go beyond these requirements, using heavy metal detectors to ensure their grains aren’t laden with heavy metals from air pollution.

We always prefer to support Australian farmers and produce, however due to bad weather (too dry or too wet – at the wrong time) these crops can fail, sometimes several years in a row. This can be financially devastating for farmers – you can imagine the impact on any small business sustaining total loss of your stock multiple years in a row.

Mike and Jonathon grow sunflowers for Kialla, but the year has been very dry in planting areas which range from Kingaroy in the South East of Qld to Springsure in Central Qld.

As a consequence crops did not yield enough seeds to supply all our clients.

Farmers who grows buckwheat for us can also suffer reduced yields when the summer is too dry and hot. Some farmers were unable to plant buckwheat crops due to the soil being too dry.

The fact that buckwheat is a summer crop can be part of the problem in Queensland. While the crop likes warmth, summer also tends to be the rainy season in the northern part of Australia. This means that every time a farmer plants his summer crops (eg: buckwheat, millet) he runs the risk of loosing the lot to floods or excessive rain. Or of not getting enough summer rain for the crop to survive. Rainfall can’t be predicted with any accuracy more than a week or two out, so, if there’s enough moisture in the soil, it’s a case of plant and cross your fingers. As you can imagine, people on the land spend a lot of time listening to weather reports!

The outcome of a shortfall in the buckwheat yield is that we must source it elsewhere.

This is why we have found a reliable organic source for these products in China, until such time as our farmers get a turn of luck.

Location of the farms in China:
the sunflower farms: Jiayin county Heilongjiang Province, Minqin county Gansu Province, Jianping county Liaoning Province

the buckwheat farms: Jianping county Liaoning Province

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  • Pernille Berg Larsen, Baking Teacher & Author

    I always get the best result using your Organic Rye flour!

  • Cherie W., Home Baker

    I never make a bad loaf of bread now, since changing over to Kialla flour… I can’t get over the superior quality of your product. I have bought some for everyone in my family.

  • Pauline Mirabelli from Simply Honest Foods

    We’ve found that Kialla popcorn is the best – it pops so much better than other popcorns, and it tastes great. Our kids love it.

  • Mrs Ergül of Mrs Ergül's Delish Treats

    I truly like the transparency and traceability that Kialla Pure Foods offers. I’m actually able to see which farm grew the wheat milled into my 10kg bag of flour. This really sealed the deal for me. And I feel that Kialla sets themselves apart in this sense.

  • Rebecca Laughery, Consumer

    We’ve tried several other pancake mixes but nothing comes close to yours!

  • Lisa, owner & baker at Sweet Tooth Noosa

    Of all the brands of flour I have used Kialla is by far the BEST!

  • Meredith J. Home Baker

    Kialla is the best flour I’ve ever used – and that includes some great US flours. Please keep milling forever!!

  • Jacqui Mead, Consumer

    We’ve been using Kialla’s products for approximately seven years now, making the change to Organic Spelt Flour following the discovery that my son had a wheat and dairy intolerance. I have found that our whole family’s health has improved.

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