2010 MONTANA GOVERNOR'S EXCELLENCE IN EXPORTING AWARD
Exporter of the Year - KAMUT INTERNATIONAL, Missoula
Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger and members of the Montana District Export Council named Kamut International of Missoula, Montana’s 2010 Exporter of the Year.
Kamut International was selected to receive the Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award for its success in exporting Montana wheat products. The award is sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Montana District Export Council. Sara Warren of the Montana Department of Commerce nominated Kamut International as 2010 Exporter of the Year.
Kamut International markets and sells an organic wheat product called khorasan wheat. KAMUT brand wheat’s high nutritional value, sweet nutty taste and ease of digestibility are key qualities identified with the grain. The KAMUT trademark is a corporate guarantee of product quality and “green” pedigree. KAMUT khorasan wheat is a descendent of ancient Egypt’s durum wheat. It is believed that in 1949, 36 kernels of khorasan wheat found its way to Fort Benton, Montana via an American airman, and from that the KAMUT brand eventually was born.
Kamut International is a modern cooperative working in partnership with its growers and contracting agent. It patterns its operations after the Fair Trade Cooperatives, to the extent feasible. Production of KAMUT khorasan wheat started in Montana and has since expanded to include southern Canada and North Dakota. Kamut International promotes sales throughout the U.S., Canada, the European Union, Japan, Australia, and other countries. In 2010, more than 27 million pounds of wheat were exported to these destinations which accounted for 79.8% of their total revenues; an increase of nearly 40% over 2009.
This phenomenal growth resulted in thousands of products produced worldwide including breads, pasta, cereals, snacks, pastries, crackers, beer, grain coffee, green foods, and a delicious wheat drink. New market expansions include Australia and Asia however, Italy has led this growth with almost half of all production in each year sold there. Kamut International continues to sponsor nutritional research to understand the unique and special characteristics of this ancient wheat.
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