THE 80th anniversary event for CBH at the Crown Metropol last week provided the opportunity for growers, employees and customers to celebrate the company's proud history.
Both CBH chairman Neil Wandel and chief executive officer Dr Andy Crane acknowledged that there was now a changing landscape in the WA grain growing sector.
Long-promised competition is now eventuating and both agreed that it was a chance for CBH to show how growers can benefit from its system.
Mr Wandel and Dr Crane both reiterated the company's commitment to the co-operative structure and said CBH had returned many benefits to WA growers.
Mr Wandel said the night was a chance to reflect on where CBH has come from and celebrate with growers, customers and industry partners.
"We recognised a number of farming families who have been delivering to CBH for more than 68 years, almost as long as CBH has been around, as well as our longest serving employee, Spike Jones, for his 45 years of continued service at our Merredin site," he said.
"We were also honoured to have the Japanese consul general attend to represent Japan as CBH's oldest customer and loyal trading friend.
"It is truly wonderful to have all of our partners to share together what we've achieved over the last 80 years but also look to the future."
Dr Crane said the co-operative has a proud history that has always had a focus on servicing the needs of grain growers by finding the most efficient means to store and move their grain to market.
"When we began in 1933, CBH had just five trial sites and received just 42,000 tonnes of wheat," he said.
"Compare that to just a year ago when we celebrated the record breaking 15 million tonnes of grain receivals and you can clearly see how CBH has come a long way.
"Being a grower owned co-operative has been pivotal in making sure we keep up and evolve with growers' own farming businesses.
"We have seen unprecedented change in the agricultural landscape over this time, but none more pronounced as the last decade with significant consolidation within the industry
"We have seen the co-operative grow and develop, not only in the way we store and move grain, but also through investment opportunities along the value chain.
"We are confident that a solely grower-focussed export supply chain dedicated to low fees and good service proves a very competitive business model.
"In an increasingly competitive and challenging environment, the CBH Group remains committed to positioning WA growers for a strong and exciting future.
"Reflecting on our history gives us even greater perspective on where the CBH Group needs to strive for our growers."