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Australian Cotton Set for Greater Transparency Thanks to DNA Tagging

Louis Dreyfus Company has installed Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature T cotton traceability system at its gin plant in Moree, Australia, to tag, test and track pure HomeGrown Australian cotton.

SigNature T is part of Applied DNA’s core SigNature DNA technology for uncopyable, security and authentication solutions for textiles and apparel.

The system will enable Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC), a merchant and processor of agricultural goods, to meet growing consumer and retailer demand for sustainable cotton and demonstrate traceability along the value chain. It will also support industry efforts to help Australian cotton become more competitive and sustainable in the world market, the company noted.

“In line with our continuous drive to create greater value for our customers through our product and service offerings, LDC is excited to partner with The Himatsingka Group and Applied DNA Sciences to introduce the first robust, closed loop, supply chain traceability system for Australian cotton,” said Tony Geitz, managing director of the Cotton Platform at LDC Australia.

Himatsingka Group, a vertically integrated textile company that focuses on the manufacturing, retailing and distribution of home textile products, and LDC said they have begun talks with several retailers and Australian cotton users about the importance of product origin assurance. In anticipation of this demand, Applied DNA Sciences will supply sufficient SigNature T DNA taggant to tag about 14 million kilograms of pure Australian cotton at LDC’s Moree gin on a contingent basis.

“On average, Australian growers produce enough cotton to clothe 500 million people every year. It is great to see LDC’s traceability initiative, which will serve to strengthen our country’s… global reputation as a reliable and trusted supplier of high quality cotton,” Adam Kay, CEO of Cotton Australia, said. “As Australia’s cotton representative body, we endorse innovative solutions to traceability which we believe will help the industry become more competitive, sustainable and valued by the community.”

Backed by sourcing, processing, storage and logistical capabilities across major production regions in Australia, LDC originates, gins, warehouses and ships cotton and cotton seeds to global markets. In addition to Moree, the company operates two other cotton gins in Queensland, Australia.