Gai O’Connor joins Cory Johnston Team

Gai O’Connor joined the Cory Johnston team in late September from Gilgandra in NSW. Gai was basically born into the grain industry, living on and operating a family farm.

She has had a diverse range of employment from accumulation to contract harvesting to grain trading and grain handling.

Gai made the move to the Sunshine State to be closer to family and look for new opportunities in the grain industry.

She works closely with Chris Carnell in our grain trading division and is looking to do business with the many contacts she has made over the years in both farming and transport.

Gai has just returned from a family holiday in the UK and is ready to hit the ground running in 2019.

In her spare time, Gai keeps busy with her family including four children and three grandchildren living across Queensland and New South Wales. She is a keen sports fan and follows and has been involved with rugby, cricket and netball, but insists she will stay a Blues fan despite now living in enemy territory.

Cory Johnston Race Day – 50-year Celebrations

Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane in October was the venue for Cory Johnston’s celebrations as the company marked 50 years in operation.

120 guests were entertained at a day at the races with Brisbane Racing Club’s hospitality team looking after the guests in a private room with trackside experiences including rail access to the starting gates and opportunities to watch a race from the race caller’s room – with a view of the action not to be missed.

Cory Johnston took out naming rights sponsorship for the nine-event race card which was a great platform to leverage the day through television signage exposure.

Experienced MC and race day host Mark Forbes of Game On International was on hand to facilitate the formal proceedings and entertain the crowd.

Cory Johnston co-founder Doug Cory was on hand along with directors Peter Shearer and Trevor Cory and their team to welcome and thank clients and suppliers.

50 Years as One of Australia’s Leading Commodity Trading Companies

Meat and agri-products trader Cory Johnston has been celebrating its 50th year of operation in 2018 and is confident about its future after a decade where turnover has doubled in size through a strong commitment to customers and a diversification of its product range.

Specialising in sourcing and supplying an extensive range of protein-based produce: chilled and frozen meats, grains, pulses, oil seeds, and various vegetable and animal protein meals, Cory Johnston is targeting the food service industry, smallgoods manufacturers and opportunities for growth through its grain and meals division.

Cory Johnston director Peter Shearer said domestic meat trading had been the main foundation of the business but that the company was looking at opportunities in new markets.

“International trade is expanding for us and we’re looking at new markets including in Latin America and Europe,” Shearer said.

Shearer said that grain and associated products, whilst making up about a quarter of the business, would look to expand as the company invests more resources into that part of the business.

He said that a focus on the supply of food products in the community was centred on quality and sustainable operations.

“People are becoming a lot more concerned about where their food comes from,” Shearer said.

“We work closely with suppliers to get the right quality products to the right sections of the market.”

Cory Johnston was formed in 1968 after frozen beef retrieved from the a distressed cargo ship – which had caught fire off the Queensland coast – needed to be sold in the domestic market on behalf of the insurance company. This opportunity lead to Douglas Cory and the late Don Johnston forming a partnership which lead to the creation of Cory Johnston Pty Ltd later that year.

The continued growth in business, as well as astute investments, allowed Doug Cory to diversify into cold storage which led to the establishment of the Doboy Coldstores in 1976.

Late in 1987, Doug decided to purchase Don Johnston’s share in the business. This resulted in Cory Johnston (NSW) which operated together with Cory Johnston for the next eight years. After that time the Cory Johnston (NSW) office was (by mutual agreement) divested.

In 2001, Doug decided to step back from his commitments and negotiated the sale of Cory Johnston to younger brother Trevor and long-time employee Peter Shearer. Under the direction of Trevor and Peter, the business has continued to diversify and prosper. In early 2012, Cory Johnston moved from its home of 26 years at Doboy Coldstores to new offices in the Metroplex Development at Murarrie.

Trevor Cory will be retiring from the business in 2019 and attributes much of the success of Cory Johnston to its staff and their market knowledge.

“Knowing what our clients need and making sure that need is filled coupled with
our financial reliability has been the cornerstone to our longevity and in building successful relationships,” Cory said.

“We see opportunities to build the by-products part of the business, such as tallow, poultry oil and feather meal and to increase supply to stock feed manufacturers.

“Whilst I’m looking forward to retirement, the business is in very good hands with opportunities in the near term for continued expansion.”