Rabobank Berri – a local branch with international expertise
From it’s origins in the Netherlands in 1898 when local farmers joined together to form a farmers’ credit co-operative, Rabobank has evolved to become world’s leading food and agribusiness bank. Today, Rabobank remains a co-operative with no shareholders and a strong consistent model for growth. Rabobank ranks amongst the world’s 20 largest financial institutions and now operates in more than 40 countries, with approximately 9 million clients and 60,000 employees worldwide. However, in Berri the Rabobank branch maintains a distinctively local feel. As specialists in rural finance, Rabobank appreciates the unique and cyclical nature of agriculture. For many years Rabobank has been providing high quality service and knowledge to the local agricultural industry in Berri, through its team of trained and informed branch staff. Brent Fletcher, Rural Manager, Rabobank Berri said the strength of the Rabobank success story is the bank’s emphasis on knowledge and quality client relations and service. “With Rabobank we really do live where we work, our whole philosophy is to be part of the industry, or community we are involved in,” Brent said. Complimenting the strengths within Australia’s 50 branches is Rabobank’s unique Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) unit. Staffed by a team of research specialists, the Australian FAR division’s focus is on producing comprehensive world class research and educational material for Rabobank clients and staff. The latest addition to the already full stable of research and information material is a soft commodities report produced by senior analyst Luke Chandler. Released monthly the report gives an indicator of global outlook and price movements as well as information about key market drivers. Brent described it as an excellent initiative to keep producers informed of any monthly market movements. “With our focus on knowledge and information we believe we have a unique value proposition for producers in Berri,” Brent said. “Australian producers are some of the best in the world, and I believe that we have some extremely innovative and progressive producers here in the Berri region. The cornerstone of their success is built on not only their experience, but also the accumulation of knowledge and research, something that Rabobank is certainly uniquely positioned to support.” Rabobank Australia is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 110 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank has a AAA credit rating and is ranked as one of the world’s safest banks by Global Finance magazine. Rabobank operates in 43 countries, servicing the needs of more than nine million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1500 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia is one of Australia’s leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the Australian food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 50 locations throughout Australia.