Article – SunRice wants to grow Australian rice production and buys mill in Northern Australia

12 November 2014
Warwick Long
ABC Rural
Australia’s largest rice processor has completed a multi-million-dollar move into northern Australia.

SunRice’s $4.5 million purchase of the Blue Ribbon Group’s rice mill and assets in the Burdekin region near Townsville has just been given approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
CEO Rob Gordon says the company wants more Australian grown rice and Northern Australia has the water to do it.
“We see the potential, particularly given the water security in that part of the world to grow a more substantial industry,” he said.
“It (the Burdekin Region) only produces a few thousand tonnes per year whereas, in the Riverin,a we produce upwards of a million tonnes a year.”
Many in the rice industry have spoken about the potential for expansion in northern Australia, but so far it has failed to materialise.
SunRice hopes this purchase might be the start of something bigger.
“We do see this as being a first foothold in the north.
“We are going to bring quite considerable capability that the group has with regard to growing different varieties that are suited to different conditions to grow rice around the Burdekin region.
“If that’s successful, there is no reason why we can’t roll that out further.”
SunRice Coleambally rice mill in New South Wales
Courtesy of ABC Rural

Popular Posts

PM endorses establishment of global alliance of Special Economic Zones
World Free Zones Organization News
In recognition of Mrs Gina Rinehart A0 | 30 Years of service to the Hancock Group
GREEN LIGHT FOR GAS
Royal Flying Doctor Service | AirDoctor Magazine
Australian mining is critical to nation’s future
World Free Zones Organization News
New global alliance of special economic zones to boost development
Become The Voice of The North
Become

Voice of the North

Be Heard