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The last of Wilmar Sugar and Renewables’ four Burdekin mills has started production.

Production kicked off at Wilmar Sugar and Renewables’ Inkerman Mill in the Burdekin region this morning, with the first cane for the 2024 season tipped at 9.28am. 

Wilmar Sugar and Renewables is boosting its profile with engineering students as part of a strategy to recruit the best and brightest graduate engineers into our business.

The first of four new 26-tonne locos being constructed at our workshops has been delivered to its new home.

The end is in sight for an ambitious $25 million capital replacement program at Wilmar Sugar and Renewables’ Kalamia Mill.

Update as at 1pm, Monday 29 January.

Thirty-four new apprentices have commenced their trade training across Wilmar Sugar and Renewables' eight Queensland sugar mills.

The last of our mills has crushed out, bringing the 2023 season to a close for the Wilmar group.

We've launched a virtual tour of Macknade Mill to mark its 150th birthday. 

Thirty-one workers from Fiji are heading home after a successful first season with Wilmar Sugar and Renewables. 

Our Herbert and Burdekin factories have now finished the 2023 season, and Proserpine Mill is on track to crush out over the weekend.

When people think of renewable electricity, they think of solar, wind and hydro. Yet sugar mills have been generating renewable energy from bagasse for generations.

A third-year mechanical engineering student who grew up in the Burdekin has won a new $10,000 scholarship with Wilmar Sugar and Renewables. 

We've swapped diesel for hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) in a landmark trial aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our loco fleet. 

We've passed the three-quarter mark for the 2023 season.  Our eight factories have now processed 11.72 million tonnes of cane, or 77 per cent of the total forecast crop.

Year 11 student Brooke Smith has two different uniforms in her wardrobe – one for school and, the other, a set of hi-vis clothing and steel-cap boots for a Wilmar sugar mill. 

Wilmar’s new Brisbane locomotive has been commemorated on a limited edition coin.

The Wilmar Farms team has crunched the numbers on an automated irrigation project in the Burdekin region, and the early results are impressive.

Our eight factories have processed nine million tonnes of cane, which represents 58 per cent of the total forecast crop.

Herbert Shift Fitter Jack Pelleri has won the silver medal for fitting and turning in a prestigious national competition.

We have revised our 2023 crop estimate down to 15.47M tonnes – about 430,000 tonnes less than the pre-season forecast.

All of our factories are back in production following the significant rain event earlier this month.

Wilmar Sugar has opened applications for its 2024 apprenticeship intake, with 43 positions available across its Queensland factories. 

The newest locomotive in the Australian sugar industry is about to start its maiden season.

Invicta Mill in the Burdekin has kicked off the 2023 season for the Wilmar Sugar group of mills.

Emergency response team members from Kalamia Mill in the Burdekin saw the sunset from a whole new angle when they abseiled down the factory’s 72-metre stack.

Wilmar Sugar has launched a virtual mill tour that lets anyone, anywhere, step inside a working sugar mill and learn about the sugar-making process.

Wilmar Sugar is proud to be part of a new government advisory group focused on improving apprenticeship outcomes. 

Thirty-four new apprentices have started on the tools at Wilmar Sugar’s Queensland mills and bioethanol distillery.

The last of Wilmar's mills has crushed out, bringing the 2022 season to a close.

All hands were on deck to install the new half cover over Dunder Dam No. 1 at our Oonooie site, near Sarina, on 13 December.

Employees from our Sugar Australia business contributed  60 volunteer hours to Foodbank Victoria to support families in need.


It may be holiday time for school students but not for cane trains.

Our Cane Supply and Transport team in the Herbert region staged a mock emergency in the field last week.

La Nina weather conditions continue to disrupt the 2022 season.

Our agricultural division has installed a state-of-the-art automated irrigation system on one of our farms, in a joint project with Sugar Research Australia (SRA).

Rain has continued to disrupt the 2022 crushing season and we are now preparing to crush past Christmas.

Herbert boilermaking apprentice Kylie Gilliland has been named TAFE Queensland’s Engineering Apprentice of the Year for North Queensland.

There's been a concerning spike in collisions and near-hits with our cane trains this season.

We have revised our total crop estimate upwards, due to in-season growth in the Herbert and Proserpine regions.

Nestled on the banks of Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour, NZ Sugar’s Chelsea Sugar Factory is easy to spot with its iconic pink exterior.

Our welding robot, Bender, has been busy fabricating bogies for the new 11-tonne cane bins being manufactured for the Herbert region.

Turning raw sugar into refined sugar products is quite a process, so our Sugar Australia business created a video to show how it's done.

While the focus at this time of year is on the crush, our work execution teams are building major pieces of plant that will be installed once the season ends.

After four decades in the sugar milling industry, Proserpine Cane Supply Manager Tony Marino is heading into a well-deserved retirement.

Our eight sugar mills are in full swing after a challenging start to the 2022 season.

We've shipped our first 2022 season raw sugar out of Townsville.

One of the original crushing units from our Pioneer Mill in the Burdekin region has been given some love, care and a fresh coat of paint.

Todd Cockburn is no stranger to the footy field,  but tonight he will pull on his footy boots for the most important kicks of his career.

Wilmar Training and Development Manager Scott Young joined experts last week to speak about Wilmar’s apprenticeship success.

The hi-vis vests were out and train brains switched on at Home Hill Community Kindergarten last week.

The 2022 crushing season is under way at our Queensland sugar mills.

Rochelle White moved from NSW to North Queensland to escape COVID and experience a country lifestyle. 

After three decades at our Herbert mills, Pan Operator Ken Gray is heading into his final crushing season.

Bioethanol made at our Sarina Distillery is being used to power state-of-the-art buses that have hit the ground in Mackay.

South Sea Islander artefacts possibly dating back to the 19th century have been uncovered during an archaeological dig on our Pioneer Mill estate.

At 26, Harrison Slogrove is believed to be the youngest person to run a sugar mill in the Australian industry. 

House 15, a historic Queenslander at our Inkerman Mill estate, has been sold for relocation.

One of our Proserpine Mill locomotives is making its way home after a complete upgrade at our Burdekin centralised workshop.

Jason Midgley has been driving heavy vehicles since he was old enough to get his licence. 

Thirty-eight new apprentices have now started work across our Queensland factories.

Sugar is so much more than just a sweetener. We supply sugar for a range of non-food uses, and the applications may surprise you.

The first major component for a new, $6 million evaporator has been lifted into place at our Kalamia Mill.

We’ve welcomed our newest intake of apprentices and cadets into our ranks.

At first glance, the interior of our new pan calandria could be mistaken for modern art...

Our Townsville-based accountants and electrical engineers can’t resist a fashion statement at Christmas time. 

The last of Wilmar's mills crushed out on Sunday, 12 December, bringing the 2021 season to a close. 

We were privileged to attend Kalamia State School's annual Presentation Day on Wednesday, 1 December 2021. 

We’ve got our bagasse piles tucked in for the wet season.

Wilmar's contribution to the Queensland economy, communities, and the environment is being highlighted on digital billboards.  

We’ve now processed 85 per cent of the estimated 14.68 million tonne crop and are in the final weeks of the 2021 season.

Wilmar’s Invicta Mill celebrated its centenary at Giru on Friday, 15 October – two months later than initially planned. 

We’re proud to release our new Pricing & Marketing Guidebook.

We’ve made good headway with the crush and our eight mills have now passed the 60 per cent mark.

Wife and husband team, Maddy and Aldert Portwig, are passionate about safety in the workplace.

Australia’s flourishing gin market has spearheaded a boom in ethanol sales to alcoholic beverage customers.

Electricity is at the core of Marnie Auld’s role, yet the first-year engineer began her life in a house without it.

Today we reached the halfway mark for the 2021 crush.

Invicta Mill Centenary community celebrations have been postponed due to uncertainty around COVID-19. 

The first raw sugar of the 2021 season has shipped out of the Port of Mackay.

The Wilmar group of mills has passed the first quarter mark for the 2021 crush.

Wilmar’s Jack Pelleri is proving he’s got what it takes to be recognised as one of Australia’s best apprentices.

We’ve been named North Queensland Large Employer of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards.

Our Invicta Mill at Giru will celebrate its Centenary in August.

We're calling on the next generation of apprentices to submit applications for our 2022 apprenticeship program.

The 2021 crushing season is under way in all four of our milling regions.

For almost three decades, Leonard has been helping bring CSR Sugar to Aussie consumers. 

Proserpine Mill’s new store building is open for business.

 The first cane was tipped at Victoria Mill this morning, signalling the start of the Herbert crush.

For Brazilian-born Glauco and Gabriel, North Queensland already feels like home.

Invicta Mill in the Burdekin has kicked off the 2021 crush.

Cane trains are on the move as we gear up for the start of crushing next week.

Watch our video to learn about the sugar manufacturing process. 

Watch the video of our new machine in action at our Burdekin Centralised Workshop. 

A newly-upgraded locomotive was a key point of interest at a pre-season tour of Pioneer Mill.

Our liquid stockfeed team has had a busy week at Beef Australia 2021.

We've compared financial outcomes between sugar marketers for the last three seasons, and Wilmar is in front.

A surfing trip to Queensland led to a 40-year career in sugar for New Zealand Sugar’s John Ellis.

Our Sugar Marketing team analysed 10 years of forward pricing outcomes, and the results are compelling.

The New Zealand Sugar team is on a mission to transition to 100 per cent recyclable packaging by 2025.