Our eight sugar mills are located in the Herbert, Burdekin, Proserpine and Plane Creek regions of Queensland. Each mill operates 24/7 during the crushing season, which typically runs from June to November. This is when mature sugarcane is harvested and transported to our mills, where we crush it to extract sugar juice. Our mills then process this juice to create raw sugar.
Our factories have long been an integral part of Queensland’s landscape and economy. Macknade Mill near Ingham is the oldest raw sugar mill in Queensland, having started production in 1873. Our other factories were established between the 1880s and 1920s.
Today, our factories have high levels of automation. Ongoing investment in new plant and technologies has ensured they are among the most efficient in the world.
Our mills are major employers and economic contributors in their communities. During the crush our factories employ about 2,000 people.
Outside the crush, our teams are involved in an intensive maintenance, capital and innovation program to ensure our sugar mills continue to be safe, reliable and efficient.