Escape with Kevin

What a great interview with Tweed cane farmer Kevin Twohill on this week’s episode of Escape from the City. This ABC series guides people through the trials and tribulations of their life-changing decision to escape the city. This week sees a couple looking to relocate to the beautiful Tweed Valley in the NSW Northern Rivers. The Condong Sugar Mill and surrounding cane farms are featured as a major part of the local landscape and economy.

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Our new trailer turned up this week sporting fresh side curtains. This trailer will move product up and down the Pacific Highway promoting our 100% Australian credentials along with acknowledging our roots here in the Northern Rivers.

Thank you to the local cane farmer who posed for this photograph. They are real farming hands, holding real Low GI Sugar in front of a local crop of sugar cane.

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Bangalow Showgrounds were transformed into a foodies’ paradise over the weekend, with the staging of the 9th annual Sample Food Festival.

On offer was a huge array of local produce, restaurants, breweries, wine makers and mixed market stalls.

The Sunshine Sugar market stall was there showcasing locally grown and made Low GI Sugar.

With over 15,000 visitors who made their way to the event to experience some of the finest produce from across the Northern Rivers – it was a busy and highly successful event.

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Sunshine Sugar invites students from local Primary and Secondary Schools to visit the Harwood or Broadwater Sugar Mill. With the cane industry being a major local employer and contributor to the economy – we welcome the next generation of workers, thinkers and leaders to see and learn firsthand how this important local industry works and the value it creates for the people of the Northern Rivers.

Bookings are essential as designated time slots will be allocated to each school.

BROADWATER SUGAR MILL:        Friday 25th October 2019.                 P: 6620 8200

HARWOOD SUGAR MILL:              Tuesday 22nd October 2019             P: 6640 0400


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Harwood PC Mill Mud Drive

The Harwood Island Public P&C Association presents their annual Mill Mud Drive.

A limited supply is available so place your order now by calling the Harwood Public School on 6646 4213.

Mill Mud us a by-product of the Harwood Sugar Milling process. It is rich in organic material, phosphorous and nitrogen.

Mill Mud is an ideal soil conditioner and can improve moisture retention in sandy soils. It also helps in breaking up clay soils.

Mill mud can be used for top dressing, pot plants and vege gardens!


Applications are now open for the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, a competitive annual grants program recognising and supporting young Australians aged 18-35 by funding projects that will benefit Australia's primary industries.

Since 2001, the Science and Innovation Awards have helped more than 250 young researchers, innovators and scientists turn their ideas into reality through more than $4 million in grant funding.

  • Are you working or studying in an agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industry?
  • Are you aged between 18 and 35?
  • Do you have an original research project idea and need $22,000 to make it a reality?

There are 11 industry category grants worth up to $22,000 (incl. GST) each.

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 4 October 2019.


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CONGRATULATIONS to AquaBotanical on taking out the Best Beverage Award at this years’ Food and Beverage Industry Awards. This continues a string of awards for this 100% Australian owned and made innovation.

Sunshine Sugar is working in partnership with AquaBotanical to produce drinking water from sugarcane. We hope this new beverage innovation will be as successful as the current range. AquaBotanical is made by filtering and mineralising the aqueous liquid from juice concentrate. The end result is a clear and clean tasting water free of toxins and additives. AquaBotanical has body and finesse without the salty or acidic after-taste of many mineral waters and complements fine food and wines without overpowering any pairing.

100% Australian owned and made, AquaBotanical is a premium brand encased in a stylish blue glass bottle. 

Sunshine Sugar’s Low GI Sugar was a finalist in the Ingredient Innovation category, which was taken out by a fruit-based product.



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WE GROW WATER - Sweet New Source of Botanical Drinking Water from Sugar Cane.

In an exciting development, Sunshine Sugar is set to add botanical drinking water to its portfolio of product offerings.

CEO, Chris Connors today announced that; “Sunshine Sugar has entered into an agreement with AquaBotanical to install their breakthrough equipment and technology to capture potable water from the condensed water vapour that is already created in the milling process. The sugar cane plant is made up of well over 60% moisture, which means harnessing that water has significant benefits for the environment and community, and fits seamlessly in to the AquaBotanical process.

AquaBotanical is an Australian award-winning and globally patented innovation that helps farmers minimise food and water wastage by sourcing water entirely from the plant.

Executive Chairman of AquaBotanical, Mr Terry Paule commented; “With water being the earths most precious resource, and sugar cane being a renewable source of water as well as food, fibre and fuel; it made good sense for us to explore the potential of this opportunity.”

AquaBotanicals proven track record in producing drinking water from fruit and vegetables along with growing concerns over the impacts of tapping into groundwater reserves, have been compelling drivers for this initiative.

“This project is another part of our diversification program which is targeting the sustainability of our industry and growers. It follows on the heels of our Low GI sugar which is developing strongly.” said Mr Connors.

And the bottled water market in Australia is growing. It already generates over $700 million annually, driven largely by consumer preference for convenience and health consciousness.

An added benefit of working with a world-class organisation in AquaBotanical, is that they bottle their products in a quality glass bottle that is fully recyclable.

“This partnership delivers returns on not just financial, but also environmental and social benefits to our industry and our communities of the Northern Rivers.”

Foodbank Certificate

Sunshine Sugar is a proud supporter of Foodbank.

Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. It was first established in 1992 in NSW and now has a presence in every state and the Northern Territory with distribution centres in all state capitals as well as a number of regional centres. Last year alone, Foodbank provided enough food for over 70 million meals. Foodbank is a conduit between the food industry’s surplus food and the welfare sector’s need. See more at

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Sunshine Sugar recently visited Emmanuel Anglican College to deliver a presentation to 50 students from two kindergarten classes on the NSW sugar industry.

This presentation complemented the paddock to plate inquiry unit that the students have been working on this term.

There were many questions from the students ranging from how the extractor fan in a harvester works to what packaging we use for our sugar.  

It was great to see that almost all students recognised sugar cane and they were all very curious about the work famers, harvesters and millers put into producing our locally grown and made Sunshine Sugar.

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Sunshine Sugar is proud to have been involved in the 2019 Green Innovation Awards.

Held in Lismore, finalists from across Northern Rivers Primary and Secondary Schools pitched their ideas and discoveries.

Well done to all of the schools who were finalists this year.

Congratulations to the winners Wyrallah Road Public School in the Primary Schools section with their water saving project and St John’s College Woodlawn for an entrepreneurial approach to fashion recycling.

Sunshine Sugar congratulates Tregeagle Public School on receiving a special encouragement award for their research and development of bees wax lunch wraps.

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We are very excited to launch our new advertising campaign in conjunction with MasterChef 2019.
The locally grown and made range of Sunshine Sugar products is now available in almost every independent supermarket across the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
A big thank you to local cane farmers, the Walsh family, for their role in the filming of this advertisement. Thank you also to Bakers Delight Ballina, a valued customer and supporter of our new Low GI sugar.
We also acknowledge the support of the local independent supermarkets stocking the Sunshine Sugar range of products - making it easier for our northern rivers communities to access and enjoy their local sugar.

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Mr Kevin Hogan, Member for Page was at Harwood Sugar Mill recently to officially inspect the new $8.2million goods warehouse and silo storage facility. Funding for the project was split 50-50 between a Federal Government grant and Sunshine Sugar.

Mr Hogan said the facility will bring greater job security for the mill and the broader sugar industry and Lower Clarence economy. “This is a really exciting day in the growth and development of Sunshine Sugar.”

Worth $8.2 million, this facility will improve efficiencies to make sure we can get our product to market efficiently and cost-effectively.

Sunshine Sugar CEO Chris Connors said from a logistical point of view the new facility was a positive. “This is all part of our strategic business plan and at the end of the day we know we can’t stay the same as we have been in the past, we need to diversity and this is part of our diversification program,” he said. With Sunshine Sugar looking to expand their product range to broaden the consumer appeal of their products, Mr Connors said the facility will be put to good use.

“There is 4-5000tonnes of storage available, which is important for our new products, including our low GI sugar, “he said.

The warehouse is a modern facility with a dual roller door system which includes a state-of-the-art fast-acting emergency door, required for a food-grade facility such as this.


Farm2Fork stand


Sunshine Sugar was invited to showcase our Low GI Sugar to over 1,300 people from across Australia and New Zealand who attended the Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour.

One hundred percent natural, low GI sugar is more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised – resulting in a lower and slower rise in blood glucose.

This low GI sugar is made wholesome using advanced production methodologies at the milling stage that accurately retain the naturally occurring and beneficial antioxidants.


Farm2Fork stand


Sunshine Sugar was invited to showcase our Low GI Sugar to over 1,300 people from across Australian and New Zealand who attended the Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour.

One hundred percent natural, low GI sugar is more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised – resulting in a lower and slower rise in blood glucose.

This low GI sugar is made wholesome using advanced production methodologies at the milling stage that accurately retain the naturally occurring and beneficial antioxidants.

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The NRL 2019 Season Launch commercial features spectacular footage of cane fires captured on NSW cane farms here in the Northern Rivers.
Not only are these scenes spectacular, but the care and control taken by our farmers when undertaking necessary burning is to be commended.
All of the cast and crew who attended these fires expressed how safe they felt and how priveleged they were to have such up close access to the art and control of the iconic cane fire.

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Sunshine Sugar is proud to announce that it is coming on board as a sponsor of the Green Innovation Awards for 2019.

Following the success of its inaugural program last year, the Green Innovation Awards has this year attracted NSW Government funding as well as sponsorship from a number of well-known local companies committed to green and innovative practices, including Sunshine Sugar.

Founded by local business woman, Dr. Bridie Cullinane (Chiropractor), the Green Innovation Awards encourage children to develop a passion for the environment by asking them to invent, develop and present solutions for a greener way of living and working.

Sunshine Sugar has been pro-active in adopting sustainable practices for many years. The NSW sugar industry is certified sustainable to the global Bonsucro standard, across all its operations including farming, milling and refinery.

The local sugar industry has also demonstrated its commitment to the environment by investing in co-generation plants that utilise the crushed cane by-product, known as bagasse. The two plants are now run by Cape Byron and produce an electricity supply that not only runs the local sugar mills at Condong and Broadwater, but also provide power back into the local electricity grid.

Sunshine Sugar was introduced to the Green Innovation Awards last year, when approached by the Empire Vale Public School. This small school located near the Broadwater Sugar Mill won the primary school category of the 2018 Green Innovation Awards by creating an ethanol-based biofuel made from local sugar cane to run the school’s lawnmower. Their vision is that this sugar-based biofuel will be able to run cane trucks in the future.

Chief Executive Officer Mr Chris Connors said; “Sunshine Sugar has done a lot of work over the past decade to ensure we operate our business sustainably - from our farming practices all the way through the factory. Testament to this is the sustainable certification we have achieved under the Bonsucro global standard.”

Mr Connors went on to say; “support for the Green Innovation Awards is a complementary fit for our business, as it encourages the current and next generations alike to think and act more sustainably for the betterment of the environment and the community.”

Sunshine Sugar’s sponsorship will enable entries from remote and disadvantaged communities to be accepted, and interest is already coming in from as far afield as Papua New Guinea.

Open to both primary and high school students, entrants are asked to demonstrate their innovative ideas in the categories of waste management, water management, building and packaging materials or biofuels and renewable energy.

For more information about the Green Innovation Awards and how to enter, go to

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Pictured L to R: Grant Kaczorowski, Kelsey Sheehan, Austie Sheehan


Sweet Future For Medical Student

Clarence Valleys’ Kelsey Sheehan may only be small in stature, but she punches well above her weight when it comes to her academic and sporting achievements.

Kelsey is the latest recipient of the Sunshine Sugar sponsored, Warwick Anderson Award for excellence in STEM.

The annual Warwick Anderson Award recognises a combination of academic and leadership excellence displayed by a Maclean High School Year 12 student undertaking studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

A former Maclean High School student himself, Professor Anderson was born and raised on a sugar cane farm in the Clarence Valley and has gone on to become a world leader in the field of health and medical research.

Mr Grant Kaczorowski, Operations Manager of the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery recently had the pleasure of handing over a cheque for $1,000 to Kelsey. These funds will go towards the cost of relocating and commencing studies in Biomedical Science at the Newcastle University.

Kelsey, who has competed at a State level in a range of athletic events, has always been interested in the mechanics of the human body. Embarking on a medical career will only fuel her passion for better understanding how the body functions and the science behind the healing process.

Kelsey’s achievement in winning this award was made even more memorable by the presence of her father. Proud dad, Austie Sheehan, is a Production Superintendent at the Harwood Mill.  Austie joined Mill staff in congratulating Kelsey on her outstanding accomplishment.

Sunshine Sugar is proud to support our local youth - offering apprenticeships, traineeships, academic awards and school donations across the Northern Rivers each year.

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Each year Sunshine Sugar offers apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience placements for students from schools throughout the Northern Rivers.

Harwood Mill recently hosted Leonard Young from Maclean High School for a week of work experience in the mechanical trades area of the Sugar Mill and Refinery. Leonard enjoyed the experience, learned a lot and is now hoping to secure a trade apprenticeship. The team at Sunshine Sugar thoroughly enjoy the privilege of supporting and mentoring bright young people like Leonard looking to kick start their careers.

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The combined Woodburn Riverside Festival and Carols by Candlelight will be held at RiversidePark, Woodburn on Saturday 15th December. Sunshine Sugar has sponsored this family fun event since its inception and look forward to celebrating again this year with the local community and visitors.
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