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Sunshine Sugar’s Low GI Sugar has taken out the award for Excellence in Innovation at the 2018 Northern Rivers Regional Business Awards.

Developed in Australia, this technology applies advanced production methodologies at the sugar milling stage to consistently produce a sugar that retains naturally occurring and beneficial antioxidants. Nucane™ is a 100% natural, low GI cane sugar that is more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised – resulting in a lower and slower rise in blood glucose.

As a Regional winner, Sunshine Sugar we will now go on to compete for the State's top honour at the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards, culminating in the Gala Awards Dinner in Sydney on Friday 23 November, Luna Park.

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Local cane farmer Danny Lickiss is a regular at Rich River Coffee.

Rich River Coffee may only have a small shopfront along the main street of Woodburn, but when it comes to coffee, these baristas and their car racing memorabilia have a big local following.

Mark and Jodie are the people who make this little coffee shop so special. They have a knack for knowing their customer’s names and remembering just how they like their coffee. This knack, along with a good grasp on the art of making a great coffee; have made this little business a big local success.

Local cane farmer, Danny Lickiss is not only a regular customer of Mark and Jodie’s, he and his family operate a number of sugar cane properties around Woodburn. All of the harvested cane is supplied to the local Broadwater Sugar Mill.

Danny dropped by Rich River Coffee recently to deliver some samples of Sunshine Sugars’ new look sugar sachets filled with sugar that is grown and made locally.

Sunshine Sugar is currently promoting a new look across its entire retail range which includes a new Low GI sugar as well as Raw, White and Caster sugar. A premium blend molasses is also hitting the local shelves as a health ingredient.

To support local farmers like Danny, look for locally grown and made Sunshine Sugar. If you happen to purchase Sunshine Sugars’ Caster sugar you will see Danny and his story featured on the back of the pack!

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Congratulations to the Cabbage Tree Island Rugby League club on winning the Lismore Aboriginal Knockout Carnival for a second straight year, after defeating Tabulam in the final at Oakes Oval.

Sunshine Sugar is proud to support the Cabbage Tree Island club as they now prepare for the NSW State Carnival at Dubbo over the October long weekend.

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Federal Member for Page, Mr Kevin Hogan acknowledged Sunshine Sugar in Parliament this week as the first in the world to produce Nucane™ a new Low GI sugar.
"They are industry leaders with this new healthy sugar."
Footage can be viewed on our Facebook page.

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Keeping it sweet....The Young family is a well-known clan in the Clarence Valley, especially when it comes to sugar cane and coffee.

Born and raised by cane farming parents at Harwood, brothers Matt and Danny make a formidable team.

While Matt runs the family cane farming operations, his younger brother Danny has established himself as an entrepreneurial figure in the world of coffee. With a business built around the art of roasting, cupping and customer service, the Botero brand is regarded as a delicious piece of the metropolis hidden amongst the lush cane fields.

Whilst the brothers may have chosen very different career paths, they both share a love of the Clarence Valley and enjoy being able to do what they do alongside family and childhood friends.

And their worlds come even closer together when it comes to enjoying great coffee and cuisine, for the common ingredient they share is sugar - locally grown and made Sunshine Sugar.

Some 500 farming families throughout the Northern Rivers grow the sugar cane that supplies three locally owned and operated sugar mills. The NSW industry is not just the only 100% Australian owned sugar producer, but it is the only sugar producer in the world that is certified sustainable across all of its growing and manufacturing operations under the international Bonsucro standard.

Each year Matt Young grows thousands of tonnes of sugar cane on the family properties, some of which makes its way back to Botero as an ingredient in the fine food prepared in-house to accompany the sumptuous coffee and tea blends on offer.

Sunshine Sugar produces a complete range of products including a new Low GI raw sugar as well as white, caster, icing and brown sugar. They also make a range of syrups including molasses, treacle and golden syrup.

To support young locals like Matt and Danny, look for Australian grown and owned Sunshine Sugar.

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For the sixth consecutive year, staff and students from McAuley College in Grafton have toured the sugar production facilities at the Harwood Mill and Refinery, as well as local Clarence Valley cane farms.

Agricultural Studies staff along with 15 students, spent several hours meeting with milling staff and growers, giving them the opportunity to see first-hand how sugar is grown and made.

Highlights of the visit included learning about how the sugar mills produce their own electricity and operate virtually carbon-neutral. In the field, they learned that the sugar cane plant is also environmentally friendly, as it acts as a carbon sponge, absorbing more carbon as it grows than is released during its harvesting and transportation stages.

As a keen employer and training ground for local youth, Sunshine Sugar welcomes these learning visits and supports the sharing of knowledge about sugar production and the value of the sugar industry to the local business and agricultural community.

 

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This load of molasses is on its way to Aussie Helpers who will ensure its safe transport to farmers in need.

Aussie Helpers stays in touch with 100’s of farming families to ensure their wellbeing and survival through good and bad times.

Shackell Transport have kindly donated the transport of this precious cargo.

Shackell Transport offers an Australia wide service specialising in bulk liquid haulage. This type of haulage requires purpose designed equipment and extreme care in load handling. Shackell Transport have built their reputation with long term customers for who efficiency and reliability is paramount.

View a short video of the molasses loading on our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/sunshinesugar_nsw/

View a slideshow on the benefits and uses of molasses on our YourTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDWr4vchM3iJGBzF-cYE-CQ

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Our People Are Our Priority - Sunshine Sugar has been recognised for its commitment to Work Health & Safety, taking out the award for Excellence in Work Health & Safety at the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards over the weekend.

As a major regional employer with significant manufacturing infrastructure, Sunshine Sugar has developed a number of programs specifically targeted at improving the health and wellbeing of employees.

CEO Chris Connors explains; “We are strongly committed to continuous improvement and have developed a safety management system to AS/NZS 4801(ISO45001). Safety Committees are active across all areas of the business and are supported by formalised training programs, reporting and reward systems for positive safety performance as well as regular internal and external audits on safety systems and processes.”

Sunshine Sugar has also worked to deliver a Work Health and Safety Manual specifically for the growing and harvesting sector and participates in the SafeWork NSW Mentoring program.

Mr Connors added; “with a set of core values in place that have been developed by the people within the business and endorsed and supported by both management and the Board – we have a strong culture around Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, Accountability and Safety. And it’s working.”

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Sunshine Sugar is working with a well respected charity in donating bulk molasses to drought affected farmers across NSW.

If you have any spare bales of trash, grass or hay that you would like to donate, adding to the contribution from our industry here in the rain-blessed Northern Rivers – please let us know and we will assist in collection and distribution to those in need.

Contact Vivien - E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   P: (02) 6640 0467

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Sunshine Sugar’s Low GI Sugar is now ready to hit the shelves around the Northern Rivers, as the first line of the new retail product was produced over the weekend.
A short video can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=wxe8wLZ8e_w
 

Sunshine Sugar is the first in the world to install the technology to produce Nucane – the good sugar®, a wholesome cane sugar that is rich in antioxidants with a low glycemic index.

Mr Chris Connors, CEO of Sunshine Sugar commented; “The NSW sugar industry is focussed on delivering a range of new products that meet the demands of consumers and give returns to our growers. With a worldwide focus on health concerns such as obesity and diabetes, Nucane™ offers our business the opportunity to manufacture a healthier cane sugar on a scale that makes it widely available and affordable.”

Sunshine Sugar’s Low GI sugar is made using the Nucane™ process, which was developed in Australia. The brainchild of Dr David Kannar of the Nutrition Innovation Group, this technology applies advanced production methodologies at the sugar milling stage to consistently produce a sugar that retains naturally occurring and beneficial antioxidants. Nucane™ is a 100% natural, low GI cane sugar that is more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised – resulting in a lower and slower rise in blood glucose.

Sunshine Sugar is the only 100% Bonsucro certified and Australian owned sugar operations in the world and is proud to be an Australian company leading the way in this initiative.

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ELECTRICIAN AND RISING HOCKEY STAR.     During the week, 18-year-old Reece Gaddes is an apprentice electrician at the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery. Come the weekend, Reece travels between Grafton and Ipswich playing competitive Hockey for both the Grafton Barbarians and Brisbane Western Suburbs clubs.

Reece joined Sunshine Sugar at the start of 2018 on a four-year electrical apprenticeship. Having completed his HSC at Grafton High School last year, Reece is now enjoying the challenge of working in an industrial facility, which he says; “gives me the opportunity to do different things all the time and I am learning so much.” Whether installing massive fugal motors, testing compressors or fitting electrical cable – every day presents a new and varied challenge and learning opportunity.

Having played hockey since he was a young boy, Reece’s love for the sport has led him to achieve representative success, including selection in the NSW Under 18 squad earlier this year.

His success at this level has gained him entry into the Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP), a highly sophisticated program developed through extensive collaboration with NSW Institute of Sport and Hockey Australia. The AAP establishes a means for athletes from any area to advance their skills to an elite level.

Reece’s on-field skills as a defender have gone from strength to strength and he is now off to represent the state again in the Under 21 squad, which is competing in the National Championships to be held in Sydney during the first week in July.

 

 
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During the week, 18-year-old Reece Gaddes is an apprentice electrician at the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery. Come the weekend, Reece travels between Grafton and Ipswich playing competitive Hockey for both the Grafton Barbarians and Brisbane Western Suburbs clubs.

Reece joined Sunshine Sugar at the start of 2018 on a four-year electrical apprenticeship. Having completed his HSC at Grafton High School last year, Reece is now enjoying the challenge of working in an industrial facility, which he says; “gives me the opportunity to do different things all the time and I am learning so much.” Whether installing massive fugal motors, testing compressors or fitting electrical cable – every day presents a new and varied challenge and learning opportunity.

Having played hockey since he was a young boy, Reece’s love for the sport has led him to achieve representative success, including selection in the NSW Under 18 squad earlier this year.

His success at this level has gained him entry into the Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP), a highly sophisticated program developed through extensive collaboration with NSW Institute of Sport and Hockey Australia. The AAP establishes a means for athletes from any area to advance their skills to an elite level.

Reece’s on-field skills as a defender have gone from strength to strength and he is now off to represent the state again in the Under 21 squad, which is competing in the National Championships to be held in Sydney during the first week in July.

 

 
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Members from the Port of Yamba Historical Society recently visited the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery. This was a great opportunity to share current-day workings of the mill with members, in comparison to the information and displays on the early days of the local sugar industry that are housed at the Yamba Museum.

The Yamba Museum is operated by the Port of Yamba Historical Society.

The museum, its displays and collection are evidence of the settlement of Yamba and its strong maritime and agricultural history.

The collection includes objects that highlight the diversity of Yamba’s history, from the telescope once belonging to Francis Freeburn, the first pilot and pioneer in Yamba, to the school room display depicting the historical record of public education in Yamba.

Visitors are invited to make use of the research facilities on offer including the extensive photographic collection, publications available for purchase and the impressive knowledge of the museum volunteer guides.

For more information on the Yamba Museum visit: www.pyhsmuseum.org.au

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Sunshine Sugar is proud to support the 2018 Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod and sponsor the primary and small school choir competitions – 16-23 June.

Competition categories include piano, instrumental, vocal, choral, speech and drama. Now in its seventh year, this week long event gives performance and learning opportunities to amateur musicians from across the Clarence Valley region and beyond.

Commencing Saturday 16th June through until Saturday 23rd June. Competitive events are held at the Maclean Civic Hall, River Street Maclean and the public are invited to attend, support and enjoy.

For more information on this event visit: lowerclarencemusiceisteddfod.org.au

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Congratulations Empire Vale Primary School, winner of the inaugural Northern Rivers Green Innovation Awards - Primary School category.

Learning how to turn sugar cane into biofuel in primary school is one thing, but running the school's lawnmower with biofuel is quite another.

Yesterday, Empire Vale Public School raised the bar in innovation and sustainability by taking out the Northern Rivers Green Innovation Awards primary school category. The entry that got them over the line was creating an ethanol-based biofuel made from sugar cane to run a lawnmower, with the vision to run cane trucks on sugar-based biofuel in the future.

Politicians, industry leaders, and scientists gathered at Trinity Catholic College for the first Green Innovation Awards where presentations were made by finalists from St Ambrose Primary School Pottsville, Mullumbimby Public School, Wyrallah Road Public School, Empire Vale Public School, Trinity and Woodlawn.

Recognising innovation, team work, business planning and environmental science, the awards aimed to encourage students to innovate in a 'green' way and to carry this passion throughout their lives.

Empire Vale Public School teacher Karen Rantissi said the school was determined to utilise the sugar cane surrounding the school for their entry.

"After visiting the local Sunshine Sugar's Broadwater Mill the kids from our senior class, myself and a local cane farmer and scientist Mick O'Connor created the biofuel out of glucose, water, a activated yeast and sugar cane,” she said.

"We let it ferment until it became an ethanol ... and the fuel was good enough to run the school's lawn mower, which is amazing considering we are working with nine, ten and eleven year-olds.”

Following their achievement, Ms Rantissi said the school would continue to work with Sunshine Sugar to inspire each other with what they could come up with next.

It's really exciting,” she said.

"We are a little school of about 30 kids and for them to have the opportunity to work with local industry and help to find a solution to an environmental problem is really great.

"From yesterday's achievement we've been asked to present our findings at the next Cane Growers Association meeting later in Wardell.” Northern Star: Francis Witsenhuysen

Watch their project video here: https://youtu.be/fLGMYSAAK_M

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Sunshine Sugar is proud to sponsor the Uki Pythons 6 and 7 year old teams.

The Uki Pythons Soccer (Football) Club was established in 1994 to give the children of the district the opportunity to play "the world game".

The club now caters for teams ranging from Under 6's through to Youth League and Seniors, including women's and girl's competition teams.

The club is is focussed on its families and their health and well-being.

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Peter Rose is a NSW sugar grower and Director on the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative Board.

Nearly 20 years ago Peter packed up his life in Bondi and purchased a sugar cane farm on the Lower Clarence River between Yamba and Maclean.

Wet conditions and variable soil quality can at times make it make it a difficult place to farm, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. Variations from one season to the                                  next means he’s got to be adjusting his farming practices to suit the conditions. Managing the health of the soil is one of the primary ways Peter can influence his output                        each year and partnering with Incitec Pivot certainly makes this easier.Despite all the challenges, Peter doesn’t regret for one minute trading his corporate life for life on the farm.

Peter was invited by Incetec Pivot to participate in a promotional campaign showcasing their fertiliser products. Watch Peter's story here: https://vimeopro.com/incitecpivotfertilisers/entec-protected-2018

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Two local Year 11 students from Maclean High School recently spent a week undertaking work experience at the Harwood Mill & Refinery.

Hayden Moss, son of a local cane farmer and Michael Kempshall spent a week working in the Agricultural Services and Cane Supply departments. From inspecting cane, to performing soil testing and reviewing farm maps; both Hayden and Michael were kept busy on the site and out in the field. Currently studying Primary Industries at secondary school, both are keen to pursue further aspects of Agriculture in the future.

Both young students enjoyed the time with the local sugar industry and were impressed by the use of technology employed to forecast and manage the cane supply aspect of the business.

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Samuel Brandon of Maclean will commence study at Monash University in Melbourne in March.

Sam has been offered a place in the Bachelor of Advanced Science – Global Challenges (Honours) course. With just 50 places offered in this program, Sam’s successful entry has been gained based on a combination of his academic performance, along with social skills and leadership potential.

More than just a Science Degree, this exclusive stream of study specifically looks at science in the context of how it can be of relevance and benefit to businesses and communities.

As the recipient of the Maclean High School inaugural ‘Professor Warwick Anderson STEM Award’, Sam recently received a $1,000 cash prize from sponsor Sunshine Sugar. In a meeting with Sunshine Sugars’ Harwood Mill Operations Manager, Mr Grant Kaczorowski this week, Sam said; “This cash prize has been a real boost. It has already helped fund travel to Melbourne for my University interviews, as well as accommodation and text book expenses.”

Sam has been actively involved in a number of school and community initiatives over the past few years, including attendance at the National Youth Science Forum, participation in Rotaract, work on a local Council malicious damage awareness program and he even found time to play a regular game of squash, perform in the School Musical and help with the Chess Club at Gulmarrad Public School.

This great all-rounder is set for a bright future as he embarks on the next stage of his education and his life.

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Staff and students from the Harwood Island Public School walked from their school to the Sugar Mill today to see just how the local Sunshine Sugar is made. From watching the cane trucks tip their 22 tonne loads of billets into a giant shredding machine, through to the 100,000 tonne capacity raw sugar shed and into the refinery and packing station – the students were amazed by every step in the journey sugar makes from the paddock through to the final pack. The NSW Sugar Industry prides itself on being a business that regularly engages with the local community. As well as being a major employer and contributor to the local economy, in the past 12 months alone, Sunshine Sugar has hosted numerous school groups, sponsored over 30 local community groups and donated combinations of cash, product and prizes to many more throughout the Northern Rivers.
 
Read more of the wonderful thank you letters from students.
Harwood Island Public School - Thank You Letters

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