THE Manildra Group has bought two GrainFlow sites, Bogan Gate and Grong Grong, from Cargill Australia for an undisclosed sum to add to its storage network which supplies its four mills in New South Wales.
The Grong Grong site is located around 20 kilometres east of Manildra Group’s flour mill at Narrandera in southern NSW, while Bogan Gate is located roughly 100km west of its main flour mill at Manildra in central NSW.
Manildra’s largest facility is Shoalhaven Starches at Bomaderry on the south coast, which uses wheat to make gluten and ethanol, and it also owns and operates the Namoi Flour Mills at Gunnedah.
The family-owned company has for decades owned a large storage at Moree, where it accumulates high-protein wheat which is railed to Shoalhaven Starches.
Last year, Manildra Group extended its grain-storage network with the purchase of three sites ahead of 2020-21 harvest.
Two of them, Bellata and Stockinbingal, were bought from GrainFlow, with GrainCorp the vendor on the third site which will boost Manildra’s storage capacity in its home town.
All three sites are strategically located on the NSW rail network, with Stockinbingal having rail at the interchange on the south-west slopes, and the Bellata site having frontage to a private rail loop.
Likewise, the GrainFlow sites at Bogan Gate and Grong Grong have private rail loops.
In a statement, Cargill said it will continue to have access to both sites’ rail assets for through-put and to agreed storage capacity.
“This enables us to continue to source grain in the Bogan Gate, Grong Grong, Stockinbingal and Bellata catchment zones,” a Cargill spokesperson said.
Manildra Group has retained the employees at Grong Grong and Bogan Gate.
“Cargill remains committed to its grain and oilseed business in Australia.
“We will continue to buy grains and oilseeds through our AWB/GrainFlow network to support our domestic and international customers.”
Manildra Group has been contacted for comment about the sale, which was finalised this week.