Welcome to Sunshine Sugar - 100% Australian Owned

The sugar industry has been a part of life in northern New South Wales for more than one hundred years. The industry is a significant contributor to the economy of the area and provides the community with employment opportunities, growth and prosperity.

In 1978 the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative Ltd was formed when cane growers purchased the three NSW sugar mills from CSR. The mills are located at Condong on the Tweed River, Broadwater on the Richmond River and Harwood on the Clarence River.

In 1989 NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative Ltd formed a partnership with Manildra Group to form the joint venture partnership Manildra Harwood Sugars and built the Harwood refinery which is located alongside the Harwood Mill.

In June 2015 the members of NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative Ltd strongly supported a proposal to merge the refining and milling operation under the Sunshine Sugar partnership. The new arrangments saw Manildra Group buying a 50% ownership in the milling operations from NSW growers and the Sunshine Sugar partnership operating the milling and refining operations as one business on a 50 / 50 ownership basis. The merged entity commenced operations on 1 July 2015.


Sunshine Sugar is the only 100% Australian owned sustainable certified sugar manufacturer, something we are very proud of. 


Sunshine Sugar is proudly Bonsucro Certified Sustainable.






NSW Cane Juice Making Boutique Rum

At the 38th Annual General Meeting of the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative on Friday, local cane growers were shown the latest product to come out of collaboration with boutique distillery Archie Rose.

On show was the newly released, limited edition Virgin Cane Spirit.

Sugar cane grown locally at Condong in the Tweed Valley is cut and pressed into fresh juice within 12 hours of harvest. Yeast is added immediately and the juice ferments as it is transported to the Archie Rose distillery in Sydney and then distilled three times in copper pot stills.

This first, limited edition offering of white rum was developed by the Archie Rose team, having evolved from a goal to make characterful spirits using raw ingredients that are sourced locally.

Sunshine Sugar Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chris Connors said, “As Australia’s only locally owned and locally grown sugar milling co-operative, we are uniquely positioned to work with innovative small businesses such as Archie Rose. We both share a passion for what we do and are committed to crafting a product that is of the highest quality.”

The Archie Rose handcrafted white rum has been inspired by traditional French Colonial agricole rhums: Virgin Cane Spirit. Rhum agricole is the French term for rum made from cane juice.

The Archie Rose Virgin Cane Spirit is available for a limited time at
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