Kialla Pure Foods, situated in the heart of the Darling Downs, is one of the most successful and largest organic cereal grain millers in Australia.
In what started in humble conditions some thirty years ago, when 1000 farmers converged on Graham McNally’s, Kialla Farm, near Greenmount, for an information day on organic farming, today, the whole industry is valued at $2.4 billion and growing at 13 per cent annually.
The organisers at the original gathering initially formed the Biological Farmers of Australia, which was the pre-curser to Australia Organic Ltd, which is for industry members and works to promote and protect the industry’s most recognised certification – the Bud logo.
Kialla Pure Foods was bought by Quentin and Michelle Kennedy in 2006.
Last week, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary milestone and latest expansion with 170 industry guests invited to celebrate the production of high quality grain and flour products for both local and international markets.
Today there stands a recently completed $7 million state-of-the art warehouse expansion and feed mill for Aus Organic Feeds.
The company only mills certified GMO-free organic cereal grains with no cross contamination from non-organic products souring over 20 different grains from certified organic growers across Queensland.
Kialla Pure Foods, managing director, Quentin Kennedy, said Kialla takes great pride in providing customers with an organic product they are proud to produce.
“We source our product from 30 regular farmers, and some from the wider organic farming community,” Mr Kennedy said.
“Our international markets include New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Mr Kennedy said the demand for organic grain had reduced until it becomes more competitive in terms of price on the international stage.
“It is two years since we have welcomed a joint venture deal with Blue Sky Agriculture Fund as part of a private-equity partnership deal with Kialla Pure Foods and purchased an organic farm near Theodore,” he said.
This deal positions Kialla Pure Foods to take advantage of the demand from the rising middle class in Asia who are looking for clean, healthy produce.
The new facility was opened by Dr John McVeigh, member for Groom and Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government.
“The Kialla story is one that has a whole range of significant issues and has been an evolution over time,” Dr McVeigh said.
Organic animal feed manufacturer, Aus Organic Feeds, has constructed a brand new state-of-the-art feed mill.
The company, combined with its sister company, Kialla Pure Foods, is Australia’s largest organic grain milling operation, and the facility is part of $7 million expansion program.
“We’ve been producing quality animal stock feeds for the organic industry since the company was established in 2000,” managing director Quentin Kennedy said.
“Combined with Kialla Pure Foods it enables synergies between the two businesses that provide an ongoing competitive advantage in the sourcing of organic grains – in an industry where supply is limited.
“Our new state-of-the-art facility ensures efficient, consistent and reliable products tailored to organic farmers needs.”
Customers include domestic commercial operations such as organic chicken farmers. Other products include a range of vitamin and mineral protein for the organic lamb and beef markets, that includes a lifestyle range for different age cycles.
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