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SunRice shows its excellence in export

Local business shines at regional awards.

CASS SAVELLIS August 19, 2014 3:50am

SunRice director Noel Graham accepted the award on Friday night.

SunRice was the only local business to claim success at the NSW Business Chamber’s Murray-Riverina Regional Business Awards on Friday night, sharing the Excellence in Export award with Griffith’s Flavourtech.

SunRice was also nominated for the Employer of Choice category after winning the section at the Deniliquin Business Chamber Excellence Awards in June.

Accepting the award in Griffith was SunRice deputy chair Noel Graham, who said it was a proud achievement.

‘‘Winning this award provides valuable acknowledgement of the hardworking growers and employees of SunRice,’’ he said.

‘‘It also recognises the contribution the surrounding communities make to the success of our global organisation that started in the Murray-Riverina region more than 60 years ago.

‘‘Today, SunRice exports about 80 per cent of the annual Australian crop, with an export value of more than $440 million.

‘‘There is a great opportunity for SunRice to further strengthen its position in global markets and we are calling on all growers to make rice their first choice summer crop this coming season as we look to increase our annual planting base to 950,000 tonnes.’’

Also at Friday’s awards ceremony were Deniliquin Rice Mill staff Sharon Bloomfield, Kevin Sankaramoorty, Albert Schoeman and Derek Liu.

SunRice, which was one of five local finalists at the awards, now goes on to compete at the state level awards night in Sydney in late November.

Other Deniliquin businesses represented at Griffith included Superior Seeds’ Trudy McElroy in the Young Business Executive section, Barb Anderson from Motiv8 in the Business Leader award, Deniliquin Play on the Plains Festival was nominated for Excellence in Innovation, and McLean Beach Caravan Park in the Excellence in Small Business category.

Each were automatically entered in the regional awards after wins at the Deniliquin business awards.

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