NSW Sugar has appointed an agent to sell its drums of molasses after a review of the business.

Molasses is one product made from sugar cane and is used as a supplementary feed for livestock producers throughout the region.

200-litre drums had been sold directly from Condong, Broadwater and Harwood mills but NSW Sugar Chief Executive Officer Greg Messiter said the internal review showed it was now more practical to
sell drums through a regional rural retailer.

Rural Buying Services www.nrrbs.com.au has been appointed the agent to manage drum sales previously carried out at the mills.

NSW Sugar is writing to all customers on its database to alert them to the changes, which take affect from July 1.

Among the reasons for the changes were:

Meeting legal requirements for all molasses drum buyers to attend safety inductions was impractical

The need to reduce vehicle movements on all sites with larger sugar cane bins being transported and extra truck movements related to cogeneration at Condong and Broadwater

Making molasses available to all potential buyers on the open market was considered fairer than an unwieldy quota system.

Mr Messiter said molasses would also continue to be sold by other regional rural outlets that have existing bulk purchase arrangements with NSW Sugar or choose to source molasses from Queensland.

NSW Sugar signaled last year it was reviewing its molasses business in the wake of increased demand, feedback from customers, co-op members and staff and changes within the business.

“We view this as a positive step for customers with fairer access to molasses stocks as available,” Mr Messiter said.