In 1952, Manildra Group began with the Honan family’s purchase of a flour mill in the central west New South Wales country town of Manildra.

Since then, we have become a diverse agribusiness bringing the finest Australian food and industrial products to the world.

Manildra Group is committed to regional development, employing more than 1000 people in regional Australia, plus international staff.

Our business is backed by strong family values. Our team is led by Chairman Dick Honan alongside his children, Directors John Honan, Caroline Honan and Samantha Honan, driving growth at home and globally.

With Manildra Group’s heritage rooted in rural Australia, reinvestment is central to our commitment to the sustainability of locally grown and manufactured products.

The ongoing expansion and integration of our world-class facilities in regional Australia, coupled with our pioneering product innovation, ensure Manildra Group remains internationally competitive amid shifting market demands.


Manildra Group commences operations in Australia with the purchase of a flour mill in Manildra, central-west NSW, to supply bakeries in the surrounding countryside and suburban Sydney.


A starch and gluten plant is established in, the Sydney suburb of Auburn to extract carbohydrates (starch) and protein (gluten) from flour, for food and industrial markets.


Shoalhaven Starches is established in the south coast NSW town of Nowra to produce gluten and starches.


A glucose syrups facility is established at Shoalhaven Starches.


Marketing of protein products begins in the United States, Britain, Japan and Taiwan. A subsidiary company, Manildra Group USA, is established to supply Australian wheat protein products, particularly gluten, in the US.


Production of starch and gluten commences in the US city of Minneapolis.


Consolidation of the Auburn plant with Shoalhaven Starches creates one of the world’s largest wheat starch and gluten plants.

Shoalhaven Starches Environmental Farm (with water treatment, beef cattle and irrigation programs) is established.


An ethanol plant is purchased in the US city of Hamburg to establish Manildra Energy Corporation.


A partnership with the canegrower-owned NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative establishes Manildra Harwood Sugars, with three mills to produce a range of dry and liquid sugars.


An ethanol (industrial alcohol) plant is established at Shoalhaven Starches.

A durum semolina plant commences production at Gunnedah Flour Mill in north-eastern NSW.

Production of a stockfeed range, including dried distillers grain and syrups for ruminants, commences.


Major upgrades at Manildra Flour Mill include installation of flour mills, improving warehousing and packing.


Acquisition of Narrandera Flour Mill in southern NSW, and Altona premix plant and distribution centre in Melbourne, Victoria.


Formation of Manildra Retail Division to sell and market private label and branded products.


Launch of The Healthy Baker flour retail range.


A partnership with Mac Smith family establishes MSM Milling in central-west NSW to produce canola and vegetable oils.


Manildra Stockfeed brand is established for a wider range of stockfeeds.


In a world-first, Shoalhaven Starches is certified sustainable by the international Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels.


The NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative partnership purchases 50 per cent of the sugar refinery in northern NSW.

A Manildra Stockfeed pelletising plant is established at Shoalhaven Starches to further expand the stockfeed range.

MSM Stockfeeds establishes a pelletising plant in Manildra.


MSM Milling launches the auzure canola oil retail range.


The installation of a world-class alcohol distillery (supplying big brand and craft industries) is completed at Shoalhaven Starches.

The Lo-Fo Pantry (with low-FODMAP flour) retail range of flours and bakery mixes is launched domestically and internationally.

Sunshine Sugar’s nucane retail and industrial range of low-GI sugar is launched.


The launch of Manildra Equine expands the stockfeed range for horses.


Manildra Group launched Stay Safe range of sanitisers and disinfectants. www.staysafesanitiser.com

Manildra Group purchases three additional Grain storage sites across central west New South Wales.


Manildra Group launched The Healthy Baker range of protein bakery mixes. www.healthybaker.com.au 


Manildra Group proudly partners with thousands of farming families to produce Australian-grown and made premium products.

Australia is blessed with rich natural assets and farmers renowned for some of the most sustainable production practices and highest food safety standards in the world.

From the heartland of the wheatbelt in central-west New South Wales to the lush northern sugarcane farms and golden fields of canola, we work with farmers to add value to Australian agriculture so we can share the nation’s finest ingredients with the world.

These partnerships – some spanning the full six decades and three generations of our family business – form the foundations of our vision to bring the very best of Australian ingredients to the world table.