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NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR AN OLD PRODUCT

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

NSW Nationals Senator Fiona Nash has today praised the Young Roller Flour Mill for the work being undertaken at the Young site to develop new technologies in what is an age-old industry.

The Senator made the comments during a function to present mill owner Allan Murphy with a certificate in recognition of a $507,720 federally funded Food Innovation Grant (FIG) awarded to the mill, which Senator Nash said is being used to

help in exploring new technologies to streamline production of Spelt grain.

“The flour mill here in Young has been in operation for almost 120 years, and you certainly don’t stay in business for that long without keeping at the forefront of emerging technologies and innovations,” Senator Nash said.

“Working in conjunction with a specialised R & D company, the mill is developing its capabilities to produce products from Spelt grain for what is a growing niche market, ensuring ongoing growth through diversification.

“By utilising the by-product of the newly developed milling process, the mill will also be able to add value to existing stock feed products.”

Spelt grain - an ancient variety of wheat - has complex and costly milling requirements. Through extensive research, the mill, in conjunction with Bread Research Institute Australia, aim to simplify the milling process through the innovative application of existing milling technology. The Spelt flour products manufactured at the mill will produce organic health foods such as bread and pasta.

“By utilising this particular grain, the mill will not only increase the availability of products made from ‘original’ wheats in the marketplace, but in doing so, will create additional markets for grain farmers as the mill continues to seek more and more of this particular wheat.

“It’s great to see such a thriving business growing and developing here in Young and I congratulate Mr Murphy and the entire team for their vision and wish them all the best for the future,” Senator Nash said.

The Young Roller Flour Mill is one of 59 Australian companies that have received $45.4 million in Federal Coalition Government funding through the National Food Industry Strategy (NFIS) Ltd’s Food Innovation Grants (FIG) program.

NFIS Ltd is an industry-led, Commonwealth-funded company that delivers key programs under the $114 million National Food Industry Strategy, a five year blueprint for growth in the Australian food industry. It is overseen by a joint government-industry council comprising six Commonwealth Ministers and leading figures from the food industry.

Media contact: Julie Siegert 0429 818 600