The global share in Australian sugar
Singapore: 53 per cent
Thailand: 10 per cent
Belgium: 5 per cent
China: 4 per cent
Australia: 28 per cent
Fifteen of the 22 sugar factories have been sold to foreign owners, there’s just one remaining grower-owned cooperative and one wholly Australian-owned milling company.
The Australian sugar industry today is barely recognisable to the one forged by a hardworking, mainly migrant community, up and down the eastern seaboard more than a century ago.
There’s been a litany of forced closures, as well as a string of foreign acquisitions, that has transformed Australia’s seventh largest agricultural export industry forever.