Rice mill proposed for Goulburn Valley

By Country News

Melbourne company Radnor Corp, trading as Forbidden Foods, is set to build a rice milling facility in the Murray-Goulburn area but the exact location is still up in the air.

The company was set to build on the location of an old grain silo in Stanhope after receiving $209400 from the Federal Government but has now expanded its search for an appropriate site.

‘‘We are grateful for the Federal Government recognising this opportunity and supporting the development of a new industry within the region,’’ Forbidden Foods managing director Marcus Brown said.

‘‘After careful consideration to our proposed Stanhope location, we have determined that the size of our facility needs to be larger to accommodate increased demand and long-term expansion.

‘‘We are currently exploring alternative site locations within the Murray-Goulburn region.’’

The company currently imports, manufactures and distributes boutique rice products throughout Australia and New Zealand and re-exports rice products to the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland and Singapore.

Co-founded by Mr Brown and Jarrod Milani, the Box Hill South company sells rice that is all organic and non-genetically modified.

The full project is set to cost $630400.

■In other funding news, Ryan Meat Company at Nathalia has also benefited with $445500 going towards construction of a new process line that will cost $891000.

The money will go towards a building fit-out and equipment installation and will allow for the production of a niche new product and to employ additional staff.

The new line will allow the company to access new international markets.