New chana dahl mill opened at Maralong Milling

Posted on 8 October 2016
New chana dahl mill opened at Maralong Milling

In just nine months, Maralong Milling brought an idea into reality with the official opening of Queensland's largest and most modern chana dahl mill.

The #3 Mill at the Maralong Milling facility near Westbrook, Toowoomba represents a significant expansion in the company's capability to meet the growing demand for gluten-free food ingredients. The commissioning of the new chana dahl mill at Maralong is the result of a collaborative partnership between three Queensland companies, Maralong Milling, PB Agrifood and Blue Ribbon Group, an investment totaling over $2 million to date.

Blue Ribbon Group owner and Maralong Milling co-owner, Stephen Donnelly said chana dahl is the name of dehulled and split chickpeas suitable for use in a wide range of traditional and modern foods.

"The new #3 mill at Maralong Milling produces two grades of chana dahl retail grade and milling grade," he said. "The premium retail grade is used directly as an ingredient while the milling grade is used to produce besan flour. Chana dahl maintains its nutritional integrity and has a long shelf-life but besan flour at its best when it is freshly milled, making our milling grade chana dahl a high demand product for flour mills in Asia and the Indian subcontinent."

The chana dahl milling process occurs across four factory levels and includes grading, hydration, dehulling, splitting each grain into two cotyledons and colour sorting. The mill runs at 6 t/hr and the two grades of chana dahl are packaged into bags under the Blue Ribbon label, ready for export. A direct loading component is planned to further improve the efficiency of the facility.

"Prior to the installation of this new mill, Maralong had milled chickpeas into besan flour however the existing equipment (#2 mill) could not achieve the high standards required for retail chana dahl," said Maralong Milling co-owner and owner of PB Agrifood, Peter Brodie. "An oil-additive is used at the final stage to add a gloss and polish to the retail chana dahl, making it very attractive to the consumer."

In opening the new mill, Toowoomba Regional Council mayor Cr Paul Antonio welcomed the initiative of the partnership and their investment in Queensland's agricultural and food industries.

"Agriculture continues to play a significant role in the development of the Toowoomba region," he said. "About 50 per cent of the product shipped from Brisbane Port moves through Toowoomba, making logistics and infrastructure projects such as the Wellcamp Airport, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the proposed inland rail line essential to continued development in the region."

In welcoming international customers and representatives from all stops along the supply chain, from growers and researchers to bankers and shipping authorities, Cr Antonio noted that half the world's population lives within a 12-hour flight from the Wellcamp Airport, a fact that adds to his optimism for growth in the region's agricultural sector.

Maralong Milling co-owner and director Ron Plant said that the business began in 2000, founded by grain traders Peter Brodie and John Philp, as a dedicated soybean milling facility. The company has since grown and moved to the current facility at Westbrook as they expanded into milling other gluten free grains and pulses, including sorghum, mungbean, faba bean and chickpea. Now with a 10 t/hr capacity the facility is the largest specialty miller of alternative flours in Australia.

"Our facility is 100 per cent gluten free with the three mills also being completely separate lines, allowing us to produce food ingredients of the highest quality," said Mr Plant. "The multigrain blends that we create to order for bakeries in Australia and New Zealand can include components that represent as little as five per cent of the total blend."

The pulse processing equipment was sourced from local and overseas suppliers. Maralong engaged local contractors to complete the engineering, construction and installation works, supervised by Maralong's operations manager, Michael McCallum.

Maralong Milling: Millers of Alternative Flours

Posted in: Grain and Pulses  

2016 Hermitage Plant Science Competition

Posted on 19 March 2016

The annual Hermitage Plant Science Competition has been dedicated to the UN International Year of Pulses in 2016. Blue Ribbon Group is proud to support the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries plant science competition in its 20th year.

Registration is now open for P-12 students to undertake science and art projects that celebrate the unique qualities of pulses and to show how 'My Pulse Rules'.

Such is the enthusiasm for this competition that 109 schools had already registered even before the competition officially opened in January. Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson said this is the perfect occasion for students to celebrate and be clever with legumes by entering a national competition.

The wide-ranging project categories will see creative and scientific entries that shine the light on how pulses are feeding the world and enriching the environment.

Blue Ribbon Group and Foods from the Earth are also the primary industry sponsor of the International Year of Pulses campaign in Australia.  

Posted in: International Year of Pulses  

Happy Holidays from the Blue Ribbon Team

Posted on 22 December 2015

Everyone at Blue Ribbon wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and New Year filled  with joy, prosperity and abundant wellbeing.

Our office will be closed from 23rd December through to 4th January 2016.


Blue Ribbon is proud to announce its sponsorship of International Year of Pulses

Posted on 16 September 2015

International Year of Pulses Sponsorship

Blue Ribbon is proud to announce its sponsorship of The International Year of Pulses.

Blue Ribbon has become the first Australian company to provide significant financial backing to this event, and will be recognized as the Principal Industry Partner.

Managing Director, Stephen Donnelly, believes the International Year of Pulses presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote the pulse industry on a global scale.

At Blue Ribbon we are excited about this coming year, and the opportunities it will present for the industry. We hope it will mark the beginning of a continued effort to encourage wider, mainstream consumption of pulses.

The UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, for more information click here.


Posted in: International Year of Pulses  

Introducing Graham Tancred, Domestic & Export Trader

Posted on 31 August 2015

Introducing Graham Tancred, Domestic & Export Trader.

The Blue Ribbon Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Graham Tancred as Domestic & Export Trader at Blue Ribbon Grain and Pulses.  

Graham has over 20 years' experience in International Trade and the Agricultural Industry.  He joins us from Mountain Industries, where he served as General Manager Agriculture, which included overseeing the purchase of agricultural products, packing logistics and storage.  

At Blue Ribbon, Graham will be working alongside our Export Manager, Mr James Hunt in servicing our export customers. 

Graham has already commenced work at Blue Ribbon, and can be reached at or by phone on +61 7 3363 8400 or 0437 213 814.  He is based at our head office, in Richlands, Brisbane.

We are delighted to have Graham on board, and look forward to him getting to know, and working with our valued clients.

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