Nambucca Macnuts operates as a farmers co-operative. It is owned, operated and loved by Nambucca Region Macadamia Farmers.
Nambucca Macnuts staff are aficionados of macadamia and food handling. Together with the compliance of our growers we are able to run a clean, efficient and technologically advanced operating plant. We are a smaller provider of the total kernel sold per year but with a plan for constant re-investing in equipment and improvements in management practices we are well positioned to provide a high quality assured product.
The company is internationally accredited with full HACCP and related systems. Regular laboratory checks are conducted by our compliance body the Australian Macadamia Society to ensure high quality standards are maintained.
Macnuts was one of the first processors in Australia to purchase a colour sorter providing sensational results and significantly saving time on the farm and factory.
The nambucca region is geographically boutique providing an isolated hub to operate without the burden of single systems ecologies of the larger growing areas further north. This means that Nambucca is able to operate better using with biological controls for pest and disease management on macadamia. Less chemicals is better for the environment and better for promoting the health properties of macadamia.
Macadamias are now the fourth largest Australian horticultural export, an outstanding achievement for an industry that only established its first commercial processing plant in 1954. There are more than 700 growers across three states, producing around 50,000 tonnes per year, with 70% of the crop exported to more than 40 countries.
Australia is renowned for quality and consistent products with the Macadamia industry being a shining example of Aussie excellence. Nambucca MacNuts has been recognised as achieving to this high Australian standard.
Macadamia is a growth industry based on an increasingly health-conscious consumer mindset and rising consumption by emerging markets within Asia. Prices have remained strong enabling investment for improvements in production and processing with a unwavering focus on quality.
The Australian macadamia industry farm-gate value has more than tripled in the last 10 years, translating to around AUD $700 million at retail.
The macadamia industry is a major horticultural economic contributors to our Mid North Coast region. The Nambucca Valley is producing 5% of national tonnage of macadamia kernel.
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Macnuts was one of the first processors in Australia to produce a colour sorter
Nambucca Macnuts has won many awards including the Coffs Coast Small Business Award for Agribusiness on four occasions.
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GERMINATION OF AN ENTERPRISE
In the late 1970’s there was interest in establishing new forms of agriculture in the Nambucca Valley. This was partly driven by a continuing flux of tree changes to the Mid North Coastal paradise. People were looking for opportunities to support themselves from their land.
This coincided with the emerging Macadamia industry in the Northern Rivers. The sub-tropical climate of the Nambucca was well suited to the Macadamia.
These new farmers where well organised and ready to invest coming from ex-military services and corporate drop outs. They quickly formed a local growers association for mutual support and regional advocacy.
In 1991 they established Nambucca Macnuts to enable the Nambucca Valley macadamia growers to take control of their own product for bulk growers pool processing and marketing.
For the last 20 years Nambucca Macnuts has balanced the variability of commodity demand, labour force, international markets and evolving technologies to be a top 5 exporter of goods from the Nambucca Region.