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Almond plantation in USA

Our Heritage

Established in 1921, Queensland Cotton is Australia’s oldest cotton ginning and marketing organisation. Queensland Cotton has its origins in the Australian Cotton Growing Association Limited, the British Australian Cotton Association and the Cotton Marketing Board. In May 1989, Queensland Cotton Holdings Limited was incorporated following deregulation of the Australian cotton industry and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1992.

In 2007, Olam acquired Queensland Cotton following which Queensland Cotton Holdings Limited was de-listed from the Australian Stock Exchange.

Olam Australia employs approximately 286 permanent staff and over 300 seasonal employees and contractors. Our head office is located in Brisbane with regional offices located around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Our History

  • 1921 Established as Australian Cotton Growing Association Limited
  • 1989 Corporatised / Company became an indpendent commercial entity
  • 1992 Publicly listed on the Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)
  • 1995 Expanded into New South Wales
  • 1997 Acquired operations in Fresno, California
  • 2003 Started trading Brazilian cotton
  • 2003 Acquired Mt Tyson Seeds
  • 2005 Started trading Texas cotton
  • 2006 Acquired three additional gins in New South Wales (from Twynam Group)
  • 2007 Queensland Cotton was purchased by Olam
  • 2007 Queensland Cotton was de-listed
  • 2008 Brazil operations acquired by Olam
  • 2008 Started marketing grains and awarded bulk wheat export accreditation by Wheat Exports Australia (WEA)
  • 2008 Started purchasing and exporting wool
  • 2009 Acquired Western Wool Marketing
  • 2009 Acquired almond orchards in Victoria
  • 2011 Acquired Selected Pulse Foods
  • 2012 Acquired M&M Wools
  • 2015 Sold Western Wool Marketing
  • 2016 Closure of the Hemmant Warehouse