Company History

From humble beginnings, the company has evolved into one of Australia’s great agribusiness success stories.

  • 1967 Roger Fletcher purchased mobs of sheep from various sale yards and went droving. Stock is then sold by auction in various locations throughout New South Wales and Southern Queensland.
  • 1972 – 1980 Moree Abattoir - Slaughtering sheep through the service works. Sold carcases to wholesalers such as Woolworths and Coles, also sold to export boning rooms.
  • 1974 – 1980 Moree - Sold frozen bagged carcasses to Japan and Korea. Predominantly sold indirectly (through export brokers).
  • 1975 Operated boning room in Chullora (Sydney). Closed in the same year.
  • 1978 Commenced packing sheep skins for export. Export License acquired and started trading under International Prime Food Exports Pty Ltd.
  • 1982 – 1988 Operated boning room in Mudgee, NSW. Packing chilled and frozen mutton and lamb cuts.
  • 1982 – 1994 Operated boning room in Gunnedah, NSW. Packing chilled and frozen mutton and lamb cuts.
  • 1986 Incorporation on change of company name to Fletcher International Exports Pty Ltd.
  • 1988 Commissions greenfield site at Dubbo, NSW abattoir (Est #2309).
  • 1990 Fellmongery operation commences at Dubbo plant
  • 1995 Commissions Wool Scouring & Top-making plant at Dubbo plant – the first example of a wool processing plant being incorporated with an abattoir.
  • 1997 Roger Fletcher awarded “Distinguished Australian of the Year” at Australian Meat Industry Council National Conference.
  • 1998 Commissions greenfield site Narrikup abattoir, near Albany, Western Australia (Est #8).
  • 2001 Purchase of farm holdings near Lightning Ridge, NSW
  • 2005 Purchase of iconic property “Kiargathur” on the banks of the Lachlan River near Condobolin, NSW. Ideally located and suited for production of prime lambs and large-scale agricultural production.
  • 2007 Expansion of Dubbo plant livestock holding facilities,
  • 2007 Major upgrade to processing facilities in Dubbo plant.
  • 2007 Major upgrade to processing facilities in Narrikup plant.
  • 2007 Roger Fletcher awarded Honorary Doctorate of Business – Charles Sturt University
  • 2008 Construction of Fletcher rail freight terminal
  • 2009 Expansion of rail terminal to include grain handling facilities, becoming Fletcher Grain & Intermodal Freight Terminal
  • 2013 Expansion of Dubbo carton freezing and cold storage facilities.
  • 2014 Construction and commission of purpose built cement powder blending plant using imported products.
  • 2015 Commencement of Fletcher-owned freight train service direct from Dubbo facility into Sydney’s major export container terminal in Port Botany, NSW.
  • 2015 Major renewable energy initiative introduced at Narrikup plant (wood chip boiler system).
  • 2015 – 2016 Design and implementation of a new computer system for the commodity trading division.
  • 2016 Expansion of Grain and intermodal facility with a second AB triple length weighbridge, 3 new high capacity bunker unloading machines and new high capacity quad container packing machine.
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