Timeline

Awards

1955-1988
1989-1999
2000-2009
2010-2019

1955

  • Established HJ Lee & Sons

1960

  • Established Leeson Pty Ltd

1961

  • Acquired and commenced beef cattle operations at Mitchell

1965

  • Acquired and commenced Brindley Park beef cattle breeding operations at Roma

1968

  • Commenced Brindley Park beef cattle lot-feeding operations at Roma
  • Commenced ‘Over the Hooks’ beef carcass supply to Coles supermarkets

1989

  • Acquired and commenced Brisbane Valley beef cattle lot-feeding operations at Esk

1995

  • Commenced beef boning operations at Cannon Hill

1996

  • Leased and commenced beef processing operations at Coominya

1997

  • Established Australian Country Choice Group
  • Re-commenced beef slaughter and boning operations at Cannon Hill
  • Acquired and commenced Babbiloora beef cattle-breeding and backgrounding operations at Augathella
  • Commenced meat value-adding operations at Cannon Hill

1998

  • Acquired and commenced Redford beef cattle breeding and backgrounding operations at Mungallala

2000

  • Acquired Q-Meat abattoir for redevelopment at Cannon Hill
  • Commenced meat retail-ready operations at Cannon Hill
  • Acquired and commenced Niella beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma
  • Acquired and commenced Chesterton beef cattle backgrounding operations at Augathella

2001

  • Commissioned new beef slaughter operations at Cannon Hill
  • Acquired and commenced Wellclose beef cattle-breeding and backgrounding operations at Adavale
  • Commissioned new rendering operations at Cannon Hill
  • Commissioned new biofilter operations at Cannon Hill
  • Acquired and commenced Listowel Valley beef cattle backgrounding at Adavale
  • Acquired and commenced Black Mountain beef cattle backgrounding at Adavale
  • Acquired and commenced Gifford beef cattle breeding operation at Adavale
  • Commenced export operations for Coles supermarkets
  • Acquired and commenced Mooga South beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma

2002

  • Commissioned new value-add: sausage and pumped meats operations at Cannon Hill
  • Commissioned new retail-ready operations at Cannon Hill
  • Acquired and commenced Bundilla beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma
  • Leased and commenced Mount Tabor beef cattle-breeding operations at Augathella

2003

  • Commissioned new integrated connection to swire cold storage at Cannon Hill

2004

  • Commissioned Stage 2 redevelopment at Brindley Park beef cattle lot-feeding operations at RomaCommissioned redevelopment of retail value-added operations at Cannon Hill
  • Commissioned Stage 1 redevelopment of boning room operations at Cannon Hill

2005

  • Acquired and commenced Hay Roma irrigated fodder and beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma
  • Commissioned Stage 3 redevelopment of Brindley Park beef cattle lot-feeding operations at Roma

2006

  • Commissioned new retail-ready cutting and packing operations at Cannon Hill

2008

  • Acquired and commenced Mooga Hills fodder production and beef cattle backgrounding operation at Roma

2009

  • Commissioned Stage 2 redevelopment of boning operations at Cannon Hill

2010

  • Acquired and commenced Perrets block beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma

2011

  • Acquired and commenced Dungowan beef cattle backgrounding operations at Augathella
  • Acquired and commenced Mooga West beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma
  • Acquired and commenced Boomerang beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma

2013

  • Leased and commenced Rosewood beef cattle backgrounding operations at Augathella
  • Acquired and commenced Toarki beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma

2014

  • Acquired and commenced Piber beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma
  • Acquired and commenced Baroola beef cattle backgrounding operations at Roma

2015

  • Acquired and commenced Opal Creek beef cattle lot-feeding operations at Cecil Plains
  • Acquired and commenced Barkly Downs beef cattle breeding operations at Mount Isa
  • Commissioned Stage 3 redevelopment of boning operations at Cannon Hill
  • Commissioned Stage 2 redevelopment of slaughter operations at Cannon Hill

2016

  • Acquired and commenced Dooloogarah beef cattle-breeding operations at Augathella

2017

  • Installation of new infrastructure and upgrade at Opal Creek (35,000 capacity)
  • Opal Creek feedmill infrastructure and upgrade

2018

  • MB9+ joint venture specialised breeding
Industry Awards

2017

  • Recipient of the Hitachi Global Transformation Award [link: https://www.mla.com.au/news-and-events/industry-news/data-led-innovation-drives-international-award-win/]
  • Finalist in Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue at Queensland’s Safe Work and Return to Work Awards for safe stockyard design

2016

  • Mintrac: Employer of Choice Award
  • Export Council Australia: Agribusiness Exports Award
  • Brisbane City Council: Optus Platinum Business Award
  • Brisbane City Council: HSBC Export to Asia Award

2012

  • Queensland Manufacturing Institute: Employer of Choice

2011

  • NAB Agribusiness Awards: Employer of Choice Award
  • Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce: Exporter of the Year Award
  • Australian Industry Group: Queensland Icon Company Award

2009

  • Brisbane City Council: Lord Mayor’s Innovation Award

2008

  • Queensland Premier Smart State Awards: Food & Agribusiness Award
  • Brisbane City Council: Lord Mayor’s Business Growth Award

2007

  • NAB Agribusiness Awards: Australian Primary Producer Award
  • AMIC: Safe Food Queensland Best Practice Award

2006

  • Logistics Mercury Awards: Australian Best Manufacturer Award
  • GS1 Supply Chain Excellence Awards: Standards in Action Award
  • Australian Safety & Compensation Council: Best WH&S System Award
  • Queensland Department of State Development: Best WH&S System Award
  • Logistics Association of Australia: Best Manufacturer Award
  • GS1 Technology: Standards Excellence Award
  • AMPC: National OH&S Innovation Award

2005

  • Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Australia Queensland: Logistics achievement of the Year Award
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Australia Queensland: Logistics achievement of the Year Award

2004

  • Rabobank Agribusiness Excellence Awards: Australian Value Chain Management Award
  • Agforce Queensland: Rabobank Red Meat Innovation Award
  • Agforce Queensland: Rabobank Environmental Management Award

2003

  • MIS (Fairfax) IT Innovation Awards: National Supply Chain Innovation Award
  • Queensland Department Primary Industries: Red Meat Innovative Value-Adding Award
  • Australian Meat Industry Council: Safe Food Queensland Best Practice Processing Award
  • Fairfax MIS Australia: National IT Innovation in Agribusiness Award

2002

  • Logistic Association of Australia: National Supply Chain Management Award
  • Queensland Department Primary Industries: Environmental Best Practice Management Award