· SPC now requires extra 24,000 tonnes of Australian produce
· Great news for fruit growers and for jobs in the Goulburn Valley
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan
today welcomed news of a five year, $70 million deal between SPC and
Mr Ryan said the deal means SPC will purchase an extra 24,000 tonnes of
Australian fruit, tomatoes and navy beans, requiring the equivalent of an
extra 86,000 fruit trees in the Goulburn Valley and tripling the amount of
tomato SPC supplies to Woolworths.
He said SPC would supply ready-to-eat fruit snacks to the supermarket.
“I congratulate SPC on securing this tremendous deal and I congratulate
Woolworths on showing faith in Australian produce,” Mr Ryan said.
“I also congratulate Australian consumers on showing faith in Australian
“Australian fruit and vegetables are the cleanest and greenest in the
world, grown to strict environmental regulations, and Goulburn Valley
produce is some of the nation’s finest.”
Mr Ryan said the decision showed that SPC and the Goulburn Valley had
bright futures and the Victorian Coalition Government’s decision to
co-invest with SPC had been a winner.
"This is great news for regional manufacturing jobs; harvesting jobs and
for growers, as well as for SPC and for Woolworths.
“The modern packaging and presentation of product which SPC will now
produce in partnership with Woolworths is the dawn of a new era for the
company,” Mr Ryan said.
“This sort of thinking will ensure SPC and Goulburn Valley prosper. New,
modern equipment at SPC is part of the deal with the Victorian Government,
and it has paid dividends.
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government's co-investment with SPC was largely
made possible by the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which aimed to
maintain and grow regional jobs.
“Every regional Victorian business has access to the same funding programs
which produced the SPC co-investment, Mr Ryan said.
“Our co-investment had no impact on the budget, being funded from existing
programs, which is a tribute to our business and investment programs – it
shows we have the structure right.
“If we as a government had bowed to ill-conceived calls to fund the removal
of fruit trees just a few short months ago, the growers of the Goulburn
Valley would not be in a position to meet this increased demand for their
“I have great faith in SPC and in the Goulburn Valley, and that faith has
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