SPC Ardmona slashes canning quotas

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 16th June 2010

SPC Ardmona have advised their suppliers that the company will not be able to accept all the peaches and pears produced in the coming season.

A letter from SPC Ardmona, owned by soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil, said that the quota for canning pears would be reduced by as much as 25%.

“In the current economic climate, the company anticipates difficulties in recovering lost export markets for pear products, and we expect there will be a reduction in the canning pear requirement,” said SPC Ardmona crop supply manager Simon Mills.

Quotas for apricots and plums are expected to remain at 100% of available produce, but peaches are expected to take a blow.

“For peaches, just from the growers I’ve spoken to, it looks like they’re going to have a five to 19 per cent reduction in quota,” said Fruit Growers Victoria general manager John Wilson.

While Wilson described the quota cut as “another knock for good honest fruit growers”, he said the “one saving grace” of this year’s cuts was early notice from the cannery, giving growers time to change their plans.