Woolworths private label signs $7 million deal with SPC Ardmona

  • August 14, 2013
  • Sophie Langley

Supermarket giant Woolworths has signed a $7 million deal with troubled Australian food manufacturer SPC Ardmona. The deal will see apricots, peaches, apples and pears from Victoria’s Goulburn Valley sold under the Woolworths Select brand.

Woolworths said the deal with SPC Ardmona, which is a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Amatil, will move the supply of the supermarket’s private label fruit from overseas to Australian-grown.

“We are passionate about Australian food,” said Tjeerd Jegen, Managing Director of Supermarkets and Petrol. “Our customers share this passion and have clearly told us that they want us to support Australian producers and manufacturers wherever possible,” he said.

Woolworths said it would also be sourcing three canned pineapple products from Queensland. The products will replace Woolworths Select fruit lines that were previously imported from South Africa and Thailand.

The deal between Woolworths and SPC Ardmona comes amidst an enquiry by the Australian Government’s new Anti-Dumping Commission into the impact of imported fruit and tomatoes on Australian farmers and manufacturers. Australian Food News reported in May 2013 that Coca-Cola Amatil had reported a drop in earnings, in part because of the impact of imported processed fruit on SPC Ardmona’s income.

“Woolworths already range SPC Ardmona’s branded lines (SPC, Goulburn Valley and Ardmona), and they are our single largest supplier of canned fruit,” said Mr Jegen. “They are a great partner and we’re pleased that together we are getting more Aussie canned fruit on our shelves for our customers to enjoy,” he said.

Woolworths signs deal with SPC Ardmona for fruit


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5 Responses to “Woolworths private label signs $7 million deal with SPC Ardmona”

  1. jude on August 15th, 2013 10:57 am

    Great news. It was devastating for all to hear the destruction of many thousands of fruit trees. I hope the fruit growers now will be paid well.and encouraged to grow more for Australia and export as well.

  2. Rob on September 6th, 2013 9:34 am

    It will be nice to be able to buy Australian canned fruit. Support Aussie farmers.

  3. jan on January 30th, 2014 7:25 pm

    if this large deal has been made why are SPC Ardmona faced with possible shut down in Victoria?

  4. Brook on February 5th, 2014 9:02 pm

    Interesting the deal happened after this http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-03/farmers-at-risk-of-suicide-after-losing-supply-contracts/4795684

    yeah isn’t woolies “passionate about Australian food”

    I was required to no other fruit than canned pears in syrup long story) and noticed around this time home brand started sourcing from South Africa.

    nice to know that horrible foreign aldi imports cheap imports.

  5. Brook on February 5th, 2014 9:12 pm

    825g tinned fruit that aldi sells from SPC -https://www.aldi.com.au/en/services/aldi-initiatives/supporting-aussie-businesses/

    We should all buy aussie when we can

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