New deal to further support local growers

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A NEW deal made between SPC and Coles will see an extra 1.8 million cans of Aussie fruit produced for the Coles Brand each year.

Partnering with SPC, Coles has introduced a new range of preserved fruit in cans, including 100 percent Australian peaches, pears and apricots.

Head of Coles Brand, Mark Field said, “Coles is proud to work with an iconic Australian company such as SPC and local growers to offer products with Aussie-grown fruit.”

The new range includes Coles Brand Peaches in Syrup, Coles Brand Pears in Syrup 825g, Coles Brand Apricots in Syrup 825g and Coles Brand Fruit Salad in Syrup 825g.

SPC managing director, Reg Weine said, “It is great to see Coles continue to support local businesses and growers. The Coles brand volume will improve our factory utilisation and will also provide our growers with an additional outlet for their quality fruit.”

Shepparton grower, John Poulos said the partnership between Coles and SPC would allow farmers to sell fruit from more than 36,000 trees.

“Each peach tree represents a seven-year commitment until they’re producing fruit, and it’s even longer for pears, you plant pears for your heirs, so to have a commitment from Coles for this fruit makes life so much easier,” Mr Poulos said.