Berry big future in freezers
A DERWENT Valley farmer who has landed a deal to supply supermarket giant Coles with tonnes of frozen berries says it is a new frontier for the business.
“There is a growing demand for Australiangrown frozen berries,” said producer Richard Clark, whose family grows berries at Westerway on the Tyenna River and more recently on the banks of the River Derwent at New Norfolk.
The Clarks are contracted to supply up to 30 tonnes of raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries and mixed berries to supermarket freezers around the nation.
They already provide blackcurrants and raspberries for Coca-Cola Amatil’s Cascade cordials, and are planting another 8ha and creating five new jobs to help supply Coles.
Premier Will Hodgman said the deal was a massive vote of confidence in Tasmania’s agricultural sector.