Berry big fu­ture in freez­ers

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - ROGER HAN­SON

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.

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