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News of the po­ten­tial sale or merger of SPC should be ap­proached with an open mind, and may present new op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to the VFF.

VFF hor­ti­cul­ture pres­i­dent Emma Ger­mano said while much was still to un­fold fol­low­ing the news CCA was con­sid­er­ing op­tions for the fu­ture of the Shep­par­ton can­nery, the in­ter­ests of the re­gion’s grow­ers needed to be taken in to ac­count as the sit­u­a­tion de­vel­oped.

‘‘While there re­main many un­knowns, it is our hope that any sale or merger will con­trib­ute to new op­por­tu­ni­ties and a sus­tain­able fu­ture for grow­ers in the re­gion, as well as across Vic­to­ria.

‘‘Like any business, hor­ti­cul­ture grow­ers re­quire cer­tainty and sta­bil­ity to op­er­ate suc­cess­fully, and it is hoped any sale or merger may pro­vide that.

‘‘Sim­i­larly, for any business look­ing to take on the run­ning of the SPC fa­cil­ity, there are sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for innovation, new prod­uct devel­op­ment, and the estab­lish­ment of a sus­tain­able oper­a­tion,’’ Ms Ger­mano said.

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