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.