SPC Ardmona chief Peter Kelly won’t be asking for more money from his parent company any time soon.GEOFF ADAMS August 26, 2014 3:00am
SPC Ardmona chief Peter Kelly won’t be asking for more money from his parent company any time soon.
The Coca Cola Amatil board gave approval to his revised upgrade plan for the fruit processor just days before last week’s announcement.
SPC Ardmona has been a drain on CCA’s finances in recent years and the inability to secure Andrew Fairley Ave as part of the proposed $100
‘‘I certainly wouldn’t like to be asking again,’’ Mr Kelly told Country News last week.
‘‘We have to make this work, absolutely right now.
‘‘I plan on keeping a low profile in terms of asking for any more favours from CCA.
‘‘They’ve shown a good deal of patience with us.’’
The company will still consolidate the business from three sites onto one but the way it happens will be different.
‘‘Given we weren’t able to access the road and the area it provided, the whole plan of having a big construction project, bringing all of the business categories into one site, became problematic.
‘‘We still need to load trucks and move things around.’’
He said the original plan would have included spending about 25 per cent of the money on a new building.
‘‘That money has been redirected towards changing existing equipment to add more automation, give it a smaller footprint so we can jam more into a smaller factory.’’
He said it was an ‘‘excruciating’’ decision to decide which categories they would have to cut.
But he wanted to concentrate now on developing new products which would be successful.
‘‘This money will get us going.
‘‘Two of our products launched this year have already won prizes for being the best in their category. And SPC won the best promotional marketing award.
‘‘The board was impressed with the idea of letting us go and having our head. We have some good ideas.’’
For growers, Mr Kelly believes the upgrade will offer some longer term stability.
He expects to be able to give longer range supply forecasts.
The company will still meet its minimum requirement of employing 500 or more effective full-time employees, demanded by the Victorian Government when it offered the $22
Mr Kelly said he has been watching with interest the European Union subsidising tomato manufacturers to make up for any downturn created by the Russian Government’s decision to cease importing some food from the United States and the EU.
‘‘It’s a huge difference to the approach in Australia, including the attitude of the Productivity Commission.
‘‘I hope this is instructional for our bureaucrats.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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