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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, May 11, 2012 Opinion Coles deal win for state KAROLIN MacGREGOR ANDREW CRAIGIE: Move is wonderful news'' 'It is very good news, but the devil is always in the detail and we don't want to see growers being squeezed on price' A COMMITMENT by ma- jor supermarket chain Coles to source the ma- jority of its frozen veg- etables from Tasmania has been welcomed by the state's vegetable industry. From this month on- ward, all 30 lines of Coles frozen vegetables will be sourced from Australian farmers and packed by Simplot Australia. The decision will make the Coles brand the only private supermarket label to have 100 per cent Australian-grown frozen vegetables. About 90 per cent of the company's frozen vege tables are sourced from Tasmania, so the move is expected to give the state's vegetable industry a much- needed boost. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association veg- etable council chairman Andrew Craigie said it was good news. ''We're very happy about it and hopefully it will drive bigger volumes,'' he said. ''It's wonderful news for the industry and look- ing at how things have gone in the past, Wool- worths may follow on and if that happens the compe- tition will be very good for the industry.'' As part of the announce- ment, Coles merchandise director John Durkan said the company was also add- ing two new frozen veg- etable lines to its range --- mixed green vegetables and baby beans. ''At a time when most other frozen vegetable brands are being sourced from overseas, we're very pleased that through our partnership with Simplot we've been able to con- tinue supporting Aust- ralian vegetable growers,'' he said. The company first launched its Australian- grown vegetable range in 2006 and since then it had been well supported by customers, he said. Total sales of frozen veg- etables for Coles are valued at $200 million a year and the Coles brand makes up about $40 million of that. Vegetables sourced from Tasmania make up about $37 million in overall sales each year. Mr Craigie said while the commitment was wel- come news, prices had to be sustainable for growers to continue to produce veg- etables in the long term. ''It is very good news, but the devil is always in the detail and we don't want to see growers being squeezed on price,'' Mr Craigie said. ''Coles are still compet- ing in the same market against lower priced im- ported products . . . growers need to be getting sustainable prices to sur- Health. Performance. Growth. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114 *Registered trademarks. Registered trademark of Pfizer. PAL0541/TC References: 1. Based on worm egg counts and larval differentiation conducted 2001-2011. Pfizer data of file. 2. Kloosterman A, GAA Albers, R Van den brink. Negative interactions between Oster tagia oster tagi and Cooperia oncophora in calves. Vet Parasitol 1984; 15: 135--150. Superior performance against the parasites that count. From over 43,000 dung tests conducted across Australia, we know the worms in your area are Ostertagia spp, Trichostrongylus spp and Cooperia spp1. In fact, they make up to 97%1 of the worm infestation in Tasmania. Individually these worms harm your cattle s performance. However, when they join forces they can seriously damage your operation which can result in reduced weight gain and ill-thrift.2 Are you using the right drench? For superior performance against the parasites that count, use Dectomax Pour-on. For more information call your Professional Sales Representative on 1800 814 883 or visit www.dectomax.com.au Dectoma x kills the worms that count in Tasmania MAIN WORMS IN YOUR AREA DECTOMAX POUR-ON CYDECTIN* POUR-ON EPRINEX* POUR-ON Cooperia spp. (Small intestinal worm) 35 days NO CLAIM 28 days Cooperia oncophora (Small intestinal worm) 21 days NO CLAIM 28 days Ostertagia ostertagi (Small brown stomach worm) 35 days 42 days 28 days Trichostrongylus spp. (Stomach hair worm) 35 days 28 days 21 days days of persistent activity
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