Ready for labels

October 10, 2017

Home grown support...SPC believes it will benefit from the new food labelling requirements.

SPC supports the approaching changes to food labelling, which should make it easier to see where our food comes from.

The new requirements make it clearer where products are produced, grown, made or packed.

The labels also show what percentage of the ingredients come from Australia.

SPC’s ingredients business is growing as the company works with producers, manufacturers, processors, importers and retailers to meet the July 1 target.

‘‘As an Australian company recognised for producing home-grown fruit and vegies from Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, we are well-placed to help our ingredients customers meet the Country of Origin Labelling requirements,’’ SPC head of ingredients and foodservice Abbey Jones said.

SPC provides tomatoes to South Australian company Mexican Express for the salsa, sauces and marinades it provides to quick service restaurants, food services, retailers and others across and outside Australia.

‘‘Mexican Express is a proud supporter and avid user of Australian produce,’’ managing director Ian Young said.

‘‘We believe it is a critical part of Australia’s wellbeing to have a thriving farming and processing industry,’’ he said.

Ms Jones said: ‘‘We are dedicated to making it easier for Australians to make decisions about where their food comes from and to buy home-grown ingredients.

‘‘We support the transparency these regulations bring about and encourage Aussies to buy locally grown products — thus supporting our farmers, local production and jobs here in Australia.’’

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