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Minister to visit Shepparton SPC workers

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016

Workers and growers at Shepparton's SPC Ardmona will meet with the state's agriculture minister as uncertainty continues over their jobs.

Woolworth has been under pressure to honour its 2014 deal made to get its canned fruit supplied from SPC for five years.

This week, the supermarket giant dumped a separate tomato contract with the company, preferring to use another supplier.

Minister Jaala Pulford on Tuesday called on Woolworths to honour its $70 million deal and give workers some certainty.

"It is clear our growers and workers need certainty that they will have a job and not be left in limbo," she said in a statement.

She will visit SPC Ardmona on Friday to meet workers and show support.

The government gave SPC $22 million in 2014 to help them update their operations based on Woolworth's commitment.

Woolworths says talks with SPC over the next season's supply will conclude this week.

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