This paper looks at the emergence of the canned fruit and vegetable industry in New South Wales, and at its progress in recent years.
In March 2013 Windsor Farm closed its canning operations at Cowra, with the loss of 70 jobs. Apart from Billabong Produce’s relatively small tomato canning operations at Jerilderie, the only major producer of canned vegetables remaining in NSW is Simplot at Bathurst (principally processing sweet corn). Simplot, in turn, has stated that it too might consider closing its operations because of the current “very competitive food industry environment”.
This e-brief looks at the emergence of the canned fruit and vegetable industry in NSW, and at its progress in recent years. It is part of the wider industry of fruit and vegetable processing which, in turn, is part of the food manufacturing sector. Food manufacturing is the largest single component of the manufacturing sector. The broad issues around food production and manufacturing can be considered in light of the National Food Plan.