Qld food minister to meet with growers following Golden Circle closure

Posted by Rita Mu

The Queensland Government will be working with beetroot growers to discuss the challenges they will face leading up to the closure of Golden Circle’s Brisbane manufacturing plant.

Last week, Heinz revealed more than 300 jobs would be cut as a result of a company restructure. Tis included 160 jobs at the Golden Circle plant in Northgate, Brisbane; 146 in Girgarre, near Shepparton, North Victoria; and 38 in Wagga Wagga. The closure of the three Australian facilities is expected to take 12-months. The company’s production of sauces, beetroot and some ready meals will be relocated to the Heinz’s plant in Hastings, New Zealand. 

Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Food, Tim Mulherin, said he would be meeting with beetroot growers from the Golden Circle Northgate factory this Wednesday to help them make the transition to other markets.

"I want to come away from this meeting with a clear understanding of transitional arrangements needed by growers to ensure they suffer no lasting impacts from this change,” he said.

“…The nine affected growers are being offered financial and other assistance from Golden Circle to make these transitions. 

"Golden Circle have assured me that they will be working very closely with growers to ensure they receive the support they require to transition to other crops or supply arrangements. I am advised this will include financial support.

"I understand that details of this support will be discussed with individual growers depending on their circumstances.

"Golden Circle advised that this is a business decision to help them become more competitive in a challenging environment,” Mulherin said.

Image: goldencircle.com.au

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