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The South Australian Grower -- November 2009
Grower demand prompts
big regional expansion
AT a time when many suppliers are
moving further away from growers, one
company wants to establish agencies in
the heart of Australia's horticultural regions.
CEVA Pallecon has launched a new sub-
agency at Lindenow, in the East Gippsland,
Victoria -- an area known for its broccoli, lettuce
and cabbage production.
The new agency will be run as a trial, with the
company looking to further increase its presence
in other key regions of Australia.
CEVA Australia managing director Howard
Critchley said it was important to listen to
customers and provide them with the right
products to meet their supply chain requirements.
"By opening a sub-agency in the region, we
are able to provide a personalised and timely
ser vice that will meet the rising demand for our
products," Howard said.
"We will monitor the performance of this sub-
agency closely with a view to opening similar
sub-agencies at other principal food growing
regions in Australia."
CEVA Pallecon is taking advantage of demand
from growers for their CEVAbins line, and
hopes that its presence in grower heartlands will
lift product use.
Designed to meet a standard Australian
footprint, the bins fold down to one-third of
their size, for easier freight and storage.
Weighing under 50 kilograms, the vented and
non-vented models are over 1 square metre
across and 600 millimetres deep.
New agency improves grower access
Further expansion goals
Easy freight and storage
AT A GLANCE
CEVA Pallecon regional business development manager Kevin Jones with Andrew
Bulmer from Bulmer's Farm Fresh Vegetables at the opening of CEVA Pallecon's sub-
agency at Lindenow in the East Gippsland region of Victoria.
They are available on a flexible
rental basis in vented and non-vented
models, and are made from recyclable
food-grade polymer that has been
CEVAbins have smooth inner walls
that provide protection for the
contents, which prevents any
produce becoming caught in wall
Details: 1300 133 133,
Partnership to give growers an edge
By RICHARD MULCAHY
AUSVEG Chief Executive Officer
IWAS very proud to announce the new
strategic partnership between AUSVEG
and rural ser vices organisation Elders at
the end of September.
The company have a long and proven
history of supporting Australian growers
and this partnership further indicates
The partnership provides a great
opportunity for the Australian vegetable
and potato industries, with growers able
to share and benefit from the collective
expertise of the organisations.
AUSVEG has been making strong
advances in the horticulture industry in
recent months. Research and
development initiatives will continue to
form a key focus with Elders to be
involved in a number of industry events
planned for the next 12 months.
In addition, the partnership will foster
AUSVEG's growing role in lobbying
the Australian Government on issues
such as award modernisation and the
competition between Australian growers
and the growing import market trade.
Thanks to our recent efforts, we have
had success in persuading the Australian
Government to reconsider the original
proposed changes to the Horticulture
Industry Award in the award
AUSVEG has been closely involved in
talks regarding free trade and the
increasing import market from Asia.
This is an area of concern with recent
findings in an Australian Bureau of
Agricultural and Resource Economics
sur vey showing a three per cent fall in
vegetable farm incomes in 2007-08,
indicating that rising farm input costs
and competition from China and other
countries are affecting the bottom line
of Australian vegetable growers.
Earlier in the year, AUSVEG was also
involved in making recommendations to
the Australian Government in regard to
the horticulture tariff outcomes under
the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free
The increasing competition from
China, in particular, is largely due to
the lower input costs in their
horticulture industry -- in particular
lower labour costs.
With the ABARE report revealing
86pc of vegetable growers perceive
rising farm input costs to be one of the
greatest obstacles to the future viability
of the industry, AUSVEG's involvement
in issues such as these at a legislative
level is as important as ever.
Thanks to the new partnership with
Elders, AUSVEG will now have
increased resources to continue this
important public affairs work on behalf
of Australian vegetable and potato
Details: AUSVEG 03 9544 8098
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