Australia: McCain Foods, Victoria potato growers fixing ‘strained relationship’

McCain Foods agriculture director John Jackson has admitted the company’s relationship with Victoria’s potato growers has been damaged in recent years. However, the prosperity of McCain and the growers were intertwined, he said, and they needed a more co-operative relationship to survive against pressure from imports. Mr Jackson became McCain’s agriculture director – a national role based in Ballarat – in May last year. Mr Jackson said there was little scope in the short-term for an increase in the price paid to the farmer because McCain had to keep its own cost structure in order. However, there were other ways to improve how much money farmers made and kept from growing potatoes. More