New Zealand, Australia

Tasmanian McCain potato growers gain price increase

Tasmanian potato growers, supplying McCain now will receive a long-awaited price increase; grower Beau Gooch said the $33 per ton increase would help put profitability back. “It’s the biggest price rise we have had for a lot of years. It’s going to make a lot of difference. The price rises we have had the last few years haven’t even really kept up with CPI. We have had small pay rises, but none of them really stayed in the farmer’s pockets, we are hoping that this one rectifies that.”

Mr Gooch said McCain started the negotiations by offering $7.5 increase per ton. “We worked our way up. It was tedious, but you know, it is a negotiation, that’s what happens… we were pleased that McCain actually sat down and negotiated because in the past they haven’t done that. We got organised and got our collective bargaining through the TFGA and put a committee together and approached them.”

“It gives growers the confidence that we can invest money to become more productive. We are hoping that those investments help keep the price stable from here on in.”

Report by The Advocate here