SPC Ardmona, trading as SPC, is an Australian-based company, owned by parent company Coca Cola Amatil that specialises in large fruit packing and owns and operates a canning factory in Shepparton and Kyabram. SPCA closed its Mooroopna processing plant in 2011.
The Shepparton Preserving Company is the full name of SPC.
SPC Ardmona was formed in 2002 by the merger of the former Shepparton Preserving Company (SPC) and Ardmona. SPC was incorporated as a public listed company in 1912, and Ardmona opened in 1921. The company is currently owned by Coca-Cola Amatil in an acquisition that was finalised on 25 February 2005.
In October 2013, the company sought financial assistance from the Federal and Victorian governments to modernise it operation. SPCA requested A$ 50 million, including 25 million pledged by the then prime minister, Kevin Rudd, four days before the 2013 federal election. It wanted the Victorian Government to match the Federal grant.
SPCA lost $25 million in 2013, compared to a $70 million profit 8 years earlier. In 2012, SPCA disposed $100 million of fruit bought under contract because it could not be sold, blaming it on “plummeting” local and export orders. A former Coca-Cola Asia executive, Peter Kelly, went to the company in April 2013 to attempt to turn it around.
In early 2014, SPCA sought $25 million of government assistance as part of a plan to upgrade the Shepparton cannery. The proposal was later rejected by the Abbott Government. Shortly afterwards however, the Victorian Government announced that $22 million would be provided.
In March 2014, SPCA signed a deal with Woolworths to supply an extra 24,000 tonnes (53,000,000 lb) of local product, worth $70 million, over five years. They will supply Woolworths with beans, canned tomato soups and all its home brand fruit.
Peter Kelly, SPCA managing director, said that Australian consumers were buying more fruit in response to the company’s problems, with sales in the first 2 months of 2014 up by 60% at Woolworths alone.
In June 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola Amatil had sold the SPC business to a group called Shepparton Partners Collective, for $40 million. Shepparton Partners Collective is a joint venture between Perma Funds Management, a boutique investment house, and The Eights, a private equity firm. The sale was subject to a four-year deferred payment which, subject to business performance, could generate a further $15 million for Coca-Cola on top of the money paid up-front.
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- Official website
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