The future of vegetable processor Simplot's North-West facility has been given a timely boost following the announcement by Woolworths that it will source 100 per cent of its frozen vegetables from Australia from next year.
The $16.5 million deal between Woolworths and Simplot will see the supermarket giant source all of its Select brand frozen vegetables from Australia by May 2014.
The Advocate has reported that the new contract will see an extra 5100 tonnes of peas, carrots, onions, corn, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts produced at the Devonport plant.
It said that an additional 650 hectares of vegetables will need to be planted to meet the requirements of the contract.
Simplot has welcomed the deal, however the future of the company's Tasmanian plant at Devonport is still under review.