Most frozen veg not Aussie: Woolies

WHEN you go to Woolworths and look for frozen vegetables, chances are they were not grown in Australia.

Woolworths' head of trade relations Ian Dunn told a Senate committee inquiry into the food processing sector in Canberra on Tuesday that just 6% to 7% of all frozen vegetables sold in its stores were Australian-grown.

He said of the rest 30% came from New Zealand, 30% Chinese and 30% from "the rest of the world".

In contrast, Mr Dunn said the company's fresh food sections had at much as 96% supplied by Australian growers, with the rest from various international sources.

Woolworths was one of several groups to take questions about its terms of trade, role in the food processing sector and marketplace pressures.

However, it did little to get the committee onside, having not made any written submission to the inquiry and taking several questions about its operations "on notice".

The hearing continues today with the inquiry due to report to parliament by June 30.


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