Explore our historical
beginnings

Shepparton Preserving Company (SPC®) incorporates as an
unlisted public company,with a primary focus on fruit.

SPC Factory
1921 - Ardmona Fruit Products Co-Op Ltd. opens for business.
1921Ardmona Fruit Products Co-Op Ltd. opens for business.

"ARDMONA® continues to provide Australians with products that help create delicious food for family and friends."

1926 - ARDMONA® starts processing canned fruit.
1926ARDMONA® starts processing canned fruit.
1925 - SPC® produces 6 million cans of fruit.
1925SPC® produces 6 million cans of fruit.
ARDMONA® celebrates the production of its one millionth case of fruit.
ARDMONA® celebrates the production of its one millionth case of fruit.
1939 - ARDMONA® forms its first subsidiary company, Goulburn Valley Canners Pty Ltd.
1939ARDMONA® forms its first subsidiary company, Goulburn Valley Canners Pty Ltd.
SPC® builds an additional factory to process vegetables for the armed forces.
SPC® builds an additional factory to process vegetables for the armed forces.
1944 - IXL® celebrates 50 million tins.
1944IXL® celebrates 50 million tins.

"Go natural
and get delicious
fruit anytime,
anywhere with
GOULBURN
VALLEY®"

1970
ARDMONA® commences tomato processing operations.
ARDMONA® commences tomato processing operations.

"Tasty and
convenient,
SPC® products
continue to bring
smiles to
Australian faces!"

First company in world to commercially pack fruit in decolourised pear juice.
First company in world to commercially pack fruit in decolourised pear juice.
Working the canning machines.
Working the canning machines.
1965 - Granny Smith Apples first processed.
1965Granny Smith Apples first processed.
1971 - ARDMONA® opens a multi-million dollar juice and paste concentrate plant.
1971ARDMONA® opens a multi-million dollar juice and paste concentrate plant.
1974 - SPC® launches SPC® Baked Beans & Spaghetti.
1974SPC® launches SPC® Baked Beans & Spaghetti.
ARDMONA® becomes the first processor in the world to recognise and satisfy the demand for fruit packed in natural juice, a move soon followed by other major manufacturers around the world.
ARDMONA® becomes the first processor in the world to recognise and satisfy the demand for fruit packed in natural juice, a move soon followed by other major manufacturers around the world.
The GOULBURN VALLEY® brand launches under a joint ARDMONA® and SPC® marketing arrangement.
The GOULBURN VALLEY® brand launches under a joint ARDMONA® and SPC® marketing arrangement.
1979 - Kyabram Factory.
1979Kyabram Factory.
1980SPC® Baked Beans & Spaghetti Original Television Commercial launched

"For generations
Australians
have chosen
GOULBURN
VALLEY®-
because we just
love fruit!"

SPC® develops a fruit imaging and sorting system.
SPC® develops a fruit imaging and sorting system.
1993 - SPC® lists on the Australian Stock Exchange.
1993SPC® lists on the Australian Stock Exchange.
1985-ARDMONA® is the first company to pack fruit in long life plastic tubs.
1985ARDMONA® is the first company to pack fruit in long life plastic tubs.
Mid 1980s - GOULBURN VALLEY® snack pack launched in ERCA format - a key development in deciduous fruit packaging technology.
Mid 1980sGOULBURN VALLEY® snack pack launched in ERCA format - a key development in deciduous fruit packaging technology.
1993 - SPC® celebrates 75 Years.
1993SPC® celebrates 75 Years.
Mid 1990sGOULBURN VALLEY® Gold launches with the Oarsome Foursome TV commercial.
1990s-Launch of ARDMONA® Rich & Thick Range.
1990sLaunch of ARDMONA® Rich & Thick Range.

"Locally grown
in Australia and
ripened on the vine,
ARDMONA®
tomatoes are full of
sweetness and true,
rich flavours."

1995-SPC® is one of first Australian companies to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation.
1995SPC® is one of first Australian companies to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation.
1998-IXL® Fruit Press Ad.
1998IXL® Fruit Press Ad.
Mid 1990s - SPC® fruit in plastic launched.
Mid 1990sSPC® fruit in plastic launched.
1996-SPC® launches Cool Fruits in Juice (120g Racque)
1996SPC® launches Cool Fruits in Juice (120g Racque).
SPC® installs a plant in Thailand, producing tropical fruit products that are exported to Europe and the USA.
SPC® installs a plant in Thailand, producing tropical fruit products that are exported to Europe and the USA.
Late 1990s - In a world first SPC® launches microwavable Beans & Spaghetti (220g & 2x130g).
Late 1990sIn a world first SPC® launches microwavable Beans & Spaghetti (220g & 2x130g).
2001SPC® – Shane Warne Microwavable Beans TV commercial.
2002-SPC and Ardmona merge to become SPC Ardmona.
2002SPC and Ardmona merge to become SPC Ardmona.
2003-Taylor's® print ad.
2003Taylor's® print ad.
2003-ARDMONA® Rich n' Thick print ads.
2003ARDMONA® Rich n' Thick print ads.

"Since 1898, IXL®
has been treating
Australians to
classic, good
old-fashioned jam
and marmalades."

2004-SPC Ardmona buys Henry Jones IXL extending our portfolio to include jams.
2004SPC Ardmona buys Henry Jones IXL extending our portfolio to include jams.
2004-SPC® Nature's Finest is successfully launched into the UK market
2004SPC® Nature's Finest is successfully launched into the UK market

"SPC Nature's
Finest™ is now the
number one
packaged fruit
product in the UK."

2005-Coca-Cola Amatil's acquisition of SPC Ardmona is formalised on 25 February
2005Coca-Cola Amatil's acquisition of SPC Ardmona is formalised on 25 February
2006-After a major $15 million investment, the new National Distribution Centre opens in Shepparton.
2006After a major $15 million investment, the new National Distribution Centre opens in Shepparton.
2004-SPC Ardmona establishes a production base in Spain.
2004SPC Ardmona establishes a production base in Spain.
SPC® Fruit Crushers launched.
SPC® Fruit Crushers launched.
2006SPC® – Pull my Finger TV commercial.
2011 - Deliciously wholesome and fun SPC® Fruit Crush-ups and Power Pulp pouches are launched!
2011Deliciously wholesome and fun SPC® Fruit Crush-ups and Power Pulp pouches are launched!

Follow our journey over the past 90 years and discover how SPC Ardmona has grown from humble beginnings into the strong and vibrant company it is today.

  

The Shepparton Preserving Company (SPC®) and Ardmona® brands were established by growers in the early 1900s to process locally grown fruit from Victoria’s Goulburn Valley region. In 2002 the two companies pooled their resources and expertise to present a stronger, united Australian presence against low cost and subsidised international competitors. This move created SPC Ardmona, the largest producer of packed fruit and vegetables in Australia. Two years later SPC Ardmona acquired Henry Jones IXL, further adding to our family of vibrant Australian known brands.

 

Some key milestones:

 

1917     SPC® incorporates as an unlisted public company, with a primary focus on fruit

1921     ARDMONA® opens for business

1939     ARDMONA® forms its first subsidiary company, Goulburn Valley Canners Pty Ltd

1970s   ARDMONA®, SPC® and Riverland join sales forces to launch the Goulburn Valley® brand

1971     ARDMONA® opens a multi-million dollar juice and paste concentrate plant

1973     ARDMONA® commences tomato processing operations

1974     SPC® launches SPC® Baked Beans & Spaghetti

1976     ARDMONA® becomes the first processor in the world to recognise and satisfy the demand for fruit packed in natural juice, a move soon followed by other major manufacturers around the world

1981     ARDMONA® introduces a unique ‘Snack Pack’ – a key development in deciduous fruit packaging technology

1985     ARDMONA® is the first company to pack fruit in long life plastic tubs

1986     ARDMONA® develops a fruit imaging and sorting system

1993     SPC® lists on the Australian Stock Exchange

1998     SPC® installs a plant in Thailand, producing tropical fruit products that are exported to Europe and the USA

2001     SPC® undertakes a second capital restructure, forming SPC Group

2002     SPC® and ARDMONA® merge to become SPC Ardmona

2004     SPC Ardmona buys Henry Jones IXL extending our product portfolio to include jams

2004     SPC Nature’s Finest™ is successfully launched into the UK market

2004     SPC Ardmona establishes a production base in Spain

2005     Coca-Cola Amatil’s acquisition of SPC Ardmona is formalised on 25 February

2006     After a major $15 million investment, the new National Distribution Centre opens in Shepparton

2011     Deliciously wholesome and fun SPC® Fruit Crush-ups and Power Pulp pouches are launched!

2012    Launch of our snacking product Fresh Cut (now Snack Bites)

2013    Launch of our 100% Aussie Grown and Made labels for SPC fruit, baked beans and spaghetti