Strawberry crisis: Perth, Fremantle responds to needle scare with strawberry celebrations

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STRAWBERRY Sunday is coming to Fremantle this weekend, with 25,000 punnets being delivered to restaurants along the Cappuccino strip.

They will be encouraged to create strawberry-inspired dishes and give away strawberries to customers.

Fremantle-based strawberry distributor John Da Silva said it would be a great way for people to show their support for local growers.

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“We’ve got 20 tonnes of strawberries that have been donated from local growers to make this event happen,” he said.

“It would be would be a fantastic demonstration of confidence in our local industry and a real boost for the growers who are doing it tough at the moment.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said he was sure the restaurants would come up with great new recipes.

Meanwhile, Farmer Jack’s supermarkets are returning all profits from strawberry sales to growers.

In a statement, the company said it wanted to support growers through “these tough times”.

“This means 100 per cent of what you pay for strawberries will be paid to our growers without deduction,” it said.

“These growers are local families who have put their heart and soul into their business.”

The WA business has stores in Woodlands, North Beach, Gwelup, Halls Head, Subiaco, Claremont, Landsdale, Currambine and Butler.

The Cheesecake Shop announced today it would hand slice all strawberries and resume using them on its most popular cakes.

Managing director Ken Rosebery said the organisation wanted to support Aussie farmers and show it would not be “intimidated by these malicious saboteurs”.

“We are also encouraging our franchisees to be extra generous with strawberries on our cakes,” he said.