Australian fruit and baked beans processor SPC Ardmona is planning to shut down operations at one of its two major factories in central Victoria for a large part of the year in order to cut costs. The company's managing director Nigel Garrard said a decision would be made by May on whether the SPC factory at Shepparton or the Ardmona facility at nearby Mooroopna will be shut for two-third of the year, reported the Australian Financial Review.