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Australia: Costa's 20 hectare expansion receives support from state government

The Australian Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner today signalled the NSW Government’s strong support for plans by Costa to expand its tomato glasshouse operations at Guyra. Mr Stoner visited the current Guyra glasshouse facility with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and General Manager of the Costa Tomato Category Oliver Flint.

Costa is currently undertaking a major feasibility project to build an additional 20 hectare tomato glasshouse facility at Guyra, fulfilling the company’s growth strategy over the next five years and creating more than 300 extra employment opportunities.

Mr Stoner said NSW Trade & Investment was working with Costa in support of its efforts to expand.

“Costa is one of Australia’s biggest horticultural businesses, operating farms all over regional NSW, including berry farms in northern and southern NSW, a grape farm in the far west and a mushroom farm in the southern highlands,” Mr Stoner said.

Costa’s Guyra tomato glasshouse has been operating for the last eight years and was one of the biggest employers in the region. Costa already employs 350 employees during peak season and with this expansion, more local people will be able to find jobs, which will be of huge benefit to the region.

The facility’s operations are extremely efficient. Its current two 10 hectare glasshouses provide a controlled environment, where temperatures can be moderated and sunlight harnessed to control the amount of water used – this is particularly useful for the cold Guyra winter.

The Guyra farm grew blush branded truss tomatoes year round, which are then packed in five kilogram trays and 500g pre-packed formats for delivery to Australia’s major retailers and domestic markets. They also produce two varieties of cocktail truss tomatoes predominantly pre-packed for the retail chains.


Source: guyraargus.com.au

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