Costa Tomatoes celebrates end of successful year

20th Dec 2022

Costa Tomatoes is celebrating the end of a successful year with Christmas celebrations for employees. Costa State Manager NSW Vertical Farming, Scot MacDonald, said it had been a successful year and he welcomed the support from the entire team, local businesses and the community.
“We started the year with our expanded glasshouses coming into full production. This means we now have the capacity to produce up to 20 million kilograms of tomatoes per annum,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Our new facilities also include a 2.5 hectare nursery, where we are trialling new varieties to meet the demands of our customers.
“It’s been really exciting seeing this project come to fruition, which has flow-on benefits for the whole region including expenditure on goods and services within the New England region of approximately $11 million a year.”
Mr MacDonald said a key focus throughout the year was supporting the local community and organisations across the region. This has included support for the Armidale Regional Show, Guyra Show Society, Armidale based social enterprise Back Track, Duval Dam Buster Trail Run and UNE Agriculture Careers Expo. Costa also offered a $5000 scholarship through UNE.
“We have also continued to provide our healthy tomatoes to numerous organisations and schools and have had the opportunity to host a number of local groups for tours of our facility.
“At a broader level, Costa’s tomato and mushroom operations have partnered with Coles to contribute $200,000 over two years to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, which promotes healthy food habits from a young age.”
Mr MacDonald thanked all employees including those from the Pacific Islands.
“It was great to see the excitement in our workforce as they followed the Samoan team reach the final of the Rugby League World Cup. It was the first time a Pacific Island nation had reached this level.
“We are very grateful for the support of our local community, and in particular want to acknowledge the members of our Costa Tomato Exchange Community Reference Group – Dot Vickery, Rev Andrew Campbell, David Bearup – for their valuable contribution through the year.”