Costa is the largest citrus grower in Australia. We grow a delicious variety of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangelos and mandarins.
Our citrus fruit simply has the best colour and taste possible. They're juicy, tart and flavoursome – and they're enjoyed by people around Australia and overseas.
The Costa Citrus Category is a leader in the area of agronomy innovation and sustainable water usage. In particular, our drip, fertigation and control systems have been developed into advanced Open Hydroponic System (OHS) technology for improved plant health, yield and fruit quality and size. We were also awarded an Environmental Sustainability Award at the Eleventh Annual South Australian Premiers Food Awards 2008.
At Costa, we value our role in the community. We are proudly one of the largest private employers in the Renmark and surrounding regions, with around 1,300 staff. We also support a range of local sporting and community clubs.
Farm to family
Our citrus fruit is marketed through Vitor and is distributed to leading Australian retailers, wholesalers and food producers. We also export renowned Australian citrus throughout the world including to the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Vitor Marketing looks after the sales of Costa’s citrus. The Vitor brand represents quality, consistency and near year round supply. Vitor also markets citrus produce from other selected growers and packing sheds with all of the fruit marketed by Vitor Citrus sourced from Riverland SA, Sunraysia VIC, Riverina NSW, and Central Burnett QLD.
Vitor personnel are passionate and experienced, and their number one priority is to provide the highest quality produce to discerning customers.
The range of fruits marketed by Vitor include:
More citrus facts
- Costa invests in continuous R&D into varietal improvement
- Rigorous pest management research programs are in place
- Advanced drip, fertigation and control systems are used
- South Australia's Riverland enjoys a fruit fly free status
- We export between 50 to 60% of our produce to Japan, Hong Kong, North America, SE Asia, Europe and the Middle East
Our citrus fruit is grown in the Riverland district in South Australia. The southern areas have a semi-desert climate, drawing irrigation water from the Murray River and associated irrigation schemes. These are ideal conditions for citrus fruit cultivation.
We also have a key marketing and farming alliance agreement with 2PH Farms in Emerald QLD – so we can sell and market citrus from January through to December.
South Australia's Riverland enjoys a fruit fly free status, which the South Australian Government is committed to maintaining. Issues with pests are relatively low due to the dry climate of the region.
Our Crop Calender is a great tool to see what is in season and when. Click Here to download.
Costa's citrus packing facilities are located close to growing areas and include state-of-the-art technologies that improve the quality and shelf life of the fruit. Our citrus is marketed through Vitor and distributed to leading Australian retailers, wholesalers and food producers.
For over 30 years, our citrus has been exported successfully to over 25 countries around the world. We now bring renowned Australian citrus to the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Selection and storage
To select: Look for smooth-skinned oranges that are firm and heavy for their size (this will mean they’re full of juice and flavour).
Avoid light, puffy or shrivelled fruit, or anything with soft spots or traces of mould.
To store: Oranges store well and can last quite some time at regular room temperature or refrigerated.
Handy to know?
Pop an over-ripe orange in a bag with an unripe banana and watch how fast the banana ripens!