Costa has international berry growing operations in Morocco and China and enjoys global success from its blueberry selection and breeding program.
In Morocco, the African Blue joint venture was established in 2007 between Costa and Total Berry (UK). At the end of 2018, there was over 400 hectares of blueberry plantings by African Blue and third party growers. African Blue supplies blueberries to a number of international markets including the UK and continental Europe.
Costa China is a joint venture established in 2016 between Costa and Driscoll’s. At the end of 2019, there were over 175 hectares of berry plantings (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries). Berries grown in China are supplied to the China market under the Driscoll’s brand.
Costa’s blueberry selection and breeding program has been running for more than 25 years and underpins our own farming operations. The Costa varieties are also in high demand around the world, and are licensed to third party growers in a number of regions including the Americas, Morocco, China and South Africa. We continue to develop and introduce new varieties that both delight consumers and appeal to growers.
We continue to develop and introduce new varieties that both delight consumers and appeal to growers.