A berry good start to the day

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Our berry team at Corindi on the North Coast of New South Wales has engaged with a local high school to provide students with access to a healthy and nutritious breakfast.

 The Orara High School’s Breakfast Club provides meals to around 40 students a day and Costa supports the program, providing complementary fresh berries on a weekly basis for the school.

Breakfast is a vital meal and according to the Australian Red Cross the benefits of a school breakfast program for students who have not had breakfast at home includes providing essential nutrition for children and adolescents, better health and learning outcomes, socialisation and increased participation and engagement at school.


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Following discovery of damage to plastic rollers on a packaging line at its Victorian mushroom production facility, the Costa Mushroom category has issued a consumer alert advising that some punnets of sliced mushrooms could contain large pieces of white plastic, and that the product is being recalled.

Sliced mushrooms sold in plastic bags are not affected by this alert.

As soon as the issue was detected, even though there were no reported incidents, Costa advised food safety authorities of the intention to conduct a recall, and retailers were notified to withdraw the product from sale. 

While the probability of consumer impact is extremely low, and the large pieces of white inert plastic would be highly visible, consumers who have not used the sliced mushrooms are advised to return the product to the store of purchase to receive a full refund.

 Please see the Food Recall notice below:

Costa raises funds for Tolga State School in Great Wheelbarrow Race

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Congratulations to the Costa Berries Far North Queensland team who recently took part in the 140km Great Wheelbarrow Race, raising more than $4,000 for the Tolga State School.

The race honours the pioneers who pushed their wheelbarrows full of possessions from the coast to the Atherton Tablelands in the Gold Rush era. Regional Farm Manager Rob King said it was the first year a Costa team had been involved.

“We are very pleased to have raised more than $4,000 for the small Tolga State School, which will put the money towards updating science kits for the primary school children in their science studies curriculum hopefully to educate the next generation of aspiring horticulturists,” Rob said.

The Great Wheelbarrow Race is now in its 15th year and attracts more than 40 teams, who push a wheelbarrow from the small town of Chillagoe to Mareeba, following the Wheelbarrow Way.

Thanks to the following sponsors of the Costa Berry team: Barron Valley Hotel; Costa Avocados & Bananas; Tully Welding Works; Jason Cummings Electrical Service; Tableland Pump & Irrigation Repairs & Service; Landmark; and Peter Buckley Bobcat & Excavations Pty Ltd.