Costa’s North Maclean Queensland Mushroom Farm proudly supports local sporting club

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Costa Mushrooms Queensland Manager Jamie Fletcher recently visited the home of the  Mustangs Brothers Rugby League Club at Chambers Flat (south of Brisbane) to check on the new club jumpers which are now sponsored by Costa’s North Maclean mushroom farm.

 The club jumpers proudly display the ‘Costa – Well Grown’ logo, and Jamie commended the club for the great job they do in promoting the playing of sport in the local area and for providing young kids with an opportunity to be fit and healthy.   

“Costa is a major employer and economic presence in the local area, with 200 workers employed at our farm, so it is really important for us to support local community groups, including sporting teams such as the Mustangs”, said Jamie.

The Mustangs field teams from Under 6 (5-years-old) right up to the adults Open category. The club also has plans to start a women’s team.

The Mustangs club is run entirely by volunteers who are typical of the commitment and dedication that goes into the running of sporting clubs right across the country.

Costa looks forward to providing ongoing support to the Mustangs and wishes all of their teams the very best for season 2019!

Costa celebrates national banana day at Walkamin Primary School, Far North Queensland

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Australia celebrated National Banana Day on Wednesday May 1 and the team at Costa Bananas got into the celebrations by getting involved in their local community. 

5 MILLION Bananas are consumed by Australians everyday making them one of the most popular fruits in the country.

Approximately 95 per cent of bananas grown in Australia are the Cavendish variety. The next most popular is Lady Finger (about four per cent) and then there a range of other varieties grown for smaller markets, including Ducasse, Goldfinger, Red Dakka and plantain cooking bananas.

While Queensland accounts for 94 per cent of Australia’s 13,000 hectares of banana production, almost all of that is in North Queensland, mainly around the Cassowary Coast (Tully, Innisfail and Kennedy) region, south of Cairns, on the Atherton Tablelands, and at Lakeland, north of Cairns.

Costa has banana farms at Walkamin and Tully, producing from approximately 270 hectares.  

Costa was pleased to visit Walkamin Primary School to celebrate the day, where students enjoyed eating some locally grown bananas.

Costa officially opens expanded avocado packing facility in Childers, Central Queensland

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The official opening of Costa’s Childers (Central QLD) Avocado Packing Facility extension was held on Tuesday 30 April.

Costa was delighted to welcome The Honourable Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler to officially open the new expansion. Funding was made available through the Federal Coalition government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

The expanded facility in Childers will create more jobs for the local region through greater packing capacity, allowing both Costa and our third party growers to expand production in the coming years to meet customer demand.

Costa Avocado Category General Manager Shanon Williams noted the importance of the Childers growing region to Costa’s avocado production footprint.

“The Childers region is an important growing area for Costa and investing in this facility means we are making a long term commitment to the region, including the creation of new jobs and employment opportunities for people from within the region”, said Shanon.

Costa’s investment in the facility while increasing our capacity to grow, and export pack avocados, will also enable a greater focus on the health and safety of our workers which is paramount to Costa and our operations.