Costa drives produce into new market

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A new trial led by the Costa Farms and Logistics team will see Costa Fresh Produce Boxes, filled with apples and bananas, delivered to 60 Caltex-Ampol service stations across Victoria on a weekly basis.
Joseph Borg, National Business Development Manager, Vertical Farming, said the trial launched this week was the result of an identified need to provide fresh fruit into the petrol and convenience market segment.

“While Victoria was locked down with COVID restrictions, we were able to complete the preparations for launch in readiness for when Victoria reopened,” Joseph said.

“This has provided Costa with an opportunity to diversify its customer base and establish a new platform for healthy snacking produce.

“It has also provided an opportunity for us to build different internal packing capabilities at Derrimut to meet the needs of new customers and their requirements.”

The trial has involved a cross-collaboration between Costa Farms and Logistics, the National Food Safety and Quality team and Vertical Farming.

“We have had a great team working on this project, with a strong focus on quality control to ensure we can provide the best quality fruit.

“This provides a prime opportunity to tap into the snacking platform.  Once we get through the State trial, if it is successful, we will look at the national opportunities and hopefully extend it to other produce lines.”

Sean Hallahan appointed Costa CEO

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Today the Costa board publicly announced the appointment of Sean Hallahan to the position of Costa Group CEO and Managing Director, to take effect from 31st March 2021.

Announcing the appointment Costa Chairman, Neil Chatfield said: “Sean’s appointment is the culmination of a rigorous global executive recruitment search which included both internal and external candidates, following the notification by current CEO Harry Debney of his intention to retire from a full-time executive role.”

Read the full announcement.