10 hectare glasshouse brings jobs to regional NSW
25 November 2015
With support from the NSW Government, Australia's biggest horticultural business has significantly expanded its operations, creating more jobs in regional NSW.
Costa, a major Australian grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables, completed the construction of two new glasshouses totalling 10 hectares at its tomato operations at Guyra.
The upgrades and expansion of their facilities will help the company to produce 21 million kilograms of tomatoes a year.
The company which employs up to 6,000 people during the peak harvest season is investing up to $60 million in the expansion which is estimated to create more than 170 new jobs for Guyra and surrounding areas of Northern NSW.
Supporting regional NSW
NSW Department of Industry has a particular focus on regional NSW including an economic development strategy.
NSW remains the largest and most diverse regional economy in Australia, contributing $138 billion to the NSW economy. More jobs were created in regional NSW last financial year than in all of the other Australian states and territories combined.
Huge demand for NSW's agriculture and food products
There is huge domestic and international demand for NSW's agriculture and food products. Locally, food retailing is the biggest driver of growth in NSW's retail industry.
In 2013-14, annual food retail turnover (including supermarkets, grocery stores, liquor stores, cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services) was valued at more than $45 billion.
Costa's expansion demonstrates the demand for NSW's agriculture and food products. As well as tomatoes, the company produces berries, mushrooms, citrus, bananas and table grapes, as well as being a leading marketer of avocados. Costa supplies Australian supermarket chains and independent growers and exports to Asia, North America and Europe.
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