Costa and SA government invest in mushrooms
Fresh produce producer Costa has announced a $60 million expansion for its mushroom production facility in Monarto, South Australia.
The expansion will be supported by the South Australian state government which has given Coata a $1.8 million grant.
It is expected that the expansion of the facility will create 200 new jobs and double the site’s production from 120 tonnes of mushrooms per week to 240 tonnes. Construction is expected to start later in 2017 and the facility will be operational in 2018.
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, said the expansion was another welcome investment.
“This expansion means South Australia [will] have the largest and most technologically-advanced mushroom production facility in Australia and supports our push to create the industries and jobs of the future,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer of Coasta, Harry Debney, said it was pleasing to see the government take an active interest in growing the food sector in regional areas.
“The Monarto site is our most modern facility and its central location relative to our network of farms means we can not only supply the local South Australian market with quality mushrooms but all other states within one to two days of ship,” he said.
The expansion was facilitated by Investment Attraction South Australia, a SA government body which encourages and supports business investment in South Australia.
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