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Costa Group may end in foreign hands if offered for sale

January 23, 2015

Australia’s largest private fruit and vegetable company, Costa’s, could be snapped up by an overseas buyer if offered for sale. The Costa group has indicted it will either list the company on the stock exchange or sell it directly in a trade deal. Read more at

AUSVEG and APAL unite for National Convention double header

January 23, 2015

Two of the heaviest hitters in Australian horticulture are set to unite, with confirmation that AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) will host a joint National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast in 2015. Read More »

Frank Costa plans to sell family’s fruit and vegetable business

January 22, 2015

Australia’s largest horticultural producer, the Costa Group, is up for sale. Costa Group chairman Frank Costa said the company, which his parents took over in Geelong in 1938, was looking for a trade sale or an initial public offering within the next 18 months. Read more at

Tomato Inspiration Event draws the world’s top tomato growers

January 20, 2015

More than 200 horticultural representatives will attend the second Tomato Inspiration Event on February 5th in Berlin. Amongst them the top 100 tomato growers in the world. One of them will win the ‘Tomato Inspiration Award 2015’ and will succeed the Canadian Windset Farms as the best tomato grower in the world. Over 200 people have now signed up for the event, including growers, speakers, sponsors and the media. Read More »

Further dumping investigations into Italian tomatoes

January 20, 2015

AUSVEG has welcomed the announcement that Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission will investigate the alleged dumping of canned tomatoes into Australia by two Italian exporters. Read More »

Energy efficiency a key concern for vegetable growers

January 19, 2015

As Australian vegetable growers continue to struggle under the weight of rising production costs, an energy audit report on the industry has taken a closer look at power consumption and efficiency.
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AUSVEG opposes working holiday visa extensions for tourism industry work

January 14, 2015

AUSVEG, the leading horticultural body representing Australia’s 9000 vegetable and potato growers, is strongly opposed to any proposal to allow backpackers to extend their stays in Australia by working in seasonal tourism jobs, amid fears such a move would divert valuable labour resources from Australia’s vegetable and potato industries. Read More »