Costa Group GM to lead new berry industry group

Closeup of assorted fresh berries isolated on white backgroundCosta Group’s general manager Peter McPherson was elected on Monday as president of the newly-formed Berries Australia Limited.

Australia’s berry groups have joined forces to represent a stronger voice in the industry. The new group includes Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association, Raspberries and Blackberries Australia, and Strawberries Australia.

The organisation will involve about 700+ growers across Australia. It includes horticultural enterprises, agribusinesses, local cooperatives and independent farms. Berries Australia said the total annual output of the 109,000 tonnes of berries has a gross return of A$1.05 billion farmgate price in the country.

McPherson said in a statement that Berries Australia plans to expand both domestic and global markets for Australian berries; innovate and develop growers’ skills; have sustainable farming practices; have ethical sourcing and engagement of labour and provide a safe working environment.

Berries are grown in all states with the exception of Northern Territory. Berries Australia members supply supermarket chains, retailers, food service and restaurants.

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