Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of premium fresh fruit and vegetables is distributing substantial quantities of berries to Australian and global customers with help from Crown Equipment.
Costa, which runs its berry operation in Corindi on the Mid-North-Coast of New South Wales, supplies approximately 45 per cent of Australia’s blueberries and 65 per cent of the country’s raspberries.
The company processes, packs and dispatches 100-plus pallets of produce per day in the peak season with the help of three Crown RC 5500 Series stand-up forklifts, an FC 5200 Series sit-down counterbalance forklift, a WP Series power pallet jack and an M Series walkie stacker.
Costa began using Crown material handling equipment at its berry operation in 2011 when the company bought its first RC Series forklift.
According to post-harvest manager, Sukhminder Grewal, the material handling staff at Costa reaped measurable benefits from the RC Series once they were used to its stand-up configuration.
“Our post-harvest team initially had reservations about using a stand-up forklift,” Mr Grewal said.
However, when they started using it, they found it to be very good and did not want to drive any other type of forklift.
“They have great performance and a long lasting battery – they last about three days in between charging. They’re easy to use in small spaces and the operators like using them.”
The success of the RC Series forklifts led the company to expand their fleet with Crown.
“Crown provided us with great service for our first forklift,” Mr Grewal said.
“When our business expanded we needed grow our forklift fleet too. We preferred Crown due to the top-class service and the team favoured their equipment.”
“Dealing with Crown staff has been great, we have no issues. They respond to our queries the same day or the next morning.”
“We’ve recommended Crown to other Costa sites and our West Australia site now uses Crown.”
Costa is a world leader in blueberry varietal improvement and is committed to the continual delivery of exceptional quality berries.
The company supplies produce to all major Australian supermarket chains, independent grocers and a range of food industry stakeholders.
In Australia, Costa’s berries are distributed and sold under the Driscoll’s brand. Within Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Costa sell blueberries under the African Blue and Fresh Corindi brands.
The company also exports to Asia, North America and Europe.
Caption: “Costa packs and dispatches 100-plus pallets of produce per day in the peak season with the help of three Crown RC 5500 Series stand-up forklifts.”