Mush­room plant to close

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

A MUSH­ROOM farm in the North-West is set to close in 10 days, leav­ing 56 work­ers look­ing for jobs.

The Costa Group said its Sprey­ton mush­room fa­cil­ity used out­dated tech­nol­ogy and would be closed af­ter a chal­leng­ing year for the com­pany.

Costa Group cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Michael Toby said the 45-year-old farm, which pro­duces about 19 tonnes of mush­rooms each week, would close on Novem­ber 8.

“We have been look­ing at the vi­a­bil­ity of our sites and Sprey­ton is quite an old farm and uses out­dated grow­ing tech­nol­ogy,” Mr Toby said.

Costa has sub­stan­tial berry plant­ings near Pen­guin and in East Devon­port and Mr Toby said dis­placed mush­room work­ers would be of­fered work in the berry sec­tor.

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