Groundbreaking deal to create 300 jobs at Port Augusta

Tomatoes grown with solar power and seawater

A landmark 20 hectare greenhouse, where tomatoes are grown with solar power and desalinated

seawater, will be built at South Australia’s Port Augusta after the signing of an unprecedented 10

year contract between Sundrop Farms and Coles.

Sundrop Farms, which is a pioneer in sustainable agriculture for the arid world, will create around

300 jobs by building the stateoftheart greenhouse at Port Augusta. Construction is due to

commence this month.

In a win for jobs and investment in South Australia and for Coles’ customers across Australia who are

eating more tomatoes than ever before, the facility will grow truss tomatoes 365 days a year.

Announced today in Adelaide by the Premier of South Australia, The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP,

Sundrop Farms CEO Philipp Saumweber and Coles Managing Director John Durkan, the sustainable

horticulture model will also receive funding from the State Government over the next three years.

Mr Saumweber said the company was excited about commencing construction of the greenhouse

following a successful trial at Port Augusta and the signing of the 10year contract with Coles.

“This agreement represents a significant milestone for Sundrop Farms, giving us the confidence to

proceed with the Port Augusta project,” he said.

“Importantly, the Coles partnership allows Sundrop Farms to make a longterm commitment to

regional South Australia.”

Coles Managing Director John Durkan said Coles was pleased to help satisfy continual strong growth

in customer demand for tomatoes in Australia from a South Australian facility, which was highly

innovative and progressive for its use of solar energy and seawater.

“By entering into a 10year deal to buy Australiangrown tomatoes from Sundrop Farms, we are

supporting an enterprise which is redefining sustainable agriculture in Australia,” Mr Durkan said.

“This is the first time we have signed a contract of this length for Australiangrown fresh produce

and we are delighted it will be supporting the creation of 300 new jobs and investment in South


Mr Durkan said Sundrop Farms would supply Coles with truss tomatoes from early 2016.