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Costa Fruit & Produce

 Costa addressed topics including the impact of the recession on the industry, including the prospects for more mergers and acquisitions. “Ultimately, the winners in this period are going to be the companies that are looking at it as an opportunity, that aren’t destroying their infrastructures and that are forging ahead with their projects,” he said. “At the end of the day, those are the ones that are going to be the winners.”

Costa also discussed innovative measures his company is taking towards going green, working with local growers and proactively helping with issues such as childhood obesity. One particularly innovative and successful program that Costa has introduced to its school accounts is called IMOVE, a child nutrition program that rewards kids for making healthful menu choices.

Asked if there are any breakthrough technologies on the horizon that will impact his business, Costa said he’s very excited about a new “space age” technology – one that’s all natural, organic and sustainable – that could enable local growers to produce products 52 weeks a year.

NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country. To view Costa’s full interview, visit http://www.necn.com/Boston/Business/2009/02/10/Manny-Costa-talks-about/1234317901.html.

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