Chiquita Brands and Fresh Express

1855 Griffin Road, Ste. C436
Dania,  FL 
United States
http://www.chiquita.com
  • Booth: 2037

For more than 100 years Chiquita has been brining bananas to the world as a joyful and family-friendly brand, instantly recognizable through the iconic Blue Sticker and Miss Chiquita. Our history shows a consistent commitment to excellence, which we continue with the same passion today. 

Chiquita is a leading global company with 20,000 employees across 30 countries. We are passionate about our nutritious, high-quality, energy-rich and value-added bananas.

Chiquita's products are sold in nearly 70 countries around the world. Chiquita Brands International grows, procures, markets and sells bananas and other fresh frutis under the Chiquita brand and other names.


 Press Releases

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 14, 2019 – Chiquita Brands International, the world’s leading banana company, is launching its “Fuel the Fun” Back To School Promotion to encourage fans of any age to unleash their creativity. The sweepstakes will offer fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to add their own unique style to the iconic Chiquita Blue Sticker, with top designs having the possibility to appear on millions of bananas across the country.

    About the “Fuel The Fun” Back To School Promotion

    Throughout the month of September, fans are encouraged to design a unique Blue Sticker design and submit to www.Chiquita.com/fun for a chance to be featured on Chiquita bananas nationwide. At the end of the entry period, Chiquita will select up to eighteen winning designs to potentially be featured on limited-edition bananas in 2020. The top three artists will also receive an iPad with an accompanying Apple pen to further develop their creative talents. Each design counts as one entry, so the more designs one creates, the greater the chance of winning. The “Fuel the Fun” site will also feature various digital games and coloring sheets for fans to download.

    “At Chiquita, we not only like to fuel families with energy and vital nutrients from our bananas, but we strive to fuel their creativity as well,” said Jamie Postell, Director of Sales North America for Chiquita. “We’re excited to see how our fans across the country add their own unique flare to our classic Blue Sticker design.”

    Chiquita’s tasty bananas are a healthy, convenient snack to keep kids energized from breakfast to bedtime. Bananas are rich in essential vitamins and minerals like potassium, important for building lean muscle. They also provide natural sugars and a generous helping of fiber, making them the perfect snack to pack in a school lunch to maintain energy throughout the day without any pesky sugar spikes.

    To find healthy recipes for back to school and additional information about our tasty Chiquita bananas, visit https://www.chiquita.com/.

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 29, 2019 – As a global corporate citizen, Chiquita recognizes the need for significant change in how businesses think about and interact with the environment. To demonstrate its commitment to reducing its environmental impact, the leading banana company is taking action to preserve and enhance biodiversity while growing and delivering its nutritious bananas to consumers worldwide.

    Chiquita ceased forest clearing for agricultural expansion in 2005 to focus on rejuvenating and re-engineering pre-existing farmland. Current production is limited to areas that can support long-term cultivation, and lands that are not suited for production are transformed into conservation areas. Chiquita supports this transformation by partnering with stakeholders and local communities to plant new trees and return previously cleared areas to their normal state. Success of reforestation is measured by tracking wildlife. In 2017, three new species – including Costa Rica’s largest mammal the tapir, a bell bird and a yellow spotted lizard – were found within conservation areas.

    “At Chiquita, we value our commitment to protect the ecosystems in which we produce our bananas,” Jamie Postell, Director of Sales North America for Chiquita. “As an authority in the produce industry, we lead by example by implementing preservation tactics that will reduce our global impact and ensure environmental prosperity.”

    Chiquita also works to engage and partner with local farming communities to support biodiversity. In 2004, Chiquita founded the Nogal reserve with support from the Rainforest Alliance to promote conservation in Costa Rica. Reforestation in the Nogal area helps to reduce land maintenance costs and flood reduction. In Panama, Chiquita partnered with leading German retail and tourism group REWE to create a conservation area in the San San Pond Sak wetlands. Chiquita not only planted thousands of trees, but also helped to support financing of the purchase of the land from its previous owner. In 2018, Chiquita donated the reserve to the local community.

    Since the 2018 donation and the conclusion of the project, Chiquita and REWE have continued to finance the maintenance, surveillance and protection of the reforested land. Several species live in the area, in particular sea turtles and manatees. From the beginning of the project in San San, at least 30,000 hatchling turtles have been released.

    For more information about Chiquita’s commitment to preserving biodiversity, visit https://www.chiquita.com/.
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 10, 2019 – As a global corporate citizen, Chiquita is responsible for understanding and addressing its impacts, either direct or indirect, upon people and the planet. This responsibility does not stop at its farm boundary or factory gate: Chiquita has identified women and children as two of its most vulnerable groups of stakeholders and has taken on the task of championing human rights initiatives to combat injustices throughout the regions where the brand operates.

    Chiquita Pioneers Child Rights

    Chiquita has commissioned the industry’s first child rights impact assessment at its farms in Costa Rica and Panama, working with human rights consultancy, Article One, to adjust UNICEF impact assessment tools for Chiquita´s operations.

    It is essential that Chiquita ensures its operations respect child rights within the communities of operation. Chiquita has chosen to focus on education, pediatric health and access to play as these aspects are vital to a child’s upbringing and future opportunities.

    “We believe that Chiquita’s commitment to child rights exhibits strong leadership amongst its peers in the industry. Globally, agriculture continues to have a high risk of child labor,” said Faris Natour, Co-Founder and Principal of Article One. “We are happy to confirm that we found no evidence of child labor at Chiquita farms in the Costa Rica and Panama farms.”

    Chiquita Empowers Women

    Gender equality is a significant challenge on the banana plantations of Latin America. In this labor-intensive line of work, traditionally dominated by men and situated on remote farms, women are often particularly vulnerable to violence, discrimination, intimidation and sexual harassment. Chiquita has a zero tolerance for such acts and is working hard to ensure its guidelines, codes of conduct and tools eliminate such incidents.

    “At Chiquita, we believe it is vital for all of our employees to feel safe and benefit from the best possible working conditions, free from any harassment,” Jamie Postell, Director of Sales North America for Chiquita. “We want our employees to feel empowered and we are always striving to promote more opportunities for engagement to help us continue to grow in this area.”

    To further empower its female workforce, Chiquita has created several important and unique tools to safeguard women’s rights and promote opportunities.

    • One key tool is the company’s helpline system available for all employees 24hours/7days per week/365 days per year for them to report in an anonymous way any discrimination or harassment complaint.  The system is actively communicated and promoted from farm to farm by company representatives.
    • Another of the main tools Chiquita uses to pursue equality and empowerment is an IUF-COLSIBA-Chiquita agreement that has been in place since 2001. This agreement, unique in the banana industry, promotes workers’ rights and since 2013 also specifically protects women’s interests.
    • A final tool is promoting education and awareness as critical ways in changing the culture. Efforts include women talking to women about their rights in their own language and tackling the challenge of changing male views about women’s rights and sexual harassment.

    Chiquita is currently analyzing gender pay and opportunity gaps throughout the organization, and aims to have a plan in place to address these by the time of the next 2020 sustainability report.

    For more information about Chiquita’s commitment to human rights initiatives, visit https://www.chiquita.com/.
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 1, 2019 – Chiquita is ‘bananas’ about fitness this summer. Beginning today, more than 200 million Chiquita bananas will be sporting a collection of 10 fitness stickers with simple and quick exercise challenges to help promote a healthy diet and lifestyle. This new sticker series is a reminder that fitness can be fun and easy, and a Chiquita banana can serve as a complement to a healthy routine.

    For the whole month of July, the iconic Blue Stickers will contain various fitness graphics that encourage fans to complete a variety of fitness challenges, including completing 15 push-ups, a 1-minute plank, 10 minutes of mindfulness and more. These short and simple fitness challenges are for all fitness levels and aim to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve body tone and vitality.

    “At Chiquita, we wanted to launch a new sticker series that would remind our fans that fitness can be fun and easy with the right tools in hand,” said Jamie Postell, Director of Sales North America for Chiquita. “We’re proud to deliver a superfruit packed with vitamins and nutrients that can help our fans achieve their fitness goals in a fun and engaging way.”

    Participants can undertake challenges alone or with family and friends, offering Chiquita bananas as an incentive for fun. Fans are also encouraged to share activities via social media, using #ChiquitaChallenge, and visit the Chiquita home page for more inspiration: https://www.chiquita.com/.

    Chiquita bananas are heart protective, rich in essential vitamins and minerals like potassium – important in building lean muscle – and low in sodium. They also provide a natural sugar, fructose, and a generous helping of fiber so it is slowly digested and absorbed to prevent sugar spikes, which explains why it’s the perfect snack for athletes and runners. The soluble fiber drives bad cholesterol down, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

    For more information such as healthy recipes using Chiquita bananas and fitness tips for the summer, visit https://www.chiquita.com/.
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL – March 21, 2019 – As World Water Day approaches on March 22, Chiquita Brands International, the world’s foremost banana company, is proud to announce its efforts to minimize water waste and promote global sustainability. Chiquita’s innovative farm rejuvenation programs and water recycling systems are helping the company to reduce its water use by over 1.7 billion liters per year.

    “Water plays a critical role in producing Chiquita’s world-renowned bananas,” said Jamie Postell, Director of Sales North America for Chiquita. “In 2012, Chiquita and the World Wildlife Fund commissioned a water footprint study that determined it takes between 440 and 660 liters of water to grow a kilogram of bananas. Since then, Chiquita has found ways to counteract high levels of water consumption by implementing targeted irrigation and using water-smart packaging.”

    Chiquita has committed to only use irrigation where it is strictly necessary and has eliminated use of wasteful overhead irrigation. As part of its farm rejuvenation program, Chiquita is investing in mini and micro irrigation, which currently covers 6.5 percent of its irrigated land, and uses live ground cover and mulches that reduce evaporation to ensure that the greatest efficiency possible for water abstraction. The company also utilizes ‘green water’ at its Costa Rica and Panama farms, which consists of rainfall, rather than treated ‘blue’ water.

    Chiquita is also working to reduce the two percent of water used during processing. The company is currently installing water recycling systems and introducing ‘dry de-handling,’ which allows bananas to be separated from the main stalk without using water.

    “We have installed water recycling systems in 26 percent of our packing stations,” said Postell. “So far, the company has reduced its water use by over 1.7 billion liters per year, which results in 80 percent more water savings compared to stations without the system.”

    Land preservation also plays a key role in reducing water waste. Aside from maintaining the condition of its banana farms, Chiquita has partnered with The San San Project to improve living conditions and environmental awareness of local farming communities. This includes conserving forests, lagoons and beaches on the borders of Costa Rica and Panama.

    For more information about Chiquita’s water saving initiatives, visit www.chiquita.com.


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Languages Spoken In Booth:
Portuguese, Spanish

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