(CORAL GABLES, Fla. – On April 20, Fyffes North America, the largest volume importer of fresh bananas and other fruits into the Port of Philadelphia, made the second round of weekly donations of 10,000 pounds of fresh bananas and pineapples to support the City of Philadelphia’s coordinated hunger relief efforts. This effort was spearheaded by Fyffes North America leadership, along with representatives from Holt Logistics Corp, the City of Philadelphia, and Philabundance.
“Access to fresh food during the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming an increasingly urgent issue in the Philadelphia area,” said Juan Alarcon, CEO of Fyffes North America. “As the largest importer of fresh fruit into the Port of Philadelphia, we are uniquely suited to address food insecurity at this moment. We are thankful for Mayor Jim Kenney, Holt Logistics, and especially Philabundance for their tireless efforts to provide hunger relief for thousands of residents in Philadelphia and beyond.”
On Monday, Fyffes and Philabundance delivered a shipment of approximately 10,000 pounds of fresh bananas and pineapples to a warehouse site in Roxborough that has been set up as an emergency operations center to get food to local residents in need. According to Philabundance, nearly 60,000 pounds of product has been sent by Fyffes to city distribution sites so far. As the season progresses, Fyffes expect additional weekly donations to contain melons and other tropical fruits.
Fyffes is one of the largest and oldest tropical produce importers and distributors. With an infrastructure that reaches across the globe, Fyffes is truly an international player, involved in the production, procurement, shipping, ripening, distribution and marketing of bananas, pineapples, melons and more recently mushrooms. Since 1888, Fyffes has been committed to bringing the world the highest quality products, inspiring people to feel excitement about our brands and making a positive difference for our growers and farmers, our customers and the environment. Today, Fyffes is the largest importer of bananas in Europe and the No. 1 importer of off-shore melons in North America. In addition to tropical fruit, Fyffes is the third largest producer of mushrooms in North America. Discover more at Fyffes.com.