Fyffe’s go­ing bananas to cel­e­brate a re­mark­able 130 years in the busi­ness

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

SWORDS-BASED firm Fyffes, Europe’s largest ba­nana im­porter and lead­ing mar­keter of or­ganic and Fair­trade bananas, re­cently cel­e­brated its 130th an­niver­sary.

It was on Septem­ber 20, 1888 that the young Ed­ward Watham Fyffe sold his very first bananas in Lon­don’s Covent Gar­den. This fol­lowed a trip to the Ca­naries to help his wife Ida re­cover from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. Once there he be­came in­trigued by the world of trop­i­cal fruits, most sig­nif­i­cantly the ba­nana, to the ex­tent that he over­came many dif­fi­cul­ties to find a way to im­port them back to the UK.

Ac­quired in 1986 by Dun­dalk fruit im­porters, Mc­canns – and now part of the Ja­panese Su­mit­omo Cor­po­ra­tion – Fyffes has grown to be­come a multi-na­tional brand with an an­nual turnover of €1.2 bil­lion.

In a com­ment on the mile­stone for the com­pany, Fyffes Chair­man, David Mccann, said: ‘By mark­ing 130 years in the ba­nana busi­ness we are shin­ing the spot­light on the gen­er­a­tions of won­der­ful peo­ple and part­ners who have con­trib­uted to our suc­cess over those years – and on those who will do so as we move for­ward.’

Fyffe’s source a lot of bananas in Colom­bia and are proud of the work they do in com­mu­ni­ties there.

A com­pany spokesper­son said of that work: ‘Lots of our bananas come from Colom­bia, where for decades we have worked along­side Uni­ban – one of the largest ba­nana co-op­er­a­tives.

‘To­gether, we are help­ing lo­cal peo­ple im­prove their liv­ing stan­dards by con­tribut­ing to­wards new hous­ing, schools, hos­pi­tals and play­grounds and by sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

‘In the Uraba re­gion, for ex­am­ple, 640 fam­i­lies have moved into new houses funded through the sale of Fair­trade bananas.’

Fyffes chair­man, David Mccann.

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