Loading…

Fresh Del Monte Produce focused on uninterrupted access to healthy fruit and vegetables

del-monteFresh Del Monte Produce Inc. announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic it would continue to deliver an uninterrupted supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We are proud of the role we are playing to keep the world fed, and the 43,000 members of the global Fresh Del Monte Produce family remain committed to meet this very important objective,” said Fresh Del Monte Produce President Youssef Zakharia.

Fresh Del Monte Produce has taken numerous steps to date aimed at navigating this challenging global situation, supporting its employees, and ensuring business continuity:

  • Since the emergence of the COVID-19, Fresh Del Monte Produce has activated its Global Executive Crisis Management team and regional response teams so that it can continuously stay abreast of the situation and communicate the latest developments, proactively monitoring and adjusting business processes and procedures as necessary to ensure business continuity.
  • Fresh Del Monte Produce production facilities remain open in those locations where permitted. To increase social distancing, steps have been taken to reduce the number of employees in farm locations, packinghouses, port operations and production facilities, while ensuring business continuity.
  • In addition to strict good manufacturing policies, Fresh Del Monte Produce has increased its cleaning cycles in its facilities, protecting against pathogen cross-contamination and worker-to-worker spread. These include monitored hand-washing practices and sanitization requirements. Any employees showing signs of illness are immediately segregated from the workforce and monitored before being allowed to return. Although these practices were in place already as regular practice, they have been instrumental in helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Fresh Del Monte Produce has activated its supply chain contingency plans to avoid any ongoing disruptions with respect to our ability to service our customers.

Fresh Del Monte Produce has been fortunate to receive incredible support from its employees, who remain committed to maintaining strict safety standards while ensuring that its valued customers can continue to provide quality food. As this crisis evolves, Fresh Del Monte Produce said it will continue to stay resilient and nimble, ensuring that everyone does what they must to stay healthy and safe.

Sun Basket gets uptick but growth limited
All across the country Americans are sheltering in place with trips out filled with trepidation. As such, it is no surprise that meal delivery companies, like Blue Apron, Home Chef and HelloFresh are reporting an uptick in business and fielding many more calls and hits on their websites. Sun Basket Inc., a Read More ...
Produce sales during COVID-19 by the numbers
Nobody in the produce industry wants to increase sales at the cost of people falling ill, but the simple fact is that the COVID-19 pandemic has produce sales on the rise. According to IRI, for the week ended March 22, fresh produce sales were up 29.7 percent compared to the prior week. It’s pretty much a universal belief Read More ...
Drastic retail shift for Stemilt’s Apple Lover bags
Retailers are shifting their apple categories to bags now that the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping Americans at home most of the time. Limited trips to shop for groceries, a desire for a grab-and-go pack, and an increase in buying groceries online are all factors causing retailers to mix up their apple strategy and lean into Read More ...
Duda engages with consumers during unique National Celery Month
For the month of March, Duda Farm Fresh Foods shared its National Celery Month promotion with consumers to elevate the versatility of celery and position it as the “It-gredient.” Despite the shift in tone throughout the industry as well as the world, Duda Farm Fresh Foods continued to engage with shoppers in an effort to Read More ...
Strong Georgia peach crop in the works
Georgia peach growers are anxiously awaiting first harvest of what is shaping up to be the best crop in years. Harvest is expected to begin around the May 15 and continue through the Aug. 15.   Following last year’s bumper crop, consumers are eagerly awaiting the quintessential summertime fruit. With the current situation Read More ...
Stop & Shop to donate 5,000 daily meals at hospitals in NY, NJ and Boston
Stop & Shop will be donating 5,000 free fresh meals every day for healthcare first responders in some of the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Using its substantial food production capacity and extensive regional delivery network, the meals will be provided every day to Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai South Read More ...

Market Watch

the source pro-act

Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

floral pulse