Chiquita Brands International has implemented a new dedicated and integrated container service, transporting bananas from Central America to Vlissingen port in the Netherlands.
The new logistics service will operate five full container vessels in an effort to serve all Northern European destinations with the best transit time in the industry.
According to the banana supplier, the investment in the new service will result in fresher bananas and a longer shelf life, thanks to new ultra-efficient containers.
These reefers will positively impact fruit quality by using software that automatically regulates the containers’ compressor thereby controlling the atmosphere, it added.
This will also result in a positive environmental impact, as consumption of CO2 has been reduced by 17,000 tonnes annually, as each new container is 50% more energy efficient than older models.
The new vessels have also helped to reduce the handling of fruit at ports and increased stowage capacity by 12.5%, thanks to a more efficient storage from origin to destination, guaranteeing the cold chain.
These improvements will mean more bananas can be moved per trip, using less energy whilst still ensuring the fruit quality is prioritised.
Carlos Lopez Flores, president of Chiquita, said that over the past years work on a container fleet upgrade, the company has “saved an unprecedented amount of energy – the equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 3,000 cars per year.”
Stefano Di Paolo, President of the Great White Fleet, added: “In January the first vessel in this new service left Central America to sail to the Port of Vlissingen, a new modern hub that will allow Chiquita to serve all Northern European destinations with the best transit time in the industry.”