In an April 8 news release, the Coral Gables, Fla.-based Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., announced one of its subsidiaries, Del Monte Fresh Production Inc., has agreed to the Immokalee, Fla.-based workers organization’s terms.
Del Monte joins the CIW and many of the largest U.S. retailers and restaurant chains that participate in the CIW’s Fair Food program, Paul Rice, Del Monte’s senior vice president of North America operations, said in the release.
“We are pleased to join the Fair Food program and continue our commitment to strong ethical sourcing standards which ensures that the products we sell are produced in a way that provides fair treatment for the workers in our supply chain,” Rice said in the release. “Our participation in the Fair Food Program demonstrates our commitment to improve the lives of the workers in our Florida fields and to the Florida tomato industry as a whole.”
Last fall, Del Monte expanded its presence in the U.S. tomato market by buying 7,200 acres of land as well as packinghouses in Florida and Virginia from the defunct Mulberry, Fla.-based East Coast Brokers and Packers Inc., in a series of bankruptcy auctions.