Banacol exports about 28 million boxes of bananas per year, including product from Costa Rica.
The new facility also helps Banacol with ramped up production of tropical fruits and gold-variety pineapples grown in Costa Rica, Sheridan said.
Daniel said the company ships about 4,500 pallets per week in bananas, gold pineapples, plantains, tropicals and frozen products out of the new operation.
The new facility likely will help the company advance its plans to return to European markets, Posada said.
“We’re looking at different opportunities,” she said. “We have some very large distributors that are interested in purchasing a significant amount of volume per week.”
Banacol has not had a presence in European markets since the late 1990s, Posada said.
“Europe is one of the main banana markets in the world, and this a chance for us to be there again,” she said.