Chiquita is replacing older shipping containers to move its fruit, cutting energy use. ( Courtesy Chiquita Brands International )

Chiquita Brands International, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is reducing energy consumption with improvements in design an operating efficiency of containers used to ship bananas to ports.

The company has more than 15,000 40-foot containers to ship fresh produce, and a comprehensive program started in 2009 has led to upgrades and an eventual annual drop of 17,000 tons of CO2 emissions, according to a news release.

New containers have several advantages, according to Chiquita:

  • Less energy required;
  • Equipped with greenhouse-friendly refrigerants; and
  • Reduced emission footprint because of better insulation.

Even with a 25% increase in the number of Chiquita containers in use, the company saw an 11% drop in electricity use because of the more energy-efficient containers, according to the release.

“Looking back over these past years work with the container fleet upgrade, we can proudly say we have achieved our goal!” Jamie Postell, director of sales-North America, said in the release. “We’ve saved an equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 3,000 cars per year – that’s no small feat!”

 
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