Fresh Del Monte officials say 2019’s increase in earnings reflects the company’s diversification into fresh-cut and value-added, a move the company began with the purchase of Mann Packing two years ago.
Crunchies Natural Food Co., offers a line of freeze-dried fruits, including strawberries, mixed fruit, strawberry-banana, pineapple, mango and cinnamon apple, said Shaby Fisher, senior marketing specialist.
Minnesota, sometimes known as “The Bread and Butter State,” may be better known for its wheat, flour and dairy products than its fresh produce, but Twin Cities residents have a penchant for fruits and vegetables.
Already a dynamic landscape, the Twin Cities retail market is bound to see some serious shake-up after Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu was purchased in July by United Natural Foods for $1.26 billion.
Citing lower banana prices in Europe and an oversupply of pineapples North America, Coral Gables, Fla.-based Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reported higher sales but an overall loss for the quarter that ended June 29.