One of the world’s best known and leading fresh produce suppliers is basing its import operations at Portsmouth under an exclusive three-year deal.Del Monte will primarily bring its UK-market crops of bananas and pineapples into Portsmouth, with 78,000 tonnes of fresh fruit expected to arrive every year from Costa Rica. This will add 10 percent a year to the current volume of fruit brought in through the port. Already 65 percent of all bananas eaten in the UK are imported through Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is one of the UK’s largest fruit-handling ports, handling fruit from Central and South America, Morocco, South Africa, New Zealand, the eastern Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Del Monte International GmbH signed the deal with MMD Ltd, the City Council-owned company that runs freight and cargo operations at Portsmouth. Martin Putman, the port manager, said: “We’re delighted that a global leader in the fresh fruit industry has decided to make Portsmouth its UK import base.”
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