CHARLOTTE, N.C -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chiquita Brands International, an iconic company whose name is almost synonymous with bananas, said Tuesday that it will move its global headquarters to Charlotte next year, bringing some 400 jobs.
The company was lured by more than $22 million in government incentives and the promise of easier international travel from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, which has grown as the airport near Chiquita's current headquarters in Cincinnati has shrunk.
Chiquita, which had $3.2 billion in sales last year, is in negotiations to lease five or six floors in the NASCAR Plaza office tower adjoining the racing league's Hall of Fame.
"This is a diversification, really an unprecedented diversification, in jobs, investment and development in our economic center," said Charlotte Center City Partners President Michael Smith.
Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state and …
Chuck Ciruli III, chief executive officer of Ciruli Bros., says the company plans to increase volume of its "Champagne" (ATAULFO CULTIVAR) mangoes by 30% starting in February. Ciruli Bros. plans to ship more mangoes, notably its Champagne product, when its Mexican deal starts up again in February.
“We’re going to increase our volume on kent and keitt mangoes, and the Champagnes (ATAULFO VARIETY) will have at least a 30% increase,” said Chuck Ciruli III, chief executive officer of Nogales, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros.
“That’s our signature item.”
The Champagne is an ataulfo mango, a yellow variety with a reputation for nonfibrous fruit, sweetness and a thin pit.
“It’s smaller than a traditional mango like a tommy (atkins) or a haden, so instead of $1.29 or $1.49, these could be 3 for $2 in retail ads,” Ciruli said.
“It’s snowballed on us. We’ve added some packinghouses. We’ve got retailer…
Chilean shipping line just restructuring services and looking for JV partner
Chilean container line CSAV has denied claims that its container business is up for sale.
In a statement, the company said it was restructuring its services to focus on markets in which it had clear competitive advantages, and that it was seeking joint-ventures with other shipping companies to “enhance the efficiency and quality of its services”.
CSAV said: “The plan involves the search for a strategic partner for our container business, but not finding a buyer for that business unit.”
The company added that it was separating its cargo shipping business from the port and terminal operations managed by its subsidiary, Sudamericana Agencias Aéreas y Marítimas, in order to promote the growth of the latter.
Celfin Capital is advising CSAV on a US$1.2 billion capital increase that will strengthen the shipping line’s financial position.
New cold warehouse near LAX could help region import perishables
Southern California dominates maritime freight, but Los Angeles' main airport handles far less fruit, vegetable and flower imports than Miami's.
Roma tomatoes from Mexico move into an X-ray machine for a TSA security check at the new Apollo Freight cold storage warehouse near Los Angeles International Airport. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / November 28, 2011)
By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2011
Those Argentine blueberries and Colombian roses at your local market probably took a lengthy detour on their way to Southern California.
Chances are, they entered the U.S. through Miami International Airport and arrived in California after a cross-country truck trip that took three days. Now, a new refrigerated warehouse just east of Los Angeles International Airport may help the region grab a bigger — and fresher — slice of the business of transporting items with a limited shelf life.
The Rainforest Alliance at the UNFCCC 17th Conference of Parties (COP) Durban, South Africa. 28 November – 9 December, 2011
The Rainforest Alliance will be active at COP 17 to strengthen support for REDD+ and highlight sustainable forestry and agriculture practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation. We will participate in UNFCCC side events, Forest Day 5, Agriculture and Rural Development Day, and others.
UNFCCC SIDE EVENT:
The Role and Contribution of Forest Certification Towards a Low-Carbon Forestry, A/R and REDD+ Projects
Monday 05 December
Indwe River Room
The Forest Stewardship Council, SNV Netherlands Development Organization, CarbonFix, UNIQUE and the Rainforest Alliance will discuss the value-added of FSC to A/R projects, the FSC’s Strategy for Climate Change Engagement, the role of forest certification in assuring social and environmental safeguards, practical experiences using certification to reduce emissions vs BAU forest management, challenges and opportu…