FRUTERA INTERNACIONAL is one of the largest companies in the agribusiness sector of Guatemala. It consists of: Frutera del Pacífico, located in the department of Escuintla, and Frutera del Atlántico, located in the department of Izabal, which together form Frutera Internacional, SA.
For banana production, FRUTERA has more than 1,500 hectares distributed in the different production farms such as La Sierra, located in the municipality of Nueva Concepción, Las Vegas, located in the municipality of Tiquisate, and the farms Panajachel I and II, that are located in the municipality of Morales, Izabal.
The company began its operation in 1998 with only 250 hectares and, at that time, its principal client was the multinational corporation Del Monte. Today, the portfolio of clients has grown and includes names such as Chiquita, Del Monte, Dole, Fyffes, and more. In addition, it has counts with approximately 1,500 hectares and has more than 1,500 employees, who benefit from various social projects that the company organizes to collaborate with the development of the communities located near the banana plantations.
The areas were FRUTERA operates have been affected in different occasions by natural disasters including Hurricane Mitch (1998) and Hurricane Stan (2005). However, the company has dedicated time and effort to alleviate the situation, especially in times of crisis, for the company, its employees and families.
FRUTERA, as socially responsible company has been certified by the Rainforest Alliance since 2002 and the Global Gap since 2009. In addition, the company is always looking for activities that contribute to the development and welfare of its employees; as a result, FRUTERA has become member of the Association of Independent Banana Producers and has been able to guarantee its employees a steady income, a situation that previously was not possible in the business of growing bananas. In addition, the company provides support to schools and to the communities located near its plantations with a program of solidarity that organizes social, civic, and recreational activities.