Florida-based US fresh produce importer and distributor Ayco has kicked off its melon season, receiving its first vessels of cantaloupes, honeydews and mini watermelons.
To mark the start of the season, the company has announced that it has provided computer equipment to two schools in Guatemala, as part of its continuing effort to support local communities in production areas.
Ayco Farms contributed 10 sets of computers and printers to the schools, located in Estanzuela, Zacapa, enabling the opening of an IT lab at both schools.
According to Ayco, the equipment will serve over 600 students at the school of the Instituto Nacional de Educacion Básica and the Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta at Chispan Village. Ayco Farms Guatemala, a subsidiary of Ayco Farms, coordinated the gift of computer equipment with the local municipalities.
"These activities are a part of our ongoing commitment to our social responsibility in the communities where we grow," said Avi Nir, CEO of Ayco. "We have committed with the municipality of Estanzuela to support their educational programmes for the next five years. We look forward to helping build the future for the children in these communities."
Ayco reported that the Central American melon season had got off to a strong start.
"Weather has helped the quality of the product," explained Nir. "We expect an excellent, very promotable season and are enthusiastic about working with our retail and foodservice partners."