The Chamber of Exporters in Costa Rica (Cadexco) has awarded Fyffes-owned pineapple farm Anexco the ‘Exporter Grand Award’, the highest honour handed out by the organisation.
Every year, Cadexco recognises a select group of Costa Rican companies that export their goods worldwide and contribute to the country’s economy and local communities.
Anexco, with its new modern, state-of-the-art packhouse, is the recipient of the ‘Exporter Grand Award’ this year.
Fyffes special project manager, Marc Jackson, has travelled intensively worldwide to bring the best innovation and technology to the packhouse, an investment which is seen as a "testament to Fyffes long-term commitment in Costa Rica to remain a sustainable exporter of pineapples for decades to come", the group noted.
The farm currently employs over 1,000 workers and exports more than 8m boxes of pineapples yearly, a number that is projected to grow thanks to the new facilities.
“There were over 20 awards given during the ceremony to various exporters, and to win the most coveted award was a fantastic achievement," said Declan O’Neill, Fyffes regional manager for its pineapple division. "It is a great motivation to our team of managers and all our people in Anexco. All of us present on Fyffes behalf were incredibly proud as we did not know we were contenders for the big accolade.”
The awards ceremony took place in the capital city of San José and hosted almost 1,000 guests, including the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, who highlighted that the increased investment in technology and production units shows confidence in the long-term future and development of Costa Rica.