Chiquita plans to slash use of water in Central American banana- packing stations
A pilot program being conducted by Chiquita Brands International has reduced water use in banana packing stations by 8 million gallons a year.
Cincinnati-based Chiquita started its water recycling and purification system in 14 packing stations in Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala in 2008. The company has reduced water used for packing bananas by 60 to 90 percent in those locations.
Water plays a big role in the packaging of bananas — washing the fruit, removing the natural latex that flows from the cuts made to create clusters, and flotation during selection and packing.
Original source: The Packer