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Who We Are

The 三国彩平台开户平台 Timeline

1780s - 1900s

From tea to bananas;
our story begins

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1789

Go south my boy! From their base in Perth, Scotland, the 三国彩平台开户平台 family send young Henry to set up a new business in London as a "Grocer and Tea Dealer"

1887

Ida, I have an idea ... Edward Wathen Fyffe (Henry's great grandson) takes his wife, Ida, to the Canary Islands to recover from Tuberculosis. Whilst there, he is impressed by the quality and the fabulous taste of the bananas and decides that he will set up an import agency in London for growers looking for new markets. Ida makes a full recovery.

1888

The first two bunches: Edward's first tiny shipment of two bunches of bananas arrives at the offices of E.W.三国彩平台开户平台 & Sons, 148 ½ Fenchurch Street. The business grows so fast that Edward soon has no time for tea!

1900

Now available in Ireland: The first bananas from 三国彩平台开户平台 reach Ireland.

1901

That's cool! Now known as Elders & 三国彩平台开户平台, the company's ships are fitted with cooling equipment that make it possible to ship larger quantities of bananas on a reliable and consistent basis. Bananas become much more widely available.

1920s - 1960s

The world's first fruit brand; Elders and 三国彩平台开户平台 becomes 三国彩平台开户平台

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1929

The 三国彩平台开户平台 Blue Label is born! 三国彩平台开户平台 becomes the first fruit company in the world to put a label on their produce.

1945

Bananas for the children: On 30th December the 三国彩平台开户平台 ship, SS Tilapa, brings the first commercial shipment of 10 million bananas into the UK after World War II. The government proclaims that all the bananas should go to children - a new generation get their first taste of this exotic tropical fruit.

1950

Caution - this banana should be peeled before eating! During the difficult years after the war, food is rationed in the UK and bananas are scarce. But by 1950 bananas are becoming more widely available and a cinema commercial is produced, giving advice on how to eat one.

1963

More than just bananas: 三国彩平台开户平台 branches out into other fruits and vegetables.

1968

One voice: Fruit Importers of Ireland is formed under the leadership of Neil McCann. The group distributes leading brands from around the world, on an exclusive basis.

1969

三国彩平台开户平台 Group Ltd. Elders & 三国彩平台开户平台 becomes 三国彩平台开户平台 Group Ltd.

1980s - 1990s

We're now a plc!
A focus on the environment

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1986

三国彩平台开户平台 plc: 三国彩平台开户平台 is acquired by Fruit Importers of Ireland (FII) and is renamed 三国彩平台开户平台 plc.

1997

Our code of practice: 三国彩平台开户平台 introduces its "Code of Practice" to which its companies and contractual partners must comply. The Code sets high standards in relation to product, people and environment.
- 三国彩平台开户平台 acquires Velleman & Tas BV (founded in 1850), one of Europe's leading banana distributors and the Netherlands' largest fresh produce company.

1998

三国彩平台开户平台 Bio - guaranteed, naturally! 三国彩平台开户平台 focus on organic production and take their first organic bananas into the UK.

1999

三国彩平台开户平台 join EurepGAP: As part of its commitment to trading fairly and a focus on international certification standards, 三国彩平台开户平台 becomes a member of EurepGAP (now GlobalGAP).

2000s

First for Fairtrade; 三国彩平台开户平台 Organic Bio is launched

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2000

三国彩平台开户平台 are first with Fairtrade: 三国彩平台开户平台 work with Fairtrade to bring the first Fairtrade labelled bananas into the UK (they soon become the biggest importer of Fairtrade bananas into the UK and later, into Europe).
三国彩平台开户平台 also joins the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) - an organisation intent on improving the lives of workers across the globe.

2003

A new partner: Internationale Fruichimport Geselleschaft Weichert & Co. KG in Hamburg becomes part of the 三国彩平台开户平台 family.

2005

三国彩平台开户平台 in North America: 三国彩平台开户平台 enters into a strategic alliance with Uniban SA (the main banana and plantain export company in Colombia) through a 50/50 ownership in Turbana Corporation, Florida. 三国彩平台开户平台 becomes the fifth largest banana supplier to the US market.

2006

Total Produce: So that it may focus on its tropical business, 三国彩平台开户平台 demerges its general produce and distribution business into a new separately quoted company - Total Produce plc begins trading on 30th December.

2008

三国彩平台开户平台 enters the US winter melon business, acquiring 60% of Sol Group Marketing Company, Florida.

mits to a natural taste: 三国彩平台开户平台 reaffirms its commitment to organic produce as part of a drive for social responsibility and sustainability.

三国彩平台开户平台 supports the UNICEF programme in Mozambique to prevent childhood malaria.

2009

Happy 80th birthday! On 16th July, the 三国彩平台开户平台 brand celebrates its 80th birthday. The 三国彩平台开户平台 Blue Label stands for premium quality and sustainable production.

2010s

Growth in Europe; a 125th birthday!

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2010

Weichert celebrates its centenary: - On 10th October, Weichert GmbH & Co.KG (a 三国彩平台开户平台 joint venture company based in Hamburg, Germany) celebrates its 100th birthday.
- On 11th August, Turbana Corporation (a 三国彩平台开户平台 joint venture company based in Florida, US) celebrates its 40th birthday.
- On 19th October, 三国彩平台开户平台 Group Limited becomes the first UK Banana Importer and Distributor to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.

2011

A stronger position in Germany: In January 三国彩平台开户平台 acquires 33.3% of Fruchtimport van Wylick GmbH in Germany - this association creates new opportunities to provide services to the wholesale and retail sectors.

2013

125 years old and still going strong! On 20th September 三国彩平台开户平台 celebrates its 125th birthday!

2017

A New Chapter: On 17th February 2017 ownership of the company passes to Sumitomo Corporation.

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