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Del Monte achieves sustainable certification at pineapple farms in Kenya

Del Monte Fresh Produce announced the third-party certification of its pineapple farms and canning operations in Kenya as Sustainably Grown. This certification was issued by SCS Global Services in accordance with the producer and handler requirements of its internationally recognized Sustainably Grown Standard v 1.3. As a result, certified canned pineapples will soon be able to feature the Kingfisher eco-label.

Sustainably grown certification included rigorous independent evaluation of the production, management and distribution processes of the Del Monte farms and canning operations in Kenya. The certified Del Monte farms and canning operations demonstrated that they have established practices that guarantee the highest level of environmental responsibility, worker protection, social responsibility and quality control.

The certified farms and canning operations were evaluated under the following criteria:

  • Sustainable Crop Production
  • Ecosystem Management and Protection
  • Resource Conservation and Energy Efficiency
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Fair Labor Practices
  • Community Benefits
  • Product Quality
  • Product Safety and Purity

“For many years, without fanfare and away from spotlights, Del Monte has been working on sustainability initiatives throughout our operations,” Hans Sauter, vice president of corporate research and development and agricultural services for Del Monte, said in a press release. “We are very pleased that our efforts have been validated by a globally recognized independent certifier such as SCS Global Services that uses sound science as the basis for its stringent Sustainably Grown standard. The SCS sustainably grown certification of our Kenya farms and canning operations follows the certification of our fresh banana and pineapple farms in Guatemala and Costa Rica earlier this year. We are very proud of this accomplishment and we are looking forward to expanding the certification program to cover more of our operations.”

“We congratulate Del Monte for this significant accomplishment,” Stanley Rhodes, founder and chief executive officer of SCS, added in the press release. “Achieving the SCS Sustainably Grown certification is by no means an easy task. This standard is based on comprehensive, multifaceted science-based criteria that address all aspects of agricultural operations aimed at minimizing environmental impacts, providing a safe and healthy work environment, and protecting product integrity. The Del Monte pineapple farms and canning operations in Kenya were able to demonstrate that they have the processes and management systems in place to grow and process their products in a sustainable manner.”

Consumers in Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa will soon be able to feel more confident than ever that their canned pineapples were grown and processed in a sustainable manner when they see the SCS Kingfisher eco-label signifying Sustainably Grown on certified products from Del Monte Kenya farms and operations.