Welcome to Fyffes

Fyffes is one of the largest and oldest tropical produce importers and distributors. With an infrastructure that reaches across the globe, Fyffes is truly an international player, involved in the production, procurement, shipping, ripening, distribution and marketing of bananas, pineapples, and melons.

Since 1888, Fyffes has been committed to bringing the world the highest quality products, inspiring people to feel excitement about our products and making a positive difference for our growers and farmers, our customers and the environment. Today, Fyffes is the largest importer of bananas in Europe and the no. 1 importer of offshore melons in North America.

Fyffes head office is in Dublin, Ireland. Fyffes employ over 10,000 people worldwide and have offices in 12 countries.


Fyffes Bananas

Wonderfully sweet, firm and creamy, bananas are a favourite food for many, from young to old. They are available all year round and are a great source of vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. Bananas are thought to have originated in Malaysia around 4,000 years ago but today are grown in most tropical and subtropical regions. Fyffes bananas grow in Central America, in countries such as Costa Rica, Belize, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.


The Banana Journey

How Bananas Grow

How Bananas Are Grown

Despite common belief, bananas don’t grow on trees but rather on plants, as they are in fact a giant herb! With the right care and attention, it takes a year for the baby plant to grow into a 3-6 metre-high banana plant. When the plant blossoms, the bananas appear. They start as tiny straight, thin fingers, but as they grow, they fill out and turn upwards, seeking out the sun, and start curving to take on their distinctive smiley shape!


Keeing them safe

Keeping Bananas Safe

A special cover is wrapped around the fruit to protect it from wind and insects. Done properly, this creates a perfect micro-climate to help the fruit grow and stay in top quality condition. It also helps to avoid friction damage by leaves and aids in fruit development.





Harvesting by hand

Harvesting Bananas by Hand

Bananas are harvested when they are green. Each plant produces a single large stem carrying 100-200 bananas. Expert cutters select the fruit according to maturity, quality and thickness. Each stem is lowered gently onto the padded shoulder of a porter, who carries it a short distance to a cableway. A foam cushion is inserted between the “hands” to protect the fruit. Banana production is still very much a people business, as machines might damage the delicate fruit.


Inspected with care

The careful treatment of bananas is enormously important throughout the whole banana journey. Once the bunch is cut from the plant, a race against times begins as the bio-chemical process of the banana starts. Despite the need for speed, bananas must be handled with great care. Even the slightest pressure can cause brown, unsightly spots on the sensitive peel. In the packing house, thorough quality controls take place. Parameters like size, grade and peel damages are controlled.


Washing our fruit

Washing Bananas

It’s important to wash the fruit to remove any residue and ensure it arrives in top condition. The bananas are washed twice, using recycled water. Unripened, green bananas exude a naturally-occurring latex which is removed by the water and has to be removed from the water before it can be used a second time. Recycling the water can reduce water use by up to 80%.



The packing process

Packaging Bananas

Once washed, our bananas are packed (all by hand) into protective boxes or trays, ready for the voyage to their final destination in the markets. Only bananas that meet Fyffes specifications receive our symbol of quality - the Fyffes blue label - applied by hand to each cluster. (Don’t worry, all the bananas are used, but not all of them get our blue label).



Sailing the high seas

Shipping Bananas

We use ships with state-of-the-art containers that keep the fruit in a form of hibernation at a constant temperature of 13.5°C; just cool enough to slow down the ripening process but not so cold that the bananas become chilled. In this controlled atmosphere, the bananas will remain in perfect condition. The journey may take between 6 and 14 days.




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