US companies work to support consumers during pandemic

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many companies are trying to use their influence to help the communities they serve.
 
Encouraging consumers to stay at home
One example of this comes from Chiquita, who have released an updated sticker to encourage consumers to stay at home. “In an effort to show the company’s solidarity and support of those in self-isolation, Chiquita shared an updated version of its Blue Sticker without the iconic Miss Chiquita on Twitter,” says a company representative.


 
Donating fresh fruit to schools
Sunkist Growers also took action, announcing they will donate three truckloads of fresh California grown citrus fruit to California schools and food banks. Assembly member Jim Cooper joined Sunkist for its first delivery to Elk Grove Unified School District on Friday, March 20. This is the first of many donations and provided nourishment to community members. 

“As the longest-standing cooperative, we have a commitment to care for our communities,” said Jim Phillips, CEO/President, Sunkist Growers. “Sunkist Growers is proudly owned by 2,500 California and Arizona farmers, and the member group continues to grow, pick, pack and ship its more than 40 fresh citrus varieties to communities all over the world.”

Phillips added, “We want to make sure people have access to fresh California citrus through their local schools and food banks, now more than ever. As a California-native, I am proud to be part of this community and thankful to be able to do our part. We extend our deepest gratitude and thank Assemblyman Jim Cooper for joining us for our first delivery.”
 
New produce delivery box
Worldwide Produce, a portfolio company of Sole Source Capital LLC, announced that it will be expanding its offerings by creating the Worldwide Grocery Box, an assortment containing regionally sourced produce, dairy, eggs and specialty foods to customers in Los Angeles utilizing Postmates’ e-commerce platform and delivery services.
 
Using Postmates' online platform and on-demand delivery capabilities, customers can purchase either a fresh produce box or a fresh produce, dairy and eggs box, and have it delivered in a socially distant and no-contact way to their doorsteps throughout Los Angeles, enabling shoppers to avoid busy grocery stores and empty shelves.
 
"The Worldwide Grocery Box provides a creative solution to supplying high-quality, fresh groceries to the elderly, sick and quarantined families during this unprecedented time and is a prime example of how Sole Source looks to help its companies adapt their business models and broaden capabilities in times of crisis," said David Fredston, Managing Partner at Sole Source Capital. "We thank our valued employees at WWP for remaining focused on delivering boxes of healthy ingredients to communities across Los Angeles and are pleased to know that we are offering a direct-to-door solution to those who are unable or hesitant to go shopping." 

For more information:
Bridget Mackey
Tel: +1 (973) 588-2000 
Email: bmackey@coynepr.com  
www.chiquitabrands.com  

Christina Ward
Sunkist Growers
Tel: +1 (661) 290-8777
Email: cward@sunkistgrowers.com 
www.sunkist.com  

Jonathan Keehner 
Sole Source Capital
Tel: +1 (212) 355-4449
www.solesourcecapital.com 


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