Fruits help us grow, we all know that. And when we grow, it is normal to feel a little cramped sometimes. To support its growth, Compagnie Fruitière moved into brand-new facilities last January, at the heart of the MIN market of Rungis.
Besides its highly strategic location, this new site of 7,000 m² has allowed the company to extend its ripening capacity to 20,000 tons of fruit with 6 double rooms and 3 single rooms dedicated to bananas, mangoes and avocados.
The new facilities, which benefit from the latest technologies, have also increased the logistic performance with a storage capacity of 1,500 pallets of fruit for its clients with a 24-hour service, 7 days a week.
True to its values, Compagnie Fruitière also wanted the new location to be a natural extension of its policy in favor of sustainable development with operations that guarantee one of the lowest carbon footprints in the sector. In 2022, the large roof of the building will be covered with 5,000 m² of photovoltaic panels which will contribute greatly to the company’s operations.
Finally, there will be a tropical greenhouse in front of the building, showcasing the work of the producers.
Thanks to the ideal location, more efficient and cleaner technologies, continuous service and increased capacities, Compagnie Fruitière has gathered, under one roof, all the conditions for its future development.
Compagnie Fruitière is the leading fruit producer of the A.C.P. zone (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific). It is the third largest European operator in the banana sector, with over 450,000 tons of fruit produced on its African plantations.
Founded in 1938 in Marseille, the group has 20,000 employees, including 18,000 in Africa. Its highly integrated model is based on the mastery of several trades in the fruit sector in order to control all stages: agricultural production, port and maritime logistics, ripening and distribution.
The group currently markets more than 800,000 tons of fruit throughout Europe, the Maghreb and Africa. The company has its own network of 22 banana ripening sites, which helps supply all the clients in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
With a strong presence in Africa, the company has developed a dynamic and voluntary ESR policy (Environmental and Social Responsibility) based on 4 pillars: health, housing, education and limited environmental footprint.
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