Port Manatee is to welcome a new customer. During a Port Authority meeting on Tuesday, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras announced spoke about a "big deal", citing the arrangement with a world-renowned customer, Chiquita Banana.
As the Port’s newest non-aggregate customer, Chiquita will start delivery of their bananas to Port Manatee on a bi-weekly schedule. Previously, Chiquita Bananas arrived at local grocers by truck delivery after cargo delivery to Port Everglades.
The direct import to Port Manatee will not only spare the bananas a several-hour commute by truck for distribution to Manatee supermarkets but the import is also expected to cut back on pollution and fuel consumption previously expended for their highway delivery to the region.