Fresh Del Monte commits to leading change in sustainable agriculture practices – speaking tomorrow at the World Biodiversity Summit


Fresh Del Monte® Produce Inc, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, distributors, and marketers of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, today announces its participation at this year’s World Biodiversity Summit, in Glasgow, UK on November, 10th 2021.

Fresh Del Monte®  has a long-time presence in the UK and operates a state-of-the-art fresh-cut facility in Wisbech (Cambridgeshire). The company is proudly the undisputed market leader in the fruit cans category and has a strong presence in fruit juices and frozen fruits shelves.

This year’s World Biodiversity Summit occurs alongside the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) and offers a critical opportunity to address the important role the private sector has in responding to the intertwined crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Thierry Montange, marketing director at Del Monte® Europe and Africa, states: “Fresh Del Monte® has long been working to support the communities and ecosystems that are key to its future as well as develop initiatives in the final markets where we operate. The UK is a great example of that, as we have developed numerous initiatives to significantly reduce our plastic usage in our fresh-cut facility in Wisbech, saving hundreds of tons of plastic every year, with the aim to eventually only use recyclable materials. We’ve also implemented a waste management program and work to maximize our commodities recycling operations.”

Underpinning this ongoing commitment to sustainable agriculture practices and sharing insights on the matter, the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer Hans Sauter will join industry leaders in a panel discussion on “Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture at the Center of Development Strategies – Challenges and Opportunities.”  The conversation will be centered around how to transition the industry towards more resilient agricultural practices in a warming world, while maintaining global food security, with innovation and technology as integral components.

“It is extremely important to me to be able to represent Fresh Del Monte®’s initiatives at the World Biodiversity Summit and COP26,” said Sauter, who also works as senior vice president of research and development in addition to his role as chief sustainability officer. “Time is of the essence, and it is vital for different stakeholders in society to come together to identify and implement game-changing solutions to stimulate food production, while conserving biodiversity and addressing climate change.

“As one of the largest integrated producers, marketers, and distributors of fresh produce, we want to lead change. We believe that as an agricultural company, we can be an integral part of the solution. However, we cannot do it alone. With our pledge to implement regenerative farming and soil-health management in all our farms and associated growers’ farms by 2030, we hope to inspire every member of the supply chain (farmers, retailers, and consumers) to also do their part.”

Some of Fresh Del Monte®’s efforts toward building A Brighter World Tomorrow™ include conserving and restoring forests and wild areas to protect biodiversity in and around their farms —amounting to 28% of their owned land —preserving soil health, stewarding critical water sources, and providing quality education and scholarships for students throughout their growing regions.