Sustainability through partnership and innovation: 130 years of Fyffes

Fyffes Chairman, David McCann, says the 130-year celebration aims to honour the generations of people that worked with Fyffes
David McCann, chairman of Fyffes

Fyffes, Europe's largest banana importer and leading marketer of organic and Fairtrade bananas, is marking its 130th anniversary this month by reinforcing the importance of the work it does in Ireland, in Europe and around the world.


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25 September 2018

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It was on September 20, 1888 that the first banana ever offered for sale under the Fyffes brand was sold in London’s Covent Garden. It followed a visit by the young Edward Watham Fyffe who – having taken his wife to the Canaries to help her recovery from tuberculosis – became intrigued by the world of tropical fruits, most significantly the banana, which he subsequently began importing to the UK.

Acquired in 1986 by Dundalk fruit importers, McCanns – and now part of the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation – Fyffes has grown to become a multi-national brand with an annual turnover of €1.2 billion.

Supply Chain

With its long-standing, established partners in the tropics – and a supply chain linking Central America and Europe that ensures product is grown, harvested, shipped and ripened in the best possible conditions – the company sees itself being best positioned to offer the highest quality fruit for present and future generations.

Fyffes Chairman, David McCann, said that by marking 130 years in the banana business, the company is “shining the spotlight on the generations of wonderful people and partners who have contributed to our success over those years – and on those who will do so as we move forward”.

Production Partners

Besides being the world’s first fruit brand, Fyffes also ranks as the importer with the world’s highest number of certified production partners, some of whom it has worked with for more than 50 years.

The pioneering spirit for which Fyffes is recognised continues to exist in the company today – particularly evident in its long-standing partnerships with a number of large and small growers.

With charities, community organisations and established foundations such as The Fundauniban of Colombia, Fyffes is committed to improve the living standards of growers through many different projects. These include educational and community initiatives, large-scale housing programmes, a reforestation project in Costa Rica and a plastic recycling initiative with a school in Belize.


To mark its anniversary year, Fyffes will be focusing on brand communications in markets where the brand is sold.

Using social media and other channels, it is intended that the Fyffes brand story will be brought to life for consumers, with an emphasis placed on those corporate social responsibility element that remain a priority for the company.

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