SCS Global Services has announced that Del Monte Fresh Produce has received sustainably grown certification for all of its banana plantations in Costa Rica and Guatemala as well as its pineapple farms in Costa Rica.
Receiving certification for these operations marks the culmination of a multi-year effort by Del Monte to improve and verify its sustainable farming practices in Central America through third-party assessment, said the worldwide certification body.
Del Monte bananas and pineapples will now feature the SCS Kingfisher Sustainably Grown certification mark in stores.
First introduced in 2003, the SCS sustainably grown certification program is one of the world’s most strict standards for sustainable agriculture, the firm said. The standard includes yearly auditing for compliance and emphasizes continuous improvement, requiring certified farms to build on their sustainable practices over time.
“Sustainably grown recognizes agricultural operations that are on the cutting edge of
sustainable farming,” said Stanley Rhodes, founder and CEO of SCS Global Services. “Del Monte has proven that they are serious about growing bananas and pineapples in ways that minimize environmental impact while ensuring the health and safety of its workers and their communities.”