FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CORAL GABLES, FL., December 09, 2015 - Del Monte Fresh Produce (Del Monte) is pleased to announce the third-party certification of its pineapple farms and canning operations in Kenya as Sustainably Grown. This certification was issued by SCS Global Services (SCS) in accordance with the producer and handler requirements of its internationally recognized Sustainably Grown Standard v 1.3. As a result, certified canned pineapples will soon be able to feature the Kingfisher eco-label.
Sustainably Grown certification included rigorous independent evaluation of the production, management, and distribution processes of the Del Monte farms and canning operations in Kenya. The certified Del Monte farms and canning operations demonstrated that they have established practices that guarantee the highest level of environmental responsibility, worker protection, social responsibility and quality control. The certified farms and canning operations were evaluated under the following criteria:
- Sustainable Crop Production
- Ecosystem Management and Protection
- Resource Conservation and Energy Efficiency
- Integrated Waste Management
- Fair Labor Practices
- Community Benefits
- Product Quality
- Product Safety and Purity
“For many years, without fanfare and away from spotlights, Del Monte has been working on sustainability initiatives throughout our operations.” said Hans Sauter, Vice President Corporate Research & Development and Agricultural Services of Del Monte. “We are very pleased that our efforts have been validated by a globally recognized independent certifier such as SCS Global Services that uses sound science as the basis for its stringent Sustainably Grown standard. The SCS sustainably Grown certification of our Kenya farms and canning operations follows the certification of our fresh banana and pineapple farms in Guatemala and Costa Rica earlier this year. We are very proud of this accomplishment and we are looking forward to expanding the certification program to cover more of our operations.” concluded Mr. Hans Sauter.
“We congratulate Del Monte for this significant accomplishment,” said Dr. Stanley Rhodes, SCS’ Founder and CEO. “Achieving the SCS Sustainably Grown certification is by no means an easy task. This standard is based on comprehensive, multifaceted science-based criteria that address all aspects of agricultural operations aimed at minimizing environmental impacts, providing a safe and healthy work environment, and protecting product integrity. The Del Monte pineapple farms and canning operations in Kenya were able to demonstrate that they have the processes and management systems in place to grow and process their products in a sustainable manner.”
Consumers in Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa will soon be able to feel more confident than ever that their canned pineapples were grown and processed in a sustainable manner when they see the SCS Kingfisher eco-label signifying Sustainably Grown on certified products from Del Monte Kenya farms and operations.
For more information on all Del Monte Fresh Produce Sustainability programs please visit: http://www.freshdelmonte.com/sustainability/
For more information on SCS Global Services please visit: http://www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-sustainably-grown
About Del Monte Fresh Produce:
Del Monte Fresh Produce is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union. Fresh Del Monte markets its products worldwide under the Del Monte® brand, a symbol of product innovation, quality, freshness and reliability for more than 100 years.
About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. Now in its 30th year, SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practice. SCS stands for Scientific Certification Systems.
About the Kingfisher Certification Mark
Certification by SCS, as represented by the SCS Kingfisher, is a visual expression of proven commitment to sustainability through environmental stewardship, responsible resource management, and protection of people and communities.
For information, contact:
Vice President Marketing