Chiquita Brands International Inc.-owned Mundimar SA, Guapiles, Costa Rica, opened a biodigester system as part of Chiquita’s ongoing movement to reduce its environmental impact.

The system is part of an effort to increase sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. It uses excess fruit and water to create energy for local growers using gravity, rather than electricity, thus reducing carbon emissions. Chiquita hired BioSinergia, which is dedicated to building sustainable systems, to design the system specifically for the company’s advanced technology.

“Chiquita’s new biodigester is at the forefront of our global sustainability efforts,” Manuel Rodriguez, senior vice president for government affairs and corporate responsibility officer, said in a news release. “This technology enables us to harness the full energy potential of fruit materials that previously could not be captured. It provides a sustainable energy source for our facility, nutrient rich fertilizer for local farmers and filters processing water. It benefits our company, our communities and our planet.”

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 28, along with Rodriguez and Deverl Maserang, vice president for distribution and logistics from Chiquita.

“For Costa Rica to continue being the environmental leader it has become, and to strengthen our international position as defendants of the environment, we need to work in alliance with the private sector, especially with companies that guarantee clean energy and environmentally friendly industrial processes,” Chinchilla said in the release.

Chiquita subsidiary opens biodigester in Costa Rica

Courtesy of Chiquita Brands International Inc.

Mundimar SA, Guapiles, Costa Rica, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International Inc., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Biodigester system on Aug. 28 with Manuel Rodriguez (from left), Chiquita senior vice president of government affairs and corporate responsibility officer; Deverl Maserang, Chiquita vice president for distribution and logistics; and Laura Chinchilla, president of Costa Rica, overseeing the celebration.