CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chiquita Brands International has told the transporters of its food products that they should not be using fuel sourced from Canada’s tar sands.
The food company teamed with environmental group ForestEthics to eliminate the shipping of Chiquita bananas using fuel from refineries in Canada’s tar sands. The objective was communicated to trucking firms at the company’s recent annual conference.
“Canada’s tar sands is all risk and no benefit for leading American brands like Chiquita that are resolved to reduce environmental problems, so they are working hard to get tar sands out of their transportation footprint,” said Aaron Sanger of ForestEthics.
ForestEthics has identified about 50 US refineries that use synthetic oil from the tar sands to produce diesel fuel. Chiquita accounts for about a quarter of the US banana market and delivers millions of bananas every day using diesel-fueled and refrigerated heavy-duty vehicles.
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