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Chiquita Brands tells truckers not to use fuel from Canadian tar sands

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.


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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13 Comments » for Chiquita Brands tells truckers not to use fuel from Canadian tar sands
  1. Flyover Country says:

    Okay. Does Dole still sell bananas?

  2. Celsius says:

    Another example of a company trying to emulate the environmental dopes who are totally incompetent to make such a judgement. I now will boycott Chiquita.

  3. Greenwashed Banana says:

    So, the idea then is to use oil from non-ethical countries like Saudi Arabia where they freely execute women and be-head gay people for being gay? I think it is time to boycott Chiquita Banana and any other company who fail to see the nonsense behind Forest Ethics’ propaganda campaign. Stand up America to these power hungry murderers! Use ethical Canadian oil instead.

  4. Kevin says:

    Well they can say as they please. However take into account, all the Gas and fuel we export to the U.S.A., take into account all the wars we have ahd with the U.S.A. take into account all the Nationalization of Their assets we have done with U.S.A. assets, maybe they would get their heads out of the Sand Sorry TARSANDS and see reality.

    I wonder what lobbyist paid off who to comment like this in the first place.

  5. Tarsands puts food on my table says:

    To hell with Chiquita. They can keep their crappy bananas.Canadian tarsands puts food on my table and pays my bills right here in the U.S.Thank you Canada.

  6. John says:

    Send Chiquita packing! This crap needs to end before we can no longer afford anything because of enviornmental shutdown.

  7. Alberta Boy says:

    Well my taste for bananas has just left. I have to laugh at this comment stop using Oil Sand products. Check Google what products are made from oil wow you will be amazed. Well there goes their tires go back to the wooden ones, there goes all the truck dash material,and rubber floor mats plastic knobs and handles, windshield wipers to name very few products that come from oil products. I guess Chaquita Truckers will be going back to the horse and wooden cart have fun guys, the rest of us will keep Canada’s Oil Sands steaming along we do not need your rotten bananas.

  8. Suck It says:

    Chiquita has the gall to boycott oil produced form the Canadian oils sands.
    Yet they will gladly use oil products from countries that treat their women like second class citizens.
    Chiquita has also admitted to funding of left-wing paramilitary groups in Colombia.
    What a hypocritical stance.
    No more of your Chiquita products in my house.”

  9. Fratehauler says:

    Me thinks that Chiquita has just “Gone Bananas” with their silly boycott of Tar Sands Oil. I can see their transport drivers in the near future pedalling their bicycles with one box of bananas on their heads weaving in and outta traffic . Good for them…. Let them keep using oil from those countries that could not give a D.mn for the USA like Venezuela or some of those tyrant ones in the Mid East.

  10. SDMMRT says:

    “Tar sands” ? what is that? like the Tar pits in the movies from the lagoons in the UK?
    What we produce in Canada is actually “OilSands”.. that would be sand impregnated with OIL which is NATURALLY occurring! we are extracting the oil and actually CLEANING the sand. Unlike the Gulf last year in the USA that had man made BP Oil sands all along the south coast! Taking such bizarre position as Chiquita will only backfire just as it did for Timberland, Bed/ bath and Beyond, the Gap etc. And I am sure the executives at Chiquita only fill their private jet with Iraq oil, just like Al Gore and David Suzuki ! cuz they are just so concerned about the environment! And they burn up more fuel in ONE day than most people would in 6 or 8 months!

  11. SDMMRT says:

    “Tar sands” ? what is that? like the Tar pits in the movies from the lagoons in the UK?
    What we produce in Canada is actually “OilSands”.. that would be sand impregnated with OIL which is NATURALLY occurring! we are extracting the oil and actually CLEANING the sand. Unlike the Gulf last year in the USA that had man made BP Oil sands all along the south coast! Taking such bizarre position as Chiquita will only backfire just as it did for Timberland, Bed/ bath and Beyond, the Gap etc. And I am sure the executives at Chiquita only fill their private jet with Iraq oil, just like Al Gore and David Suzuki ! cuz they are just so concerned about the environment! And they burn up more fuel in ONE day than most people would in 6 or 8 months!

  12. tariffman says:

    Best of luck trying to audit that request. Fuel dealers have no choice as to what fuel their supplier puts in their tanks.

  13. Adios Chiquita says:

    I’m Chiquita Banana and I’m here to say
    we exploit our workers and whack them
    with nasty pesticides to provide us with
    cheap yellow bananas and money to supply
    our terrorist friends at FARC every day!

    As of now, Canadians in growing numbers, are
    boycotting Chiquita brand bananas, pineapples
    avocados, juice and Fresh Express Salads!!

    Del Monte bananas taste great and this company
    is not pandering to the eco-whackos who prefer
    to obtain their oil from dictators and terrorists!

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