Fyffes Receives GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for its Honduran Melon Farm; Genivaldo Pereira and Hugo Hays Comment
HONDURAS - Fyffes is padding its impressive operation with yet another advancement, announcing its Honduran melon farm Suragroh has received the GLOBALG.A.P. certification. This certification builds on the continuous transformation led by local management over the past two years.
“I would like to thank all the people at Suragroh and within the global compliance team who have worked very hard to achieve this important distinction,” commented Genivaldo Pereira, General Manager of Melon Operations. “My goal since I joined Fyffes melon business, has been to transform the melon farms and packhouses so that we can grow the business. This certification is valued by our customers all over the world but especially in Europe, providing a springboard for global growth for our business and benefitting the local communities.”
According to a press release, Fyffes began the transformation of its Honduran and Guatemalan melon businesses in 2021 with the appointment of new management, including the General Manager of Melon Operations Genivaldo Pereira. Since then, the farms have been on a journey of improvement in social and labor standards, environmental stewardship, and strong governance. This includes Suragroh’s receipt of the coveted Socially Responsible Company Seal from the Honduran Foundation for Socially Responsible Business (FUNDAHRSE) in 2022.
Suragroh’s new GLOBALG.A.P. certification further demonstrates Fyffes’ ongoing commitment to advancing good agricultural and sustainable practices.
“In October 2001, Fyffes was the first company ever to certify GLOBALG.A.P. (EurepGAP) for bananas,” Hugo Hays, Fyffes Global Director of Compliance and Food Safety. “We have been unwavering in our support of best agricultural practices since then, and it is with immense pride and gratitude to my colleagues that our melon operations are also now being recognized,” Hugo Hays, Fyffes Global Director of Compliance and Food Safety. “Achieving this certification has needed some fundamental changes to our melon production systems and philosophy, which our teams have fully embraced, to offer full confidence to customers worldwide of our commitment to leading-edge compliance.”
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