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Almost 200 members of staff at banana supplier Fyffes are to be tested for coronavirus after an outbreak among 10 workers, according to the BBC. All staff at Fyffes’ distribution centre in Coventry will be tested as a “precaution”, the city council said. Liz Gaulton, from public health at the council, stated that the measures put in place by Fyffes were sufficient for business to continue. Gaulton said, “Fyffes have been open and cooperative with us and have followed our advice and guidance in how to deal with this unfortunate situation. We have advised that all 186-staff at the centre are tested as a precaution and the measures that have been implemented mean we are happy for the business to continue to open as normal at this time.”
A spokesman for the company said, “The safety of all our workers is our number one priority and a number of actions to tackle this outbreak have been agreed and are currently being implemented.”
The Local Democracy Reporting Service announced that as of 13 August, there had been 57 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Coventry in the past seven days, at a rate of 15.34 per 100,000, which is almost double the rate of neighbouring Solihull (8.32) and four times the rate of Warwickshire (4.67).
This year marks 30 years since Mexican coffee producers decided to advocate for better trade conditions to reduce their dependencies on charity and off-farm activities, creating the basis for what is today the Fairtrade Movement. At a celebratory event titled “Fairtrade: Thirty Years Creating Value with Producers Worldwide” held in San Jose, Costa Rica, key actors were recognised for their contribution to the movement. One such player was Fyffes, in the Trader Category, which was awarded a prize for its fundamental role in developing fairtrade practices. Fyffes is the largest Fairtrade Banana buyer and committed to balanced purchases from small producer organisations and plantations. This award follows another that the Ireland-based company received in April for its Sur Agrícola de Honduras (Suragroh) melon operation in Honduras, which received Fair Trade certification from Fair Trade USA. “Fyffes is honoured to have received this important award from CLAC during the Fairtrade International General Assembly,” said David McCann, chairman of Fyffes Limited. “This is another recognition of Fyffes commitment to maintaining fairtrade and sustainable business practices, including supporting small producers who are important contributors to economic development in their communities.”
Dubin-based tropìcal fruit group Fyffes plc says it will continue to pursue “necessary increases in selling prices in all markets” as a response to the significant strengthening of the US Dollar against the Euro and Sterling.
In a stock exchange notice, the importer and distributor of products including bananas, pineapples and melons also said it had delivered a positive performance in the early months of 2015, with profits in the year to date in line with expectations. Fyffes said it is maintaining the following target earnings range for 2015:
According to a Fyffes plc presentation at its AGM on April 30, Fyffes is Europe’s number one for banana sales and number one in the US for melons.
The presentation also shows Fyfess grows all of the melons it sells, about 65% of the pineapples and about 7% of the bananas.
Fyffes plc April 30, 2015 announcement
Fyffes plc presentation at its Annual General Meeting 30 April 2015