In an increasingly environmentally conscious world, Chiquita announced that after eight years it has achieved international certification of all its banana plantations in Latin America by the Rainforest Alliance Better Banana Project. It has claimed this benchmark "significantly exceeds" those other standards in use in the industry. The scheme covers 71,000 acres on 127 farms and 30% of the independent growers which supply the company. In turns this will cover 90% of the fruit which it ships to Europe. Chiquita expects the remainder of its requirements to qualify and has urged the rest of the banana industry to follow suit. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}