From Tea to Tropical Fruit
From their base in Perth, Scotland
The Fyffe family send young Henry Fyffe to set up a new business in London as a “Grocer and Tea Dealer”.
Edward Wathen Fyffe
(Henry’s great grandson) takes his wife, Ida, to the Canary Islands to recover from Tuberculosis. Whilst there, he is impressed by the quality and the fabulous taste of the bananas and decides that he will set up an import agency in London.
The first two bunches
Edward’s first tiny shipment of two bunches of bananas arrives at the offices of E.W. Fyffes & Sons, 148 ½ Fenchurch Street. The business grows so fast that Edward soon has no time for tea!
The first bananas from Fyffes reach Ireland.
Now known as Elders & Fyffes…
The company’s ships are fitted with cooling equipment that make it possible to ship larger quantities of bananas on a reliable and consistent basis. Bananas become much more widely available.
The Fyffes Blue Label is born!
Fyffes becomes the first fruit company in the world to put a label on their produce.
On 30th December
The Fyffes ship, SS Tilapa, brings the first commercial shipment of 10 million bananas into the UK after World War II. The government proclaims that all the bananas should go to children - a new generation get their first taste of this exotic tropical fruit.
Fyffes Group Ltd. Elders & Fyffes becomes Fyffes Group Ltd.
In 1975 Velleman & Tas (later acquired by Fyffes) enters into a strategic partnership with the Colombian cooperative Uniban.
Fyffes is acquired by Fruit Importers of Ireland (FII) under the leadership of Neil McCann and is renamed Fyffes plc.
After first joining the company in 1986, David McCann, Neil’s son, becomes CEO in 1995 and Chairman in 2006.
Our first code of practice
Fyffes introduces its “Code of Practice” to which its companies and contractual partners must comply. The Code sets high standards in relation to product, people and environment.
Fyffes focuses on organic production and takes its first organic bananas into the UK.
Fyffes becomes a founding member of EurepGAP (now GlobalGAP)
As part of its commitment to trading fairly and a focus on international certification standards.
Fyffes is first with Fairtrade
Fyffes works with Fairtrade to bring the first Fairtrade labelled bananas into the UK (the company soon becomes the biggest importer of Fairtrade bananas into the UK and later, into Europe).
A new partner
Internationale Fruchtimport Gesellschaft Weichert & Co. KG (‘Inter Weichert’) in Hamburg becomes part of the Fyffes family.
Fyffes in North America
Fyffes enters into a strategic alliance with Uniban SA (the main banana and plantain export cooperative in Colombia) through a 50/50 ownership in Turbana Corporation, Florida. Fyffes becomes the fifth largest banana supplier to the US market.
Fyffes enters the US winter melon business, acquiring 60% (later increasing our stake to 100%) of Sol Group Marketing Company, Florida.
Fyffes gets into pineapple farming with its acquisition of Anexco in Costa Rica.
125 years old and still going strong!
20th September, Fyffes celebrates its 125th birthday!
Fyffes purchases its first banana farm Finca Frutas de Escocia in Costa Rica.
We launch Fyffes bananas in North America
Turbana Corporation becomes Fyffes North America.
A new chapter
On 17th February 2017, ownership of the company passes to Sumitomo Corporation.
Fyffes designs its first ever global sustainability strategy, aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Fyffes completes its ownership of Inter Weichert
Fyffes launches the Fyffes Principles of Responsible Business Conduct.
Helge Sparsoe becomes CEO and initiates a strategic review of the company.
Fyffes to launch comprehensive Sustainability Report outlining goals, commitments and metrics for future best practice.