Hello, your banana was grown on the Elba I farm in Ecuador.
Learn fascinating facts about the country, the people, the climate and the region where our farms are located.
Dole’s certifications reflect our commitment to protect both people and the planet. They apply to all social and environmental issues from cultivation to transportation. The many measures Dole is involved in benefit local communities.
GlobalGAP sets voluntary standards in agricultural production around the world. It was set up to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimising detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. Certification is based on three criteria: environmental protection, social justice and the capacity for economic development.
Situated between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador has an amazingly diverse landscape – from the highlands and towering volcanoes to the rainforest and low-lying coastal areas. With its tropical climate and fertile soils, Ecuador is the world’s biggest banana producer, accounting for 30% of global exports.
Through this foundation, Dole supports educational, community and health projects in rural Ecuador, for example excursions for children, school football tournaments, advanced training for teachers and advice centres for families. Find out more about the Dale Foundation!
Quality fruit needs space. The plantation covers more than 0.6 square kilometres or 78 football fields.
307 people work at this plantation.
Guayas, Los Rios
Ecuador’s largest town and most important seaport. Ideal for exporting bananas – as long as the skins are not damaged by volcanic ash.
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