The United Fruit Company in Latin America

The United Fruit Company in Latin America

The United Fruit Company in Latin America

The United Fruit Company in Latin America

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by Stacy May and Galo Plaza

I.
Brief History: Evolution of the Business

THIS IS the story of how, over a relatively short period of time, a highly perishable tropical fruit has become an important item in world trade. It is the story of how an implausible product, which was being introduced into the United States as a curiosity a little over 80 years ago, is today carried by the millions of stems, on more than a hundred fast refrigerated ships, from farms in the tropics to markets in the United States, Canada, and Europe, to become a common foodstuff in almost every household.

Our study concerns primarily the United Fruit Company as a producer and exporter of bananas. It explores the world banana market, the basic economics of banana growing and distribution. It focuses particularly on the role of United Fruit in the banana industry, its impact on producing countries, its problems and future trends, not only with respect to production and marketing of the fruit, but also . . .

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