Westmont, IL (June 8, 2022) In celebration of National Fruit & Vegetable Month, Fresh Del Monte, a leading producer and distributer of fruits and vegetables, in collaboration with Jewel-Osco, today broke a world record for the World’s Largest Fruit Display. Sanctioned as an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®, the display, constructed from more than 77,000 pounds of DEL MONTE® bananas, was set at Jewel-Osco in Westmont, IL, located at 4 East Ogden Avenue. Following the record break, the bananas were given away to customers, with the remaining then donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America®, serving communities in 13 surrounding counties.
“It is an exciting day for Fresh Del Monte as we celebrate the popularity of our cornerstone produce offerings,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President of Marketing, Fresh Del Monte, N.A. “What better way to communicate the global popularity and nutritional value of bananas than with a world record-worthy display and local food bank donation. We are committed to supporting local organizations such as Northern Illinois Food Bank. We hope this donation not only benefits those facing food insecurity but encourages increased consumption of fresh fruits.”
“Jewel-Osco is thrilled to be Fresh Del Monte’s retail partner for the World’s Largest Fruit Display,” said Scott Bennett, Produce Sales Manager, Jewel-Osco. “Our produce departments stock more than 140,000 pounds of bananas a day. They are easily our top selling item.”
Constructed entirely of DEL MONTE® bananas, the display – which took three days to create and measured 118 feet wide x 11 feet high – weighed exactly 77,365.9 pounds and included approximately 211,200 bananas (40 pallets/1,920 cases of bananas). An official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® judge was on site to verify and confirm the new record. The record had been previously set using slightly over 41,400 pounds of fruit in 2016.
Fresh Del Monte, recently named one of America’s Most Trusted Companies of 2022 by Newsweek, has been a market leader in growing and shipping premium quality fresh produce for more than 135 years and is a recognized authority in the fruit industry. For more information about Fresh Del Monte, please visit FreshDelMonte.com. To learn more about DEL MONTE® fresh products, including products, recipes and promotions available in North America, please visit DelMonteFresh.com or keep up with the brand on Instagram or YouTube @delmontefresh.
ABOUT FRESH DEL MONTE
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is one of the world's leading vertically integrated producers, marketers, and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Fresh Del Monte markets its products worldwide under the DEL MONTE® brand (under license from Del Monte Foods, Inc.), a symbol of product innovation, quality, freshness, and reliability for over 135 years. The company also markets its products under the MANN™ brand and other related trademarks. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is not affiliated with certain other Del Monte companies around the world, including Del Monte Foods, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited, Del Monte Canada, or Del Monte Asia Pte. Ltd. Fresh Del Monte is the first global marketer of fruits and vegetables to commit to the “Science Based Targets” initiative. In 2022, Fresh Del Monte Produce was ranked as one of “America’s Most Trusted Companies” by Newsweek based on an independent survey rating companies on three different touchpoints, including customer trust, investor trust, and employee trust. Fresh Del Monte Produce is traded on the NYSE under the symbol FDP.
Locally great and nationally strong, Jewel-Osco was founded in 1899 and is owned by Albertsons Companies. The grocery and drug retailer has 188 locations encompassing Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Iowa, and employs 31,000+ associates. For more information log onto JewelOsco.com and follow-on social media at Facebook.com/JewelOsco, Twitter.com/JewelOsco, Instragam.com/JewelOsco, Pinterest.com/JewelOscopr and YouTube.com/JewelOsco