Chiquita merger reignites fears of a disappearing banana crop

by Marisa Taylor

Bananas from Costa Rica for sale at Eastern Market in Washington, DC, in February 2014. Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Chiquita Brands International, the U.S.-based global produce company that’s perhaps best known for bananas — as well as for its catchy logo featuring the First Lady of Fruit — announced Monday that it would acquire Fyffes, its Irish rival. The two companies will become one before the end of 2014, making the new firm, ChiquitaFyffes, into the biggest producer and distributor of bananas in the world, with a $4.6 billion in annual revenue.

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