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Cellular Aseptic Processing Equipment (CAPE)

Costa Rica

Context

Social & business context

Costa Rica has a large, intensive banana farming industry. Workers operate under very difficult conditions with high exposure to pesticides and consequently suffer serious health problems. There are very few organic producers.
Stonyfield’s aim is to support the growth of organic banana production.

Solution
With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Stonyfield and the sustainable food lab co-created the “CAPE” project to improve working conditions for farm workers and support the development of organic banana production in Costa Rica. A factory producing aseptic banana puree for export to the United States was built. Farmers receive training in management and also have easier access to credit, enabling them to take over ownership of the plant. 

Social & business impacts
This project empowers workers to improve their working and living conditions and helps them to sell their banana products for a better price.
Stonyfield is acting as a socially responsible company to secure its banana sourcing and improve its reputation.
This project improves the working and living conditions of farm workers in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica.

Action

With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Stonyfield and the Sustainable Food Lab co-created the “CAPE” project to improve working conditions for farm workers and support the development of organic banana production in Costa Rica. A factory producing aseptic banana puree for export to the United States was built. Farmers receive training in management and also have easier access to credit, enabling them to take over ownership of the plant. 

News

Social 
This project empowers workers to improve their working and living conditions and helps them to sell their banana products for a better price.

Business 
Stonyfield is acting as a socially responsible company to secure its banana sourcing and improve its reputation.

General interest 
This project improves the working and living conditions of farm workers in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica.