Sunday, 25 April 2010

Sumifru builds Davao agro-industriall ecozone

By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT
Manila Bulletin
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/254374/sumifru-builds-davao-agroindustriall-ecozone

Sumifru Inc., a joint venture of Sumitomo Corp. of Japan and businessman Paul Cuyegkeng, is establishing a special agro-industrial economic zone in Davao City to beef up its banana and vegetable exports.

Company adviser Miguel Varela told reporters at the sidelines of the conclusion of the two-day 31st National Employers Conference at the Manila Hotel said the company is expanding its existing banana plantation in Davao City .

The company is expanding its Davao banana plantation with P5.5 billion worth of investments. In 2004, Sumifru poured in P2.1 billion for the existing Davao farm.

Varela said the company’s proposed special agro-industrial economic zone has been approved by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and is just awaiting Malacañang’s signature for its proclamation.

Cuyegkeng is a former head of the Dole Philippines, the country’s biggest exporter of pineapples. Now, Sumifru is the country’s biggest exporter of Cavendish bananas. It is the biggest exporter of Cavendish bananas to Japan.

Sumifru Corporation enjoys the Sumitomo "Integrated Corporated Strength", an integrated corporate strength comes from synergies of talents of more than 30,000 group employees, each of whom has the expertise in his/her field to create and implement new businesses.

Aside from producing bananas, Sumifru is also engaged in the sourcing, shipment, distribution, and marketing of fresh fruits, specially the giant cavendish bananas, of the highest quality.

The company brings its products through a fully integrated value chain from its genebank to its logistics and distribution and coldchain systems.

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