Dole Fresh Fruit Europe to distribute bananas produced by Mozambique’s Matanuska Africa

5 February 2014

Dole Fresh Fruit Europe has set up a long term partnership with Mozambican company Matanuska Africa Ltd to increase banana production in Mozambique, according to website

Matanuska Africa Limitada is a subsidiary of the Rift Valley Corporation which grows bananas in the district of Nacala Porto, in Nampula province, northern Mozambique, over an area of 1,400 hectares.

According to the Fresh Fruit Portal, with this partnership Dole Fresh Fruit Europe will take on all sales operations and become the exclusive distributor of Matanuska’s bananas in Africa, Europe and the Middle East as well as providing logistics and technical support for agricultural operations.

“The partnership with Dole Fresh Fruit Europe will allow Matanuska to develop a better product and increase banana production to around 8 million boxes by the end of 2016,” said the development director of the Rift Valley group, Sevki Isin.

As part of this partnership, Ken Docherty, who is currently responsible for Matanuska’s sales office, will head up Dole’s new office in Dubai, which will also sell all the Southern Hemisphere range of products in the region. (macauhub)