Morrisons snap up banana ripening site in Boston

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Supermarket chain Morrisons has bought up a factory in Boston to use to ripen bananas, creating up to 80 new jobs.

The former Del Monte site, off Marsh Lane, will be used by Morrisons to control the conditions of the fruit - meaning they will ripen slower which is said the help it taste sweeter and last longer.

The facility should open in the autumn and is a joint venture with exotic fruit experts Global Pacific, who will run it on behalf of Morrisons.

Dalton Philips, Chief Executive of Morrisons, said: “Bananas are the most popular fruit in the UK so it makes sense for Morrisons to apply its unique approach to food production to simplify the supply chain, cut out costs and improve quality.

“Adding this ripening factory to our business means we will be able to mature bananas more precisely to our customers different needs.”

Chris Kilvington, CEO of Global Pacific, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this exciting partnership with Morrisons, and look forward to the opportunity to set up and run the site on their behalf.”

The 58,000 square foot factory is nine years old and was operated by Del Monte until November 2011, when it ceased operation.

Morrisons is the only supermarket to own manufacturing sites including abattoirs, bakeries, produce packing, a fish factory and a flower factory - where almost a quarter of the food it sells is produced.