SOURCE: Turbana Plantain Chips

Turbana Plantain Chips

December 07, 2011 09:32 ET

Social Commitment to Plantain Farmers Makes Turbana Plantain Chips More Than a Delicious Snack

Training, Resource Management and Lending for Operational, Housing and Farm Upgrades Improves Quality of Life for Generations to Come

CORAL GABLES, FL--(Marketwire - Dec 7, 2011) - The holiday season is upon us and Turbana Plantain Chips is sharing the way it gives back all year long with its commitment to social responsibility. A leading supplier of all natural, flavor-packed plantain chips; Turbana is a vertically integrated company with complete operational control and transparency. From the farm to the cardboard boxes to international shipping the company provides all these elements to ensure seamless operations. Since Turbana is fully involved from start to finish in the making of its products, the company is extremely committed to the welfare of its workers, their families and their communities in the banana & plantain growing region of Urabá, Colombia.

Plantains are cultivated on small, family-run farms, which is why supporting these farmers is imperative to the success of the region and its products. Understanding this, Turbana, along with its social foundation FundaUniban, strives to improve the quality of life of its people and the surrounding communities. "Don't give people fish, teach them how to fish," is the key philosophy that FundaUniban uses when taking care of its people. It's about making the changes sustainable and encouraging empowerment for the people of Urabá. FundaUniban has been contributing to the sustainable social, economic, cultural and environmental development of the Urabá region for over 25 years and has helped over 13,000 families.

"Our motto at Turbana Plantain Chips is 'Goodness Inside.' This saying encapsulates everything we feel is most important to the overall success of our company, a firm commitment to our people, our environment and our customers," said Marion Tabard, marketing director of Turbana. "The work we do for the betterment of our people is the most gratifying part of working at this company. We are not just another tasty snack, but a place that cares about our employees both at work and at home."

The company's social commitment is evident throughout the entire area. The assistance provided ranges from basic needs such as housing, infrastructure and education, to plantain farm upgrades through micro loans and agricultural support. Job opportunities are also provided to widows, which allow them to provide for their families. This is especially evident in the peeling area of Turbana's plantain plant, where widowed mothers makeup the entire workforce. Unlike most snack companies, Turbana places importance not only on the final product but also on the well being and quality of life of its farmers, factory workers, their families and their communities.

Turbana doesn't consider its actions charity; instead it's a collaboration that has empowered the people of Urabá. This is especially true since Turbana's workers have all played a pivotal role in all of the company's programs from day one. To learn more about Turbana's involvement in the Urabá region or its stance on social responsibility please visit: http://www.turbana.com/index.php/social_responsibility.

About Turbana:
Turbana is owned by Uniban, the largest grower-owned banana company and the largest exporter of plantains in the world, and by Fyffes, one of the largest tropical produce importers and distributors in Europe. Turbana is a vertically integrated company that operates everything from their own farms, protective plastics, cardboard boxes, international shipping, and sourcing. Turbana Plantain Chips are the latest addition to the Turbana brand. The chips are tasty mouthfuls of flavor, texture and crunch. Made from freshly harvested plantains, and available in six yummy natural flavors, including Chili, Lime, Chili-Lime, Salted, Sweet and Garlic, they're a great alternative to potato chips and other snacks. For more information, please visit www.platanicious.com.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Katie Lister
    For Turbana
    Office: 407.767.0452 ext. 229
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