WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The state agency that runs the port of Wilmington says Chiquita Brands has agreed to continue using the port as its mid-Atlantic distribution hub for the next five years.
Officials with the Diamond State Port Corporation say the recent agreement includes two 5-year lease renewal options that could extend Chiquita's relationship with Wilmington until 2029.
The agreement announced Monday means that Wilmington will continue to handle more bananas than any other port in North America.
Officials say Chiquita leases about 29 acres at the port, and its vessels make about 52 port calls annually.
Chiquita's service between Central America and Wilmington involves dropping off bananas, pineapples and other fruit and vegetables, and picking up forest products, used automobiles and general cargo.