United Fruit Company

The United Fruit , now known as Chiquita Brands International, was an firm that traded in tropical fruits cultivated on plantations in America and sold in the and Europe.

Minor C. Keith’s banana-trading enterprises merged with Andrew W. Preston’s Boston Fruit Corporation in 1899 to establish the .

It thrived in the early and mid-twentieth centuries, amassing extensive holdings and transportation networks throughout Central America, Colombia’s Caribbean coast, and the Indies.

Though it battled with the Standard Fruit for dominance in the international banana trade, it maintained a virtual monopoly in certain countries, including Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala, which were known as banana republics.