United Fruit Company

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

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

It thrived in the early and mid-twentieth centuries, amassing extensive holdings and networks throughout , 's coast, and the West Indies.

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

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