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WP Produce adds solar and builds sustainability

WP Produce and its Desbry Tropical Avocado brand, has completed a major milestone toward its initiatives to increase sustainability in the Dominican Republic.

"Our packing and shipping compound in the province of Bonao, which is the largest, state-of-the-art tropical avocado facility in the region, is now energy independent. Since June 2021, our new 20,000-kilowatt renewable solar power installation has been producing more than 100 percent of the electricity needed to power the facility," said Christopher Gonzalez, vice president of sales for WP Produce. "During peak solar production, our excess power generation is going back to the power grid to support the local community."

WP Produce, which is among the largest distributors of tropical avocados in the U.S. and is one of the largest packers and shippers in the Dominican Republic, is on a mission to improve sustainability throughout the Caribbean nation. "In addition to moving toward energy independence and reducing our carbon footprint throughout our supply chain, we have a focus on improving the lives of our workers. We have significant worker welfare initiatives including increased wages, supporting community medical clinics, and providing our workers and their families with food and water," said Gonzalez.

Tropical avocados, which have been a staple throughout the Caribbean and tropical regions around the globe, have been gaining traction, spreading from Florida, up the Eastern Seaboard and now across the country. Shoppers are routinely wowed by displays of large, bright green Desbry Tropical Avocados. Now they can add the fruit to their carts while supporting a sustainable, environmentally friendly, family farming operation.

 

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