Chiquita http://wfae.org en Chiquita Blames Higher Costs, Weather For $25 Million First-Quarter Loss http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-blames-higher-costs-weather-25-million-first-quarter-loss <p>Chiquita Brands International Friday reported a loss of $25 million in the first quarter, blaming increasing costs and extreme weather. But, the Charlotte-based company says it’s still on track to meet its 2014 goals.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:29:01 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 50643 at http://wfae.org Chiquita Blames Higher Costs, Weather For $25 Million First-Quarter Loss Merger Means Charlotte Will Share Chiquita With Dublin http://wfae.org/post/merger-means-charlotte-will-share-chiquita-dublin <p>Chiquita's merger with an Irish produce company will have a minimal impact on the number of jobs the banana giant keeps in Charlotte. The company currently employs about 300 people at its headquarters in uptown.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:59:46 +0000 Michael Tomsic 46621 at http://wfae.org Merger Means Charlotte Will Share Chiquita With Dublin River Run In The Spotlight As The Chiquita Classic Comes To Town http://wfae.org/post/river-run-spotlight-chiquita-classic-comes-town <p>Groundskeepers were hard at work through the weekend and hundreds of local volunteers took up their posts Monday morning as River Run Country Club prepared to host the largest professional golf&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>tournament ever staged in Lake Norman – the Chiquita Classic. Club officials said more 25,000 tickets have been sold for the event, which kicked off with a pro-am tournament and practice rounds Monday and continues through Sunday, Sept. 8.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:47:03 +0000 David Boraks 34601 at http://wfae.org River Run In The Spotlight As The Chiquita Classic Comes To Town River Run Getting Ready For Big Moment, The Chiquita Classic http://wfae.org/post/river-run-getting-ready-big-moment-chiquita-classic <p>River Run Country Club is getting ready for its closeup, the biggest moment in its 22-year history. From Sept. 2-8, the golf course designed by Robert Walker and Raymond Floyd will host the Chiquita Classic<strong>,</strong> one of four important late-season tournaments on the 2013 Web.com tour.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:55:03 +0000 David Boraks 33237 at http://wfae.org River Run Getting Ready For Big Moment, The Chiquita Classic Chiquita CEO Promises Shareholders No More 'Distractions' http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-ceo-promises-shareholders-no-more-distractions <p>"A celebration of new beginnings" is what Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan called the company's annual meeting in Charlotte on Thursday.&nbsp; Only about 100 shareholders attended – and most were Chiquita employees.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 19:37:39 +0000 Julie Rose 27893 at http://wfae.org Chiquita CEO Promises Shareholders No More 'Distractions' Were Chiquita's Bananas Good For Charlotte? http://wfae.org/post/were-chiquitas-bananas-good-charlotte <p>Chiquita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will hold its annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte for the first time Thursday. &nbsp;It's a sign the company's relocation from Cincinnati is complete – and it's an opportunity to take a look at what Charlotte taxpayers got for the generous tax incentives they gave </span>Chiquita<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 21:29:27 +0000 Julie Rose 27756 at http://wfae.org Were Chiquita's Bananas Good For Charlotte? Chiquita Loses $67M In Q3, New CEO Stays The Course http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-loses-67m-q3-new-ceo-stays-course <p></p><p>Chiquita&nbsp;Brands International announced a $67 million third-quarter loss Wednesday, but the company's new CEO Ed Lonergan&nbsp;&nbsp;said that was better than he expected in a year beset with relocation expenses and volatility in European markets. &nbsp;It was Lonergan's first earnings announcement since being hired last month to replace Fernando Aguirre.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:56:23 +0000 Julie Rose 15419 at http://wfae.org Chiquita Loses $67M In Q3, New CEO Stays The Course New Top Banana Meets Chiquita Employees - And Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/new-top-banana-meets-chiquita-employees-and-charlotte <p>The new CEO charged with restoring Chiquita's profits is on the job now and busy introducing himself&nbsp;to the company's 20,000 employees.</p><p>Just before speaking with WFAE, he met with an&nbsp;auditorium&nbsp;full of&nbsp;Chiquita employees clad in blue and yellow shirts. Lonergan was impressed.</p><p><strong>"That's a really interesting thing for me, because I came here because I have passion for the legacy of this brand and the future potential that it has," says Lonergan. "I also came here because every person I met wears that passion on their sleeve, literally."</strong></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:22:58 +0000 Julie Rose 13558 at http://wfae.org New Top Banana Meets Chiquita Employees - And Charlotte Chiquita Names New CEO http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-names-new-ceo <p>Chiquita's new CEO is better versed in selling soap than bananas, but the company's board believes it needs a someone with turnaround experience right now and Edward Lonergan is their choice.&nbsp;</p><p>News of CEO Fernando Aguirre's exit from Chiquita last month caused some angst in Charlotte. He's been ever-present around town and on Twitter as the charismatic, bow-tie wearing face of the company. . . not to mention the man city leaders dealt with in wooing Chiquita's headquarters here with significant incentives.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 20:52:22 +0000 Julie Rose 13106 at http://wfae.org Chiquita CEO Shares Lessons On The Way Out http://wfae.org/post/chiquita-ceo-shares-lessons-way-out <p>Layoffs and cost-cutting are underway at one of the most recent marquee companies to relocate to Charlotte. Chiquita Brands International announced a restructuring plan last week that will cut 300 jobs in the coming months, including 15 here in Charlotte. . . and that CEO Fernando Aguirre is on his way out.<br><br>It was a disappointing surprise for the Charlotte business community, but not for Aguirre.<br><br>He was pleased to see banana pudding on the menu for business leaders at a Rotary club lunch yesterday<br> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose 3012 at http://wfae.org Chiquita CEO Shares Lessons On The Way Out