Chiquita

Local News
3:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Merger Means Charlotte Will Share Chiquita With Dublin

Credit Julie Rose

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.


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DavidsonNews.net
9:47 am
Wed September 4, 2013

River Run In The Spotlight As The Chiquita Classic Comes To Town

Golfers practiced at Run Run Country Club Monday midday. The club is ready for its closeup.
Credit David Boraks / DavidsonNews.net

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 

  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.

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DavidsonNews.net
9:55 am
Tue August 13, 2013

River Run Getting Ready For Big Moment, The Chiquita Classic

A groundskeeper worked on a green at River Run Country Club Monday.
Credit David Boraks / DavidsonNews.net

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, one of four important late-season tournaments on the 2013 Web.com tour.

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Local News
3:37 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Chiquita CEO Promises Shareholders No More 'Distractions'

In 2012, Chiquita moved its headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte, where it now occupies several floors of the NASCAR Plaza.
Julie Rose

"A celebration of new beginnings" is what Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan called the company's annual meeting in Charlotte on Thursday.  Only about 100 shareholders attended – and most were Chiquita employees. 

 

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Local News
5:29 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Were Chiquita's Bananas Good For Charlotte?

Former NC Governor Bev Perdue sports a yellow bowtie to the Chiquita jobs announcement.
Tanner Latham

Chiquita will hold its annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte for the first time Thursday.  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 Chiquita.


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Business
9:56 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Chiquita Loses $67M In Q3, New CEO Stays The Course

Newly-hired Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan
Credit Julie Rose

Chiquita Brands International announced a $67 million third-quarter loss Wednesday, but the company's new CEO Ed Lonergan  said that was better than he expected in a year beset with relocation expenses and volatility in European markets.  It was Lonergan's first earnings announcement since being hired last month to replace Fernando Aguirre. 

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Business
9:22 am
Thu October 11, 2012

New Top Banana Meets Chiquita Employees - And Charlotte

New Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan
Julie Rose

The new CEO charged with restoring Chiquita's profits is on the job now and busy introducing himself to the company's 20,000 employees.

Just before speaking with WFAE, he met with an auditorium full of Chiquita employees clad in blue and yellow shirts. Lonergan was impressed.

"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."

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Business
4:52 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Chiquita Names New CEO

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. 

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.

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