One of the key strengths of Del Monte Fresh Produce is our extensive Research and Development (R&D) organization. Our Company conducts research in all regions where we are active (North, Central and South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe), to discover new products or develop more efficient ways of producing existing products. Our R&D department is responsible for improving fruit varieties, conducting taste-panels and monitoring the use of agrochemicals in the growing process.

The corporate R&D department is composed of diverse groups that provide support to line operating units. Clients for these services are primarily Del Monte Fresh Produce’s departments of production, shipping, sales, purchasing and marketing. The individual departments that make up R&D (agronomy, product safety, sustainability, packaging, pesticide management and quality assurance) establish policies, provide training and audit performance.