Weird History

Dark Facts About How The Chiquita Banana Company Operates

Those Chiquita bananas you have in your kitchen have a long, checkered past. 

The United Fruit Company, established during the late 19th century by American entrepreneurs, exhibited monopolistic dominance over the fruit industry in Latin and South American for almost a century. Now known as Chiquita Brand International, the United Fruit Company had such vast economic control over countries like Colombia, Panama, Honduras, and Guatemala that it was an imperialist power in its own right, propping up military dictatorships and controlling the lives and deaths of their workers all in the name of financial gain. 

From the United Fruit Company massacre to the establishment of banana republics (ever wonder where they got their names? This is your chance to find out!), the United Fruit Company shaped the world one banana at a time.