As a global branded food company, we bring to life health, wellness and nutrition, and sustain our people, the planet and our performance-the triple bottom line.
The Del Monte Pacific Ltd. (DMPL) Group continued operating as an essential industry even during the COVID-19 pandemic to address the demand for food while ensuring the safety of its employees and workforce and providing them with employment. The impact of DMPL extends beyond our 5,800 plus regular employees and includes about 18,300 service providers who work in different areas of our operations.
In the United States, Del Monte Foods, Inc. (DMFI) is one of the largest producers, distributors, and marketers of premium quality, branded fruits, vegetables, and tomatoes for the U.S. retail market. DMFI contracts with close to 650 farmers across the U.S. and Mexico, which supply about 950,000 tons of produce. In aggregate, 100% of the tomatoes, 99+% of the vegetables, and about 70% of the fruits we produce are grown in the U.S., while the balance are supplied from Mexico, Philippines, China, Thailand, and Greece.
Our relationships with farmers extend to more than three generations. The fruits and vegetables are contractually grown on farms. Some Del Monte fruit growers include farm families that have produced for Del Monte for over 70 years. Our growth has a broader implication for farms across the U.S.
Our pineapple plantations in southern Philippines encompass two cities and 18 municipalities in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, Mindanao. Around 20,000 families or approximately 100,000 individuals directly or indirectly depend on the Company in the Philippines, including fruit growers, truckers, harvesters, and maintenance crews.
The Company believes that our operations have immensely contributed to regional economic growth, creating a multiplier effect on the local economy by fueling businesses which support the Group, and serving the day-to-day needs of our employees and their families.
The Group recognizes the importance of building a strong partnership with its suppliers. DMPL conducts business with its customers based on integrity, mutual interest, and fairness.