United Fruit Company

Lonely Planet review

A cornucopia of tropical produce graces the entrance to this building. The United Fruit Company, infamous for controversial neocolonial practices in Central America, was based here from the 1930s until the 1970s. For many decades, the company held a virtual monopoly on the banana trade throughout much of the world. It’s now part of Chiquita Brands International, based in Cincinnati, OH.