Port of New Orleans

Chiquita has chosen a site near downtown New Orleans to ripen the bananas it ships in from Central America.

Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange tells New Orleans CityBusiness that the company will lease private property on Earhart Boulevard near South Claiborne Avenue. 

The company’s search was thought to involve only port-owned property. According to port officials, the produce company required about 40,000 square feet of space.

Chiquita has continued handling the ripening process at the Port of Gulfport in Mississippi.

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Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans after nearly 40 years, bringing up to 350 new jobs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chiquita official Mario Pacheco say the company is moving from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, where it relocated in the 1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. Louisiana and the port offered more than $5 million in incentives.

The officials say Chiquita is expected to begin shipping through New Orleans in early 2015. The move will leave the Port of Gulfport without one of its four principal tenants.

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President Barack Obama visited the Port of New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 8, delivering a speech on the state of the economy and the vitality of the nation's ports, and touching on future infrastructure spending and the Affordable Care Act.

The full text of the President's remarks, as provided by the White House Press Office:

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The Port of New Orleans is keeping a close eye on Mississippi River drought conditions to the north. So far, the port is conducting business as usual.

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The president of the Port of New Orleans says in the annual State of the Port address that business has been good this year. Officials expect that good news to continue.