The Fruit Republic
The Fruit Republic (TFR) was established in 2009 to let the world discover the fantastic taste of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables and make Vietnamese consumers proud of their home-grown produce. Since that time, we have grown into Vietnam’s leading fresh produce company and the only exporter in the world with year-round supply programmes of GLOBALG.A.P. certified pomelo, seedless lime and dragon fruit. TFR is also the first company in Asia to develop certified organic lime. At the same time, we have built the Mekostar brand into the leading domestic fresh produce brand by delivering a wide range of high-quality, fresh and safe fruits and vegetables to consumers, modern retailers and restaurants across Vietnam.
Founded by a team of experienced Dutch and Vietnamese fresh produce professionals. We have developed and established a successful contract farming system and two temperature-controlled processing facilities in distinct agro-climatic zones: a BRC grade-A certified facility in the tropical Mekong Delta and a HACCP certified facility in the temperate highlands of Da Lat.
At TFR we care for our farmers and workers, so our packhouses and our contract farmers follow labor practices that comply with the SMETA social standards established under the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), as well as the GRASP social standard established as a voluntary component of GLOBALG.A.P.
Our success stems from investing in our farmers, our farms and our packhouses. We are doing this with a dedicated, passionate and experienced team of Dutch and Vietnamese agriculture professionals. We focus on quality, R&D, innovation and compliance with the highest international food safety, quality and social standards.
The Fruit Republic Can Tho
In Can Tho, we operate the first temperature-controlled packhouse and fresh cut facility in Vietnam. This 4,000 m2 BRC-certified packing facility has several washing, sorting, grading, and packaging lines to allows us to handle large volumes of fruits under standards that meet strict food safety requirements while sorting and grading the products for size and color.
Our 750 m2 high-care fresh cut room is manned by 75 well-trained staff who prepare a wide range of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, including honey pomelo, pink pomelo and jack fruit, as well as iceberg lettuce, diced carrots, cucumbers and celery. This focus on quality assurance and superior technology have allowed us to become the leading supplier of fresh cut produce to supermarkets, professional food service companies, international airlines and a growing number of multinationals in Vietnam.
The Fruit Republic Dalat
In Da Lat, we have been sourcing fresh vegetables and fruit since 2009. Lam Dong’s fertile plateau at 1,000 to 1,600 meters above sea-level offers warm days and cool nights, a perfect environment for growing our crisp and tasty vegetables. We source from our GLOBALG.A.P certified greenhouses as well as local VietGAP certified contract farms to provide high quality vegetables and passion fruit to retailers and restaurants across Vietnam. In addition, key products such as iceberg lettuce, sweet pepper, beef tomatoes and cabbages are exported to locations throughout Asia and the Middle East.
With expanding production and sales, our new 2,000 m2 HACCP-certified packing facility was completed in 2018. The facility provides specialized areas including preliminary processing, packaging and storage and each area meets international quality standards for food safety.
Among our more than 110 staff based in Da Lat, TFR’s team of agronomists work closely with the farms in its network to provide the tastiest and most resilient varieties. The packhouse is also conveniently located near to the farms to ensure that products enter the cold chain as quickly as possible. Our focus on knowledge sharing and applied technology means that every day our Dalat packhouse is bringing the best products to consumers under the best conditions. Combined with its focus on international quality standards we have become the source of the leading fresh produce brand for the Vietnamese market.