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Chiquita Brands International INC is a company that was formerly known as the United Fruit Company. It operates in over seventy-five countries around the world and has headquarters located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chiquita Brands International INC employs more than thirty thousand people throughout their various subsidiaries. The company's shares are traded on both the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CQB" and on the Lisbon Stock Exchange under the symbol "CHQA".
Chiquita Brands International INC traces its origins to 1899 when it was formed by Carl Heinrich, called Henry, Froehlich who immigrated from Switzerland to America with his parents at age four. He first began working for an early American banana importer named Andrew Preston. United Fruit Company, as it was called then, did not have much success until Froehlich began to focus on growing bananas in Costa Rica.