MIC Food began the frozen plantain industry with the introduction of its value-added prepared and frozen tostones in 1987. Since then our product offerings have grown to include frozen, ready-to-use plantains, yuca, boniato, pineapple and other tropical specialties.
Our customers - from distributors and food manufacturers to executive chefs - count on us for quality, innovation and consistent supply of unique and authentic tropical flavors.
From the beginning, we established unique and efficient operational standards in our company's procedures. We believe we can only guarantee quality by being involved in every step of the process of bringing our products to market. We pay our farmers fair prices for their all-natural products, which are grown on farms in strategic regions of Latin America, where we process and deliver them worldwide. We follow GMP, HACCP and GFSI guidelines to ensure food safety. From farming techniques to business practices to product concepts, MIC Food is constantly innovating.
Our staff is an important facet of our company and we encourage everyone to be the best that they can be. We support the welfare of our workers and their families with savings programs, educational opportunities, health initiatives and a great work environment.
The products we market are part of our heritage. We grew up with the wholesome goodness of plantains and yuca in traditional recipes. Nothing gives us more pleasure than to introduce the nutritional benefits and unique flavors of these tropical products to a worldwide audience.
With more than 25 years in the industry, we have experienced significant milestones along the way. This timeline captures the highlights of how we became the company we are today.
1982 — Alfredo Lardizabal, Sr. begins his fresh vegetable import/export business in Miami, FL.
1986 — Alfredo experiments in his home kitchen and discovers, if done correctly, plantain tostones can be frozen for later use without affecting quality.
1987 — Alfredo begins producing tostones for private label out of a small plant in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. MIC Food is born and creates the frozen plantain industry.
1990 — U.S. Census declares Hispanics as the largest minority in the U.S. at 35.4 million people.
1991 — MIC Food launches ready-to-heat frozen plantain products to institutional food service markets in the U.S.
1997 — MIC Food expands its production to a second country, Costa Rica.
2004 — Our Honduras facility wins Exporter of the Year, Honduran Presidential Award.
2011 — MIC Food imports approximately 10,000 tons of tropical fruit products making us the largest importers of frozen plantain and yuca products in the U.S.
2012 — We grow our market in Europe by 55% for frozen tropical products.