VERBA ODREC was founded in the early 1970’s by the Vergara Barrios family in Republic of Panama. Led by Edna Barrios the company is recognized as pioneer and worldwide exporter of fresh pineapple in Panama. Our export pineapple brand “La Dona of Panama”, in Spanish Catalan means “madam or miss” in honor of Mrs. Barrios many accomplishments.
Our group is now is now expanding and transitioning to processed tropical fruits, through its sister company VERBA FRUIT. The new company will focus in dehydrated fruits, jelly, juices, pulp and other value-added processing. It's new processesing facility is due to begin production in early 2018.
Located only 60 km from Panama City, we offer tours of our fruit pack house and plantation. Our 160 hectares plantation will give you a unique experience to learn how pineapples grow and these delicious tropical fruits make it across long distances to your supermarket shelf. Learn how we plant and pick our pineapples. Have some fresh air, fun and enjoy delicious tropical fruit.
Who we are?
The company VERBA ODREC was founded in the early 1970’s by the Vergara Barrios family in Republic of Panama. Initially focusing in hog and poultry farming in the late 1990’s, and led by Edna Barrios Vergara one of founders of the company, they began planting pineapples in Panama. Mrs. Barrios new that pineapple variety needed to change to be competitive in the world market. She focused her efforts in convincing the government to allow new seed variety from Costa Rica (MD-2 Golden) into Panama.
She successfully organized many smaller growers to enter business and founded the Pineapple Exporter Association of Panama (AANPEP). After a few years the company became a pioneer in exporting of pineapples from Panama, helping more than 50 growers export from the company’s modern Packhouse.
VERBA has exported fresh pineapple to more than a dozen countries and regions worldwide including the United States, Europe and Asia. Today the company is expanding and transitioning to processed tropical fruits. Its brand-new processing plant where they will focus in dehydrated fruits, jelly, juices, pulp and other value-added processing for domestic and international markets.