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Yellow Pallet - In the News

MAY 2022

Ambassador to the EU Visits Yellow Pallet's Factory in Siquirres, Costa Rica

The Ambassador to the European Union in Costa Rica, Ms. Maria Antonia Calvo Puerta visited Tarimas de Fibras Agricolas S.A. (TDFA). Such a visit not only confirms her backing of European investments in Costa Rica but more importantly the presence of European innovation in areas of environmental impact. Ambassador Puerta was pleased to learn about this Dutch company's innovative approach to its processing of fibres for the production of shipping pallets. During her visit, the European team had the opportunity to look around the banana plantations from where part of the fibres are sourced as well as the manufacturing facility where the fibres are processed and compressed. After the opening remarks with Elio Machillanda, President of TDFA in Costa Rica, Ambassador Calvo exchanged a very positive feedback and praised Yellow Pallet's positive environmental impact. After that, Susan Hoekstra and Antonio Brenes (General Manager and Plant Manager respectively of TDFA), toured the facilities with the European team.

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FEB 2022

Yellow Pallet announces change in Leadership

After nearly 10 years as CEO and board member of Yellow Pallet B.V. Mr. Van Opstal has decided to resign as of February, 2022. Van Opstal’s colleague in the board, Mr. Ad van der Sluijs, will temporarily take over the duties and responsibilities. Ad van der Sluijs: “We respect Hein's decision and sincerely thank him for his unremitting efforts in recent years. Hein has delivered a major performance. Under his leadership, the company has developed a disruptive and sustainable pallet that receives positive market response. With this, Hein has put the company in a very promising position.” 
Hein van Opstal: “Over the past 10 years I have experienced a great and dynamic time. Together with a highly skilled international team in we have created a sustainable game changer in the pallet sector. A great moment to hand over leadership and focus on a new challenge.” 
Following Hein’s departure, we are pleased to welcome Elio Machillanda, our current Business Development Director, as our new President for Tarimas de Fibras Agrícolas S.A. Elio’s contribution during his former role, as well as his achievements, have made him the right candidate to lead our organization in the times to come. Today’s changes are further steps in seeking ways to deliver our mandate of becoming an innovative organization in the area of shipping logistics via the use of agri-fibers in the production of shipping pallets and its components. Always with our environment and communities at the forefront of our vision.
Over the last year, we have been expanding our manufacturing capabilities at the same time we continue to innovate. We are continuously pursing new solutions and we are looking forward towards bringing some of these to life under Elio’s leadership.
 This leadership change is effective immediately, however much work remains to fully implement the new structure and we will be engaging with all stakeholders. You will be hearing more from Elio over the coming days as we move forward, as we wish him success during this new path of his career within our organization.

NOV 2021

CATIE & Yellow Pallet sign long-term cooperation agreement

On a recent top to top meeting that took place in Siquirres, Costa Rica, between Board Members of both CATIE and Yellow Pallet BV, Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, General Director of CATIE in Costa Rica, and Mr Hein van Opstal, President & CEO of Yellow Pallet BV have signed a cooperation agreement. Such partnership seeks not only to make of CATIE a supplier of banana fibre for Yellow Pallets’s undertaking in Costa Rica, but also to further understand the performance of the fibre from seed inception to fibre development in order to increase productivity and further enhance the future environmental, social and economic impact of this sustainable project.  

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Hein van Opstal @ Nederbanaan
Pieter Vink @ Nederbanaan

SEP 2021

Yellow Pallet B.V. partners with Neder Banaan

Yellow Pallet B.V. partners with Neder Banaan in The Netherlands. Both organizations seeking common Research & Development goals in the creation of a circular economy with the usage of banana stems for the manufacturing of fibre products. Visit for more information on Neder Banaan

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JAN 2021

Fruit Export on banana pallets substantially reduces CO2 emissions

Yellow Pallet in article about its origins, the innovation path and sustainability along with Wageningen University & Research. Article also available in Dutch: articleNL.

Yellow Pallet in Fresh Plaza Publication

FEB 2021

Yellow Pallet: Banana fibre pallets substantially reduce CO2 emissions

Yellow Pallet in article on Fresh Plaza online publication in Europe. It narrate the environmental and economic benefits of replacing wood with banana fibre in the production of transport pallets.

SEP 2020

Yellow Pallet wins biodiversity award

Yellow Pallet in Costa Rica one of eight chosen winners of the contest “Del Campo al Plato” for Innovative Biodiversity Projects for banana and pineapple producers in Costa Rica by GIZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).

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FEB 2020

Yellow Pallet's pallets in large quantities ready for shipment to its customers.


Enterpriser of the Year Award

El Financiero, reputable Costa Rican organisation, awards Yellow Pallet B.V. with the prize of Best Enterprise of the Year.

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MAR 2021

Biomaterials Thriving in Costa Rica: The case of Yellow Pallet

Yellow Pallet in article on the Investment Promotion Agency of Costa Rica.

Yellow Pallet on CINDE-Invest in Costa R

NOV 2019

Yellow Pallet selected Entrepreneur of the year in Costa Rica.

MAY 2019

Yellow Pallet transforms banana stems into pallets

Yellow Pallet in El Financiero in Costa Rica. Technological innovation: transforming banana stems into transportation pallets.

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Yellow Pallet on "Paris Process on Mobility & Climate" (PPMC) Publication

JUN 2014

Making Pallets Greener

Eurofruit article. Issue # 474

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SEP 2013

Yellow Pallet wins Climate KIC Venture competition award in the Netherlands

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JAN 2018

Yellow Pallet is a finalist in the Dutch version of the Global Chivas Regal Competition

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