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Form 8-K for CHIQUITA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC


11-Apr-2014

Regulation FD Disclosure, Financial Statements and Exhibits


Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

The Letter from the Chief Executive Officer of Chiquita Brands International, Inc. ("Chiquita"), which is included in Chiquita's 2013 Annual Report to its stockholders, is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. As provided in General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 7.01 and the attached Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed to be "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Chiquita Safe Harbor Statement

The letter contained in the attached Exhibit 99.1 contains certain statements that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Chiquita and Fyffes plc, a public limited company organized under the laws of Ireland ("Fyffes"), including: the customary risks experienced by global food companies, such as prices for commodity and other inputs, currency exchange fluctuations, industry and competitive conditions (all of which may be more unpredictable in light of continuing uncertainty in the global economic environment), government regulations, food safety issues and product recalls affecting Chiquita and/or Fyffes or the industry, labor relations, taxes, political instability and terrorism; unusual weather events, conditions or crop risks; continued ability of Chiquita and Fyffes to access the capital and credit markets on commercially reasonable terms and comply with the terms of their debt instruments; access to and cost of financing; and the outcome of pending litigation and governmental investigations involving Chiquita and/or Fyffes, as well as the legal fees and other costs incurred in connection with these items. Readers are cautioned that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements relating to (1) the acquisition by ChiquitaFyffes Limited (formerly named Twombly One Limited and which will be renamed ChiquitaFyffes plc), a private limited company organized under the laws of Ireland, of all of the outstanding shares of Fyffes from Fyffes shareholders for the newly issued ordinary shares of ChiquitaFyffes pursuant to a scheme of arrangement under
Section 201 of the Irish Companies Act of 1963 (the "scheme") and (2) the merger of Chicago Merger Sub, Inc., a New Jersey corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of CBII Holding Corporation, a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of ChiquitaFyffes, with and into Chiquita (the "merger" and, together with the scheme, the "transaction") include, but are not limited to: statements about the benefits of the transaction, including future financial and operating results; Fyffes and Chiquita's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; the expected timing of completion of the transaction; and other statements relating to the transaction that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations and projections and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that actual results will not materially differ from expectations. Important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements.

With respect to the transaction, these factors include, but are not limited to:
risks and uncertainties relating to the ability to obtain the requisite Fyffes and Chiquita shareholder approvals; the risk that Fyffes or Chiquita may be unable to obtain governmental and regulatory approvals required for the transaction, or required governmental and regulatory approvals may delay the transaction or result in the imposition of conditions that could reduce the anticipated benefits from the transaction or cause the parties to abandon the transaction; the risk that a condition to closing of the transaction may not be satisfied; the length of time necessary to consummate the transaction; the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully; the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; disruption arising as consequence of the transaction making it more difficult to maintain existing relationships or establish new relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues; the ability of the combined company to retain and hire key personnel; the effect of future regulatory or legislative actions on the companies; and the risk that the credit ratings of the combined company or its subsidiaries may be different from what the companies expect.

These risks, as well as other risks associated with the transaction, will be more fully discussed in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus/Scheme Circular that will be included in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the transaction. Additional risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in Chiquita's reports filed with the SEC and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. and in Fyffes reports


filed with the Registrar of companies available at Fyffes website at www.fyffes.com. Forward-looking statements included in this document speak only as of the date of this document. Chiquita does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

No statement in the letter contained in the attached Exhibit 99.1 is intended to constitute a profit forecast for any period, nor should any statements be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share will necessarily be greater or lesser than those for the relevant preceding financial periods for Chiquita, or Fyffes or ChiquitaFyffes, as appropriate. No statement is the letter constitutes an asset valuation.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

EXHIBIT
NO. DESCRIPTION

99.1 Letter from the Chief Executive Officer to the stockholders of Chiquita included in the 2013 Annual Report to the stockholders of Chiquita.


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