Our Company

Who We Are

Processor & Exporter of Value-Added Tropical Fruits & Vegetables

Certified Minority Business Enterprise

Family-Owned & Operated with Over 35 Years in the Industry

Pioneer of the Frozen Ready-To-Cook Tropical Vegetables Industry Since 1987

Pioneer & Leader of the Frozen Plantain Industry

Founded in 1987 under the name Mercadagro International Corporation by Alfredo Lardizabal Sr., MIC Food® is a three-generation family enterprise specializing in ready-to-use frozen tropical food products. In 1985, Alfredo arrived to Miami from Honduras wanting to improve the life of his family, which at the time included 6 young children. With the support of his loving wife Cirabel Lardizabal and commitment to family in mind, Alfredo sought out to create opportunity in the United States.

Noticing the preparation labor and time needed to enjoy authentic recipes using fresh plantain and wanting to share these traditional tropical dishes with others in the community, he began testing methods of freezing green plantain at various stages of maturity in his home freezer. After perfecting the recipe and months of perseverance requesting an appointment, he approached the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S. with his idea. It was there that his idea was met with resounding acceptance and the frozen plantain industry began, forming a strategic partnership now lasting over 35 years.

Alfredo Lardizabal Sr.’s commitment to creating opportunity while creating a positive social impact on community started with the dedicated team of 10 people in the main sourcing plant and has now grown to directly employing over 300 people and providing consistent employment for over 750 people in the other plants in Central and South America. MIC Food® remains committed to improving the lives of its team members, their families and surrounding communities through training programs, promoting from within, wellness programs and other employee packages.

MIC Food® is a leading nationwide supplier of prepared frozen tropical fruits and vegetables to restaurants, in-store delis, food manufacturers and private label brands and continues to hold its position as the number one importer of frozen plantain products.

Memberships & Associations

MIC Food® proudly supports today’s youth through ongoing partnership with South Florida Afterschool All Stars, a non-profit organization created to provide opportunities for at-risk low-income middle school children through mentorship and educational afterschool programs.

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Add Authenticity & Appeal To Your Menu

Here at MIC Food® we provide a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables that come peeled, cut, frozen, ready-to-heat and serve, saving you hours of prep time so you can focus on what matters the most: making every meal memorable.⁠

100% Natural

No added preservatives

Long Shelf Life

Frozen, Ready-to-Heat and serve

100% Yield

No food waste

Year-Round Availability

No seasonal sourcing issues