The Port of New Orleans is set to regain its position as one of the main entryways for the billions of bananas imported to the United States each year, a windfall officials hope will create a few hundred new jobs and boost shipping-container traffic in New Orleans by as much as 15 percent.

Speaking at the port Wednesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others announced that Chiquita Brands International, successor to the storied United Fruit Co., will bring its shipping operations back to New Orleans this year from Gulfport, Mississippi, where the company has operated since the 1970s.