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Global Focus  —  Bananas

New Swedish study shows:

Bananas are the biggest food waste culprit

Bananas are the most-wasted produce item in supermarkets, according to new food waste research from Karlstad University. Researchers measured the food waste in the produce section of three supermarkets to identify the seven worst offenders according to three factors: how much of each type of fruit or vegetable.....

In the next three years

Peru: The value of banana exports will increase by at least 10%

The Foreign Trade Research and Development Institute of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima (IDEXCAM) estimated that the value of Peruvian banana exports would grow by at least 10% in the next three years."This growth will be driven by a greater demand in the main destination markets and a better productive.....

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Italy: Stable market for bananas

The banana market is rather stable, as there are no particular crises and prices don't fluctuate a lot. High-quality branded produce drives quotations. "The yearly average is around €1.10-1.50/kg. Thanks to the hard work of my brother Antonio, we have grown a lot at Gala Fruit and currently commercialise 6000.....

Brazil to receive first Ecuadorian bananas in the last week of January

It's almost official, Ecuadorian bananas will reach the Brazilian market in January 2018. The news has been confirmed by the official organs of the South American giant, which has delayed the decision until after exhausting all the instances of phytosanitary control that were imposed by the Brazilian banana.....

"Long term plan for stable growth starts with expansion"

Polish banana importer positive about 2018

Despite the challenges of the banana market in 2017, Polish importer Quiza decided to expand their ripening and storage facilities to reach a total capacity of 11,000 sqm.The recent expansion took place at Quiza'a existing ripening and distribution center, located in the Baltic Seaport city of Gdynia, which.....

Fair Trade bananas look to expand North American presence

When it comes to the North American fair trade banana market, growth looks very possible. “We’re a small player in the market but our sales are growing significantly each year,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal, Que.-based Equifruit. “In Canada, we’re less than one per cent of the market and I believe.....

Ecuador: Banana exports up to October grew by 12%

Ecuadorian banana exports between January and October increased by 12%. According to Ecuador's Central Bank (BCE), in that period of 2017, Ecuador sold a total of 5,333 tons of bananas, mainly to the European Union, which was the main destination with a 35% share.According to El Telegrafo, the five main.....

Costa Rica to close 2017 with banana export record

Costa Rica will close this year with a record in banana exports, both in volume and in revenues. Jorge Sauma, the general manager of the National Banana Corporation, expects total exports by the end of 2017 to have reached about 125 million boxes [of 18.14 kilograms each].It is also estimated that -for the.....

Combination of Greenyard and Dole not dominant in the market

Greenyard probably won't have to worry about the European competition authority if the takeover of Dole goes ahead, writesDe Tijd. The Belgian paper calculated the market share after the fusion and concluded that a combination of Greenyard and Dole has less than 5% of the European market in hand. The newspaper.....