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Bananas exported by Maersk are monitored in real time

For every refrigerated container that is somewhere on the road, at sea, or in a port, there is a customer forced to run his business without information about the condition and location of his products. This is particularly relevant for sensitive products, such as fruit or other products that demand strict.....

Colombia will be able to export bananas to Argentina

According to official sources, the National Health and Agri-Food Quality Service of Argentina (Senasa) has authorized the entry of Colombian bananas to their country.The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) and the Colombian embassy in Argentina led the work to obtain the endorsement of Senasa, stated the.....

I-Mei to buy another 100 tons of bananas from desperate Taiwanese farmers

Taiwanese banana growers have recently been slashing prices amid a massive oversupply, with top-graded (Grade A) bananas falling to NT$6 (€0.17) per kilogram and lowest-graded (Grade C) to NT$1 (€0.03) per kilogram. The CEO of food giant I-Mei Food Co. decided last Friday to purchase 100 tons of top-grade.....

Ricardo Torres, manager of FAST:

Spain: "The delay of stone fruit is good for banana demand and prices"

Although traditionally, with the arrival of summer fruit in the market, Canary bananas are affected, "this year has been surprisingly different, according to the manager of FAST, which is one of the main producers and marketers of Canary bananas, with around 24 million kilos per year."We are selling bananas at.....

JN Fox & Sons continue to promote EARTH University

J N Fox and Sons UK Ltd, a banana importer ripener and distributor will be exhibiting at the London Produce Show for the third consecutive year running with their main focus on continuing to promote their long-term growers EARTH University.EARTH University is a private non-profit international university.....

Mexico: Plantain producers threaten to suspend shipments and take over the packing plants

Producers of plantain have held a meeting to initiate actions to demand an increase in prices, which are currently very low. They threaten to suspend shipments of the fruit and to take over packing facilities, as the intermediaries and packers want to acquire the fruit at very low costs that severely affect.....

Spain: Agronomist tests effectiveness of biological insecticide in banana trees

In a PhD thesis, defended at the Public University of Navarre (UPNA), agronomist Ernesto Gabriel Fuentes Barrera (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1982) has proved the effectiveness of a new biological insecticide against Chrysodeixis chalcites, which causes damage to banana trees in the Canary Islands.It contains a.....

Philippine banana growers hope Duterte’s visit to Korea results in lower tariffs

The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has expressed hopes that president Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to South Korea will result in reduced tariffs for the export of their Cavendish bananas. PBGEA members were elated when they were invited to join the team of the president, through Trade.....

Poland is an important player on the banana market

The European Union is the world's leading banana importer, accounting for around 30% of all global imports in 2017. Banana demand in Europe is traditionally lower during the holiday season, as the consumption of seasonal fruits usually grows. Nevertheless, in 2017, the demand for bananas remained stable due to.....

Bananas grown in Torbali sell all over in Turkey

The Torbali Valley, located near the western Turkish city of Izmir, is well-known for its fruit and vegetable production and its newest product is bananas, the harvest of which still continues. The construction of the 2nd banana greenhouse was recently completed. Banana is only grown in three other cities in.....

Honduras: Banana exports generated 5.4% less income in the first quarter

According to an official source, revenue from Honduran banana exports in the first quarter of 2018 was 5.4 percent lower than in the same period of 2017 and amounted to 127.3 million dollars.The Central Bank of the country stated in its report on Foreign Trade in General Merchandise that banana sales were 7.3.....

Ecuador: A mandatory safety manual for the banana sector

The morning of Monday, May 21, 2018, became an important day for the Ecuadorian banana sector. That day, the Minister of Labor, Raul Clemente Ledesma Huerta, the Minister of Agriculture, Rubén Flores, and representatives of the United Nations Organization (FAO), the World Banana Forum, Banana Link, made the.....

Solution for maintaining colour and freshness in bananas

Delivering superior quality produce is the ultimate goal of growers, packers, shippers, exporters, ripeners and retail marketers. This is particularly true for bananas, which are the most popular fruit sold by grocers. It has always been a challenge to deliver bananas to the consumer at that perfect yellow.....

Panama: Banana exports rebound

Panama's banana is showing signs of recovery. In the 90's, the country exported 42 million boxes of fruit but, up until a few months ago, it was only shipping about 16 million boxes abroad.The upturn is evident in the official figures of the National Institute of Statistics and Census, which reveals that the.....

King Fruit – new banana brand

Great expectations for Mexican bananas on Canadian market

“Even though the market conditions in the worldwide market for bananas seem to be poor, we are positive about starting our export to Canada. The prices Canadian consumers are willing to pay, offers chances for a relatively good profit. The Canadian market itself has high requirements, for example, in terms of.....

For now, only Peruvians can enjoy Isla de Mala plantains

Although a great number of Peruvian foods have already earned a reputation internationally for their extraordinary quality and nutritional properties, there are still some gems that only Peruvians, and no one else in the world, enjoy.This is the case of the Isla de Mala plantain, whose aroma and flavour are.....

Australian banana industry moving towards long-term management for TR4

The Australian banana industry is moving towards a long term strategy for Panama TR4 disease, with an independent consulting firm being brought in to develop a control and containment management plan.As the disease is not eradicable, ACIL Allen has been engaged by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and.....

Dominican Republic: 95% of the bananas are exported from Manzanillo

The Dominican Republic exports ninety five percent (i.e. 559,438) of the 588,882 boxes of bananas it exports each week through the port of Manzanillo, in Montecristi. The remaining 5% (i.e. 29,444 boxes) are shipped out through the maritime terminal of Caucedo, in Santo Domingo.The country receives more than.....

Bananas: The Philippine's pride

In 2017, world banana exports had grown to 20.5 million tons, or 10 percent more than in 2016. Ecuador was the biggest exporter, followed by Guatemala, Costa Rica, Columbia, with the Philippines on the fifth spot. These top five exporters account for 80 percent of total shipments. The Philippines is the.....

Canary Islands shipped almost 42 million kilos

Spain's banana imports down by 4 million kilos in March

In March 2018, 41,750 tonnes of bananas were shipped from the Canary Islands, while imports, mainly from Africa and Latin America, amounted to 27,792 tonnes. Meanwhile, re-exports stood at 9,558 tonnes, so Spanish consumers had access to some 59.985 tonnes of bananas, which is a return to the usual supply.....

Ecuador: The banana sector wants to improve its competitiveness

The banana sector is seeking to increase its international competitiveness with the creation of the Undersecretary of Banana post, the application of the Occupational Health and Safety Manual for the banana industry, and an agreement with the academy to carry out a sustainability study.According to.....

New EU budget

Canary banana producers ready to defend POSEI aid

Representatives of the Association of European Banana Producers (APEB), including those of the Canary Asprocan, met last Wednesday in Paris, France, to review the latest actions carried out by the European Commission ahead of the publication of the next budget within the framework of the Posei program. A.....

Laos bananas added to the list

China: Customs Office renews list of "authorized fruit importers"

The China Customs Office published their latest list of fruits that are allowed to pass through inspection and quarantine into China, and the countries that are allowed to export them. One addition to the old list is the banana from Laos.The banana is a major product in the economy of northern Laos. The.....

Banana prices plummeted in April

Banana prices in Europe have plummeted a lot earlier this year. Normally, they decrease with the arrival of the summer fruits, but this year they began decreasing in April.Whilst the first trimester was exceptional in terms of prices and the volume consumed in Europe, the USA and elsewhere, as of April prices.....

Philippines: List of unscrupulous banana exporters not distributed yet

The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) is waiting for the list of unscrupulous banana exporters from the Plant Quarantine Services, after secretary Manny Piñol promised this during their last meeting. According to PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig, the Department of Agriculture had.....

Queensland research

Australia: Fungus could be key to better bananas

A fungus commonly found in soil will be tested by Queensland researchers in their search for environmentally friendly solutions to pest problems plaguing the state's banana industry. James Cook University scientists will study the Beauveria bassiana fungus, known to infect and kill tiny insects that feed on.....

Banana21 project develops bananas with increased vitamin A levels

Uganda is a tropical country with over 30 million inhabitants, 80% of whom living in rural areas. Bananas are a staple food for the locals andEast African Highland Bananas are the main source of starch.Unluckily, these bananas have a low vitamin A (PVA) and iron content, meaning banana-based diets are low in.....

Actress Didi Ekanem: ‘Eating unripe plantains helped me get six-pack’

Nollywood actress Didi Ekanem has been spending much of her time on her clothing line. As she rarely has the time to find the right models for her outfits, she does the modelling herself. She does not regret this, as it has really saved her a lot of money.What many don’t know about the actress is that despite.....

A fungus could be the key

Australian researchers working on ways to produce better looking bananas

James Cook University scientists Dr Tobin Northfield and honours student Amy McGuire will use a fungus found in soil to combat rust thrips.“Rust thrips are tiny insects that feed on leaves and developing bananas. This produces a rust-coloured scarring that becomes more apparent as the banana grows. The rust.....

As NAFTA talks are stalling

Mexico hopes to export more bananas to China

A Mexican trade delegation travelling to China this week expects to wrap up talks that will allow more banana, pork and sorghum exports to the Asian behemoth. The talks, which centre on health and safety protocols, come at a sensitive time for Mexico as negotiations over an updated North American Free Trade.....

Nepal: Storm causes loss of ₹45 million to banana farmers

Strong winds have damaged banana plantations in Nepal’s Kailali and Kanchanpur districts, causing farmers losses of over ₹44 million (€350,000).More than 800 farmers, who had planted bananas on over 35 hectares of land, have suffered great losses as 89,250 banana plants, ready to bear fruits, have.....

Ecuador's bananas land in Brazil after twenty year wait

It took the Ecuadorian bananas more than two decades to land in the Brazilian market. The fruit arrived on Friday, May 18 of this year, to the port of Santos, where the Tropical Fruit Exporter company had shipped 1,144 boxes of 43 pounds under the brand SELVATICA. Even though the shipment went through the.....

Spain: Banana plant greenhouse catches fire in Gran Canaria

This Monday, a fire burned about two square kilometres of greenhouses devoted to the cultivation of banana plants in the area of Los Moriscos, between Carrizal and Majoreras, in the municipality of Ingenio, Gran Canaria.The Fire Department of the Consortium of Gran Canaria, as well as Civil Protection units,.....

Banana export could be much more

Philippines: Mangoes wanted in Australia

According to an executive of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, there is a trade opportunity for mangoes from the Philippines, to export to Australia. Deputy Head for Mission of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines Mat Kimberley said his country only produces mangoes for six months; for the.....

AU: Banana grower says current market is providing only marginal returns

A North Queensland banana grower believes the domestic market needs to slow down slightly over the next few months, to help reduce supply and increase profits. Franziska Inderbitzin from Swiss Farms says while production has been steady over the recent months, consumer demand for bananas has been slow."I.....

Ugandan banana growers warned about banana wilt disease

Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW) is ravaging the crop in different parts of the country, mainly in central Buganda. The current outbreak in the region is significant because central region and western produces more than 70 per cent of the bananas consumed in Uganda, and therefore, could have serious consequences on.....

The banana industry's perfect storm

From extremely high prices to rock bottom

“This year started with an exceptional situation in the banana market. We experienced extremely high prices, almost imaginary prices. This was mainly the result of very low production available in many banana producing countries”, explains Hugo Castro from Ginafruit, producer and exporter from Ecuador. In an.....

Uzbekistan starts growing bananas

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his working visit to Andijan region got acquainted with the opening of a banana and tomato greenhouse, the President's press service said.A Limited Liability Company organized the greenhouse using the method of hydroponics, installed equipment from the Turkish.....

Peter de Jong, Erex International:

"The dip in the banana market surprised everyone"

Two years ago, Peter de Jong founded Erex International. Bananas form the main component. This Dutch trader has since made his mark with Turkish products as well. He has a long career in the fresh produce trading sector under his belt. "Last season we sold between 60 and 70 truckloads of Turkish grapefruit......

ONE BANANA corporate social responsibility programs in step with U.N. goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a framework for addressing the most pressing issues on the planet by 2030. ONE BANANA has aligned their Corporate Social Responsibility programs with these goals, so that their efforts to promote economic development, gender equality, health,.....

Guadeloupe: More banana farmers are going green

In the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, we find that bananas are the island group's top agricultural export. However, over the last few years yields have dropped and damage from pesticide use has risen. Yields in areas where bananas are grown exclusively have certainly been on the decline. Luckily,.....

Researchers from six states brainstorming on commercial exploitation banana fibres

Researchers from various central and state institutions from six states came together for a brainstorming session at the ICAR’s National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) in Tiruchi last week. Their goal was to come up with new ways to utilize the enormous amount of biomass generated during banana cultivation.....

Uganda develops a banana that is resistant to the BBW bacterium

Bananas are an essential part of the Ugandan's diet. 70% of the population eats bananas every day. Recently, however, the production of this fruit has had an alarming drop due to the BBW bacterium. The infection has become a serious problem for Uganda, which has tackled it in a very sensible way: it has asked.....

New Dole campaign

The Dole logo hasn't always been the same. In 1972, Dole bananas adopted a label that replaced the previous Cabana®; but the sun (representing the freshness, high-quality and flavour of the fruit) was only added in 1986.And it is exactly this concept that spurredDole's new "Abbiamo il sole dentro" (We have the.....

Munich: $470 million worth of cocaine found in banana shipment

The German police seized 1 ton of cocaine found in a shipment of bananas coming from Ecuador. According to wsbtv.com, supermarket workers in several stores found the cocaine packed in shipments of bananas.The authorities arrested 12 people in connection with a European cartel. Chemical tests revealed that the.....

Canary bananas to receive 10 million Euro per year in aid for transport

There is new and important news about the state system to support the transport of goods between the islands and the Peninsula and vice versa. This Tuesday, Nueva Canarias (NC) announced that an agreement has been reached with the central government, and that the terms will come into force after the approval.....