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Cambodia plans to begin exporting 'chicken egg' bananas

In a bid to promote local agricultural products, the government has unveiled plans to begin exporting chicken egg bananas to overseas markets.The announcement comes only two months after the country exported its first international shipment of yellow bananas, which was sent to China.The chicken egg banana,.....

US: New system brings fresher bananas to Key Food Stores

AgroFresh Solutions, a provider of produce freshness solutions, announced today that its RipeLock Quality System will soon be utilized in Key Food Stores Co-Operative locations. The RipeLock technology offers Key Food a new way to handle the fruit quality management for bananas.“RipeLock is being rolled out to.....

US supporting fight against breast cancer: 'Chiquita' goes pink

Chiquita wants to bring awareness to women about breast cancer early detection, supporting well being and active lifestyle for disease prevention.In the month of October 100 million Chiquita bananas will be wearing Pink across the world. Additionally, Chiquita North America is taking part in the American.....

Philippine banana exporters call for militiamen to protect plantations

A group of banana exporters in the Philippines have appealed to expedite the deployment of Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) members to protect their plantations from the New People’s Army (NPA) because “time is of the essence”.Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive.....

A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production

A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world's most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income.FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International.....

ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD

Aldi joins World Banana Forum

The business groups ALDI Nord andALDI SÜDboth have joined the World Banana Forum (WBF). The WBF is a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote fair working conditions and sustainable standards for banana production.“We are the largest banana traders in the international market. So, we found it important to make.....

Philippine banana industry could perish if problems left unresolved, says expert

The banana industry in the Philippines, one of the major economic drivers of the country, will perish in two to three years if threats remain unresolved, a banana expert warned.The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director Stephen Antig, said in press conference Tuesday.....

Banana farmers listen to complaints from workers in Ecuador

After the complaints made at the First International Meeting of Banana Workers, organised by the Association of Agricultural and Farm Workers (Astac) in Guayaquil, Ecuador several employers´unions rejected the statements made and showed their openness to the dialogue to hear the complaints of the.....

China: Imports of South American bananas fall by almost 50%

"Compared to last year, the Chinese banana production has grown by 10%. The banana import from the Philippines has not changed much, but the import from South American countries, like Ecuador, has dropped 50%. This is mainly because large quantities of imported bananas from South America were rotten on arrival.....

Taiwanese company to export bananas and pineapples to Japan

Taiwan’s Mitagri Co on Friday signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Japan’s Farmind Corp, with the aim of exporting Taiwanese bananas, pineapples and other agricultural products to Japan.Mitagri’s chariman Chen Yu-jan signed the LOI with Farmind’s representative in Tokyo, while the Council of Agriculture (COA).....

AU: Howe Foods to produce dried banana products using EnWave tech

EnWave announced today that it has signed a commercial royalty-bearing license with Howe Foods ("HFG"), a diversified, family-owned business and the second largest producer of bananas in Australia.The License grants HFG the exclusive right to use the Company's proprietary Radiant Energy Vacuum ("REV").....

Thomas Besnard-Schwerdlin of ABCD de L’Exotique:

“The banana market is a poker game”

When asked about the banana trade, Thomas Besnard-Schwerdlin of ABCD de L’Exotique said: “Importers were all expecting a good trade at the beginning of the year 2017, even in week #01, as the last quarter of 2016 was so bad.”"The market, however, only picked up in week #14/2017, when non European bananas.....

India: Memorandum signed to invest in mechanising banana production

The National Research Centre for Bananas (NRCB) in Tiruchi, India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology (KNCET), a private engineering college located in the banana-growing belt of Thottiyam in the district, to take up research projects to promote.....

Australian scientists work to save the banana with fungus resistance trials

A slippery skid awaits the banana if the hazard is not removed. So in a field near Humpty Doo in Australia's Northern Territory, scientists are racing to begin an experiment that could determine the future of the world's most popular fruit.Researchers will soon place into the soil plants that they hope will.....

Biotropic

Dominican Republic irrigates organic bananas using solar energy

In the Dominican Ecological Centre (Centro Ecologico Cibao), a photovoltaic system has recently been installed. The energy provided is used to water the plants that grow there.It is especially used for the organic bananas that grow on the plantation, which is 18 hectares in size and is situated next to the.....

Puerto Rico's farmers face heavy losses following Hurricane Maria

The aftermath of Hurricane Maria has been devastating to Puerto Rico farmers, according to Carlos Flores Ortega, Puerto Rico’s secretary of agriculture.He reported that the area near the southern port city of Ponce, is known for plantains, bananas, papayas, coffee and citrus crops.“All of that has been wiped.....

AU: Banana Growers' Council welcomes program to assist in disease fight

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has welcomed a move by Ergon Energy to install remotely-read power meters on North Queensland banana farms.In direct response to Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) biosecurity concerns, Ergon will install up to 600 digital meters in the Innisfail/Tully regions,.....

China: Banana market continues to be difficult

The large fall in the price for domestic bananas meant the purchase price on October 5th fell to only 1RMB (0.13 EUR) for a kilogram. All the banana farmers in Qishan (Taiwan) are very worried, because revenue cannot cover the costs. Almost all banana farmers have given up on their harvest, and have allowed.....

Panama approves leasing of farms to revive the banana sector

Panama's Executive branch approved about 13.2 million dollars for the signing of leases with an option to buy for 1,638 farms in the zone of Baru, in the west of the country, where a subsidiary of the multinational Del Monte will reactivate the banana production."The government is seeking to revive the banana.....

Johan Andersson:

“Plenty of Swedish supermarkets for 50 million consumers”

It’s not easy being a smaller importer in Sweden. Like elsewhere in Europe, smaller wholesalers are disappearing as customers, and new buyers have to be found. Johan Andersson from Swedish importer Kalundbladh talks about the challenges on the market.Johan Andersson, Kalundbladh.“We import as much as possible.....

AU: Banana grower feedback sought on Panama TR4 program

Biosecurity Queensland is seeking feedback on the Panama TR4 program’s communication activities through an independent evaluation that will inform future engagement.Panama TR4 acting program leader Rhiannon Evans said various activities had been conducted to communicate information to growers, other farmers,.....

Bananas can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, says study

A new study has found that eating bananas can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.The potassium in the fruit combats the hardening and ­narrowing of arteries, scientists discovered. The vital mineral — which spuds, broccoli and sprouts are also rich in — was found to aid blood flow to the heart and brain.....

Resistance threatens banana restoration project in Malawi

The Malawi government has expressed concern over pockets of resistance, by banana farmers in Thyolo, to uprooting fruit trees that were affected by Banana Banctops.Assistant District Agriculture Development Officer Boniface Kautale told Mana Thursday in Thyolo that so far his office, with assistance from.....

Digital meters to reduce spread of banana disease in Queensland

Digital meters will eliminate the need for meter readers to enter Panama disease-infested properties, thereby reducing the likelihood of its spread across Northern Queensland.The Queensland government has announced it is deploying Ergon Energy internet-connected meters in the state's northern region as a.....

Middle East a promising market for Vietnam ag exports

With a total population of more than 400 million, the 16-country Middle East is a promising market for Vietnam’s farm exports, economic experts said.Statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development show that export-import revenue between Vietnam and the Middle East reached 10.89 billion.....

Colombia: Banana plants will mature earlier thanks to a bio-input

Colombia's Banana Association (Augura) has patented a bio-input that allows increasing the biomass and spores of a microorganism that helps banana plants grow more strongly and in less time. The development will allow shortening the maturation process of the plants from 9 to 7 months, thus increasing their.....

Port of Dunkirk - a collateral victim of hurricanes Irma and Maria

Over the first fortnight of September, hurricanes Irma and Maria have caused immense damage in the West Indies, notably in Guadeloupe and Martinique where almost all of the banana plantations have been destroyed.The banana sector in the West Indies directly and indirectly employs 15,000 people, of which 10,000.....

Qatar to import Philippine bananas weekly

A weekly shipment of more than 66 tonnes of Philippine bananas from Davao City to Qatar is now under negotiation following the success of the recently held Qatar Philippine Food Security Summit in Doha, it was announced.In a statement, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) consultant and special adviser to.....

Ecuador's banana workers speak out on rights violations

The right to freedom of association, better working conditions, and fewer pesticides use were the main points discussed yesterday at the First International Meeting of Banana Workers in the House of Culture in Guayaquil.The event, organized by the Association of Agricultural and Farm Workers (Astac), brought.....

Ecuador: Banana prices fixed at $6.20 per box

The banana sector reached a consensus on the price of a box of bananas; it will be paid at $6.20. It is a commitment by both parties to maintain the growth and positioning of the product abroad.Alex Serrano, chairman of the board of the Association of Exporters of Ecuador's Bananas (AEBE), said there were ups.....

Rise of reefer containers also felt in West Africa

For many products, Latin America is the market leader in production. These countries are lord and master on the market, especially for bananas. Only a small number of companies specialise in the import from Africa. Every week, a ship with bananas from Africa docks at the Vrasenedok in Antwerp. The French.....

Ecuadorian plantain chips in Japan's main supermarkets

Green, sweet and ripe plantain chips from the Ecuadorian brand Plantain Republic are being sold in major supermarkets in Japan. Jose Sanchez, head of ProEcuador's office in Tokyo, said that the addition of this product to Japanese bars and restaurants is projected.It is promoted as a healthy snack with less.....

Ukrainian imports of Colombian bananas 32 times higher this year

Ukraine has significantly increased banana imports from Colombia in the season 2016/17 (September-August). According to Fruit-Inform, the import volumes were almost 32 times as high as a season before.Colombia exported 41,000 tons of bananas to Ukraine in September 2016 – August 2017, against just 1,300 tons.....

New genetic improvement method against Fusarium in bananas

Speaking at the 7th International Banana Congress, researcher Orlando Argüello, of the University of Texas, stated that the CRISPR-CAS method, used in the genetic research of cancer, could help the banana industry to respond effectively to the threat of Fusarium fungus Race 4.The scientist, born in Costa Rica,.....

Yellow monkey promoting bananas in Poland

A banana campaign has been launched in Poland by distributor Citronex, which will include television, outdoor and internet advertising, to bring bananas out of the shade of anonymity. The new brand will be known as 'yellow' and features a yellow monkey as the mascot, which the company believes will appeal to.....

Brazil: Banana exports grow by almost 61%

Brazilian banana exports have increased by almost 61% from January to August of this year compared to that same period in 2016, having totaled 23,200 tonnes, according to the Center for Advanced Studies in Applied Economics (Cepea).Despite the low prices achieved in the national market, the fall in exports.....

Guatemala: Bananas hit by hurricanes donated to charities

Smiles were evident among the residents of several communities in Izabal, after receiving dozens of boxes of bananas from charity representatives.The donation came from a Chiquita Brand ship that was exporting the product, but could not do so due to the hurricanes that affected the Caribbean region this.....

Belize citrus exports fall by $14m, banana exports up $3.3m

The gap between what Belize imports and what it exports continues to be high, with imports more than tripling exports for the first eight months of the year.Citrus, Belize’s second largest export revenue earner, saw earnings decrease by approximately $14 million, from $80.8 million in 2016 to $66.8 million in.....

Banana breeding project to improve nutrition in Africa

Dr. Robert Reid, research assistant professor with UNC Charlotte’s Bioinformatics Services Division at the North Carolina Research Campus, has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the “Improvement of Banana for the Smallholder Farmers in the Great Lakes Region of.....

The banana industry must put more effort into offsetting oversupply

The banana industry should do more to promote fruit consumption, in addition to opening up new markets, as a way to offset an oversupply that may increase with anticipated EU imports changes.Both the managing director and the president of the board of the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) of Costa Rica,.....

CMR obtains Fairtrade and IFS certifications for banana marketing

The companies of the CMR Infinita group, CMR Holland and the parent company, Fruits CMR, have been awarded the FAIRTRADE certification for the marketing of bananas. This social and development certification has the highest reputation and worldwide recognition and guarantees that products coming from developing.....

Ralph Fischer:

“In three years there'll be an abundant supply of avocado’s”

The rise of ready-to-eat fruit is the most important development on the exotics market, according to Ralph Fischer from Inter Weichert. In the past, unripe fruit was offered on occasion, which resulted in disappointed consumers. The largest product in the assortment of the German importer, however, is the.....

Bananas are voted Ireland's top baby snack

Bananas are the top choice of Irish parents when it comes to picking baby and toddler snack foods, according to the results of the annual National Parenting Product Awards.Fyffes Emma Hunt-Duffy with Freddy Fyffes – winner of the Best Baby and Toddler Snack section at the 2017 National Parenting Product.....

Banana Freckle effects bananas from Réunion

Banana production in Réunion has become difficult for producers over the last few years as a fungus is effecting all of the plantations. The fungus was first detected in 2015. The fruit can still be consumed, but the skin is marked and therefore less attractive. Some farmers have had to bin half of their.....

Spain: Europlátano celebrates 25th anniversary

Last Saturday, Europlátano SA celebrated its 25th anniversary at its headquarters in Los Llanos de Aridane; "a moving event that served to review the history of this leading company and to praise those who have made its success possible," as pointed out in a statement.The event was chaired by Narvay Quintero,.....

Colombian authorities seize $200m in cocaine hidden among bananas

Police in Colombia have seized seven tons of cocaine found hidden among fruit at a farm owned by the Golfo Clan gang. The drugs were stashed inside bananas as well as in other fruit.The haul, worth about US$200 million, was found in the northern province of Antioquia.Five people were arrested in the operation,.....

Hurricane Maria spells devastation for banana production in the Caribbean

Hurricane Maria brought devastation with it as it stormed through the Caribbean. The storm was especially damaging to banana crops in the region, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and Puerto Rico seeing nearly complete losses of their crops. However, bananas weren't the only casualty, as other crops suffered as.....

"Michel Pure Taste"

Pure fruit juice delight from cold-pressed fresh juices

Michel, a fruit juice brand that is well known in Switzerland, launches "Michel Pure Taste", a new line of products with, for the first time, cold-pressed fresh juice. Cold-pressed from fresh fruits and made long-life by a gentle high pressure process, these juices are as fresh as home-made juices and offer.....

China: Will the upcoming holidays affect banana prices?

Because of the warm winter this year, Guangxi bananas arrived on the market ahead of time. At this moment, they are in the process of transportation. After first batch appeared on the market at the beginning of September, Guangxi bananas price took a lead in the race. When the price of bananas here changes, it.....

Germany: EDEKA opens new ripening facility for bananas in Saxony

Today, the EDEKA-Group has opened the first CO2-neutral ripening facility in Borna, Germany. Starting from now, around 50,000 boxes of bananas per week will be ripened there, that amounts to 286 million bananas per year (2.6 million boxes). They will then be delivered to storage locations of EDEKA and Netto.....

Presentation of promotional campaign for Canary bananas in Europe

The Canary banana producers' organization, ASPROCAN, was in Brussels last week to present it promotional campaign for the product in several European countries.The banana producers' associations of the French overseas regions of Guadeloupe and Martinique, UGPBAN, and of the Portuguese island of Madeira, GESBA,.....

American consumers willing to pay more for Fairtrade bananas

Low prices for bananas are used by some supermarkets to attract customers, but consumers are willing to pay more for Fairtrade bananas, according to recent research from GlobeScan and Fairtrade America.“When the price is right, consumers are very willing to pay more for Fairtrade bananas,” says James Morris,.....

Gert Kema:

"Still a future for the banana"

The banana has suffered badly from fungal diseases that need more and more pesticides. Last century the Gros Michel banana disappeared due to the Panama disease. Now the replacement variety Cavendish is threatened. Yet Gert Kema, linked to Wageningen University & Research, sees a future for the banana. He.....