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Fijian banana paper maker sees way forward in New Zealand

Last March, Derek Dolence represented his company Green Banana Paper at Pacific Trade Invest, New Zealand's Pasifika Business Market during Auckland's Pasifika Festival. As the company's B2B Sales Manager, he was there to exhibit its range of products.On show were wallets, purses, small bags and a range of.....

Spain: Canary banana consumption grew by 7.5% in 2017

Spanish consumers are increasingly concerned about their health when choosing what to eat. However, the country still saw a reduction in fruit consumption last year. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and the Environment, per capita fruit consumption fell by 2.1% in 2017.For.....

Two banana events in Boston

Two events on the disease threats to bananas will be held at the International Congress of Plant Pathology, ICPP, in Boston, from July 28-August 3, 2018.The first meeting is a satellite meeting on Saturday July 28 titled “Fusarium wilt disease of bananas: recurrence of a global menace.” Click here for the.....

Reducing waste and packaging

Organic bananas in Sweden receive new minimalist packaging

Swedish importer Hebe Frukt & Grönt has launched new packaging for their organic bananas. Organic bananas at Hebe make up 78.7% of banana sales, so this new packaging has the potential to really make a difference.The company has developed a band around their since piece (approx. 1 kg weight) banana.....

Banana growers encouraged to apply for leadership opportunities

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is encouraging its members to apply for two unique opportunities, designed to develop future leaders in agriculture. The Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) program aims to build vision and skills across a range of tropical horticulture industries and is.....

Fall in volume due to strike

Honduras: Banana exports decreased in January

Banana exports amounted to 40.2 million dollars in January, 6.3 million less than in January 2017 as a result of the fall in volume due to the strike in one of the companies, according to the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).Nearly 2 thousand workers from eight banana farms of the Chiquita company, in the sector.....

Ecuador could be world's largest producer of organic bananas

FAO studies reveal that between 2008 and 2015 the cultivated area of ​​organic bananas worldwide increased by 18%, due to a change in the preferences of consumers who demand more food products that are healthy and friendly to the environment. Understanding and meeting the needs of this market niche.....

Montreal Fairtrade banana company eyes product expansion

With its Fairtrade organic bananas doing well, one Montreal-based company is looking at possibly expanding into other Fairtrade fruit offerings. “We operate in a very niche environment and our sales have been growing. We’ve had a terrific winter in Fairtrade, organic bananas,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal,.....

François Moran, Tropibana:

"On the Parisian market, origin is of fundamental importance"

François Moran is the manager of Tropibana, an exotic fruits and vegetable company that is located at the Rungis International Market in Paris. François: “We're at the biggest market in the world, and when it comes down to diversity of products, this is a great advantage.” The main product of Tropibana is the.....

Costa Rica's banana exports up 7%

In the first nine months of 2017, Costa Rica exported $784 million worth of fresh and dried bananas, 7% more than in the same period in 2016.Figures from the Information System on the fresh or dried banana market in Central America compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData:Between.....

Fyffes hand out 30,000 bananas during Rotterdam Marathon

Last Sunday, thousands of runners ran the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. In addition to more than 900,000 spectators, Fyffes was also present with more than 40 volunteers. The Fyffes team supported the runners by peeling and handing out 30,000 bananas.Fyffes has been a sponsor of this event for more.....

Brazilian fruit exports climb to $ 98.1 million at start of 2018

Exports of dried and processed fruit increased 14.4% in the first two months of the year compared with the same period of 2017, according to numbers released by the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Fruit Products (Abrafrutas). Revenue totalled US$ 98.1 million in the period, up.....

Pascal Gourmez:

“You have to be recognised as a banana specialist”

The French banana market is largely in hands of a number of small players. The number of wholesalers with a banana ripening chamber is decreasing. Lomme Primeurs from Lomme in the north of France, just south of Lille, is an exception. The wholesaler has recently invested in a ripening chamber for tropical.....

Fyffes unveils National Banana Day plans

National Banana Day – where members of the public are being invited to ‘go bananas’ by placing a greater focus on the appeal that bananas have as part of a healthy diet – is being hosted by Fyffes on Wednesday April 18th next.In its second year, the event is intended, in part, to give support to the national.....

Room for Surinamese bananas on the European market

Suriname isn’t known as a banana country for the European market. Production volumes can’t be compared to the boatloads from, for example, Ecuador that arrive in European ports every week. Yet there’s a stable supply from Suriname to Antwerp, from where the bananas are further transported across Europe.“Food.....

Spain: Aid to transport for Canary bananas

Canary banana growers celebrated the introduction of a new subsidy that will make the transport of their production cheaper. According to the sector, this is the answer to a long standing demand. A total of 5 million Euro will be granted this year; an amount that does not fully satisfy the sector, as it is.....

Sainz claims ‘poisoned’ banana caused sickness in Melbourne

Renault’s Carlos Sainz has revealed that eating a ‘poisoned’ banana added to his discomfort during the Australian Grand Prix, while he fought off Force India’s Sergio Perez for 10th position.Sainz had said after the race that it was his malfunctioning drinks bottle that had caused him to “nearly vomit” inside.....

New Chiquita store in Finland

The new Chiquita flagship store in Finland allows consumers to learn about the banana journey, from the farms to the shelves.

China: "Banana market is warming up again"

"Bananas are a popular fruit in China, and the imported volume of bananas is large throughout the year. Many countries have already obtained inspection and quarantine certificates that allow access to the Chinese banana market. The list of these countries includes the Philippines, Vietnam, Ecuador, Costa Rica,.....

Frits Popma:

“More attention needed for innovations in ripening”

“Implementing innovations in ripening is difficult. The response often given is that it doesn’t fit or isn’t possible. The latter is nonsense,” says Frits Popma of Popma Fruitexpertise. His long history in ripening bananas and giving advice to companies means he has noticed that more attention should be paid.....

Maik de Groot, De Groot Fresh Group:

“We’d rather earn ten cents for ten years than one euro for one year”

Maik de Groot has been active as the fourth generation in his family company De Groot Fresh Group since 2010. After having overseen all aspects and having worked in all departments, he is now responsible for the service centres of De Groot Fresh Group, which includes all the ripening activities as well......

China: Banana prices dip in Jinan, Shandong

Data from the Price Monitor Center of the Jinan Shizhong District Price Bureau shows that the banana price is falling. The current banana price is 3 yuan [0.48 USD] per 0.5 kg, which is a price decrease of 9.09% in comparison with the previous week, and a price decrease of 14.29% in comparison with the same.....

Honduras: Bananas account for more than 10% of exports

According to statistics, the banana sector's exports account for more than ten percent of all the agricultural sector's exports.This year, the sector expects an increase because of the prices in the international market, said German Perez, a businessman from the sector.Perez said the sector had been affected.....

Colombian military forces seize 8 tons of cocaine

Between March 5 and 9 the Colombian Military Forces seized a total of 8.1 tons of cocaine, striking a serious blow to narcotrafficking gangs. Through combined interagency operations, authorities intercepted 5.3 tons of drugs in the Gulf of Urabá, 1.6 tons in the port city of Santa Marta, and another 1.2 tons.....

Route of Fusarium fungus laid bare for the first time

Panama Disease in Myanmar

The feared Tropical Race 4 stem of the Fusarium fungus, which causes the so-called Panama disease in Cavendish bananas, has now also been found in Myanmar. It was previously found in Vietnam and Laos.The disease can have disastrous consequences for farmers who grow bananas and the global banana sector as a.....

India: Bananas become a dependable crop for farmers in south Gujarat

The assistant director of Horticulture of the port city of Surat, Dinesh Padaliya: “Banana crops have been giving consistent returns year after year. In the Bharuch, Surat and Narmada districts alone, 12,571 ha, 8,705 ha and 8,160 ha of land respectively are under banana cultivation.”Approximately 66,309.....

Considerable growth in global exports of bananas in 2017

The global export of bananas grew considerably last year. With an estimated 20.5 million tonnes, the production countries exported about ten per cent more bananas than in 2016. This includes approximately one million tonnes of plantains (cooking bananas).Over the past ten years, banana exports grew on average.....

Ben Huyghe:

“Organic Fairtrade banana is gradually becoming standard”

The market for Fairtrade bananas has grown rapidly in recent years, and because of that, competition has also increased. Due to the structurally low price for conventional bananas in supermarkets, the price for these fair bananas is under more pressure. Fairtrasa has reorganised its banana sector to guarantee.....

Gert Kema:

“More diversity than just the Cavendish is required”

“It's practically irresponsible,” says Gert Kema, professor at the Wageningen University & Research, about the fact that barely any research was being done into new varieties within the banana sector. Panama disease and Black Sigatoka are dangers that have been topical for decades, but no research into.....

Colombia: Increases banana exports, area, and productivity

The country's leading banana traders increased exports last year by 38.4 million dollars over 2016, according to the data that will be presented on Tuesday of next week at the annual Assembly of members of Colombia's Banana Producers Association (Augura).The president of the association, Juan Camilo Restrepo.....

Tesco worker finds tree frog in bunch of bananas

In a Blackburn branch of Tesco, a supermarket worker discovered a tiny rainforest tree frog. The tiny frog travelled more than 6,500 kilometres a bunch of bananas destined for sale in the UK. Unsure what to do with the amphibian, the supermarket worker called the RSPCA.“The little tree frog was confined inside.....

New study by Appalachian State University

Banana compounds act as COX-2 inhibitor

What do banana metabolites and ibuprofen have in common? In a new study completed by Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Laboratory, both were found to inhibit COX-2 mRNA expression.Titled “Metabolic recovery from heavy exertion following banana compared to sugar beverage or water only ingestion:.....

January 2018

Spain: Market share of imported bananas oscillated between 35 and 48%

The volumes of both Canary and imported bananas shipped in January has never been so high, at least since 2009. Cheap shipments are still arriving from France (5.3 million at 0.35 Euro/kg, according to the Customs authorities).In January 2018, 38,562 tonnes were shipped from the Canary Islands, while imports,.....

Bold claims by Australian researchers

"Bananas preserve hearing"

In the same way that we are told to drink milk to keep our bones strong we are now being encouraged to eat bananas to protect our hearing. Emerging research shows key nutrients -including the potassium in bananas- can protect against hearing loss, while zinc protects against tinnitus. And hearing loss, which.....

Ecuador: Plantain prices drop due to oversupply

Producers of barraganete plantain for export from El Carmen (Manabi) and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas are being affected by the fall in prices and diseases, such as the sigatoka, which attack the plantations. According to the producers, the price of a 52-pound box of barraganete plantains stood at USD 8.30.....

Nicaragua reaches 80% of the alert threshold for banana imports to the EU

EU banana imports from third countries continue to grow

In May, the European Commission will present its proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework post 2020. In light of this, the European Parliament carried out a previous debate that resulted in the publishing of a document which, among other measures, requests an increase in financial aid to the Posei.....

Travelling from Costa Rica to West Yorkshire in a bunch of bananas

A tiny lizard is currently recovering after journeying some 10,000 kilometres from Costa Rica to West Yorkshire in a bunch of bananas.Examiner.co.uk reported that the 3 cm-long animal -known as an anole- was found in a warehouse in West Yorkshire. The creature was dehydrated and underweight after the big trip......

China: What course should the banana industry follow?

Market conditions for bananas have been poor in the last three years. The banana industry is under heavy pressure, but what course should it follow? Will the market reach rock bottom this year or rebound? Looking at the overall condition of banana production in China, there are several regional.....