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Panama: Del Monte may be solution to banana crisis
The Del Monte agricultural transnational company might be the only solution to the crisis in the Panamanian banana production. Meanwhile, the unemployed in the sector demand state intervention.According to Carlos Motta, member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party for the region of Baru, Del Monte's proposal.....

McCafé goes bananas in Japan
This spring, the Golden Arches might look just a bit like yellow bananas.McDonald’s Japan recently launched its McCafé by Barista sub-brand of mini coffee houses located on the same premises as select branches of the fast food chain. Along with fancier coffee than what’s available at a standard McDonald’s,.....

Plátano de Canarias reaches 75.5% market share in first quarter
The share of Canary bananas in terms of volume in the Spanish market in March reached 75.7% and the average for the first quarter of 2016 stood at 75.5%, according to data supplied by Kantar Worldpanel to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Association of Banana Producer Organizations.....

Ecuador: "Banana growers have not been affected by the earthquake"
While the number of victims continues to rise and the most affected areas by this natural event are Manabi, Pedernales and Esmeralda, the current state of the agricultural crops remains uncertain. It is worth noting that these provinces are mainly producers of coffee, corn, shrimp and passion fruit and other.....

Rain damages Indian banana crops
Heavy rainfall damaged hundreds of banana trees that were ready for harvest in Nidaghatta and Hottegowdana Doddi, in Maddur taluk, of the district, on Saturday night.Several parts of Maddur experienced heavy showers late on Saturday that left many banana trees damaged, sources at the Department of.....


China destroys more Philippines bananas
Quarantine officials in Shanghai, China have destroyed two batches of imported bananas from the Philippines on April 15, 2016.The Shanghai inspection officials have burned the bananas, a total of 60.3 tons. Total loss for the Philippines has been estimated to be 37,000 USD, equal to 4,640 cartons.It added.....

Profits rise for UK family-owned banana supplier
Pre-tax profits have almost doubled at an independent family-owned banana ripener and supplier in Bedfordshire despite a marginal decline in turnover.S H Pratt & Co, based in Luton, was established in 1960 and currently ripens an average of 21.6 million bananas a week.The company describes itself as one.....

Nicaragua: 70% of bananas lost to the drought
Roger Portobanco, the treasurer of the Association of Banana Producers from Rivas (Aplari) and producer of bananas from Tolesmayda, in the municipality of Buenos Aires, asked the government to support producers from this department that are affected by drought.70 percent of the 10,000 banana blocks planted.....

Buying bananas, helping people
REWE sustainability weeks: fundraiser for REWE Group’s banana fund
One of REWE’s sustainability projects is the banana fund. The fund is an initiative of REWE and is it used to improve the environmental and social conditions in South and Central America. And now REWE linked the sustainability weeks to a fundraiser: Customers who buy "REWE Best choice" or "Chiquita” bananas.....

Ugandan turns banana stalks into paper bags
Thirty-five-year-old entrepreneur, Sharon Ninsiima hopes to make bananas even more valuable, by turning their stalks into paper bags. At her workshop in the capital, Kampala, Sharon feeds banana stalks into a machine that extracts the fibre, which will be boiled and mixed with waste paper then converted into.....


Uganda: High post harvest losses in cooking bananas
Cooking banana is the main staple crop in Uganda produced mostly by smallholders for food and income. However, the cooking banana value chain players face risks of high postharvest losses due to the short green life of bananas and damage arising from poor handling of the produce after it is harvested,.....


Chiquita's fresh produce division locates HQ in Windermere
Chiquita’s fresh produce and salad division, Fresh Express, relocated to Central Florida last year. The company has now located its headquarters in the Windermere shopping center called The Grove.The Sentinel broke the news of Chiquita’s move to Florida in July last year; Fresh Express brought about 100 jobs.....


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Israeli scientists extend bananas' shelf life
Israeli scientists have found a way to extend the shelf life of bananas, with research which was initially based on previously-known findings in tomatoes. The scientists have significantly slowed down decomposition by altering the fruit's genetic make-up.In fact, the researchers say their GM fruit can stay.....


Sustainable banana range at Lidl
Excellent "Rainforest Alliance" and "Fairtrade" bananas
Lidl customers contribute to the environment and better working conditions in the countries of origin by buying certified "Rainforest Alliance" and "Fairtrade" bananas. As early as May 2015 Lidl changed the range of pineapples to certified "Rainforest Alliance" pineapples. And now they are changing the range.....


Chiquita declares lowest CIF price, under real cost
EU banana imports 1th quarter 2016

Australian Banana Growers’ Council:
'Detail needed in Queensland Biosecurity Review'
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has tentatively welcomed the Queensland Biosecurity Capability Review, but has called for more detail on implementation.The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries today released the official Review, flagging significant changes in capacity, culture and internal.....

ABGC welcomes assessment of Banana BMP
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has welcomed today’s Queensland Government announcement of a project that will assess the economics of the Banana Best Management Practice (BMP) Guidelines.ABGC CEO Jim Pekin said upon completion, the project would give more information to growers on which to.....

Dominica prepares for mass banana exports
Dominica’s banana sector is getting back on its feet says the Minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo. Drigo stated that Government’s rapid response at a time of impeding factors, especially Black Sigatoka, has paid off.He listed Government’s Black Sigatoka Management Programme which tackled the disease from.....


Cork Port ripe for increased trade as 6m bananas arrive
The largest container ship ever to dock in Ireland will arrive at the deepwater quay in Ringaskiddy today carrying a massive consignment of fruit.The ship, MV Northern Dedication, will have 75 containers onboard, basically carrying what is being dubbed as ‘Ireland’s fruit intake for a week’.At 230m long and.....

China: First Vietnam bananas shipped to Tianjin
Recently, the staff from the Tianjin Inspection and Quarantine Bureau carried out the inspection and quarantine for the first batch of bananas imported from Vietnam. Tianjin is a port city just South of Beijing.The total cargo consists of 20 tons, with an estimated value of 10,000 USD. The staff at Tianjin.....

New "The Jungle Book" movie
Plátano de Canarias, Disney's most vital flavour
Disney and Plátano de Canarias have confirmed a deal to promote the new Disney film: "The Jungle Book".This new version will premiere on 15 April and will feature a spectacular performance, using the latest technology and storytelling techniques to immerse the audience in a fascinating world. By telling the.....

Filipino exporters try to resolve banana issue with China
Chinese authorities have recently destroyed about 35 tons of bananas that were shipped from the Philippines, and the Filipino banana industry is trying to resolve the issue so that a similar thing doesn't happen in the future. The incident is bringing up tensions that have been in place since China placed.....

Rising temps could see Canada grow hybrid fruits
One of Canada's top climatologists believes that if the increasingly warm weather becomes the norm, there could be some interesting effects on agriculture, and not necessarily negative ones.“I think what we’ll see are opportunities for growing crops that will be similar crops now but maybe a different.....

Fyffes exec chairman’s pay unchanged at €1.25m
Fyffes annual report shows that last year executive chairman David McCann’s pay was left unchanged at €1.25 million.The fruit importer’s annual report shows that in 2015 Mr McCann was paid €702,000 in basic salary, a performance bonus of €527,000 and €21,000 in other benefits, for a total €1.25 million, the.....

Fyffes to increase banana prices
Due to the strength of the US dollar against the Euro and sterling, Fyffes has decided to look for low to mid single-digit increases (in cent terms) in the banana price charged to its customers. Retailers will ultimately determine whether the price increase is passed on to the consumer.Fyffes sources its.....

Good yield of ‘elarasi’ banana in Tamil Nadu
This year has seen a good yield of the 'elarasi' banana variety grown in and around the Tiruchi district in the state of Tamil Nadu. The main reasons for this are adequate rain during the North East monsoon last year, good agricultural practices by farmers and above all the absence of strong winds through.....


Moscow cats eat entire banana crop
Moscow's Apothecary Garden recently harvested their first banana crop which was intended for the park's visitors. However, the resident cats beat the visitors to it, and gobbled up the whole crop themselves, reported the press service of the botanical garden.“Recently, we gathered a harvest of velvet bananas.....

Effort to regain trust in industry
New phyto measures for Philippine banana export
The Department of Agriculture in the Philippines will write a comprehensive road map for the banana industry, to address longstanding concerns and ensure the export product’s survival in the global market.The road map plan comes after a shipment of about 2,700 boxes to China was recently intercepted after.....

Angolan town harvests 70,000 tons of ag produce
Since December 2015, at least 70,389 tons of agricultural products have been harvested in Tomboco municipality, northern Zaire province. This was reported by the local official in charge of the agriculture, rural development and fisheries division, Mateus Morais.Speaking to Angop, the official said that the.....

Mozambique's banana industry could be 20 times larger
'Good ports are critical for Africa’s growth'
Nearly 90% of international trade from Africa happens by sea, yet alack of infrastructure and long ship waiting times continue to hamper productivity for the African maritime sector. A wave of new investments is set to change this and drive growth over the medium term, according to a new report from research.....

Ugandan smallholders farmers could revive traditional crops
Ugandan farmers focus on producing more financially profitable crops like maize, beans, bananas and potatoes, as well as others. However, this means that so called 'orphan' or traditional food crops are disappearing, and for some smallholder farmers they could in fact be better positioned to grow these.....

Storm destroys banana plantations in Nepal
A roaring dust storm which struck banana plantations in Chitwan, Nepal on March 28, has caused devastation, with local farmers estimating over Rs 10 million in losses.“I planted banana plants on about nine bighas of land (1 bigha=about 6,772 m²), but the storm destroyed around 50 per cent of the plants......

Spain: 47,229 tonnes of bananas available in January
In January 2016, the Canary Islands shipped 29,677 tonnes of bananas to mainland Spain; meanwhile, imports from Africa and Latin America reached 23,908 tonnes and re-exports amounted to 6,355 tonnes, so that consumers had access to a total of about 47,229 tonnes of bananas. This is about 999 tonnes more than.....


Ecuador has great potential to produce organic bananas
"Wariness about organic production limits growth"
Demand for Ecuadorian organic bananas is not growing at the desired pace, mainly because of the lack of momentum in the production and product promotion. Currently, the main exporters are large multinationals and small independent exporters. "Compared to the production of conventional bananas, the organic.....


35 tons of Philippine bananas destroyed in Shenzhen Port
On March 27, the Philippine government announced that the Chinese Customs in the Shenzhen Port destroyed 35 tons of Philippine bananas, the main reason is because these bananas have had an excessive use of pesticides. According to the Philippine government, the incident will not affect Sino-Philippine trade.....

Banana splits: new internet craze
The new trend sweeping across social media is simply bananas; the banana peel challenge involves teenagers testing the classic cartoon gap of slipping on a banana peel.Teenager Jason Oakes was one of the first to post a video of the Banana Peel Challenge, showing himself falling to the ground of his kitchen,.....

UK breaks records with banana imports
Over the past decade, almost every year has brought a record breaking amount of banana imports to the UK, which consumes the most bananas in the European Union. Per year, every man, woman and child consumes the equivalent of a forty pound (18.14kg) box and total import volumes have more than doubled in two.....


Cold wave in China brings business opportunities for South American bananas
Extreme weather that occurred by the end of January this year hit banana growing areas in China and southeast Asia countries, for example, Guangxi province, Yunnan province and Myanmar. The nonstop rain seriously affected the banana growth, which will lead to the insufficient banana yields for the market......


The banana is Japan's king of fruits
While the Japanese government has implemented a scheme to reignite inflation, consumer prices have only risen slightly. However, there is one food item that has shown a steady rise in price: bananas. Bananas are considered a cheap fruit in Japan, and although the price is increasing, it is still much lower.....

Saudi Arabia: 40% increase in banana prices
Banana prices in Saudi Arabia have increased by 40% after a halt in the supply from the Philippines and Central America (Ecuador and Nicaragua) as a result of the considerable growth of China's imports. The price per box has increased from 30 to 70 riyals (from 7.15 to 16.67 Euro).It is worth noting that the.....

Dominican agro exports jump 22% in 3 years
According to the executive director of the Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD), Jean Alain Rodriguez, agro exports from the Dominican Republic have jumped 22% from 2012 to 2015, posting a total volume as high as US$6.04 billion. Rodriguez explained that there were considerable increases in the export of.....


35 tons destroyed by China Custom authorities
Philippines not impressed by banana destruction
Chinese Customs authorities has allegedly destroyed 35 metric tons bananas from the Philippines, equal to two containers. This happened in the port of Shenzhen, in the South of the country.The bananas did not meet China's phytosanitary requirements and contained too high levels of pesticides, according to.....