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Peru: Banana exports increased by 66.3% in the last five years

According to the National Superintendency of Customs and Tax Administration (Sunat), Peruvian banana exports increased by 66.3% in the last five years, going from US $89 million in 2013 to US $148 million in 2017, which represents an average annual increase of 13.6%.Peruvian banana exports had a good.....

Nicaragua: Banana producers denounce defaults by Chiquita Brands International

Coquimba SA and Agrícola El Cardon SA, two Nicaraguan companies dedicated to the production of bananas, will initiate an international arbitration process against Chiquita Brands International for a series of defaults that have been occurring since 2016 when the banana giant was purchased by Safra Group and.....

"We need the non-traditional consumer countries to start consuming"

Honduras: Banana producers seek to diminish the oversupply

Banana producers from all over the world agree that banana consumption should reach the level it has in the countries where its presence has been consolidated.Last year, bananas exports totaled 509 million dollars, showing a 4.5 percent year-on-year growth; a trend that continues so far in 2018.In 2020, the.....

Ecuador: 2017 was their worst year for banana exports to the US

2017 was the lowest year in banana exports to the United States. In 2010, Ecuador sent 21.17% of its production to that country, but in 2017 sales to that market only accounted for 9.75% of its production.The US market share had never been so low for bananas, according to a report by the Association of Banana.....

One banana

"The banana industry seems to be catching up with the overall supply"

“The overall industry supply of bananas this year has been low due to a variety of circumstances from cool weather, to strikes and shipping issues. Thanks to our diverse growing regions in Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru, we have largely been able to shield our customers from the overall industry shortage. The.....

China: Banana prices returning to reasonable level

San Nong Zhongguo reports that the price of bananas prior to Spring Festival was more than 2 yuan [0.32 USD] per 0.5 kg. This price was profitable for many farmers. Now, however, the price of bananas has changed significantly. The price of bananas in many production areas hovers around 1.16 yuan [0.18 USD] per.....

T&G and All Good Bananas strengthen Fairtrade relationship

T&G Global has strengthened its relationship with All Good Bananas, beyond ripening and distributing its fruit, to managing the supply and sales for a growing demand for the leading Fairtrade banana brand.The two companies have been working together for three years with a real focus on delivering quality.....

When you feel ice sculpting is way too much

Banana Art

In Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Keisuke Yamada carves faces, animals and more into fruit. He spends his days as an electrician and his spare time as a banana sculptor, starting in 2011.According to atlasobscura.com, he often finds inspirations in people’s movements and favourite movie characters. The texture of.....

Russia became world’s second largest banana importer last year

In 2017, fresh fruit and vegetable imports into Russia grew by 17% compared to the previous year and amounted to 7.1 million tonnes. Of this volume, 22% corresponded to bananas, 20% to citrus fruits, 10% to apples and 7% to tomatoes. Last year, Russia became the world's second-largest banana importer (1.5.....

Uganda: Researchers ready to taste test vitamin A-enriched banana

The East African cooking banana is one of the major food crops eaten by the people living in central Uganda. But in recent years, the plant has been hit by a number of pests and diseases, including nematodes, black sigatoka and banana bacterial wilt. To combat these problems, scientists at the National.....

Avocado market in Dubai is in its infancy

Dubai is known for its enormous skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa, and its artificial palm islands. Due to its favourable economic climate, the city is very appealing to companies. “It’s a metropolis,” says Hadi Abuseedo of Abuseedo Trading about his home base. The market is unique due to its inhabitants from.....

Panama: Baru's banana reactivation will begin in May

The Banapiña de Panama SA company, a subsidiary of the Del Monte company, announced that, since it plans to start planting bananas in May, it had begun surveying and cleaning the farms; a necessary step so that they can achieve a production that meets the quality standards required by the international.....

South Gujarat

West-India: Banana farmers reap profits in off season

Banana farmers in South Gujarat are reaping the benefits of a new cultivation technology, adopted from the Philippines. Now, the farmers are able to harvest bananas in the off season, when there is no import from other states. Also, there is more and more demand at this point of the season, resulting in higher.....

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Philippines: 4.5 mln euro invested in banana project for ARMM

Last Saturday, the Chairman of the Philippine Regional Board of Investments in ARMM (the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), Ishak Mastura, announced that the Board had approved the PHP 290 million (€ 4.5 mln) investment application for the Cavendish banana plantation project of EKASALAM AgriVentures Corp......

U.S. imports thin on bananas

Imports on bananas into the US are short due to chillier temperatures experienced in multiple countries. “Since the beginning of the year we’ve had a shortage of bananas supplies. We have been experiencing colder weather, that means there is no grade in the fruit and the harvest has been delayed,” says José.....

Poland is importing more and more bananas

According to Eurostat data, Poland imported almost 370,000 tonnes of bananas in 2016. In four years, imports have increased by 66 percent. Polish consumers ate an average of 6.8 kilos/year.According to trade data for the first 11 months of 2017, the volume of domestic imports has increased once again and.....

Australia’s Northern Territory almost cleared of banana freckle

Australia’s Northern Territory is on the road to be declared clear of the banana freckle disease. Officers from the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program are currently undertaking the final round of banana plant inspections to ensure the Territory can be declared free of the disease.Banana freckle was.....

Strong winds affected 100,000 hectares

Mexico: Plantain production will be low in May

The president of the Regional Union of Plantain Producers, Francisco Hueso Alcaraz, confirmed that there would continue to be a low production of this crop in May because of the damage that the atypical winds of February caused on the plantations.He also said that the insurance companies wouldn't respond for.....

‘Nigeria to rethink plantain and tomato agro policy’

Nigerian agricultural policy makers have been advised to consider the significance of plantain/banana and tomato production. They should come up with a method of sustainable production that will check excessive wastage during the harvest.This call went out from Dr Abayomi Olaniyan, the acting Executive.....

Bananas from Laos obtain export permission for China

According to news from the Jiangsu Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, published an online report titled "Public Report on Requirements for Import of Laos Bananas" (2018 no. 16). This public report.....

Weekly shipments

Canary bananas to be shipped to Portugal and northern Spain by Boluda Lines

The shipping company Boluda Lines has reintroduced a stopover in the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma for the maritime shipping route of the North Line. This will allow it to transport Canary bananas from the Canary Islands to Portugal and the north of Spain once a week. This was reported on the website of the.....

Now Woolworths gets slammed

Internet spat about packaged bananas

There was an uproar yesterday when a shopper took this picture of bananas on pallets inside an Australian supermarket. And well, it is a mystery: Are there still people who don't want to cut down on plastic packaging?

Samoa can again export bananas to New Zealand

For the past two years, the Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has been in discussions with the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries through its bilateral Quarantine Agreement meetings. Now there is finally an outcome that will see Samoa’s banana exports developing and growing again, although.....

Italfrutta Di Manno focuses on bananas from Costa Rica

In 2018/19, Italfrutta di Manno is looking to start commercialising foreign bananas and pumpkins."After recently launching the brand with the family name (Di Manno), we are carrying out a few tests to grow pumpkins in our crops in Nicoya, Costa Rica. It's a beautiful region where people live in peace and where.....

Italy: High prices yet low margins for bananas

The period between January and March is never usually a good one for bananas - there is little fruit available and prices go up, yet profit margins remain low. The produce comes from central America and quality is excellent, but volumes are not enough to meet demand.Archive photoAntonio Giuliano from Giuliano.....

Speaking the local language makes trading in South America easier

The banana situation is rather dire and there is a huge gap between prices at origin and the Italian/European market. Ecuador drives the entire segment as, despite its high production, it manages to place all of it. The Russians are loading a lot of produce, so they occupy a leading position. Multinationals.....

Equal Exchange Banana month: why small farmers?

March is Equal Exchange Banana Month. Every year, Equal Exchange dedicates this month to raising awareness about the fair trade banana supply chain. All month long, Equal Exchange invites retailers and consumers to join in an educational campaign to explore how this alternative trade model is creating a seat.....

Michael Brinkmann:

“Volume isn’t the only way to make money”

For the international company SanLucar, the importance of a brand comes first. The company name is directly linked to the products. Brand new CEO Michael Brinkmann talks about the company’s method of working. In production, new technologies can help absorb the effects of extreme weather. But technology can’t.....

US, Massachusetts

Several supermarkets currently banana-less

In some US districts there is currently a banana shortage, thanks primarily to cooler and rainier weather in Central America. Some stores have them and some stores don't. A strike by Chiquita workers in Honduras over healthcare costs is adding to the hit-or-miss nature of being able to get your bananas.Jo.....

Low Mexican temperatures thin Canadian imports

Fair trade banana consumption still limited in North America

Chilly temperatures in Mexico have affected the import of Fair Trade bananas to Canada. “Supply has been tough—supply has been down easily by 50 percent,” says Julie Sage of Vancouver, BC.-based Discovery Organics. “Our main supplier is in Colima, Mexico and they’ve had really cold temperatures for many months.....

Hans Maagendans, Banafood Services GmbH:

"Sky-high banana prices, but supermarket sales doing well"

The banana market has been on fire for a few weeks now. "I have never, in the 34 years that I've been trading bananas, seen such excessively high prices", says Hans Maangendans of ripeners, Banafood Services GmbH from the German Straelen. "We have one advantage - the cold, dry weather. This means the.....

La Banane de Guadeloupe & Martinique

French Ministers reveal the fair banana

Yesterday at the Salon International de l'Agriculture, the French company La Banane de Guadeloupe & Martinique announced the release of a banana that guarantees a revenue to small producers: La Banane Française Équitable. The fruit was revealed by Stéphane Travert, the French Minister of Agriculture and.....

More kilograms and healthier plants due to better soil life

Small banana growers in, amongst other countries, Peru with an area of only a few hectares, are struggling to keep up the yield of their plantations. The plantations were generously irrigated, or rather, flooded. Besides, there’s still the threat of fusarium, of which TR4 is the variant most feared. Pius.....

Colombia: Training in fertigation to improve the productivity of banana crops

As part of the activities programmed within the framework of contract N° 1040 of 2017, which was established by the Association of banana workers of Magdalena and La Guajira - ASBAMA and the Magdalena Government, a training workshop on Fertigation in the Banana Cultivation, which was attended by 50.....

Philippine government to support banana exports to Australia

The Department of Agriculture has promised to help facilitate the entry of Philippine bananas onto the Australian market, which has been closed to Filipino exporters for more than two decades. Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he would be willing to broker a meeting between Filipino banana exporters belonging.....

Taiwan and Saint Lucia: furthering banana project

On Friday 23rd February, Taiwanese ambassador H. E. Douglas Shen and Ezechiel Joseph, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, signed a new action plan on bilateral agriculture cooperation: the ‘Banana Productivity Improvement Project’.Taiwan and Saint Lucia.....

China: Banana producers are optimistic about 2018

After three years of an uncertain situation on the market, banana farmers are monitoring the changes in prices in 2018 particularly closely. The reduction of banana planting areas,typhoons and leaf diseases have had a tremendous effect on Chinese banana production. Meanwhile, the total amount of bananas on the.....

51.2 million kilos

Plátano de Canarias exports over 8 million kilos more than last year

The sales figures achieved by Plátano de Canarias in early 2018 have reached record levels, with more than 51,200,000 kilos marketed in the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands and exported to foreign destinations.Production figures have also experienced significant growth, increasing by 21% over the.....