Bananas


Expansion of ripening capacity to 30,000 boxes of bananas
Banafood expands to serve German market
The expansion of the ripening facility of Banafood in Straelen, Germany, is in full swing. “The steel construction will arrive in several weeks, and the building will be finished before the new year,” says Hans Maagendans. The new building of 2,500 m2 will stand next to the existing building of 2,800 m2......


Drop in imports reduced organic banana consumption
The USA is the largest global consumer of environmentally-friendly food and drink products (organic products). From 2008-2015, retail sales of organic food products on the U.S. market increased on average by 10.7% a year, reaching $40 billion. Organic bananas were amongst those products that recorded high.....

Dutch have eaten one billion fair trade bananas
Since fair trade bananas were introduced in the Netherlands 20 years ago, the Dutch have eaten one billion of the fruits, the Max Havelaar foundation said on Thursday 27 October. The sale of fair trade bananas in the Netherlands has generated €12.7m in extra income for cooperative banana plantations, the.....

Typhoon Haima led to banana harvest failures
Typhoon Haima caused serious damage to the agricultural produce in Shanwei city. Rice and banana harvests were badly affected and certain aquaculture industries are even more severely impacted, with the growers facing a hard time to get their investment back. According to statistics from the Shanwei.....


Ecuador: Cold fronts delay banana production
The cold fronts that have been affecting Ecuador since August are causing problems to the country's banana production. Freddy Hoyos, from the Hoyos Garcés Company, spoke about the current situation: "Temperatures have decreased significantly, which is delaying the harvest. Despite currently having a shortage.....

7.2% increase
Spain: Banana imports up in August
In August 2016, the Canary Islands shipped 23,076 tonnes of bananas to mainland Spain, while imports from Africa and Latin America amounted to 20,702 tonnes and re-exports reached 7,170 tonnes, so Spanish consumers had access to about 36,608 tonnes of bananas. This is around 2,470 tonnes more than in the.....

AU: Tully banana farm plant destruction begins
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has today commenced destruction of banana plants on the Panama Tropical Race 4 infested property at Tully.ABGC Chairman Doug Phillips said that all banana plants on the 340-acre farm would be destroyed.“Banana weevil borers are also being destroyed at the same.....

Organics should be pursued
Filipino exporters not making use of FTA with NZ
According to a trade official, Filipino exporters to New Zealand are not fully taking advantage of that country's Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the ASEAN region, which has been in force since 2010.Agnes Perpetua R. Legaspi, Assistant Director of the Export Marketing Bureau under the Department of Trade and.....


Over 7 million Euros will be invested
Edeka Group builds new banana-ripening installation in Borna, Germany
The Edeka Group will open a new banana-ripening installation in Borna, 30 km south of Leipzig, in the third quarter of 2017. Last week the groundbreaking took place, together with local politicians, on the future site at Stauffenbergstraße. Soon about 286 million bananas per year (2.6 million crates) will.....


Jamaica: Flooding destroys banana farm for second time
After three days of torrential rainfall last week, which ravaged Frederica Appleby'sfarm at Windsor in Portland, she has lost hundreds of fully grown bananas on the verge of harvesting. Marking the second time in six months that flooding has destroyed her farm.Appleby, who also suffered a heavy loss in April.....


Nigeria: Multi-million naira banana farm abandoned
The multi-million naira state-owned banana plantation in Rivers State has become a huge loss to the communities there. The 2,000 hectares of banana farm has become a symbol of shame; shriveled banana plants, vandalised administrative blocks and broken down tractors are all that remain of the investment.Then.....


Imported bananas well received
Banana market still at a low ebb
"The banana market in the 2013-2014 period was unusually prosperous, driven forward by huge economic profits. In a short period of time, the Chinese banana cultivation surface increased with 30%. Moreover, many fruit farmers valued volume over quality and failed to invest in further processing and quality.....


Taking organic a step further
“We were the first company to bring organic bananas to the US”
“We were the first company to bring organic bananas to the US, back in 1974,” says Mayra Velazquez de León with Organics Unlimited. “My dad is a pioneer in the industry and today, we still are the only family-owned banana business. We have our own farms, but because supply is not enough, we also contract.....

Chinese bananas exported to Iran for the first time
On October 21st, after an inspection by the Zhanjiang Inspection and quarantine Bureau, a batch of fresh bananas will be exported to Iran for the first time. These bananas weigh 36,600 kg, and are worth 10.998 US dollars. As one of the main banana cultivation areas in China, Zhanjiang city has around 33.000.....

Spanish banana requests more support for the outermost regions
The EC maintains preferential tariff for Guatemalan bananas
Last Friday the European Commission decided to maintain the preferential tariff that favors the import of Guatemalan bananas, even though imports of this product to the EU surpassed the 65,000 ton annual limit, established by the Commission in September.The Association of producers of Plátano de Canarias.....

Philippines: Major players push for banana law
Big banana players in Mindanao are pushing for the passage of the Comprehensive Development Act for Bananas, by asking Davao del Norte Rep. and House Speaker, Pantaleon Alvarez, to sponsor the bill.The Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport) president, Ferdinand Marañon, told MindaNews that they are.....

Tanzania bans banana plant imports from Mozambique
Following the outbreak of Panama Disease, which is taking a toll on banana plants in the southern parts of the continent, Tanzania has banned the importation of banana plants from Mozambique.According to the statement by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery, Dr Florence.....


Colombia: Banana harvest hit by floods
Constant rains in the area of Urabá, in the Colombian province of Antioquia, are causing persistent floods and overflows of the Atrato River. These floods have affected both urban and rural areas, as well as surrounding lands devoted to agricultural production. This province produces mainly bananas,.....

UK: Current exchange rate may cause increase in banana cost price
The fruit and vegetable sector in the UK is facing a period of uncertainty with the drop in the pound and Brexit looming on the horizon. The banana is a staple in shopping trolleys throughout the UK and is often said to be used by supermarkets to get people in the stores. Are consumers still going to be able.....

Dominican Republic: Banana producers focus on quality to increase market share
The challenges for Dominican farmers, such as the upcoming DR-CAFTA, the EPA (a treaty with Europe) and the emerging agricultural powers, have alerted the private food production sector, which is grouped in the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD), of the need to strengthen the quality of their production.One.....

Filipino president to sign banana supply deal in Japan
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is visiting Tokyo this week, where he is set to sign a supply deal which will see Filipino farmers in conflict-wracked Maguindanao supplying bananas to a Japanese supermarket chain, his agriculture minister said Tuesday 25 Oct.A 50,000-hectare banana plantation, which can.....

Tropical Storm Matthew : Emergency fund for farmers in Martinique
The Overseas Minister, Ericka Bareigts, has announced that the “agricultural calamities” emergency fund has been opened for farmers in Martinique that were effected by Tropical Storm Matthew in September. The Minister said she wanted farmers, notably banana and vegetable producers, to be compensated.....

Filipino banana industry exploring opportunities in Russia
Edwin Sotto, executive director of the Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport), has revealed that some of the big banana players in the Philippines have been sending trial shipments to Russia for the last three to four years.He said they are currently verifying the volume Russia could take but said.....

Consumers welcome price drop as Turkish bananas hit local markets
In local markets, the banana price falls to 4 Turkish Lira/kg as the Turkish Anamur banana replaces its imported counterpart.“This season, there is an abundance of fruit in general, especially of bananas, apples and mandarins. This, in itself, reduces retail prices in markets but as the Anamur banana reaches.....


'Sarika' destroys banana plantation
Due to the tropical storm Sarika, on October 18, coastal wind speeds of 9 to 11 beaufort were recorded. In the West of Canton, waves of 4 to 6 meters high were reported. The photo shows the devastation in Yuwen county in Zhanjiang near Canton. Banana trees and corn were blown to the ground over large.....

India: Banana prices nose dive
In the state of Tamil Nadu, low banana consumption is causing the prices to plummet. The steep fall in the price of banana bunches has forced the farmers of Thammampatti town and surrounding villages to transport the stock to the temple town of Palani for making the traditional dessert ‘panchamirtham’.The.....

Following negative test results
AU: Infested banana farm settlement to proceed
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) will proceed with the settlement of the TR4 infested farm at Tully, following confirmation a suspect plant from another Queensland property does not contain Panama Tropical race 4.The planned buyout of the TR4 farm, owned by the Robson family, was temporarily.....

Itochu to overhaul Asian banana farming for bigger yields
Japanese general trading house Itochu will spend about 6 billion yen ($57.7 million) through fiscal 2018 to lift Asian production capacity around 60% for bananas in its Dole business by 2020.The Philippines is a key supplier of the fruits to Japan. The Southeast Asian country accounted for nearly 90% of.....


Quality and ripening stage of bananas correlated to optical qualities
Consumers consider ripening stages essential when purchasing fruit, as they generally affect eating quality and market prices.In early October, a study was published which considered the possibility of using the optical properties of Cavendish bananas, such as absorption, reduced scattering and effective.....

Philippines: "Bananas never really banned from entering the Chinese market"
China is once again allowing the import of Philippine bananas. According to Stephen Antig of the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), the bananas were never really banned from entering the Chinese market, but there were some issues regarding phytosanitary regulations. “The residue.....


Fairtrade bananas to hit Polish shelves in 2017
Although organic bananas and other fruits are available in Polish supermarkets, finding fresh fruits with a Fairtrade mark is nearly impossible. Fairtrade Polska would like to change this, and have said that they are actively seeking to make Fairtrade bananas widely available by next year. "We have.....

Banana prices have been falling for a month.
In Hubei province, banana prices have been falling for 4 weeks. In Wuhan local markets, domestic bananas are sold at less than 6 Yuan per kilo. It is expected that the fall will continue as the banana peak season arrives. According to some fruit sellers, the cold weather makes banana storage easier and.....

Will Iran become Philippines' biggest banana export market?
The Islamic Republic of Iran's Department of Finance announced on Wednesday 20 Oct., that it is keen to import more bananas from the Philippines, as well as explore areas of investment and cooperation in the country.In a statement, the DOF said Iran wants to foster better economic relations with the.....

AU: Banana industry rates high in best practice
A new report card on the health of the Great Barrier Reef has revealed that the banana industry has held its ground in maintaining sound, on-farm environmental best practice.According to the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), the 2015 Reef Report Card - conducted by the Federal and Queensland.....

Philippines: Banana growers want Duterte to intervene on agri ventures
In the Philippines, Agribusiness Ventures Arrangements (AVA) are currently being reviewed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). Local banana growers and stakeholders are worried that government interference with live contracts will provide a disincentive to local and foreign investors, and are hence.....

Philippines hope for better banana prices after lifting of suspension
Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director, Stephen Antig, told Philippine newspaper, SunStar Davao, in a.....

Filipino banana industry losing its competitiveness
The Philippines billion-dollar banana industry is said to be losing its competitive edge as it slips in rank among the largest banana exporting countries globally. According to stakeholders, rebel attacks and a lack of government support is damaging the industry.The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters.....

Nepal: Farmers protest banana imports from India
In Nepal's Kanchanpur and Kailali districts banana farmers protested the free importation of Indian bananas on October 17. The farmers staged a demonstration in front of the main entrance to the Gaddachauki Customs Office, Kanchanpur.They argued that bananas being imported from India, without going through.....

Bananas key topic of Duterte's visit to China
President Rodrigo R. Duterte's official three-day visit to China, starts today October 18, and will tackle multiple trade, economic, and political issues. The improvement of the current volumes and quality standards of bananas exported from the island of Mindanao is one of the key topics. This trade benefits.....

Costa Rica: Banana sector aims for carbon neutrality
Costa Rica's private and public institutions in the banana sector are working together towards production systems noted for more efficient use of natural resources and for the mitigation of greenhouse gases.Their efforts fall within the national goal of making Costa Rica a carbon neutral country by.....

Duterte's visit to China will be 'fruitful'
Philippines to increase fruit exports to China
Chinese Ambassador, Zhao Jianhua, told members of the media on Friday 14 Oct., that they expect President Duterte’s four-day state visit to China to be “fruitful.”He said at least a dozen Memoranda of Understanding are being worked out to be signed during the Oct. 18 to 21 visit and one of them will be on.....

Ecuador: Banana producers looking to cut costs to be more competitive
How to be more competitive in the international markets? That, among other issues, is one of the concerns that the national banana sector discussed in the 13th International Banana Forum, which comes to an end today at the Hilton Colon hotel.Nearly ten national and international exhibitors are participating.....

Price of Dominican bananas to increase due to hurricane Matthew
The president of the Dominican Agrobusiness Board (JAD), Osmar Benítez, reported that the floods recorded in the municipality of Vicente Noble, in the Barahona province, caused damage to more than 17,000 tareas (1,068.96 hectares) of bananas, which may lead to a decline and a subsequent rise in the prices.....

India doubled its fruit exports
A sharp increase in banana shipments helped to double India's fresh fruit exports in the first five months of the current financial year. Demand for bananas rose in Gulf countries due to crop failure in the Philippines and Ecuador, the two major alternative suppliers.Data from the Agricultural and Processed.....

Banana workers continue to push for justice
Lawsuits, filed by hundreds of plantation workers, targeting major corporations like Chiquita, Dow Chemicals and Dole Foods, have been upheld despite being dismissed by a number of other courts. The workers allege that they were exposed to dibromochloropropane (DBCP) on the job and were not given any.....

Ecuador: Banana producers want to regain 12% of the market
Banana producers expect to recover 12% of the market share that they lost in recent years due to the lack of a trade agreement with the European Union.The announcement made by the Minister of Foreign Trade, Juan Carlos Cassinelli, regarding the signing of the agreement with the EU on November 11, raised the.....


Hugo Castro, Ginafruit:
Ecuador: "Fewer bananas now, but production will normalise"
Ecuadorian banana exports have decreased significantly in recent months, mainly because of the effects that climate changes have had on the production. Currently, the low temperatures in Ecuador continue to be a problem.Hugo Castro, from Ginafruit, spoke about the situation: "Even though the forecasts were.....


RipeLock™ bananas can help drive produce sales
While it’s important for retailers to stay up on consumer demands for new fruit varieties and packaging options, the quality of flagship items, such as bananas, remain a key indicator for overall consumer perception of the produce department. An innovation from AgroFresh is bringing new life to this category.....


Mexico: Organic banana grower to double production
Coliman Organics is currently the largest producer of organic bananas in Mexico, focused on production, development and marketing in the state of Colima. Coliman Organics are in addition to being organically certified, also FairTrade certified and were recently certified by Rainforest Alliance.Coliman’s.....

Ireland: Fyffes sets consumers a creative challenge
Children in Offaly, Ireland and beyond are being challenged by banana importer Fyffes to show their creativity. Fyffes has linked with Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and other leading food retailers for the initiative.Until December, families purchasing ready-packed bags of Freddy Fyffes bananas are being invited.....

Ecuador could double banana sales
Ecuadorian bananas dominate markets such as Russia, and much of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe market. However, Ecuador can still grow its banana sales. In the words of Eduardo Ledesma, president of the AEBE, it is possible to increase productivity by an average of 100 to 200 boxes more per year from.....


Switzerland:
Migros promises: "all our bananas will be sustainable"
At the end of 2017 all bananas in the Migros will be sustainably cultivated. Therefore Migros has adjusted its standards for the conventional range of bananas. The new “Generation M promise” includes all Migros bananas, regardless of their price.Photo: MigrosBananas, perfectly packed in their peel, healthy.....

Panama will strengthen surveillance to prevent smuggling of plantain
According to an official source, Panama will strengthen surveillance at its border with Costa Rica to prevent the smuggling of plantain and other products entering the country.The head of the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (Aupsa), Roberto Rios, highlighted Guabito and Admiral in the province of Bocas.....


AU: Banana plants found growing in freckle eradication zone
For six months, two banana plants grew undetected in a Darwin nature reserve, until they were stumbled upon by ABC staff on a weekend bushwalk and reported to the Banana Freckle Hotline.The Holmes Jungle Nature Park, managed by the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, is inside what is known as.....

7% more income
Honduran banana exports grew by 2.7% in volume
Honduran banana export revenues increased by 7%, due to an increase in prices and a 2.8% increase in the export volume within the first seven months of 2016, stated the Central Bank of the country.Honduras exported a total of 19,342 eighteen-kilo boxes of bananas between January and July, 2.8% more than.....


More and more Dominican banana cultivators do their own exporting
The export of bananas from the Dominican Republic has increased significantly in recent years, by more than 20 per cent between 2012 and 2015. An increasing number of cultivators also do their own exporting. BanaLasa is one of those companies that has both its own production and various member cultivators.....

Philippines: President supports creation of banana agency
In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has applauded the strong support displayed by President Rodrigo Duterte for the creation of an agency that will concentrate on the development of the banana industry.Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, in his Facebook post on Saturday 8 Oct., said the.....