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No more plastic banana packaging in the 2,150 German stores
German discounter Penny to change banana packaging
At the end of March 2017 the German discounter Penny will only sell bananas that aren’t completely sealed in plastic.After the demise of the plastic bag in the supermarket, Penny starts a new chapter in the decline of plastic packaging. At the end of March 2017 the discount supermarket will end the sale of.....

Competition with Paraguay, Ecuador and Brazil
Bolivia: Banana export prices decreased by 50%
Banana export prices fell from 2.40 to 1.30 dollars per box in the last six months, stated the president of the Community Organization of Banana Workers of the Tropic of Cochabamba, Agustin Conde.According to Conde, the decrease in the international price of bananas is a response to the introduction of.....

Last hurdle has been overcome
Fyffes take-over is finalised
The High Court agreed to the take-over purchase of Fyffes on Thursday. With that, the deal has overcome all the necessary hurdles and can be finalised. Earlier, the shareholders of Fyffes and the European competition watchdogs voted in favour of the deal. The Japanese Sumitomo will take over the Irish banana.....

Philippines Justice Secretary asks for review of Duterte banana lease contract
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of the Department of Justice in the Philippines has ordered a review of the 25-year lease contract between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and Tagum Agricultural Development Inc. (Tadeco) after receiving complaints that the firm’s annual payments—both lease and profit.....

Voluntary sustainability standards for bananas
Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) are standards developed at local, national or international level by organizations from the public and private sectors on environmental and social improvements. Private VSS are developed by businesses or not-for-profit NGOs.In the agricultural sector, VSS promote.....

Canary Islands and Costa Rica will monitor the banana market
The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero, held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Alexander Mora, on Wednesday in Brussels. At the meeting, they agreed to maintain regular contacts to monitor market prices and banana volumes.....

Antilles banana sector is recruiting and training
The banana sector has set themselves a new challenge and they are are recruiting young agricultural employees for banana plantations. Thirty two young Carribeans have been chosen to learn all about the banana sector. The four month course has been set up in order to create employment in the sector and.....

Uganda: Kawanda to promote wilt resistant bananas
The National Agriculture Research Laboratories (NARL) Kawanda have announced plans to make use of farmer groups and platforms across the country to promote bacterial wilt resistant bananas that have been enhanced with Vitamin A.The varieties include Nakitembe and Kiwangaazi. This was revealed by.....

GMO banana trial to begin in Australia to find disease resistant varieties
A trial of genetically modified bananas will begin south of Darwin in a few months in hopes of finding a variety resistant to Panama TR4. Two hundred modified lines of Cavendish bananas will be grown over 6 hectares in the Litchfield region in the hope of developing a variety resistant to Panama Tropical.....

Indian government warns banana producers about new pest
A new variety of pest has been plaguing coconut and banana producers in India, leading the Agriculture Department to warn farmers of both crops about the pest and methods to control it.The Rugose Spiralling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus) was found to be the culprit. The pest deposits its eggs on the.....

EU website clarifies there was no ban on unusually shaped bananas
The Express published a photo gallery of “The EU’s craziest decisions.” But, some of those so-called decisions weren’t actually decisions. One of the crazy, but not real, claims in the gallery included “the EU had banned unusually shaped bananas,” a woman named Hellen Giblin-Jowett complained to IPSO.The.....

Ukraine: Bananas 1.5 times cheaper than a year ago
In most wholesale markets in Ukraine there is a downward trend in banana prices, as revealed by the daily monitoring of "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits". Analysts have noted that the fruit is already an average of 1.5 times cheaper for consumers than in early February 2016From the beginning of this week,.....


Argentina: Salta asks for temporary ban on imports of Bolivian bananas
Last week the decision of the Government of Bolivia to ban imports of Argentinian table grapes for 90 days generated a huge controversy. The government argued that there shouldn't be any imports of grapes into the Bolivian territory because of the significant levels achieved by their domestic production. The.....


"The Colombian banana sector never supported paramilitary groups"
A week ago, the Attorney General's Office of Colombia stated that financing paramilitary groups is a crime against humanity. The objective of this is to prevent investigations into the supporters of these groups, which committed such serious crimes, from going nowhere and ending up with no one charged.In.....

Indian man gets one year jail time for chemically ripening bananas
Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Wardha, found a fruitseller, S Maratrao Tayade, guilty of using Ethephon (a plant growth regulator), a banned chemical for artificially ripening bananas, and sentenced him to undergo one year rigorous jail and Rs 1,000 fine.In case he fails to pay the fine, the guilty man.....


Spain: Market share of Plátano de Canarias reached 73.9% in 2016
Last year, Plátano de Canarias managed once again to maintain the trust of Spanish consumers, reaching a market share of 73.9%, 1.9% more than in 2015. This growth has taken place in a very challenging season for the producers and distributors of Canary bananas, given the strong increase of the.....


New Dole pen in Japan lets users draw on bananas
A new pen from Dole will allow Japanese banana lovers to have a little fun with their food. The pen is a clean way to allow consumers to write their own messages on bananas. The pen doesn't use ink however, or damage the inside in any way and uses pressure and vinegar to darken the area colored.source:.....

Nicaragua exports more bananas and aims to Russia
According to the statistics of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MIFIC), banana exports continue apace.Between January and October 2016 banana exports increased by 43.9 percent in volume and 39.2 percent in the perceived value. In those first ten months exporters sold 92,723 metric tons of.....

Ecuadorian bananas will lose tariff preferences in the EU if they exceed the 80% threshold
Yesterday, the European Union (EU) decided to implement a protectionist policy to its banana industry. The greatest beneficiary would be Spain, which produces 60% of Europe's total production.The MEPs approved a mechanism to protect the fruit grown in Europe, which will allow suspending the Ecuadorian banana.....

Irish multinational under Japanese control
EU greenlights Fyffes takeover
The European Commission has no objection to the acquisition of Fyffes by Japan's Sumitomo. A major hurdle has thus been overcome on the way to finalising the deal. The Irish banana giant was taken over by the Irish Swordus Ireland Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Sumitomo. With the consent of the European.....

Bananas less expensive year-on-year in Ukraine
Banana prices have been decreasing at Ukrainian wholesale markets, according to Fruit-Inform. In the meantime, they are averaging a third lower year-on-year.On a week-on-week basis, prices have already fallen by 5-10%. Now sellers from the Shuvar Wholesale Market offer bananas at UAH 23-24/kg (EUR.....


MEPs back import surge safeguards for EU banana growers
Rules to protect EU banana growers against any surge in imports from Ecuador after its accession to the EU-Colombia/Peru trade deal were approved by MEPs on Thursday.“Ecuador’s accession to the trade agreement with Colombia and Peru has a significant impact on EU banana producers. It might possibly.....


UK woman finds dead frog in her bag of bananas
Finding insects in produce can happen occasionally, but one woman from the UK found something much worse in her bag of bananas. Claire Todd bought a bag of bananas from the Aldi, and when she reached in hungrily, she felt something slimy and pulled her hand out in shock."I looked to see what it was and at.....


Partnership with the German GIZ
Cobana Fruchtring Group promotes sustainable cultivation of bananas
“Improvement of sustainable cultivation practices on farms in Costa Rica and Ecuador” is the title of the project initiated by the fruit cooperative, Cobana Fruchtring Group, with the GIZ (German Association for International Cooperation) and the Platanera Río Sixaola farm (PRS) in Costa Rica. This project.....


First bananas from Suriname via direct line to BNFW
"Antwerp has always been the largest banana port"
On 1 February, the container ship, Pointe des Colibris, arrived with a shipment of bananas at the BNFW, in the port of Antwerp. A new contract has been signed between CMA CGM and FAI, Partner of Green Yard, with a direct connection to Antwerp. There will be more bananas within a week. "We were already the.....


Shortage of South African bananas due to drought
In South Africa there is a temporary banana shortage this season, primarily because of the drought and severe water restrictions, with imported bananas (mainly from Ecuador) filling the gap in a market that has for many years been self-sufficient. “If you don’t farm bananas optimally, you get a major.....

Spain: Bananas reach their highest price at origin
The price at origin of bananas in the third week of the year (between 16 and 22 January) stood at 61.69 Euro/100 kg, which is the highest since November 2015 and almost double (+92.12%) those reached in the same week of 2016 (32.11 Euro/100 kg). This information has been included in the latest report on.....


Two men bound for Dubai caught smuggling Saudi currency in bananas
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) apprehended two passengers on their way to Dubai who were allegedly trying to smuggle Saudi currency into the country. The men were arrested after officials found around USD $67,600 worth of the currency which was hidden inside of the bananas they were.....

Turkey banana production grew 13% in 2016
Since a sharp decline to 18,000 tons in 1993, banana has been on the rise in Turkey. With the generalization of greenhouses specially designed for banana production supported by the Ministry of Agriculture Turkish, this figure rose to 64 000 tonnes in 2000, doubling in 2003 to over 200 000 tonnes in 2008 and.....

Platano manzano, close to extinction
René Redzepi, one of the world's most famous chefs, who recently opened a Noma restaurant in Mexico, published a photo of the platano manzano in his official Facebook account, dazzled by this baby banana. It was accompanied by this text: "This tiny banana is called platano mansano - it has the acidity of a.....

Banana cultivation in Cameroon booming, "but provides nothing for the labourers"
Fifth in the world, first in Africa - the hard figures for the banana production in Cameroon sound good. For Jean-Baptiste Zipa, however, these positive figures are deceptive: "This is a colonial form of economy which continues the old hierarchy and forms of humilation," says the former chief editor of the.....

18 banana plantations suspended in Laos
Authorities in the northern Lao province of Bokeo suspended the operations of 18 Chinese-backed banana plantations after they discovered widespread violations of the regulations governing the use of agricultural chemicals, government officials told RFA's Lao Service.“It has been a problem for the environment.....