Bananas

European market for exotic bananas is growing

Cavendish bananas are a permanent part of supermarkets. The popular fruit can’t be missed, and has been at the top of the ‘most consumed fruit’ lists for years. More and more often, however, European supermarkets make room for other banana varieties as well. Demand for these exotic bananas is increasing,…

Chiquita upgrades container fleet, achieves emissions reduction goal

Chiquita Brands International said it remains committed to its sustainability efforts by reducing energy consumption of its more than 15,000 40-foot container fleet. In 2009, Chiquita began a comprehensive refrigerated container upgrade program which has led to an annual reduction of 17,000 tons of CO2…

Scientists develop disease-resistant cooking bananas

A breakthrough has been announced in the search for banana varieties that are resistant to the lethal bacterial banana wilt disease. The disease, which causes premature ripening and rotting…

Samoa: Banana export resumed

This week, Samoa sent off its first shipment of export-ready bananas to New Zealand. It is the first since cyclone Gita ravaged plantations across the country. The Banana Growers Association gathered its crops to fill two containers -or 500 boxes- of bananas for the New Zealand banana market. Nearly 100 other farmers received planting materials over the course…

East-Africa: Inter-cropping and agroforestry

Bananas and coffee – a good combination

For any onlooker, the world banana and coffee markets appear very different. However, the coffee market has grown massively in recent decades, whilst the banana market has…

Ecuador: No agreement on the price of a box of bananas for 2019

Banana producers and exporters have not agreed on the support price of a banana box for 2019. The Advisory Council of the Ministry of Agriculture met for four hours on Friday, October 12,…

Favorable comments from Japanese traders

Taiwan province's golden bananas exported to Japan

The production of high-quality golden bananas by Yunlin County, Taiwan, has been recognized internationally. After the first export to the Middle East last year, they also attracted Japanese traders. Today, the first batch of the fruit has been sealed and exported. It is estimated that by June next year,…

Guangxi banana market is very optimistic

October to November is the peak season for Guangxi bananas and, usually, prices fall and sales are slow. But this year has been different and growers are feeling optimistic about the market. In 2016, the banana planting area in Guangxi reached an annual peak of more than 1.8 million mu. After three years of market downturn and the…

Fyffes' 130 year celebration to continue at PMA

This year, Fyffes is celebrating its 130th year of shipping bananas. The company has arranged a number of celebratory activities this year to commemorate the anniversary. One of these will be at PMA Fresh Summit this week, but the company wishes to wait until the show to reveal all the details of the…

Ecuadorian Banana Industry opposes German retailer Aldi in open letter

"A lot has changed over the past five years in the banana business in Northern Europe. Consumers are more conscious about where the fruit and produce they buy comes from, and…

Taiwan & Japan sign MoU to expand Taiwanese banana exports

Taiwan and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand bilateral agricultural cooperation to Japan’s Toyama and Ishikawa Prefectures by promoting exports of Taiwan-grown bananas for Japanese consumers and school lunches, according to Taiwan's Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture,…

Philippines: Davao expecting visits from Singapore & Malaysian businesses

Business delegations from Singapore and Malaysia, two of the major trading partners of the Philippines, are expected to visit Davao before the end of the year. They will scout for possible ventures within the city of Davao and other parts of the province of Mindanao. These trade missions come after a Mindanao group, led…

Bananas, toilet rolls, stuffed animals...

Chinese are slapping fitness trackers on all kinds of things

In China it’s trendy to strap fitness trackers to all kinds of inanimate objects. Interestingly, placing fitness trackers on toilet paper rolls, bananas and even stuffed animals will actually yield a heart rate reading. After quite a bit of research, Chinese tech site Abacus reported that Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness…

PBGEA reiterates call for lower tariffs

Philippines - International Banana Conference

The International Banana Conference, organized by the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. -Region XI Chapter, started yesterday. The major industry players reiterated…

Spain, France and Portugal support aid to Canary bananas

The Canary government has reported the support of the governments of Spain, France and Portugal to keeping the budget of the Community Support Program for the Agricultural Production of the Canary Islands (Posei). They reject the 3.9% cut proposed by the European Commission in the framework of its plans…

Ugandan banana breeders: It’s critical to add genetic engineering to our toolbox

Up until now, Ugandan researchers have been successful at developing robust hybrid bananas through conventional breeding techniques. Yet they see a strong need to adopt GM…

The company SIFE will participate at Fruit Attraction with the Maap

Pioneers in the importing and ripening of bananas

Alessandro and Paolo Dal Bello of SIFE – a fruit-importing company since 1920 – claimed, “We participate at the Fruit Attraction especially to meet our suppliers from South America. Also, this occasion is especially useful because it gathers everyone in just one place. After all, it is always extremely…

Nicaragua: Banana exports lose value

According to statistics from the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX) and different producers, the positive trend registered in banana exports in the first two months of the…

Turkey: Grower in Bingol now wants to farm bananas

Grower Muhittin Polat was able to manage kiwis in his production area in Bingol, a city located in southeastern Turkey. Now he's set his sights on banana production and is looking for government support to set up greenhouses to start banana production for the first time in Bingol. The grower is planning to set…

Guatemala: Frozen bananas are well received in the international market

Bananas and plantains are currently the most consumed fruit in Europe and the United States. That is why the Balamya Agricultural exporter, of Guatemalan origin, decided to…

Honduras: Banana exports increased by 2.3%

Honduran revenues from banana exports up to July of this year amounted to 313.7 million dollars, i.e. 2.3 percent more than in the same period of 2017, according to an…

Study on whether Canary bananas can prevent colon cancer

Researchers at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid are studying whether eating Canary bananas can prevent colon cancer due to its high content of a soluble fiber called…

Country will host World Banana Forum for first time

Canada's retailers are behind on Fairtrade commitments for banana sourcing

Next week, the World Banana Forum will hold its first ever meeting on North American soil. The WBF is a group comprised of global members examining key sustainability issues impacting the banana industry, including environmental issues, economic issues and labour and social issues. This year’s conference, being held October 9-11 in…

Cambodia: Longmate to ship 30,000 tons of bananas to China

Longmate Agriculture Co., Ltd, a joint-venture between Cambodian and Chinese investors, plans to export about 30,000 tons of bananas to China. The company announced in August…

Turkey: Silifke could solve banana shortage problem in Turkish market

Banana production has started to become more and more common in the Silifke town of Mersin, a city located in southern Turkey. Silifke is actually better known for its strawberry production but growers there noticed that there was a supply shortage of 400,000 bananas in the domestic market which was…

Tropical storm Kirk

Saint Lucia: Banana industry severely impacted by hurricane

Between 80 and 90 percent of Saint Lucia’s banana industry sustained damage as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk last Thursday, according to preliminary estimates it has been disclosed. Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph announced this following a de-briefing with the National Emergency…

Dominican banana growers hope to recover exports

So far banana producers have sold more than 62,834 quintals of bananas worth around RD $11 million to the Ministry of Agriculture, as part of the State's solution to find a market for this product, which had difficulties to be exported, especially to European countries. Julio Cesar Estevez, the executive director of…

Peru: Banana and mango producers bet on the foreign market

Jose Edilberto Ojeda Alama and his colleagues had a conversation at the Expoalimentaria 2018, the most important food fair in Latin America, while they wait for visitors at…

The Cooperative University of Colombia and Coomulbanano signed the agreement

Colombia: Inter-institutional cooperation agreement benefits the banana sector

Orihueca (Coomulbanano) signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement to develop programs of common interest that promote and strengthen integration and interaction, which will allow for the training of young people and adults in the Training Center for Work and Entrepreneurship. With the signing of this agreement, the Cooperative…

Banana exports Philippines increase, profits remain low

Although there has been an increase in the export of bananas, the profit margins remain low as exporters contend with increasing production costs. Data from the Department of…

China: Banana prices rose more than 50% in the third quarter

Affected by lower output and the reduced supply of seasonal replacement fruits, this year's banana price is different from the summer of the previous year, and the cumulative…

China: Xinhua-banana wholesale price announcement

The China Economic Information Service and the People's Government of Chengmai County in Hainan Province announced the "Xinhua-banana wholesale price data" in Beijing on September 19th. They aimed to provide an accurate and detailed picture of price changes in banana wholesale, and an objective, precise…

Discounter is gradually introducing conventional bananas with Fairtrade certification

100% fair bananas: Lidl is the first to switch to new range

Fair trade pays off: Lidl is the first retailer in Germany to offer 100% Fairtrade-certified bananas in southern Germany. Since 2006, only organic bananas with the Fairtrade seal have been available nationwide. From mid-October, the conversion to conventional bananas, which previously had the Rainforest…

Taiwan: Memorandum of Understanding to be signed to export bananas to Japan

Twelve tons of Taiwan bananas were packed at a fruit gathering and packing venue in Nantou County on Wednesday, to be exported export to the Toyama Prefecture in Japan as part…

Anton Dürbeck GmbH: ''First container expected in Hamburg on October 1st''

''First Rainforest Alliance certified EXCELBAN® bananas from own plantation''

Anton Dürbeck GmbH will welcome the first three Excelban® containers in the Port of Hamburg on October 1st, 2018. The bananas are coming from Ecuador and are certified according to Rainforest Alliance guidelines. The volumes will gradually rise to about 10,000 cartons per week over the next few weeks. A complete switch…

Spain: More foreign than Canary bananas shipped to Spain in July

In July, the volume of foreign bananas shipped to the Spanish market exceeded that of Canary bananas. The volume of Canary bananas in July had not been as low since 2013. The total available supply reached 43,017 tons; the highest for that month in the last decade. In July, the market share of foreign…

HF Brasil

Difficult months for Brazilian banana producers

“In the second half of this year, the supply of the Prata bananas in the Northern region of Minas Ferais is high, which was already expected by industry agents. The variety is…

Chiquita highlights World Education Day with local community support

As World Education Day commences on September 28, Chiquita Brands International announced it has reached 33 percent of its education aid program goals. The goal is to reach 100 schools and 20,000 children by the year 2020, and to date, Chiquita said it has provided support for 33 schools. This includes…

Organic bananas have potential

Peru: Reconversion of rice to organic bananas in Piura

A total of four Agricultural Productive Reconversion Projects (PRPA) have been implemented in the Piura region for the benefit of 105 producers who changed their rice crops for organic bananas to increase their economic income with the insertion in the export chain. Agricultural Productive Reconversion is the…

US: 540 packages of cocaine hidden in bananas donated to a prison

Authorities found cocaine worth almost $18 million dollars in a shipment of bananas donated to a prison in Texas. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice posted in a Facebook message that the drug was found in two shipments of bananas that had been donated to the prison and that were received there last Friday. The…

ICT to help fight against banana disease in Rwanda

Recently a smallholder banana farmer from a remote village in Eastern Rwanda discovered a peculiar yellowish hue on his crop before it started to dry up. He did not give it the due consideration, but in fact it was a bacterial disease. His crop was infected with Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), a bacterial…

Panama disease mutating could ruin global banana crops

A few decades ago, there was a much better banana widely available. It's called the Gros Michel and those in the know say they are bigger, tastier and creamier than the bananas in the shops today. They're still around, but they're almost impossible to find. The Cavendish, the type of banana you're probably most familiar…

Du Roi Laboratory supplies 100% of South Africa’s banana plant material and exports to 25 countries

Southern Africa’s only banana tissue culture lab

All of the plant material for South Africa’s banana industry comes from a single tissue culture laboratory, which also exports to 25 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean islands. Du Roi Laboratory in Letsitele, Limpopo Province, produces 8 to 10 million banana plants annually, going as…

China: Chinese traders increase investment in Thai banana plantations

An increasing number of Chinese traders are  travelling to Chiang Rai and Phayao Provinces in northern Thailand to invest in banana plantations. The bananas produced in these plantations…

Ecuador: Agroecological alternative for the control of black sigatoka

Angel Llerena Hidalgo, an Ecuadorian doctor of Agricultural Sciences, has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology thanks to his use of an agroecological…

China buying more bananas from Philippines

China has signed new deals to buy more bananas from the Philippines through Fujian, one of its key cities. Top level executives of Fujian firms and Filipino businessmen signed…

Kenyan county government to set up banana processing plant

Banana farmers in Taita Taveta county can breathe a sigh of relief after the Kenyan government injected 110 million shillings (€930,000) into their area, intended to set up a…

Compagnie Fruitière

Commitment to produce bananas in a way that is more sustainable

After a year of collaboration with WWF France, Compagnie Fruitière has presented its commitments to produce bananas in a more sustainable way. Their main challenge is reducing…

First French organic bananas for sale in Paris

French organic bananas from UGPBAN are now available in Parisian stores. The banana trees are grown in Martinique by Michel Blondel La Rougerie, who’s the largest producer of…

Processing of organic bananas in Peru

Macfrut President Renzo Piraccini visited Peru and noticed that a cableway takes banana bunches from the field to the processing centers so there is no need for trucks or tractors. The entire chain holds the organic certification and only chlorine water is used for washing.     "I was in north-west Peru, towards the Andes. Banana tiers are protected, then the fruits are washed with chlorine…

Ecuador: Authorities find 149 kg of cocaine hidden in bananas destined for Belgium

Authorities found 150 packages of cocaine weighing 149 kilos in a container loaded with bananas. The operation was executed on Sunday, September 16, at the port terminal of…

Nigerian government launches banana planting project

The Nigerian federal government has launched a 20 million banana-planting project, expected to run for 12 months. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu…

130 years of Fyffes

Sustainability through partnership and innovation

Fyffes, Europe's largest banana importer and leading marketer of organic and Fairtrade bananas, is celebrating its 130th anniversary this month. It was on September 20th 1888 that the first banana ever offered for sale under the Fyffes brand was sold in London’s Covent Garden. It followed a visit by the young Edward…

Sri Lanka-China banana supply agreement: Not one kilo exported

Sri Lanka’s Agricultural Ministry in 2016 signed an agreement with China to export more than 10,000 tons of bananas. However, according to a statement from former Agricultural…

African banana farmers fear effects of Brexit

The UK currently accounts for 20 percent of Europe’s banana market, leaving African producers concerned that London will opt to import cheaper American bananas after Brexit. Britons consume around 1.1 million tons of bananas a year, according to African banana lobby Afruibana, and there are ongoing…

Australian bananas: TR4 affected farms benefit from new agreement

Banana growers farming with Panama disease tropical (Panama TR4) and who sell fruit to New South Wales are benefiting from a new interstate fruit certification agreement. Panama TR4 program leader Rhiannon Evans said Biosecurity Queensland had reached an agreement with the NSW DPI to allow accredited…

Fyffes to support Irish amputees ahead of World Cup campaign

Irish banana importer Fyffes has signed-up to support the Irish Amputee Football Association as it prepares to select a team that will represent Ireland in the forthcoming Amputee World Cup being held in Guadalajara, Mexico at end-October / early-November next.   Under the arrangement, the company – already closely…

'Playing with your food'

Thanks to the unique set up, using the electronic invention tool 'Makey Makey', this American kid taps bananas to create the sound of a piano.   Source: greeleytribune.com

Cameroon: Banana production effected by Anglophone Crisis

According to the ASSOBACAM (Cameroon Banana Association), exported banana volume by the CDC (Cameroon Development Corporation) in August reached just 1,488 tons. This is the…

Banana imports into Iran at $200 million in five months

More than 209,650 tons of bananas worth over $200 million were imported into Iran during the first five months of the current fiscal year (March 21-Aug. 22). This shows a…

Driven by sales of Plantations du Haut-Penja

Cameroon: Banana exports grew to 28,434 tons in Aug-Jul 2018

Between August and July this year, Cameroon’s banana exports rose to 28,434 tons thanks to higher volumes exported by Plantations du Haut-Penja, a local subsidiary of…

La Compagnie Fruitière presents:

Commitment to more sustainable banana production

After a year-long partnership with the WWF France, La Compagnie Fruitière presents its commitments for more sustainable banana production. Signed in 2017, the objective of the…

Ecuador: Banana reform maintains ban on new plantings and a single official price

After 21 years, the Banana Law is returning to the legislative arena. However, according to the declarations of the banana assembly members, the reforms maintain what exporters consider obsolete: the ban on new plantings and a single official price. The Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec)…

Chiquita case

Banacol rejects the call to trial of its officials

The Antioquia-based company, Banacol, rejected through a statement the call to trial made by the Attorney General's Office of the officials of the company, Victor Henríquez,…

‘Cameroon Development Corporation’

Cameroon's CDC exports lowest banana volume in 13 years

In August this year, the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) exported only 1,488 tons of banana, its worst monthly export performance since 2005, according to the Cameroon…

Mexico: Colima plantain producers focusing on Asia

The president of the Regional Union of Producers of Plantain, Francisco Hueso Alcaraz, said that thanks to the strategic location of the port of Manzanillo, producers were…

Bolivia: Banana shipments to Argentina drop from 40 trucks a week to 4

Producers of plantain, palmito, and pineapple from the Tropic of Cochabamba are worried due to the closing of markets and the fall in their production. The general coordinator…

Cuba: Record production of plantains in Ciego de Avila

The workers of the La Cuba company, in Ciego de Avila, harvested a record 108 thousand quintals of plantains in July this year, the highest figure in the 25 years of the…

Philippines seek greater banana market access to South Korea

The Philippines is considering a preferential trade agreement with South Korea to ease access for its banana exports. Alternatively, it may seek to include provisions for banana exports in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) free trade agreement. Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said he met…

‘Now focus should be on export’

‘Tamil Nadu contributed significantly to Indian banana cultivation’

If too many tons of bananas are produced, there will not be a large enough market for the fruit. As cultivation now has passed 800,000 hectares of acreage, with almost 30…

South Indian banana fields: Heavy metal contamination detected

After decades of intensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, its negative impacts are reaching new heights. Heavy metal contamination is now reported in several…

Bananas in the summer gap

"Prices are on a summer basis, but stable"

In parts of Germany, the summer holidays are not over yet. This is also noticeable in the fruit trade and especially for those fruits, which traditionally suffer more from the 'summer gap'. Severus Nacsa, Export Sales Manager at Andretta Fruchtimport GmbH, also knows this: "At the moment, we are still…

Australian Bananas campaign:

Banana advertising back in force

Bananas are back in the media spotlight as Hort Innovation is launching a new marketing campaign, focusing on how the fruit helps Australians to live their life to the max. Scheduled to be launched nationally across all major media platforms this weekend, the new Australian Bananas campaign focuses on healthy living and the…

Stability and downward price trend in the banana market

At the moment, the international banana market is characterised by stability in sales and exports, although companies expected higher prices for this time of the year. There is a high production, but due to the increasing competition in the sector, companies have been forced to sell at lower prices. The…

Colombia: Increase in banana production and hectares

The banana is the base of the economy of two Colombian regions: the Uraba, in Antioquia, and the Caribbean coast, specifically in the departments of Magdalena, La Guajira, and Cesar, the latter of which has had a remarkable growth during the last years. The opening of new markets and derivative products,…

Experts meet in Boston to discuss worsening banana fungal disease

Panama disease, the fungal disease that lives in soils across the tropics, appears to be spreading more rapidly than first feared. This was one of the findings discussed at the recent International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) conference that took place in Boston from July 29 - August 3. ICPP…

Samoa is aiming at NZ banana market

Samoa‘s Ministry of Agriculture is eyeing New Zealand‘s lucrative $170 million banana market and expects its first exports of a new species of banana in coming months.…

China’s Fruit king profits from agritech

In his home town in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, for many years now Lu Yizhen is known as the "Banana King". He is the founder of Guangxi Jinsui…

Zimbabwe: Bananas carted off after truck accident

Earlier this week, a truckload of bananas was strewn all over the Mutare-Harare highway after a truck transporting bananas from Chipinge to Harare was involved in a head-on collision along the Harare-Mutare highway. The truck driver later died, the other driver was injured and 30 tons of bananas, worth…

Mexico: Apatzingan to send its bananas to the Netherlands

Banana producers from the Valley of Apatzingan are planning to exports their products to the Netherlands and are working so that this sector is legally constituted, said…

Tamil Nadu

Indian banana farmers ask for warehouse in Karur district

While banana traders are feeling the effects of the floods in Kerala, the farmers cultivating them have been affected by the overflowing Cauvery river. Karur is one of the largest banana producing hubs in Tamil Nadu. Bananas cultivated here and in nearby districts are sent all over the state and to…

Public visits planned for one of New Zealand's largest tropical fruit farms

There are plans underway for the public to get access to a banana plantation in Northland early next year. With the success of "Pick Your Own" farms of other fruits, Hugh Rose from the Tropical Fruit Growers of New Zealand (TFGNZ) wants to show off the locally grown bananas and highlight the produce that…

Samoa: Tanumapua bananas ready for export

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi walked away impressed, having witnessed the swift recovery from Hurricane Gita of Tanumapua Farm. Of particular…

Dominican Republic: Deforestation and climate affect banana exports

In 2015 and part of 2016, a prolonged drought affected the banana plantations of the Northwest Line. Then, the production was affected by constant rains associated with storms…

Chiapas continues to lead Mexico's plantain production

Chiapas continues to be the leading producer of plantains in Mexico, as it produced 688,899.88 tons of this fruit in 2017, which accounts for 30 percent of the country's…

Chiquita, a history of buying and selling

"Panama: "Chiquita was a kind of parallel government in Bocas del Toro"

Bocas del Toro in general, and Changuinola in particular, are indebted to Chiquita for its first public infrastructures. The banana company arrived in the area in 1896, when Panama was still part of Colombia. Since then, and up until 2014, Chiquita was part of the Chiquita Brands company, based in…

Honduras: Banana export revenue increases by 1.5%

According to an official source, in the first quarter of 2018 Honduran banana exports amounted to 127.3 million dollras, i.e. 5.4 percent less than in the same period of 2017.…

Magdalena and La Guajira

Colombia: Banana exports increased by 4.2% in the first half of the year

In the first semester of 2018, the banana, the country's flagship fruit, consolidated itself as the country's third most important agricultural export product. The main destinations were the markets of Belgium, the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom. According to data provided by the Sociedad…

Turkmenistan expecting first banana harvest

According to the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan's commercial company Ferhar is expecting its first harvest of bananas. A greenhouse…

Hoang Anh Gia Lai to expand banana farming - for export to China

Hoang Anh Gia Lai Agriculture Jsc is set to invest in another 5,000 hectares of land in Cambodia to grow bananas for export to China. The company recently stated it will…

Austria: Wine from bananas

A Viennese-based business man has started making wine from ripe bananas. This banana wine is already popular in many parts of Africa. Yves Chikuru, originally from the Congo, has already found a…

Defending the interests of African bananas in Brussels

Ghana Banana Producers Association joins Afruibana

The Banana Producers Association (BPA) of Ghana officially announced its membership to Afruibana in order to defend the interests of the African banana industry in the EU.…

One a Day Banana Pack an option for European retail?

The ‘One a Day Banana Pack’ from Korea went viral on social media last week. A feast for the eye, but could it also be realised in European retail? We asked Hans Maagendans of the independent banana ripening plant Banafood Services from Straelen in Germany. “Anything’s possible in principle,” Hans…

Ghana: Chaos at Tema Port affects fresh exports

Frustrated fruit exporters have asked the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority to grant special passage to fresh fruits to reduce wastage and huge costs incurred due to long delays at the port. Furthermore, the exporters want the installation of additional scanners at the port to ease the flow of traffic…

Big plans for New Zealand's commercial banana plantation

New Zealand's first commercial banana plantation will hopefully become a major part of the horticulture scene and create jobs, both in the agriculture and scientific sectors, according to its creators. A partnership between Tai Pukenga Ltd and AgResearch has seen an initial trial crop, with plans to…

Japanese still prefer Cavendish bananas from Philippines

The Philippines continues to dominate in Japan regarding the supply of Cavendish bananas: with a market share of 80%, banana exports recorded a 7% year-on-year growth from 634,191 tons to 679,967 tons (January to May 2018). This was reported by Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA)…

Should UK start favouring Latin America:

African banana farmers fear being brought down by Brexit

African banana growers have expressed fears that Brexit could contribute to their business with Europe being wiped out, costing the region tens of thousands of jobs. Currently, the UK accounts for 20 percent of the EU’s banana market, leaving African producers concerned that London will opt to import…

Bananas currently in good supply, but demand is low

Unlike at this time last year when hurricane activity caused some disruption to banana supplies, the current supply is moving along well, with no issues to report from either weather or other concerns. The one exception is the Saba banana variety, which is currently in short supply.  "Banana supplies are good,"…

Dominican Republic: The banana sector must make its way in North America

The overproduction faced by the local banana sector, which was unable to export the product abroad, indicates that the sector must work quickly to make its way into the North American market and it must stop relying exclusively on the European market. "We can't put all of our eggs in a single basket," as…

South Korean envoy:

‘RCEP only way to cut tariffs on Philippine bananas’

The only way South Korea can reduce the tariffs on Philippine banana exports is through the forging of the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). South…

AU: North Queensland banana grower wins environmental award for ecoganic growing methods

A North Queensland ecoganic banana grower is encouraging consumers to take more of an understanding of where their food comes from, with a massive potential for the growth of organically produced food. Pacific Coast Eco Bananas director Dianne Sciacca says while there is a shift, she does not believe it…

Panama: Exports of bananas to Europe under the Panama Exporta brand

One of Panama's most emblematic and coveted fruits around the world, will now reach international markets under the Panama Exporta country brand. The Cooperativa de Servicios…

"E-mart in Korea is now selling the "One a Day Banana" pack"

The pack contains several bananas of different ripeness so that you can eat them over several days

Plantation surface area reduced

Chinese banana market recovers

Only a small number of banana plantations in Guangxi were still in business after June. Much to the surprise and pleasure of banana farmers the purchasing price suddenly increased. After three bleak…

Cambodian bananas get access to China

On August 2, witnessed by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister He Nanhong, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo signed the Protocol on Plant Quarantine Requirements for Banana…

"Colombia: "Goal is to exceed $1 billion in banana exports within two years"

The banana is one of the country's three flagship agricultural export products, and this sector aims to work hard to improve its productivity. According to Augura, the country…

Eliminates need for synthetic fungicides in packing process and avoids residues on the fruit at arrival

ParaSeal, a banana crown wrapping film to prevent in-transit decay

Pesticide residues in and on produce is a concern amongst consumers and retailers. “In the case of bananas, all conventional bananas are treated just before packing with fungicides such as thiabendazole, imazalil or azoxystrobin or a cocktail of two or three of these”, says Frans Wielemaker (Ex-Director…

Cambodia approves China investment in banana farm

The Cambodian government has given the green light to a Chinese-owned firm, Longmate Agriculture Co, to invest in a banana plantation in Kampot province. The move follows the signing of a deal with China last week that allows the shipment of Cambodian bananas to the biggest market in the world, according…

Dominican Republic: Government to buy surplus bananas at 175 pesos per quintal

The Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benitez, stated that after several negotiations with the Dominican Association of Banana Producers (Adobanano) the government had decided to purchase a quintal of surplus bananas for 175 pesos, 75% higher than they had initially offered. The official said that this…

Japan: Consumer groups monitor campaign on “Ethical bananas” from Philippines

Civil society organizations and consumer groups in Japan will start a monitoring system on bananas exported from the Philippines, following the launch of an “Ethical Banana”…

Chiquita and WUR join forces in global fight against Panama disease

Scientists from across the world gathered in Boston, USA on 28 July. The reason: to share research results and discuss how to best tackle Fusarium Wilt. This pathogen causes so-called Tropical Race 4 (TR4). About 100 specialists and 15 speakers shared their experiences and discussed what is needed to…

70,000 tonnes of bananas were exported from Ghana in 2017

Ghanaian banana producers warn of threat from Latin American producers

Banana producers have said competition from Latin America, where production levels are very high, with a developed infrastructure, and enjoy economies of scale, continues to…

Fight against the product from other countries

Puerto Rico: Plantain producers associate

Dozens of plantain producers in the country have decided to join as an Association to address the problems that affect their industry, such as competition from imported…

Franklin Ginus leaves Chiquita after 24 years

Franklin Ginus has left Chiquita as of 1 August, after 24 years. He was the manager of the Benelux and France. He said on LinkedIn he’s looking forward to the opportunities…

Cambodia inks in banana deal with China

With local farmers and exporters now able to meet strict sanitary standards, the governments of Cambodia and China have signed a deal that allows the shipment of Cambodian bananas to the biggest market in the world. The two countries have been negotiating over the shipment of bananas for the last three…

Philippines could lose South Korea as banana export destination

As the government fails to convince Seoul to reduce its export tariff on Philippines’ agriculture commodities, a group of businessmen fear the country could lose South Korea…

Civil unrest hits Cameroon’s banana exports

Banana exports from Cameroon fell 24 per cent in the first half of 2018, totalling 113,600 tonnes versus 140,930 tonnes in the year-earlier period, according to banana…


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