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How one Rwandan banana grower went from farmhand to millionaire

Evariste Mutibagirana, a large-scale banana farmer, is considered a 'survivor' by most of his peers. He worked his way up to the top from being a farm hand.Fondly referred to as the "Master Teacher" by the banana growing community in Rwamagana District, Mutibagirana was indeed conducting a training session on.....

Russia to import $2.5bn in fruit and fishery products from Philippines

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Tuesday announced that the Philippines and Russia will ink in a trade link that would include Moscow's importing $2.5 billion worth of Filipino products for the next 12 months.In a post on Facebook, Piñol said that the agricultural trade link will be signed on Thursday in.....

M&S adds bananas to fruit salads with new process to slow browning

Sliced bananas are known to rapidly brown, making their appearance in fruit salads rare. This may soon change however, as now Marks and Spencer has developed an advanced method for keeping them firm and yellow, with the help of a secret housewives' trick.The discovery, which comes after years of testing, has.....

Colombia: Chiquita accused of crimes against humanity

On behalf of the Colombian peace communities, a coalition of human rights organizations - composed by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), and the Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyer's Association (CAJAR) - has asked the Prosecutor of.....

GLOBALG.A.P. develops new TR4 biosecurity add-on for bananas

TR4 is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. It is a fungus but it cannot be controlled by fungicides or chemicals. This poses a serious threat to the worldwide banana production. The best way to fight the disease is to prevent its spread.Following the FAOs and GLOBALG.A.P. stakeholders' urge to step.....

Philippines’ banana industry suffers from unrest

The Philippines are one of the major suppliers of bananas in the world market. However, due to quality issues and the social unrest in the country, foreign importers are turning to other supplier countries. Companies in the Philippines banana industry are worried and are calling for government aid. The.....

Antonio Javier Luis Brito, manager of Europlátano:

"The PGI will strengthen our expansion project for Canary bananas in Europe"

Europlátano has become the first Organization of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands to obtain the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Plátano de Canarias certificate; a positive recognition of the human capital, the management of the crop and the unique characteristics that make the bananas of the.....

Nigerian fruit sellers chemically ripening mangoes & bananas

The pressure to make quick sales is leading Nigerian fruit sellers to ripen their fruits in unethical and unhealthy ways, a reports show.Fruit sellers in Kano are said to be using insecticides and balm to ripen mangoes and bananas in preparation for the Ramadan fast, according to Daily Trust. The use of these.....

The future of bananas will be discussed in September in Miami

Experts from Argentina, Brazil, the United States, France, Mexico, and Panama will analyze the future of bananas worldwide during the 7th International Banana Congress, which will take place from September 26 to 29 in Miami, organizers said on Wednesday.The meeting, which is organized by the National Banana.....

France: New banana ripening station in Perpignan

This will be Compagnie Fruitière’s ninth ripening station and, with it, they will become the network with the most coverage in France.The 2,000m2 ripening station is at the entrance of the Saint Charles market in Perpignan, less than 40km from Port Vendres, where the bananas arrive. The station has 10 cutting.....

China: Guangxi bananas will have a promising harvest this year

This year, China has a banana production area of over 400.000 hectares (4 million mu). The production volume is approximately 8 million tons. Compared to the last two years, when the supply continuously exceeded the demand, this year's banana market could be completely different. It is estimated that during.....

China: Xishuangbanna bananas exported for the first time

Recently, Xishuangbanna bananas have met the requirements from the Yunnan Xishuangbanna Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau and were exported to Kazakhstan, where they sold out. This was the first time the bananas had been exported abroad.On 28 April the Xishuangbanna Shunyuanbian Trade Company.....

France: Del Monte’s new fresh cut fruit line at Rungis

To fulfil increasing demand, Del Monte has opened a fresh cut food studio in their Rungis warehouse. Fresh cut fruit is increasing in popularity in France with sales quadrupling over the last six years. Del Monte is a leading specialist, notably in tropical fruits such as pineapples and bananas, but also.....

Dole returns profit after Itochu changes strategy

Japanese general trading house Itochu is pressing ahead with a strategic selection and concentration policy for its Dole fresh produce and packaged foods business, which it purchased four years ago. Thanks partly to cost reductions due to a drastic reorganization, the Dole business bounced back to 8.3 billion.....

Australian Banana Council praises success of Panama disease open day

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has praised the success of a Panama disease open day, held at the South Johnstone Research Station today (May 12). About 100 banana growers, researchers and other industry leaders took part in the unique interactive event, designed to highlight the latest research and.....

$16M campaign to combat threats to Aussie bananas

In the wake of disease incursions that have affected pockets of the banana industry, Horticulture Innovation Australia has announced a $15.9 million drive to support one of the nation’s most loved snacks.Being driven by industry through complementary projects with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and.....

Britain throws away 1.4m edible bananas every day

A third of consumers (30%) admit to discarding a banana if it has even a minor bruise or black mark on the skin. More than one in 10 (13%) also throw the fruit away if it shows any green on the skin.The figures, from the government’s waste advisory body Wrap, are being published on Monday by supermarket.....

AgroFresh RipeLock™ keeps bananas fresh during transport

With the vast array of international attendees in February at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany, one may be surprised to learn that the bananas had one of the longest journeys to the show. Despite this, the bananas visitors saw on display at the AgroFresh Solutions booth had good color and taste, and the.....

San Rafael, Veracruz

Mexico: Severe drought affects plantains

Plantain producers are being affected by a severe drought. In the last few weeks the drought's intensity has increased to the point that it can damage the production, which is why producers must have irrigation systems to mitigate this problem that can harm their economy, stated Sergio Eduardo Graillet.....

Chinese banana boom in Laos is a double edged sword

Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said.The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted.....

Chiquita announces U.S. campaign launch, ‘We Are Bananas"

Chiquita Brands International has announced the launch of its new campaign ‘We Are Bananas’ in partnership with creative agency Wieden+Kennedy.The brand debuts the collaboration with an initial out-of-home presence in key cities across the U.S., including a variety of billboards in New York’s Times Square, Los.....

Australian banana producers cut waste with ice cream

Producers in Western Australia's Gascoyne region have reduced food wastage by more than 90 per cent, thanks to industry collaboration, and value-adding efforts.Banana producers in Carnarvon, 900 kilometres north of Perth, had been forced to throw away roughly 60 per cent of their crops in the past, due to.....

Australia sees huge tax hike on bananas

The Federal Government is to increase the banana levy which will see prices for bananas increase slightly.Upon the request of the Australian Banana Growers' Council the government increased the Plant Health Australia component of the banana levy to 0.5 cents per kilogram - up from 0.0102 per cent.The money.....

Ethical Trading Initiative suspends Fyffes' membership

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has decided to suspend banana producer Fyffes’ membership. This follows a complaint received by ETI of reported human rights abuse by Fyffes on a honduras melon plantation back in April 2016. The complaint was from from the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) and.....

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

“Weather plays into the banana market’s hands”

Banana sales are as yet going well this year. “Figures show more bananas were sold during the first quarter,” says Hans Maagendans from banana ripening plant Banafood Services GmbH from Straelen, Germany.“The production in South America isn’t very high yet right now. We’ve had fewer arrivals from Colombia......

Australia's alternative to unhealthy snacking

A Queensland company responsible for providing an alternative to unhealthy afternoon snacking admits it is looking to expand interstate, and has often been asked to consider spreading internationally. Fruitbar launched its vending machines in 2014, and is now located at several sites across the city of.....

Ecuador: Yilport postpones the rise of tariffs for bananas

Rafael Sapiña, the general manager of Yilport, the firm that has managed this port terminal under concession since March this year, stated that they would define the form and date in which the new increases of the freight services provided at Puerto Bolivar (El Oro) would be effective at a new meeting, set for.....

Hoover Encalada, Sweet Fruit:

"They wouldn't let us send such poor quality bananas from Ecuador"

Even though Ecuador led the banana market in 2016, Ecuadorian banana prices are currently quite high because of the heavy rains in that country this season, which have flooded some plantations, saturated soils and have affected the fruit's quality."We must have good prices and good quality to compete," said.....

Changes to FAO banana size regulations could boost Indian exports

Currently the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) requires bananas to be at least 14cm long to qualify for exports but soon these regulations may change.With the change, Indian banana varieties could soon find their way into European and US markets, if the Centre manages to persuade the Food and.....

Ecuador: The increase in banana cargo tariffs will be progressive

The increase in tariffs for cargo services in Puerto Bolivar, El Oro, will be charged progressively. The concessionaire, Yilport, released a new listing among its customers, which will begin to take effect as of this month. According to this listing, prices will start increasing from USD$ 0.13 to USD$ 0.24 per.....

Peak of drought's effect now evident as volumes are still low

Banana imports to South Africa increased by 867% over past 3 years

“It’s shaping up to be a nice season,” reports banana farmer Blaine Peckham from the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Banana Association, “but what must be remembered is that the current crop was initiated about 12 months ago, during the drought. I’d say the peak of the drought’s effect is only becoming visible now.”In.....

Russia still third largest import country in the world

Despite the boycott of the import of fresh fruit and vegetables from EU countries and Turkey, Russia was still the third largest importer of fresh produce globally in the past year. During the final year before the boycott, Russia was also third. In 2013, this amounted to 8.5 million tonnes, while last year,.....

UK: Woman finds world's most venomous spider in Asda bananas

Gemma Price got the shock of her life after being swarmed over by the spiderlings of one of the most venomous species in the world which burst out of an Asda banana. The 30-year-old, from Durham, said she was peeling the fruit at home on Tuesday, last week, when the critters scuttled out.After contacting the.....

Startup launches Bluetooth banana phone

While it may be one of the oldest jokes in the book, a startup has made the banana phone a reality. The banana phone is a Bluetooth enabled device which connects to your smartphone and lets you take calls. The device was developed by Max Brown, Brian Brunsing and Charlie Katrycz who crowdfunded their idea and.....

Tanzania on high alert as banana disease approaches border

Tanzania's agriculture researchers are on high alert in order to contain a deadly banana disease which they fear could cross their border with Mozambique. The disease is said to wipe-out 100 per cent of a plantation.The disease, Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) affecting Cavendish bananas, has already been.....

Chiquita cartel case paves way for European evidence swaps

The European Commission can use evidence from Italy’s tax authorities in building a case against a cartel that fixed prices for bananas in Greece, Italy and Portugal, Europe’s Court of Justice affirmed in an April 27 judgment.The court’s judgment “will pave the way for future cooperation between authorities at.....

NZ lags behind other countries in ethically sourced bananas

Kiwis consume more bananas per person than any other country in the world, but a new report shows just seven percent of bananas in New Zealand are ethically sourced, and overseas growers in Ecuador and the Philippines are feeling the pinch."We lag behind a lot of the European retailers in providing ethically.....