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AU: Banana industry on alert after suspected case of TR4
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is working with biosecurity authorities after a suspected case of the soil-borne disease Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) was detected on one banana plantation in the Tully area.Biosecurity Queensland is quarantining the farm following an initial positive test result.....

Philippines: Foreign firms oppose VAT refunds
The Joint Foreign Chambers is supporting the position of the Trade Department to establish a system for tax incentive management and transparency under House Bill 2942, especially provisions that are considered anti-foreign investments.The group said in a letter to the Congressional committee on ways and.....

NZ: Banana demand remains strong
A major banana importer says a world shortage has reduced its supply at a time of stronger demand from New Zealanders who have switched from expensive summer fruits. MG Marketing, which supplies 45 per cent of the New Zealand market with the Dole brand, said its supply from growers in the Philippines had.....

Fyffes boss rules out mega merger deal
Fyffes has no appetite to merge with another big player after the collapse of a combination with Chiquita late last year, according to chairman David McCann.The former solicitor ruled out another deal with the likes of Del Monte. "A very substantial transformation like what we have just seen is not something.....

IG International:
India: Brand catering to premium banana consumers launched
'Rich banana' is a brand launched by the Indian fruit exporter IG International for both the domestic and the export market to cater to customers who are looking for top quality fruit. Director Tarun Aurora explains that “Currently we have ripening facilities for Rich Banana in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. The.....

Europe appreciates quality of Peruvian organic bananas
The European market appreciates the quality of Peruvian organic bananas, which meet every demand from its consumers, according to the head of the Delegation of the European Union in Peru (EU), Irene Horejs.The European official said that organic bananas are one of the products that have made the most.....


Mexico: Jalisco's banana production decreases
Banana production in the valley of Cihuatlan, Jalisco, has declined sharply as a result of the excessive rainfalls, flooding and the presence of black sigatoka.The president of the municipal association of landowners of Cihuatlán, Narciso de Jesus Ramirez Rubio, who is also a producer of bananas in the.....


Bananas ripened in Brittany
Bananas are France's second most consumed fruit, after apples. They are green when they arrive in France and are ripened by La Compagnie Fruitière, North of Rennes. Most of the company’s bananas come from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Ghana… a long journey that means the bananas need 4 to 6 days of.....

According to Adex, exports amounted to $119.2 million dollars
Peru: Record number for plantain exports
The Exporters Association (Adex) informed that the export of Peruvian plantains reached a record high in 2014 as total shipments amounted to US $119.2 million, 34% more than in the previous year.According to them, plantains exports evolved favourably in recent years due to the increased demand from Holland,.....


Did you ever imagine strawberry, Nutella or chocolate-flavoured bananas?
New flavours for bananas
"In just three simple steps, the Destapabanana transforms a banana into a dessert accompanied by any flavour available in the market. Using this device, the consumer can fill fruit with cream, jams, and basically anything with the right consistence," explains the Argentinian Sebastián Berger, inventor of.....

Jamaica: Agri ministry pushing to increase banana production
Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier says major developments are to take place shortly in the Jamaica banana industry, with an emphasis on production for the export market.Addressing the opening of the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show in Falmouth, Trelawny, last Wednesday,.....

Fair Trade to receive boost in supply for UK market
The Ministry of Agriculture is working closely with the Fair Trade organization to provide a steady supply of bananas to the UK market.The Ministry is bringing in 20,000 tissue culture plantlets through the Prime Minister’s office, and an additional 40,000 plantlets under the Banana Accompanying Measures.....

New record banana exports
Peruvian banana exports amounted to a record US$ 119.2 million in 2014, representing a 34% increase compared to 2013, informed Peru’s Export Association (Adex).Since 2008, banana exports have more than doubled and the producers see more potential in the coming years.The growth was a result in part to demand.....

Philippines: Banana export prices to China up
Prices of banana exported to China rose just before the celebration of the Chinese New Year. A 13-kilo box of bananas now sells for $10 to $10.50, up from $6.50 to $9.Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) Executive Director Stephen Antig told Sun.Star Davao the demand for the fruit.....

Will Ugandan farmers get to plant GM banana?
Depending on who you ask, genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are the solution to malnutrition and hunger in the developing world, or a threat to food sovereignty. Take Uganda, for example. Ugandans eat, on average, a pound of bananas daily — more than any other population. But this crucial resource has.....


Dole Japan: First wearable banana
Dole Japan has been sponsoring the Tokyo Marathon since 2008 but this year it’s stepped up its game. Two runners among the 30,000 strong pack will be sporting the company’s new wearable banana.By slipping an LED display and sensors under the banana’s skin, Dole has created a piece of fruit that can monitor.....


EU ambassador highlights Peruvian banana quality
European Union’s Ambassador to Peru, Irene Horejs, highlighted the quality of the organic bananas produced in Peru’s Northern province of Sullana and other areas of the region Piura.She also considered its entry into the European market as “successful.”Horejs emphasized the fact that this banana exports to.....