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Dominican Republic

International demand organic banana increases

Worldwide consumption of organic products has been growing a lot lately, and, as a result, the majority of the banana producers of the Dominican Republic have specialized in this sector. Dominican products are increasingly more popular internationally because of their excellent quality and because they can be.....

China: Floods destroy banana plantations in Guangxi, Guangdong and many other regions

Apart from Hunan, 9 cities and 28 counties in Guangxi have been flooded. According to an Agricultural Financial Network Banana Expert, many low-lying banana production areas in Guangxi and Guangdong are suffering. Banana plantations in areas such as Nanning, Yulin and Wuzhou in Guangxi, and Zhaoqing and Yunfu.....

China: Apple and banana prices rise surprisingly

Recently, the prices of traditional fruits, such as bananas and apples, have risen, while the prices of seasonal fruits have dropped. Research by the Donghu Business Department has shown that, whether it is imported or domestically produced fruits, they all fight for the market by reducing their prices. That.....

Aussie farmer turns banana waste into flour and cosmetics

A far north Queensland farmer, who turns waste bananas into flour, skincare and cosmetics, has struck an international deal that will see his business expand globally.Rob Watkins got into the banana industry more than 15 years ago, growing ladyfinger bananas, and soon realised the large amount of product not.....

Dole Vietnam names U&I Ag Corporation as sole distributor of bananas

Dole Vietnam, a subsidiary of fresh fruits producer and marketer Dole Asia Holdings, has named U&I Agriculture Corporation as the sole distributor of its bananas in Vietnam.Johann Albano, Dole’s vice president for Asian business development, hailed the new partnership saying it would “further strengthen.....

Bananas become the top-selling fruit at major South Korean supermarket

Bananas were the most sold fruit in the first half of the year, according to leading retail giant E-mart on Friday, replacing the long-time favourite apples.E-Mart said it sold 37.6 billion won ($32.48 million) worth of bananas in the January-June period, up 8.7 percent from the same period last year. The.....

AU: Future of banana innovation is through genetics

One of the world's leading banana genetics experts says creating new varieties is at the heart of innovation in the banana industry. Dr Frederic Bakry told the Australia Banana Industry Congress that major steps have been taken in the domestication of hybrid varieties.He was involved in setting up the French.....

Italy is the main destination for Ecuadorian bananas

Italy became the leading destination for Ecuadorian exports to the European Union (EU) between January and April this year, taking this position from Germany, which had been the main buyer until 2016.According to Pro Ecuador, sales rose by 56.2% compared to the same period in 2016. The agreement with the.....

Guadaloupe banana workers end strike and return to work after agreement

Banana workers from 20 plantations in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe went back to work this week after a six-week long strike over a range of issues covering their system of payment and occupational health & safety issues. The strike, which started on 18th May and gained the support of the.....

Chiquita bananas launches "Despicable Me 3" marketing campaign in the UK

Banana brand Chiquita has launched a new marketing campaign designed to build awareness of the brand in the UK, including a partnership with upcoming animated movie Despicable Me 3. Chiquita has also launched stickers and sticker pouches for its bananas, which will be available in various independent retailers.....

The Netherlands and the US main destinations for Peruvian banana

In the first part of 2017, banana exports had a moderately lower pace than last year. According to Agrodata Peru's website, from January to May 2017, Peru exported a total of 83,504,501 kilos of bananas for US $ 62,314,527. This is lower than the 91,030,710 kilos worth US $ 68,546,335 that the country sent in.....

Spain: Banana supply back to normal in April

In April 2017, 33,664 tonnes of bananas were shipped to mainland Spain from the Canaries, while imports from Africa and Latin America amounted to 19,339 tonnes. Since re-exports stood at 8,814 tonnes, Spanish consumers had access to some 44,189 tonnes of bananas. This is about 24,617 tonnes less than last.....

Export volumes of Philippine bananas to China show sudden collapse

In the first four months of 2017, the export volume of Philippine bananas to the Chinese market has dropped 33%, compared to the same period last year. The Filipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) states that, influenced by the dry weather of last year, they already expected this.....

Production of Brazilian Prata bananas shows 30% increase

“This year the production has increased 30% if you compare this with the same period in 2016. This is the result of new plantations, better climate conditions and improved technologies”, states Ivanete Pereira from Abonorte Brazil. “In fact the Brazilian growers have the opportunity to change the banana.....

The agreement between Ecuador and the EU has been in force for six months

Ecuador: Bananas lead in exports to the EU

On Friday, June 30, 2017, the agreement between Ecuador and the European Union (EU) completed six months of being in force and the results so far have been positive.According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade, exports grew by 20% in value between January and May of this year when compared to the same period in.....

Argentina: Formosa to give away bananas as a protest

The southern zone of the Argentine Agrarian Federation, located in Laguna Naineck, 150 kilometers northeast of this city, at the heart of the productive region, will give away 5,000 kilos of bananas as a protest to draw the attention of the authorities to the claims of the sector.The producers plan to give.....

Why emotive marketing is the wave of the future in fresh produce

The way businesses interact with consumers is changing, according to a leading international marketing expert. Lisa Cork, founder of Fresh Produce Marketing told the Australian Banana Industry Congress that as consumers change, the way producers need to market and communicate with them also needs to change and.....

Luca Battaglio:

Italy: “Growth in Asia positive for European importers”

Increasing demand in emerging markets, such as Asia, is also advantageous for European importers, according to Luca Battaglio of the Italian group of importers. Additionally, he also talks about other trends on the market, such as conservatism in Italy, which is slowing the rise of, for example, organic.....

Dominican Republic grows many organic bananas

"We hope we don’t get the banana diseases"

"This year, we’ll have been active in growing and exporting organic bananas for fifteen years. We pack 50,000 bananas on average every day. Besides bananas, we also have lemons, avocados and coconuts,” says Kilian Almonte of the company Banama from the Dominican Republic.Few diseases in the Dominican.....

World banana market review

Banana exports from the Dominican Republic dropped by 75% last year

In 2015, global banana exports, excluding plantains, registered the first decline since 2010 after having reached an unprecedented peak of 18.6 million tonnes in 2014. While import demand remained strong in all regions, the adverse effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon as well as the spread of the Fusarium.....

Taiwanese members of the legislative court go bananas

Because of the steep fall in the price of bananas recently, several members of the legislative court of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan organized a press conference about bananas on the 26th of June. The members of the legislative court each held a banana in their hands, their facial expressions.....

AU: The importance of action when it comes to banana disease

One of Australia's leading plant pathologists says it is vital that appropriate action is taken when there are discoveries of plant disease. Professor Andre Drenth told the Australian Banana Industry Congress in Sydney that, while it sounds simple enough, he has seen examples where people do nothing, and the.....

AU: Leading the way in Australian banana research

Australia has some of the world leading researchers when it comes to banana diseases. Studies are currently underway at both a basic level, and at an applied level, and recently the mix of the two have helped make important breakthroughs in the industry.At the Australian Banana Industry Congress in Sydney, six.....

Australian Banana Industry Congress upcoming tech talk:

Predicting consumer behavior with a body scan?

Can you imagine travelling overseas to discuss an export trade deal, and not having to take a translator - instead you just take a pill? Well that situation may only be a few decades off, according to one of Australia's leading social futurist.‎Chief Strategy Officer at WPP AU/NZ, Rose Herceg told the.....

Plans to work with green products in the future

"We are working to achieve Global GAP certifications."

"The high demand for bananas results in the search for new destinations to try to obtain a better opportunity to place the fruit abroad satisfying the requirements of our customers," said Ivan Santos, president of Corporación Agrícola Banagreen in Ecuador.Corporacion Agricola Banagreen, was created in the.....

Philippine banana exports to China drop by 33%

Philippine banana exports to China have dropped by 33 percent for the first four months of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig said they have already foreseen the drop after the production of all major banana producers in the country was severely hit by a long dry.....

Plátano de Canarias and Promotur collaborating in new promotion

The Association of Canary Producers' Organizations of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) and Promotur Turismo de Canarias, an entity under the Council of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Canary Islands Government, are launching a promotional campaign with the goal of promoting the Canary Islands as a tourist.....

Hugo Castro, general manager of GinaFruit, Ecuador

"There's always a plan B if the banana market sinks"

The production, size, and length of bananas have been smaller than what producers expected to achieve because of the weather conditions. "We've had a lot of rain, few hours of light and not very high temperatures," said Hugo Castro, general manager of GinaFruit SABananas need lots of sunlight, among other.....

AU: Giving people reasons to buy more bananas

The banana industry has a problem when it comes to marketing - but it is a good one to have, according to Horticulture Innovation Australia.Speaking at the Australian Banana Industry conference, Elisa King who is Marketing Manager responsible for the fruit, told the conference that recent data found 94 per.....

TADECO eyes expansion for banana production in PHL

Davao-based Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (TADECO) plans to expand areas devoted to banana plantation as its joint venture agreement (JVA) with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) lapses by 2029 and amid threat that the agreement will be voided.Anthony B. Sasin, chair of Anflo Management and Investment.....

New documentary looks at the thorny side of the GMO debate

The Food Evolution documentary, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by pop astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, navigates the thorny landscape of a debate that often casts GMOs as a scapegoat for myriad perceived ills of modern agriculture.“People, usually of intellectual.....

Photo Report:

Australian Banana Industry Congress 2017 Sydney

PHOTO REPORTSpirits were high last week in Sydney as the industry gathered for its biennial Congress, which provided an optimistic outlook for the future.More than 300 delegates from producers to supply chain members and transporters attended, information sessions and exhibitions on a range of topics - from marketing and.....

AU: International advice on containing Panama disease in Australia

One of the world's leading tropical plant experts has stressed the importance of ongoing research into Panama disease, at the biennial Australian Banana Industry Congress in Sydney.Professor Randy Ploetz initially worked on race 1 involving Gros Michel bananas, and first discovered the tropical race 4 (TR4) in.....

Australian banana industry honours former leader

Former Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) chair Doug Phillips has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the banana industry during a ceremony in his honour in Sydney tonight (June 23). Mr Phillips was presented the one and only ABGC Award of Honour 2017 at the Australian Banana Industry.....

Maersk sharing data with its customers

“Customers help optimise business operations”

The data collected by Maersk Line with the Remote Container Management System (RCM) also serves to make the firm more transparent to its customers. The shipping company has been working for a long time to set up the system and use the data. "It's a unique project that gives our customers full transparency and.....

Banana export service prices to be reviewed at Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador

The fare of 28 port services for banana exports at Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador will be reviewed, according to Hugo Rodas, the new undersecretary of Maritime and River Transport.Rodas asked the Port Authority of Puerto Bolivar to review the new tariff that was applied by the concessionaire Yilportecu S. A. The.....