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Millions of boxes of bananas handled in Vlissingen, The Netherlands

In 2015, banana giant Chiquita decided to no longer sail to Antwerp, but to land their bananas in Vlissingen. Last year, the service on the Bremerhaven was also discontinued. That was good for the port in Zeeland, and especially for Kloosterboer, who has been handling these bananas since then. The branch in.....

Ukraine imports record volume of bananas

Consumption of bananas in Ukraine is growing rapidly, reports APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits. According to official data, the import of these fruits into the Ukrainian market has doubled since the beginning of the season.In the period between September 2016 and February 2017, Ukraine imported 171 thousand.....

Du roi lab becomes first South African facility with iso accreditation

Since its establishment in 1994 Du Roi Laboratory (Letsitele, Limpopo Province) has become a market leader in terms of the production and distribution of elite selections and disease free tissue culture plants, with a focus on the banana and sugarcane industry. Very recently this facility became the first of.....

More drugs intercepted in Port of Rotterdam

“Smart seal keeps shipment clean”

Earlier this year, a batch of 4,000 kilograms of cocaine was intercepted in a shed in Hazeldonk, just south of Breda, the Netherlands. The drugs were concealed among the bananas. The frequency of the interceptions appears to be increasing. Official figures show an increase, and according to some crime.....

France to help develop wilt resistant bananas in India

The National Research Centre for Bananas (NRCB) in Trichy, India is to begin developing a wilt resistant banana variety. Accordingly, the centre has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bioversity International, France, to research on developing a banana variety or varieties not prone to the.....

China: Guangxi bananas enter peak sales

In the past few days, the previous depression on the Guangxi banana market has come to an end. At present, three of the four main banana production regions of China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan) are all nearing the end of the harvesting period. Most of the regions are starting a second sprouting.....

German police find 380kg of cocaine hidden in bananas

German police say they’ve found 380kg of cocaine in cases of bananas shipped from Ecuador.An employee at a wholesale company in Leverkusen, just outside Cologne, alerted police on Saturday to the suspected drugs. Police said Monday that they found the substance in hundreds of one-kilogram packages hidden in 26.....

Greece: More imported bananas this Easter

Greece is seeing a small spike in demand for imported bananas, which is mainly due to Easter. Afterwards, the demand and volumes for imported bananas are expected to diminish. “At that moment, the Greek season for summer fruit will start yielding large volumes. Also, demand should decrease due to the summer.....

Petition against organic equivalence regime for EU banana imports

Producers are questioning the organic certification of agricultural produce imported onto the European market as the requirements are not the same. UGPBAN (The Union of Banana Producers of Guadeloupe and Martinique) is speaking out against so called organic bananas imported from South America or Africa. These.....

Experts observe banana import impact on prices in the EU

On 29th March, the first working meeting of the Community Banana and Banana Price Observatory, held in the framework of the 4th Forum of the Outermost Regions (RUP), was held in Brussels. The objective of this meeting was to measure the specific impact of banana imports from third countries on the markets of.....

Mexico: San Rafael's plantain marketing is in jeopardy without FTA

According to Sergio Eduardo Graillet Contreras, the president of the State Council, the possible cancellation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would threaten the commercialization of San Rafael's plantain production. There would be an overproduction and it would be difficult to sell it all within the country......

Organic Bananas at Viva Fresh Expo

Watch out for One Banana’s conventional and organic bananas at this year’s Viva Fresh Expo. One Banana is a unique family owned company with a business culture based on ethical principles that started over 40 years ago. “Each year we dedicate ourselves to measuring and achieving goals in productivity a well as.....

Bangladesh banana growers reaping benefits from bagging

For a long time the banana plantations in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj in Bangladesh have used pesticides to protect their banana crops. Some growers are turning away from pesticides, however, and are switching to eco-friendly bags. During his three-year stay in China, as part of his PhD study, Sorof Uddin.....

"The Crazy Banana Event" in Nanning, China

On 2 April, a 380-meter long "banana runway" covered by tons of bananas appeared in the Jinsui Eco Park, Nanning - the biggest banana production base in China. Visitors celebrated the holiday of the 3 March in the lunar calendar by enjoying themselves in activities including a crazy banana race, a banana.....

Debbie causes up to 40% in losses for Aussie banana crops

The strong winds and heavy rain in last week's storm event in northern New South Wales has caused significant damage to banana farms in the Brunswick and Tweed regions.The Department of Primary Industries' Matt Weinert said it was too early for a full assessment of the damage because some growers still could.....

GMOs could make bananas more profitable in Africa

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in Africa and feed more than 100 million Africans. However, bananas are subject to severe productivity constraints due to a range of pests and diseases. [Xanthomonas wilt disease] is capable of entirely destroying a plantation while nematodes can cause losses up to.....

Mexico: Port of Chiapas is the leading exporter of bananas for Chiquita

Up until the end of 2016, plantain producers in the region of Chiapas in Soconusco that wanted to export their products had to transport their fruit to the Guatemalan ports of Barrios (585 km from Tapachula, on the Atlantic coast) and Quetzal (275 km, on the Pacific coast).The shipping company of the American.....

Argentina was the main market for Bolivian bananas in 2016

According to the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE), Argentina was the main market for bananas produced in Bolivia in 2016, as it concentrated 96.4% of fruit exports.Based on data from the National Statistics Institute (INE), the IBCE, which is an entity that analyzes foreign trade, stated that in.....

Peter de Jong:

“100% in control of supply chain”

The banana trade seems set in stone, yet importers Peter de Jong and Yasin Özturk from Barendrecht, the Netherlands, see opportunities on the market. In cooperation with Ecuadorian, Lacey Quevedo Madero, they are starting a new banana brand: LAZBANA. The trio focuses on the European market with the bananas,.....

Banana import to China provides opportunities for starting new supply chain

Importing ripe bananas from Latin America

The road travelled by a banana before it reaches a consumer, is set in stone. After transport, a storage period follows, and then a ripening chamber, before being transported to shop shelves. Imagine that supply chain being shorter, and that a link could be removed from it. Aad Gouw from AGF Adviesbureau is.....

Canary banana sales in the Iberian Peninsula up by 8.5%

The Canary Islands imports about 90% of the basic foodstuffs that the population needs, so both the cultivation and the export of Canary bananas constitute a strategic pillar for the regional economy, because of its capacity to generate stable employment throughout the year and give a boost to the economy.The.....

Philippine banana imports double as China exits two-year trade recession

Shipments to China from around Asia have risen sharply in both value and volume, ending what economists at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. described as Asia’s two-year trade recession.Higher commodity prices are lifting export values for countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. “Asian exports have.....

Dominican banana plantations won't recover until September

It will be at least September or October before banana plantations start truly recovering from the floods that battered the Dominican Republic’s key growing region of Palo Verde. For months farmers have been rebuilding the sector which was partially wiped out when heavy rains fell for around three weeks......

Andrew Biles:

“We need to work together to protect the Cavendish”

In 2014, Brazil's Cutrale Safra bought the American banana giant Chiquita. The multinational thus ended up in private hands. Andrew Biles was appointed by the new owner as CEO and President of the company. With him, we look back on the years since the acquisition and the challenges that the sector is facing,.....

Goodfarmer: Bananas are key to domestic Chinese market

When Goodfarmer was launched in 2002, the company established itself as an export company and later as an export brand. The group is internationally known for its supply of Chinese grown ginger, garlic, apples and pears. In recent years, starting from 2011 onwards, the focus of the group is shifting towards.....

Bananas invade Blenheim Palace to increase food recycling awareness

In order to spread awareness of recycling food waste, pupils from North Kidlington Primary School donned banana costumes and roamed Blenheim Palace on Tuesday and learned how UK households produce 7.3 million tonnes of food waste every year, including 240,000 tonnes of banana skins.The campaign is called.....

Andrew Biles:

“We need to work together to protect the Cavendish”

In 2014, Brazil's Cutrale Safra bought the American banana giant Chiquita. The multinational thus ended up in private hands. Andrew Biles was appointed by the new owner as CEO and President of the company. With him, we look back on the years since the acquisition and the challenges that the sector is facing,.....

Goodfarmer: bananas key to domestic Chinese market

When Goodfarmer was launched in 2002, the company established itself as an export company and later as an export brand. The group is internationally known for its supply of Chinese grown ginger, garlic, apples and pears. In recent years, starting from 2011 onward, the focus of the group is shifting towards.....

China: Market value for bananas keeps going up

Since mid-February, the market value of bananas has been rising. In specific regions it has even doubled. During the past half year, the price of bananas produced in manufacturing locations has been rather low, so, based on the price in the previous period, the consumers have a certain price level in mind......

Gale destroys over 10,000 banana trees in India

Farmers of Gopalasamudram, Thiruvenkatanathapuram, Karunkadu and Kondanagaram have been cultivating bananas with the water available from wells. After water levels in the wells went down, the farmers saved the standing banana crop with water pumped from the Tamirabarani.Even as the bananas were ready for.....

Waitrose increases banana prices by 4.1%

Recent floods, which wiped out plantations in the Caribbean, have sent the prices of bananas in the UK shooting up. Today supmarket chain Waitrose became the first to increase prices 4.1% from 72p a kilo to 75p.Other stores like Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are expected to follow suit to maintain.....

1.2 million kilos won't enter the market

The Canaries to destroy 600,000 kilos of bananas

Last week, a few months later than last year, producers of bananas from the Canary Islands received bad news.On week 13 of 2017 Asprocan ordered the first pica, or withdrawal of fruit of the year, which means that 1.2 million kilos of the islands' favourite fruit won't reach the markets.Half of those 1.2.....

Plantain from Mexico's San Rafael could reach the United States

San Rafael's plantain production could be exported to the United States, so the sector is going to run a test this summer to determine the feasibility of sending this fruit to be marketed in that country, said Luis Grappin Pumarino, president of San Rafael's Plantain Association."We'll probably run a trial.....

Costa Rica, the largest supplier by far

Spain: 43,060 tonnes of bananas available in January

In January 2017, the Canary Islands shipped 27,575 tonnes of bananas, while imports from Africa and Latin America amounted to 23,633 tonnes and re-exports to 8,147 tonnes, so Spanish consumers had access to some 43,061 tonnes of bananas. This is about 852 tonnes less than last month, representing a 1.9%.....

Spain: Opportunities for Platano de Canarias in Morocco

Asprocan representatives have recently visited Casablanca to see first hand the opportunities for exporting Platano de Canarias bananas to Morocco.On this trip, organized in collaboration with the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Canarian delegation held meetings with the main Moroccan fruit.....

Mexico: Plantain from San Rafael could reach the United States

San Rafael's plantain production could be exported to the United States, so the sector is going to run a test this summer to determine the feasibility of sending this fruit to be marketed in that country, said Luis Grappin Pumarino, president of San Rafael's Plantain Association."We'll probably run a trial.....

First edible UK grown bananas

Bananas are known to be grown in tropical countries, but this is a slowly changing trend as greenhouses and oddly warm winters are allowing for the growth of the highly popular fruit in more temperate climates. The mini versions of the popular fruit of the Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish', have been.....

Mexico to sell its plantains in China

China will be a new export market for the plantain produced in Mexico.Three months ago, the Chinese government made an inspection visit to the most important production areas, which are located in the states of Colima, Chiapas, and Tabasco."The Chinese market has an extraordinary demand. We've already been.....

Spanish officials find 17kg of cocaine inside fake bananas

The Guardia Civil in Spain have arrested 3 men on drug smuggling charges, after 17 kilos of cocaine was found hidden within a shipment of bananas.Suspicions were raised after some of the fruit was found to be fake. Upon investigation the drugs were discovered. 3 men from Valencia and Malaga, two Spanish and.....

Agriculture researcher urges for diversity in banana varieties

According to a University of Alberta researcher crop diversity is needed in order to save bananas, one of the most popular fruits on the market. He is currently on his way to Africa to investigate the threat to the most common type of banana. "This is a significant issue," said Stan Blade, dean of.....

Mexico to sell its plantains in China

China will be a new export market for the plantain produced in Mexico.Three months ago, the Chinese government made an inspection visit to the most important production areas, which are located in the states of Colima, Chiapas, and Tabasco."The Chinese market has an extraordinary demand. We've already been.....

Philippines: Official urges Australia to lift import ban on bananas

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III is attempting to get Australia to lift their long-standing ban on Philippine banana imports. In a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop last March 16-17 in Manila, he urged the representative to reconsider their stance and explained the work they had.....

Spanish officials find 17kg of cocaine inside fake bananas

The Guardia Civil in Spain have arrested 3 men on drug smuggling charges, after 17 kilos of cocaine was found hidden within a shipment of bananas.Suspicions were raised after some of the fruit was found to be fake. Upon investigation the drugs were discovered. 3 men from Valencia and Malaga, two Spanish and.....

Fyffes graduate video boosts recruitment programme

Tropical fruit importer Fyffes is advancing its 2017 graduate recruitment drive with the launch of a YouTube video in which last year’s successful applicants, currently on a two-years long overseas placement, discuss their experiences.All ten graduates chosen by Fyffes to participate in their 2016.....