Ecuador's Banana Cluster, Guatemala's Association of Independent Banana Producers (APIB), the Honduran Association of National Banana Producers (Aprobana), Colombia's Association of Banana Producers (Augura), the Association of Banana Growers of Magdalena and the Guajira -also from Colombia-, and Costa Rica's National Banana Corporation (Corbana) have jointly denounced the unilateral drop in fruit prices in the German supermarket chain ALDI and the impact it will have on the income of producers throughout the region.
"We want to denounce the double standards that this entails and the consequences that this will have for producers," the organizations said in a statement regarding the environmental, social, and economic sustainability demands and requirements that the German company requests from Latin American producers and exporters.
There is a great discrepancy between the image that ALDI projects to consumers and its practices with producers, the organizations stated. "Its commercial department has no scruples in putting pressure on producers and paying them the lowest possible price for bananas," they emphasized.
This chain's position with producers does not reflect the position of the German government for whom a lower price would undermine the possibilities of maintaining a sustainable production in all areas, the banana producers added.
ALDI is a large German low-price retail chain with a presence in Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, the United States, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and China.