St. Lucia to establish a task force for bananas shipped to the UK

The St. Lucia government has plans to establish a task force to help in improving the quality of the bananas shipped to the UK, after concerns that new contracts for the sale of the island’s fruits in Europe may not be forthcoming.

Agriculture Minister Alfred Prospere has led a delegation to the United Kingdom to discuss the situation with stakeholders. He said that the poor quality of bananas exported to the UK has prompted a warning that supermarkets and other buys may not renew a contract next year unless there’s an improvement.

Fyffes plc, the Japanese-owned fruit and fresh produce company headquartered in Dublin, had written a letter to banana officials there complaining about the poor quality of the fruit exported to the UK from St. Lucia.


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