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Uniban exported 44 million boxes of bananas achieving an 18% increase in shipments in 2020

Uniban, the international banana marketer, closed 2020 with positive figures that reflect double-digit growth. Last year the company registered an 18% growth in banana…

The Middle East, the United Kingdom, East Asia, and Russia had the main declines in purchases

Ecuadorian banana exports decrease in 2021

The Ecuadorian banana sector achieved record banana export volumes and values in 2020, managing to sell more than 380 million boxes for 3.668 billion dollars. However, the…

"Boxed-ripening works best for bananas and mangoes"

The outbreak of Covid-19 created many serious obstacles for the global fruit industry. How do you make sure that fruit is ripe enough and still has a long shelf-life by the time the fruit arrives, when the distribution time is uncertain and market developments are unpredictable? This is one of the main…

Suez blockade raises concerns for delayed bananas and increased container shortages

On Tuesday March 23rd, a large gust of wind blew the containership Ever Given off course and the ship ran aground in the Suez Canal. The ship, which is still stuck, has blocked the canal and caused huge traffic jams of vessels at either end of the international trade route. Officials say that it could…

US demand for Ecuador bananas increases after hurricanes affected Central America

The banana volumes coming out of Ecuador so far this year have been lower than they were during the same time last year, according to Juan Jose Pons of Ecuador’s Banana Cluster. He shares: “The accumulated volume in the first two month of this year was 66,945,747 boxes, which, compared to the same period…

European Commission

EU banana market

Spain remains largest EU banana producer, growing and trading 382.339 tons in 2020

In the period of September to December 2020, Cyprus produced and marketed 979 tons of bananas at an average price of €0.36 /kg. The island's 2020 production stood at 2.432 tons. With 164 tons marketed outside the EU, total production for 2020 stood at 2.596 tons. Image: European Commission  Spain remained…

Strong market for Dominican organic bananas right now

Banana volumes coming out of the Dominican Republic are currently lower than usual, says Jose Bernard of Coopabando, a cooperative of small organic banana producers. “While our winters are not as cold as traditional winters can be, it is colder than usual for the Dominican Republic during this time of…

Indian bananas top pick by overseas importers

There was a substantial growth in Indian banana exports, both in volume and in value terms in the past three financial years. Importing countries have been preferring bananas…

Taiwan Technical Mission develops new tool for St. Lucia banana sector

The Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) in St. Lucia is intended to assist banana growers to increase their productivity, output and overall efficiency. Typically,…

Global Alliance for Cooperation in the Fight against Fusarium R4T

The banana sector is threatened by the Tropical Fusarium Race 4, which is also known as the Panama disease. The fungus is lethal for plantations and renders the affected…

Fyffes commits to reducing food loss in its own operations by 80% by 2030

About a third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste each year, representing about 7% of total greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Food and Agriculture…

Shippers turn to other supplying countries for bananas

Supplies of bananas from traditionally sourced countries continue to be tight. Andy Thomas-Stivalet of Kadivac Produce estimates that 15-20 percent of the total weekly supply to the United States was disrupted due to the losses in Honduras and Guatemala following the hurricanes, including Hurricanes Eta…

Biotropic bananas now in folding crates

"Savings effects continue at our banana ripening facility"

A year ago, wholesaler BioTropic launched the project 'Reusable packaging for bananas' and it now relies on EPS reusable crates, especially developed for bananas. From now on, its bananas will be packed, ripened and delivered in reusable crates. This step is intended not only to reduce packaging waste,…

Christophe Vandenbroeck, Vandamme, Belgium:

“It was an eventful year”

"When the first lockdown began, we struggled to get the volumes we needed," says Vandamme's Christophe Vandenbroeck. This Belgian company sells roughly 80,000 boxes of bananas every week. They primarily supply supermarkets. "COVID-19 made 2020 an unusual year." Christophe Vandenbroecke He points out that when the pandemic broke…

Hugo Castro of GinaFruit:

“It’s a rollercoaster year for bananas”

The banana industry has been seeing many ups and downs so far this year, and Hugo Castro of GinaFruit does not expect this pattern to change anytime soon. He says: “The hurricanes in Central America at the end of last year greatly reduced the banana supplies coming from Guatemala and Honduras, and this…

Ontario/Quebec consumers increasingly interested in Fairtrade produce

While produce in general and organics specifically have seen a “pandemic lift” in demand in 2020 and into 2021, Fairtrade products look to be seeing something similar. “Our sales are up significantly,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal, Que.-based Equifruit. She adds that not only are sales up with its…

India has great potential when it comes to bananas

India is the leading banana producer worldwide. In 2019, volumes almost reached 30.5 million tons, i.e. 26.02% of the global production. Quantities are mostly absorbed on a domestic level, and very little is exported especially when it comes to Europe.  (Source: www.fao.org/faostat) Leonardo Kabir Chhabra,…

Safer and easier ethylene applications aid in destination ripening

Almost 50 years ago Catalytic Generators was founded by a banana ripener. He didn’t like the risky ways that were used to add ethylene to a room. With ethylene being explosive, the methods used back in the day carried hazards to workers, from handling pressurized gas to filling a room with too much…

Thomas Hug (Bananen+Frucht AG) on the global banana market

"Importing bananas yourself is a risk that doesn't pay off"

Bananen + Frucht AG is a modern service provider with its own ripening facility at Zurich's Engrosmarkt. "We sell around 3,500 tons of bananas per year," says Thomas Hug, the company's managing director, in an interview with Tierwelt. Founded in 1939, the company now offers various banana labels in…

Robert Adams, President of One Banana Co.:

“From March 2020 to date, we have donated 1,248,900 bananas”

Banana company One Bananas has their own sustainable farms in Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru. Robert Adams, President of One Banana Co. says: “Late last year, eastern Guatemala and Honduras were severely impacted by two hurricanes: Eta and Iota, causing devastating damage to farms and communities. This was…

Robert Greeve, Anaco & Greeve International, the Netherlands:

"It seems like people are eating more fruit"

"We're growing nicely, so have to expand," says Robert Greeve of Anaco & Greeve International. This Dutch trading company specializes in overseas products. Robert says this growth is partly due to existing clients taking more volume. "I have the impression that people are eating more fruit. The figures…

Pol Vermeiren, Fresh Fruit, Dominican Republic

"We can now offer carbon-neutral organic bananas"

"The organic sector continues to grow, and considerably so in the United States. But there's been an oversupply of conventional bananas for years. This means lower prices, and these seem to be, at the very least, hindering the organic banana sector's normal growth," says Pol Vermeiren, Business…

FreshPlaza March Global Focus on bananas

FreshPlaza's March Global Focus is on bananas. Are you involved in the banana trade? How has the market been affected by the pandemic? Is there increased demand for bananas or organic bananas?  You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com  with information or we can do an interview about your company. MarketingWould you…


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