Global Focus Bananas

Franklin Ginus, BeFrank Bananas:

"A sustainable banana sector is about more than a 75% living wage in 2025"

All around him, Franklin Ginus of BeFrank Bananas, see various parties taking the initiative to achieve viable living wages. These are from companies in the banana sector for people in that sector. The former Chiquita director, nevertheless, has his doubts about the way in which this is happening. "There…

Saint Lucia wants to brand banana as premium agricultural product

As part of strategic efforts as it related to the island’s banana industry, the nation of Saint Lucia will be branding its bananas as a premium agricultural product. Last…

New banana marketing initiatives begin in 2020

Supplies of bananas from Central America continue to be steady. “There are no major differences between supplies last year and this year,” says Jamie Postell, Chiquita Brands Director of Sales, North America based in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. “The challenges faced by the industry are mainly weather related.…

ONE Banana’s President, Robert Adams:

“Our aim is to make a difference, one banana at a time”

AgroAmerica was founded in 1958 in Guatemala and at the outset of the operation the company encompassed one small banana plantation. Now, the company has plantations not just in Guatemala, but also in Ecuador and Peru which cover more than 18,000 acres in total. Year-round fruit supplied to retail partnersThroughout…

Bananas Exports by Country

Latin America plus the Caribbean account for highest dollar value 2018 banana exports

According to data from worldstopexports.com, worldwide banana exports by country totaled an estimated US$13.6 billion in 2018, up by an average 22.5% for all banana shippers…

Carlos Salazar and Raul Esquinca of Bioaplicaciones:

“Our organic products fight TR4, reducing it up to 90%”

The susceptibility of bananas to disease has been plaguing the industry for a long time – and the fungi TR4 and Black Sigatoka have affected crops all over the world. Recently, TR4 was discovered in Colombia and authorities have since put a lot of time and effort into preventing the spread into other…

Chiquita Bananas works to meet increased demand for organics

Thirty-one percent of respondents in a recent survey said that one-quarter to one-half of their annual produce purchases are organic. With demand for organic produce on the rise, Chiquita has put forth the resources to meet this newer consumer need. The steady increase in demand is primarily led by young…

Ukraine imported record volume of bananas in 2019

In 2019, Ukraine imported a record volume of bananas, with a 8-9% increase compared to 2018, reaching 270,000-275,000 tons. This was reported in a statement issued by the…

Cameroon's banana exports up 1,036 tons year-on-year in December 2019

According to figures published by the Banana producers’ association ASSOBACAM, the volume of banana exported reached 16,641 tons in December 2019. In December 2018, these…

Banana workers in Panama fear companies won't pay salary increase ordered by government

The workers of the Panamanian banana industry remain alert to the possibility that the companies in the sector try to block the 8% wage increase that was approved by the…

Malaysian Cavendish bananas on the upswing

With the rising global demand for bananas, Malaysia is hoping to be able to bank on Cavendish banana exports to China, the Middle East, South Korea and Japan, among others.…

EU tariffs on Ecuadorian bananas decrease

Starting in 2020, Ecuador will compete on equal terms with Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica in the export of bananas to the European Union, thanks to the progressive tariff…

Costa Rica is interested in a new variety of banana that is resistant to Fusarium

A novel variety of Cavendish banana resistant to the Fusarium Tropical Race 4 virus is under study in the Philippines. The new banana variety, which was developed by the agrobiotechnology company Rahan Meristem, was obtained through the mutation induction method. According to Jorge Sandoval, the research…

After violent dip

Recent banana market in China experienced "retaliative increases"

“Prices in the winter, which is off-season for bananas, usually don’t increase. However, over recent weeks, prices have been changing rapidly, from ‘freezing point’ to ‘retaliative increases’ at one point,” Xia Zuxiang, director of Shanghai Suofeiya International Trade Co., Ltd. said. “Earlier, when the season…

FreshPlaza Bananas Global Focus

Our January Global Focus is all about bananas. We see more and more countries joining the fight against TR4, while the Latin American countries also fight for fair prices for their growers. The strikes in this area could have an effect on the export of bananas. During the month January you will read all about it in FreshPlaza. ContributionIf…


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