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Global Focus Bananas

Meeting demand is biggest challenge for organic banana growers

Organic banana growers say that meeting demand is often their biggest challenge. They point out that demand is increasing in the organic category, while consumers are also on the lookout for more point-of-origin information as well as the social responsibilities companies set out to take care of. "Bananas have long…

Using technology to help the banana category

Chiquita said it is using technology to help promote bananas as well as ensure a sustainable future for the industry. Banana production for the North American market is currently centered in Ecuador. The bananas consumed in North America are sourced mainly from Central America, but during the cooler…

"Banana retail prices are too low"

Walk into the fresh produce section of your local supermarket and chances are, the cheapest item will be bananas. Bananas are grown year-round and travel across the ocean from the tropics and can be found in almost any food store around the world. Does the retail price for bananas truly reflect the cost…

France: record banana consumption

France is going bananas! Or at least, it has been consuming a lot of them. Over the past 12 months (December 2017 to November 2018), banana imports in France went up 7.1% to…

Sustainable Banana Plan: a successful model in Guadeloupe and Martinique

It all started in the West Indies in 2007. Analyses of the soil and water revealed the presence of chlordecone, a toxic and extremely persistent organochlorine insecticide, formerly used to fight weevils and banned in France since 1993. The news hit like a bombshell among the local communities, who had…

Exports to the EU had a good performance

Ecuador: Banana exports exceeded expectations in 2018

The sale of Ecuadorian bananas exceeded expectations during 2018. The Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE) exported 344.8 million boxes of 18.14 kilograms, i.e. 21 million boxes or 6% more than in 2017. At the beginning of that year, the export forecast was 330 million boxes, taking into account the shipping…

Mexico contributes 2.2% of the world banana volume

The banana (Musa paradisiaca) is one of the most consumed fruits in the world, due to its low price and because it is considered a nutritious fruit; in some countries it even…

A truly a-peeling museum for banana lovers

Banana squirt guns. Banana soap. Banana salt and pepper shakers. Banana glasses. These are just a few of the more than 25,000+ banana-themed items housed at the International Banana Museum, a unique roadside attraction in Mecca, California. This nine-year-old institution got a bit of a modest start back in 2010. At the time,…

US company to showcase new ethylene generator at Fruit Logistica

Catalytic Generators has recently been working on redesigning their Easy-Ripe® Ethylene Generator for fruit ripening and degreening and have just announced that they will be showcasing the new design at Fruit Logistica next month. After launching the original Easy-Ripe® Ethylene Generator in 1973, the…

Chiquita partners with The Lego Movie 2

Chiquita Brands International has announced its new global partnership with the animated movie The Lego® Movie 2: The Second Part and the introduction of Banarnar—a Lego…

Demand for bananas is rising slowly

"Thanks to the Christmas season, we have a good buffer"

Between January and March, in Germany and Europe the demand for bananas traditionally increases. Thus, prices are starting to rise slowly. "The quality is satisfactory and there are only minimal or no delays in overseas deliveries. At the moment, premium wares are priced at €12.00 per box, Category 1 go…

Claudia Gómez, of Novamerc:

"This female-run company has achieved great things working with small producers"

Last season was very unstable as far as banana prices were concerned, with very high and quite low peaks; however, Claudia Gomez, of Novamerc, believes that the price falls were bearable. The counterpart, she says, was that there were fewer orders than usual, especially in the conventional banana sector,…

Demand to pick back up on cooking bananas?

Supplies of hard green cooking-type bananas is steady for now but that will soon change. “We’re going to start seeing supply go down due to cold temperatures hitting Central America. And in South America, Ecuador and Colombia will start wrapping up again because the rainy season is starting for them,” says Jose M.…

Price reduction in retail increases drug smuggling in bananas

Frits Popma spent 30 years flying all over the world. Fifty-four Customs authorities have stamped his passport. During his travels, he visited nearly 180 different ripening plants. “I have a lot of respect for ripeners,” he says. “Because according to other people, they never do it right.” During his…

Banana import figures EU-28 in 2018

On January 4th, former President of Eucofel, Luc Hellebuyck, tweeted a first estimation for EU banana imports in 2018. It shows an extremely small, but nevertheless absolute growth of 1% over the entire year, compared to 2017.

US distributors not yet feeling effects of banana production dip

With banana production reported to be slowing down slightly during the New Year period, distributors in the US say it has not yet flowed on to them. Supplies remain steady for companies like Los Angeles-based SGS Produce, who now source their bananas from major producers. "Seasonally, we seem to be in good supply right…

Chiquita sponsors Disney marathon and will recycle banana peels

Chiquita Brands International, is proud to announce its continued support for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. As the official banana sponsor of the race weekend, Chiquita will donate more than 100,000 bananas to runners and spectators at the 2019 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. Disney and…

Banana cultivation in cold greenhouses in Hveragerði

Icelanders operate northernmost banana plantation in the world

The Icelanders have a dream. They want to take care of themselves. That goes for their tropical fruit consumption as well. But it is so cold. And now there is this: In Iceland, they are…

Mexico: Bananas see their usual slump in supplies

Banana supplies are low to start out 2019. “It’s like this every year and this year is similar to last year’s supply,” says Mary Carmen Stivalet-Thomas of Kadivac Produce. “Right now, we have little production of bananas, as it usually is in the first quarter of the year. Some people in the industry think there’s going…

Flexibility and energy efficiency main trends for banana ripening

Builders of banana ripening rooms say that customers are looking for larger capacity rooms and more flexibility when it comes to ripening produce. Interest has grown in the ability to ripen more than just bananas in banana ripening rooms, with ripeners asking companies to design ripening rooms that can…

60% of the Emperor banana exports are exported to China.

Thailand and the Philippines compete for the Chinese market

As the pace of China's banana import industry accelerates, the harvested area and output of bananas in Southeast Asia, especially Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will increase rapidly. Although Thailand does not border China, its banana exports to China have increased significantly in…

Ecuador: Bill to regulate production and commercialization of bananas is ready

The National Assembly's report for the first debate of the bill that regulates the production and commercialization of bananas, plantain, and other related Musaceae, adjusting the procedures and requirements to improve the commercial exchange and business of the banana sector, is ready. The project, which has 63…

Spain: Canary President considers 2018 a good year for bananas

The president of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo (CC), has highlighted what he considers advances for bananas in the year that is now ending, and has reviewed the challenges that this agricultural subsector is facing. The fact is that although "the production in the Archipelago and…


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