Global Focus Bananas

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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