Bananas

The Dominican government intervenes to stop the increase in banana prices

Given the alarm caused by the rise in banana prices in the Dominican Republic, which have reached the value of 30 pesos, the Ministry of Agriculture has informed that it will…

Honduran bananas affected by 14% fall in international prices

In the first seven months of 2019, Honduran banana exports declined by $ 34.4 million, totaling $ 279.2 million, according to a report of the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).…

Is there a future for European bananas?

In the framework of a conference held this Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of the European Parliament, MEP's from Spain, France and Portugal were informed about the…

First bananas from Ecuador arrive in January

First 42 'Fruit and Vegetable Heroes' pick BeFrank

"We at  BeFrank bananas are very proud when looking back on this week. We had three exciting evenings with three different wholesalers, namely Gebr. Van Aarle, Willem Dijk and Postuma. Sharing our mission and converting it into concrete steps with the vegetable and fruit specialists in the Netherlands is not…

by bringing temperatures down

Typhoon Hagibis could boost banana sales in China

Last week, prices in various banana production areas fluctuated - slightly increased (partially stable) and then slightly decreased. Fluctuations were not significant but were…

Filipino banana growers want to halt demolition of biosecurity areas

Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has condemned the stance of the provincial government of Davao del Norte, that wanted to demolish biosecurity facilities against fusarium wilt in a banana plantation. According to the PBGEA, this could harm the country’s billion-dollar export…

Chinese banana plantations bring work to Laos, but pollution as well

Chinese banana plantations first started cropping up about six years ago in the northern Laotian province of Bokeo, which borders Thailand and Myanmar. Nowadays they cover more than 11,000 hectares, as well as providing some US$100 million in annual exports, and making up 95% of Bokeo’s exports. Most Lao…

EU banana production in 2019 again above 600,000 ton

Eucofel Aisbl CEO Luc Hellebuyck tweeted that " EU banana production 2019 again above 600,000 ton" @LaBananeDurable @platanosiempre Of course, Spain is still the largest producer of bananas in the EU; that nation, with a production of about 400,000 tons, is almost back to the levels of 2016-2017. The…

Hurricane winds hit 300 hectares of bananas on the coast of Colombia

The hurricane winds that hit the Colombian department of Cordoba have devastated some 300 hectares of banana crops in coastal towns such as Nicaragua, Corpas Arriba, Corpas…

Banana prices in production areas moderate

Recent banana prices in production areas have been stable with slight declines. Prices in Yunnan and Guangdong are relatively stable, but dropped somewhat in production areas…

Potassium-rich bananas can lower blood pressure

High blood pressure is a common problem among men and women of today. While an unhealthy lifestyle plays an essential role in increasing the risk, there is one food item that…

Europe shows its support for the banana community

Political representatives attended a conference recently held in the European Parliament about the current situation of European bananas and the worrying loss of absolute value and the saturation of the banana  market in the EU. Delegates unanimously showed their concern about the effects generated by the…

3,000 containers of bananas in Ecuador can't be shipped due to protests

The Ministry of Transportation and Public Works (MTOP) of Ecuador has reported that the entry of goods into the port terminals, which are used to export 98% of the export products, is being carried out without problems. The Ministry made this statement in response to the complaints of the Banana…

BLE Market Report KW 40/19:

'Holidays and vacations slowed down the demand almost everywhere'

The holidays and vacations slowed demand for bananas almost everywhere. In addition, in some places the high prices slowed down the sales. On the one hand, the traders had to reduce their prices a bit, so that they could halt this trend. On the other hand, the wet autumn weather and lower temperatures caused a…

Exporter optimistic about prospects of Cambodian banana exports to China

Banana exports from Cambodia have been underway since May when its bananas gained approval for direct export to China. Mr. Li Chengliang, General Manager of Fudi Agriculture Center commented on the performance of Cambodian banana exports to China and market expectations. “The weather in Cambodia has been…

TR4-tolerant banana cultivar replanted on infected northern Mozambique farm

Prof. Altus Viljoen, a specialist in banana pathology from Stellenbosch University, has recently visited Ecuador, the world’s biggest banana producer, where he shared some of his international experiences on TR4 with growers and government authorities. In conjunction with his colleague at the Department…

Dominican Republic

Prices of plantains skyrocket due to drought and tornadoes

Plantains and other agro crops have been affected by a drought and tornadoes that have impacted growers in the Dominican Republic in recent months. This has made market prices…

China: Banana prices stable after holiday, slight rise in some production areas

The National Day holiday [1 October, 2019] is over and the price of bananas is relatively stable. The market has gradually warmed up again and visiting traders in Guangxi, one…

No changes in US banana prices during summer months

Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, tweeted the table for the US Montlhly Consumer Price Index for fresh fruit and retail prices. The consumer price index number for bananas in August 2019 was at 0.009 above that of the same month in 2018. Click here for a larger image.   Source: twitter.com    

Protests in Ecuador causing issues for exporters:

"Roadblocks are preventing us from getting our product to the ports"

Protests in Ecuador are still ongoing, and the violence has not yet died down. Roadblocks have been put into place since October 3rd, causing difficulties for producers and exporters because they are unable to move their product. Depending on the product, some companies have already experienced losses,…

Tropical storm Narda wreaks havoc on Mexican banana plantations

According to the secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of the state of Jalisco, Alberto Esquer Gutierrez, the most affected crops by Hurricane Lorena and tropical storm Narda were mango and banana crops; as 1,200 hectares of bananas were affected by these weather events. Regarding the possible…

Imports from Vietnam surge 250%

"Bananas from South East Asia flooding China market"

Many people in China spent their National Day holiday week traveling, which led to a decline in market consumption, and banana imports have decreased over the past three weeks.  “The current FOB price of products from the Philippines is about 8 US dollars/carton (13.5 kg). The pricing of bananas from Vietnam is…

Boosted by PHP shipments

Cameroon banana exports rose by 3,200 tons in September 2019

According to figures published by the banana exporters' association Assobacam, in September 2019, the two banana exporters still operating in Cameroon exported 18,309 tons of…

Warned about TR4 disease

Jamaican banana & plantain industries on alert

Currently, Jamaica is restricting the importation of banana, plantains and any relatives of the plant family as the country is now on high alert for the Tropical Race 4 (TR4)…

Japan produces edible-skin bananas and some grown at -60°C

Some Japanese regions, such as the Prefecture of Fukushima, are already producing innovative edible skin bananas, named Kirei, which, in Japanese, means beautiful. These…

New advertising campaign will demonstrate how to pronounce Fyffes

Fyffes is launching a new advertising campaign that it says will have Fyffes on everyone’s lips. The campaign, launching in North America, takes aim at showing how to…

Livelihoods of about 4,000 people at risk

Banana killer threatens Israeli plantations

Israel’s banana crop is an important part of the nation’s agricultural sector, but it is in danger of total obliteration. Tropical Race 4 (TR4) has so far wiped out six banana…

Tons of British-grown fruit wasted over EU worker shortages

ITV News has figures showing tons of food being wasted in the UK. The main cause of this is the shortage of farm workers, which means some UK crops are not being harvested.…

Fusarium wilt

Philippines’ banana grower Tadeco faces biosecurity risk

Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (Tadeco), one of the country’s largest banana exporters, has warned against a move by local government officials to dismantle crucial quarantine measures in its joint-venture plantation. It said such could hasten the spread of the dreaded fusarium wilt and will…

Ukraine: Increased banana imports by 14%

In the first eight months of 2019, Ukraine imported 181,100 tons of bananas: 14% more than in the same period last year, the Еast-Fruit platform for fruit and vegetable…

Ecuador Banana bacterial diseases alert: Moko & bunchy top

While all eyes are on fusarium race 4 (TR4), not enough attention is being paid to the banana bunchy top virus. And although it is not as lethal as the fusarium, its effects on production and the costs of its control are high, so it is recommended to take the necessary risk controls to avoid entering…

Banana Leaf Preservation Technology: Leaves to replace single use plastics

An Indian innovation called Banana Leaf Preservation Technology has a sustainable solution to the global challenge of overabundant single use plastic waste. Banana leaf technology is an environmentally friendly cellular system that preserves leaves and natural biomaterials for a year without any…

Food artistry: Banana Cake

Genuine artist creates a ‘cake banana’. You try to figure out which one is real. Click here to view the amazing clip.

Fairtrade product sales increased by 61% in Spain in 2018

In 2018, the value of the products sold under the Fairtrade Certification Seal in the Iberian Peninsula came close to 100 million Euro, which is 1.5 Euro per person per year…

How do Americans like their bananas?

Americans love their bananas. In fact, the average American consumes 28 pounds of bananas per year. But the real question is, how ripe is their ideal banana? YouGov discovered there is quite a disparity when it comes to banana ripeness preferences. They found that 5% of respondents like their bananas…

Organics Unlimited looking forward to talking about its organic banana program

Organics Unlimited will be at booth number 681 to highlight its certified organic produce, eco-friendly growing practices and sustainability, along with sharing how banana purchases help communities through the GROW by Organics Unlimited social responsibility program at the Produce Marketing Association…

Dominican Republic hopes to export more than US$ 357 mln worth of agri products a year to China

The Dominican Republic is preparing to export to China agricultural products worth more than US$ 357 million annually. This was reported by the Center for Export and…

The UN launches emergency project to help fight TR4

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched an emergency project under its Technical Cooperation Program to help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean fight the spread of Fusarium wilt. TR4 was recently detected for the first time in Latin America and the Caribbean…

Portugese MEP questions European Commission about policy

Highly dangerous TR4 fungus threatens Madeiran bananas

Madeiran ME Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar has asked the European Commission about the measures it intends to take to address the impact of the highly dangerous Fusarium Fusarium…

Chinese banana production areas and banana market both struggle

The price fluctuations in Chinese banana production areas were relatively small last week, in comparison with the significant fluctuations earlier this season, but the overall…

Sustainability, central axis of the XVI Ecuador's International Banana Convention

The central axis of the XVI International Banana Convention 2019, held in Guayaquil, is sustainability as the basis of the banana production chain. The president of the…

Hurricane Lorena sweeps across 3,600 hectares of bananas in Mexico

Banana growers in the Mexican state of Colima face a serious situation due to the damage left by Hurricane Lorena. The hurricane destroyed 3,600 hectares of bananas affecting more than 160 producers in Manzanillo and Cihuatlan, said the president of the Banana Producers Regional Union, Francisco Hueso…

Japan's cold region to produce bananas

In Kashiwazaki - Niigata Prefecture -  a materials manufacturer and retailer has begun growing bananas using the exhaust heat from its waste incineration facility. Shimoda Industry…

Avocado, cocoa, mango, pineapple and bananas

Officials start process to export Dominican agricultural products to China

The Dominican Republic and China began the process of sanitary validation to export five agricultural products of local production to the Asian nation. The Ministry of Agriculture said the negotiations are carried out within the framework of the new diplomatic and trade relations established between both…

Russian Federation: Importing 90% of its bananas from Ecuador

Last week, the WorldFood international food fair was held in Moscow, highlighting the importance of Ecuadorian bananas within the Russian market, Moscow 24 reports. According…

Marek Szulc, managing director of Citronex, on company expansion:

“We will have 300 banana ripening rooms by January 2020”

Polish company Citronex has its sights set on expansion and is looking at reaching 300 ripening rooms by January 2020. The company’s main import volume comes from Ecuador but they also import from Colombia, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, with their total volumes reaching almost 290,000 boxes every week.…

“After durian, Malaysia’s next major fruit crop is the banana”

According to the Malaysian Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama), durians rank at the top of fruit products cultivated, while banana farming is number two. These were…

Santa Barbara K9 uncovers drugs in banana boxes

A Santa Barbara CHP K-9 sniffed out a shipment of narcotics after these arrived in a box of bananas at Port Hueneme, California. The Santa Barbara CHP posted the bust on its Facebook page Tuesday, saying K-9 Officer EDY uncovered 11.85 kilos of cocaine hidden in a box of bananas at the port in Ventura…

Chiquita launches limited-edition pink stickers to raise breast cancer awareness

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chiquita announced it will be participating in the ACS national on-line donation challenge, “Get Ben On Board.” This initiative will add $100 to every $500 donation made online to ACS, with funds raised supporting breast cancer patients. Additionally, the…

90% of the bananas imported by Russia come from Ecuador

The importance of Ecuadorian bananas within the Russian market became apparent within the framework of the WorldFood international food fair held in Moscow. According to…

Almost 14,000 tons more bananas in the Spanish market in July this year

The supply of domestic and imported bananas in Spain's Peninsular and Balearic markets continues reaching record highs. In July, there were almost 14,000 tons more than in…

National Day celebrations could cause Chinese banana prices to rise

The Chinese market price of bananas recently showed fluctuations. The overall price was stable at first, but then began to fall. When supplies from production areas was scarce…

Philippines: Banana shipments may top 2018 record

The Philippines is on track to surpass the 3.4 million tons of Cavendish bananas it exported last year based on preliminary trade data in the January-to-July period from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).  Data from the PSA obtained by the BusinessMirror showed that the country’s banana shipments in…

Bananas are now dubbed 'Lunchbox bananas'

Carnarvon bananas target the little consumers

While the reason to package fresh produce might be as simple as for customer convenience, for some items there is more to it. This is certainly the case for Carnarvon grown bananas. The Sweeter Banana Co-operative (SBC) was created to support Carnarvon banana growers who were trying to compete with…

Price of Chinese bananas dropped slightly after holiday season, but remains stable

The average price of good-quality bananas in Chinese production areas was around 3.80 yuan [0.53 USD] per kg after the Mid-Autumn Festival [September 13, 2019]. The overall…

"Price of Dominican bananas will stabilize and fall in near future"

According to the Dominican Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benítez, the price of bananas will stabilize soon and start falling. "We already have bananas and we are offering…

Miss Chiquita turns 75

Since 1944, Miss Chiquita has been an iconic symbol of Chiquita’s bright yellow bananas. Now, the company is celebrating the “first lady of fruit’s” 75th anniversary by taking a look back at her many accomplishments throughout the years. Miss Chiquita was introduced to Americans in the early 1940’s to help educate consumers on…

Colombian delegates visit Australia to learn about TR4 containment

Colombian government and banana industry representatives have travelled to Far North Queensland to see first-hand how they have contained Panama disease to just three farms in…

Emerson Aguirre, president of the Association of Banana Producers of Colombia

"Colombia's goal is to produce 140 million boxes of bananas annually "

For Emerson Aguirre, president in charge of the Association of Banana Producers of Colombia (Augura), 2019 has been a year of contrasts for the banana sector, with both…

Hidden costs of banana industry explored in new Fairtrade campaign

It’s hard to imagine a world without bananas, but a variety of challenges have put the fruit in a precarious position. Behind the Peel, a new campaign from Fairtrade Canada, explores the hidden costs and environmental threats to the banana industry and how shoppers can take action.  Bananas are Canada’s top fruit,…

Banana prices in China reach record high

In early September, the average price of Grade A bananas reached 4.10 yuan per kilo in production areas across China, a record high since the start of the year. The recent…

Zero-residue banana and plantain post-harvest products

The Valencian company Sanicitrus SL has presented its Eco/Bio product range for the post-harvest treatments of bananas and plantains, in addition to its well-known range of natural-product-based formulated treatments that have no chemical residues, which are known in the sector as zero-residue. The…

Former Executives of Chiquita Brands Colombia accused of financing paramilitary groups

The Attorney General's Office has pressed charges on 10 former directors of Chiquita Brands for allegedly financing between 1997 and 2004 the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) paramilitary group, which committed crimes in the Uraba area of Antioquia. Several of the defendants appealed the charges but…

Turkey increases productivity with new varieties of bananas

Mersin, a city located in southern Turkey, has introduced two new varieties of bananas. According to experts, with these new varieties the productivity will increase from 6 tons per 0,1 hectare to 10 tons. R&D specialists from Alata Horticulture Research Institute developed new varieties of bananas that…

Lidl Belgium: Introducing cheaper Rainforest Alliance certified bananas

Discounter Lidl seems to have returned to its commitment in early September by reintroducing a second variety of bananas. They are certified Rainforest Alliance and are sold…

African banana growers urging EU to maintain tariffs on Latin American imports

Last Friday, struggling African banana producers petitioned the European Union not to cut tariffs on imports from Latin America any further. Exporters in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) have been losing market share since 2009, when the EU agreed to progressively cut tariffs on bananas from…

Union of Workers of the Bananera Rio Mame SA

Honduras: Collective Bargaining brings benefits for plantation workers

The Union of Workers of the Bananera Rio Mame SA (SITRABARIMASA) has signed its ninth collective agreement with the multinational company Dole, which, following good faith…

Blockchain partnership between Plus, FYffes, and ISM

Climate-neutral bananas in Dutch supermarkets

Three companies are using blockchain technology to provide insight into the production chain of bananas. These companies are the Dutch supermarket chain, PLUS, their supplier, Fyffes, and their technology partner, SIM. A QR code has been placed on the bananas. Consumers can scan this to see which route the banana…

A suitable banana ripening unit favors sales

The new project by Cold Energy for the Argentinian company Argenfruit in partnership with Dutch companies BG Door and VDH boasts 14 new banana ripening units that will become operative in October. "We had already worked for Argenfruit in 2017 upgrading 23 existing units that can hold up to 2 containers each as well as 8 storage units.…

Philippines: DavNor holds forum on banana disease

Seeking to find viable solutions, DavNor officials met with banana farmers in Davao Region directly affected by Fusarium wilt or Panama disease on Tuesday. More than a hundred…

Turkey aims to stop banana imports next year

Anamur, Mersin, a city in southern Turkey, meets 40% of the domestic demand for bananas. This year, banana producers in the district expect a yield of 250 thousand tons. Anamur Banana Producers Union's (MUZBIR) President Hasan Catkaya announced that the production of bananas in Turkey will increase from…

China: Banana prices stable in production areas of Yunnan

Current banana prices in the production areas of Yunnan are stable at 2.5 - 4.1 yuan/kg. In most parts of Yunnan, the volume was reduced by weather events earlier in the…

Winfresh exports

Agriculture minister in St. Lucia intent on increasing banana exports

St. Lucia’s Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph said efforts by the ministry to improve the international market share for bananas must be met with vigour by…

Philippines: Panama disease-hit areas may double

An official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Davao Region said areas affected by the Fusarium wilt, also known as Panama disease, may double by this year. Virgelio…

Agreements achieved by the UK could jeopardize the European banana

Given the situation of uncertainty generated by the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, the European banana sector is closely following the UK's negotiations with banana exporting countries, which are constantly evolving. In recent days the Association of European Plantain and Banana Producers…

'A banana a day': Korean campaign to encourage daily consumption

A supermarket in South Korea has devised a solution to encourage the consumption of fruit on a daily basis. They are selling an ingenious product that makes it easier for…

Fukushima strives for revival - luxury bananas with edible skins

Growers, once hard-hit by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, have harvested high-grade bananas for the first time, which they are counting on to revive the…

Export of Peruvian bananas dropped slightly in August

The export of Peruvian bananas took a dive in August, as only 14 million kilos were exported, compared to 17 million kilos in July. Most of the bananas from Peru have been…

August 2019

Cameroon banana exports decrease by 2,200 tons YoY

In August 2019, the two banana producers still operating in Cameroon (PHP and Boh Plantations) exported 12,692 tons of the product. Compared with the 14,913 tons exported during the same period in 2018. This represents a decrease by 2,221 tons according to www.businessincameroon.com . This decrease is…

Asia, an important market for Ecuadorian bananas

The Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec) stated that 29.44% of the more than 213 million boxes that Ecuador exported between January and July 2019 were sent to the European Union (EU); 20.85% to Russia; 14.17% to the Middle East; 10.93% to the United States; and 8.52% to East Asia and…

Purchases slow during Mid-Autumn Festival - may rise again before National Day

Last week, the overall banana prices in production areas experienced significant shifts, mainly due to the influence of the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day. On the…

Colombia: Banana workers union get above-inflation pay deal

On September 12th, Colombian trade union Sintrainagro concluded negotiations with banana producers Augura, which will see 22,000 plantation workers receive an above-inflation pay deal in the world’s fourth-largest banana exporting country. With inflation currently at 3.75%, and predicted to drop to 3.30%…

More Chinese importers sourcing bananas from Vietnam

The export price of Vietnamese bananas is slightly lower than the previous year, with FOB prices sitting at 8USD/box (13kg net). Vietnamese growers expect the price will rise soon, as the global banana importers always have a higher demand starting in September, a Vietnamese banana grower explains. Mr .Nguyen…

Losses amount to $ 500,000 per week

Drought puts banana producers in the Dominican Republic at risk

The drought that is affecting the Dominican Republic is causing banana producers to lose US $500,000 per week, according to Rafael Sosa, a member of the Banana Producers…

Bolivia: Losses of up to 90% in banana production due to extreme winds

The strong winds recorded on Tuesday, September 10, in the Estaño Palmito region of the municipality of Chimore, in the Bolivian department of Cochabamba, damaged 200 hectares of banana production from 40 producers. According to the deputy mayor of the 10th district of Chimore, Gilberto Calani, the winds…

China: Banana prices fall in Guangxi but rise in Yunnan

Prices in banana production areas over the past two days, in general, were stable, with some exceptions mainly in Guangdong and Guangxi. Orders have been coming in slightly…

Drought in Dominican Republic: Losses to banana growers as high as US$500K weekly

With losses as high as US$500,000 per week, the banana producers of the Dominican Republic are hit extremely hard by the recent drought. This situation has caused producers to…

First report of reddish brown spot disease on red-fleshed dragon fruit in Malaysia

Scientists of University Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia) have detected firstly the reddish brown spot disease on dragon fruit in Malaysia. They collected stems of red-fleshed dragon fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus) with reddish brown spots from Negeri Sembilan and Johor states, then analysed the…

Four arrests - investigations ongoing

Greece: More than 500kg of cocaine found in Piraeus

More than 500kg of cocaine was found by Greek authorities in bananas containers at the port of Piraeus. Authorities have seized more than 100 containers with bananas arriving…

An edible rice starch coating improves the marketability of bananas

Scientists of University of Newcastle (Australia) have developed a rice starch edible coating blended with sucrose esters to control the postharvest physiological activity of Cavendish banana and to extend postharvest quality during ripening at 20 ± 2 °C. They evaluated the coating's effectiveness…

SIE, a new comprehensive insurance for the maritime transport of bananas from Ecuador

Contecon Guayaquil, which is the Ecuadorian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), has launched SIE, Ecuador's first comprehensive insurance for banana exporters. With the support of RSA Seguros as advisors and of the multinational insurers CHUBB and Zurich, the producers will…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

"Limited banana supply ensures stable market"

The German banana market is developing calmly and steadily. This is according to Hans Maagendans of Banafood. Banafood is an independent ripening company in Straelen, Germany. "The…

ICA partnering with banana associations to control the spread of "Fusarium"

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) announced on Monday, September 9, the signing of two agreements with the associations Augura (Association of Banana Growers of Colombia) and Asbama (Association of banana growers of Magdalena and La Guajira) to control and prevent the spread of the fungus…

New project to revitalize Peru's organic banana sector

The manager of the Organic Banana Agroindustrial Innovation Project, Karlhos Quinde Rodriguez, stated that the production and export of organic bananas from Piura, the main…

Why Australia’s Carnarvon-grown bananas need packaging

While the reason to package fresh produce might be as simple as for customer convenience - so they can just pick up a bag of beans and be on their way, for some items there is…

"Not all bananas are the same"

Despite appearances, not all bananas are the same. Though they may look alike, there is much in the way that bananas are grown, harvested, ripened and brought to market that affects the condition, quality and taste that consumers can expect. That is the message fruit importers Fyffes will be bringing to consumers over the coming…

The price of Ecuadorian bananas increases to US $8 per box

The 30% decrease in the world supply of bananas due to the adverse weather conditions recorded in some of the production areas has led to an increase in fruit prices to levels that are higher than those established by the Ecuadorian Government. A box of bananas in the spot market (out of contract) stands…

Panama TR4 spreading on infected farms in North Queensland

Despite the rigid biosecurity measures in place throughout north Queensland banana farms, the dreaded Panama tropical race 4 is spreading within the infested farms. Since…

Prices of high quality bananas increase in Poland, while average prices fall

Over the past 2.5 years, the maximum promotional prices for bananas in Poland have increased by almost 41 percent. The largest increases were seen in cash & carry chains. They…

Bananas: 14 unique types you may or may not know

Bananas are a healthy, delicious snack, but they are easy to use in baking and cooking as well. Although you may only see a few types at your local store, over 1,000 kinds of…

Luc Hellebuyck on Twitter:

"Banana export Sem1 2019: 17% lower vs previous year"

Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, tweeted the following: .@Procomer_CR banana export Sem1 2019 17% lower vs previous year. Click here for a larger image. In a second tweet, Hellebuyck spoke about: #Banana Import EU28 Jan.-Jun.'19 -1%. Ecuador -9% Click here for a larger image. Source: twitter.com

Ecuador again allows imports of in vitro banana plants

Now these imports are allowed again, the first batch of in vitro banana plants have arrived in Ecuador. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), through Agrocalidad,…

Banana prices in Latin American of July '19 tend to follow 2018 curve

According to Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO,  #banana prices Jul.'19 tend to follow 2018  curve. Click here for a larger image.

Analysis of the banana market in Spain in 2019

The supply of imported bananas in Spain almost matches that from the Canary Islands

The available supply of Canary and imported bananas in the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands has again reached an all-time high in the first half of 2019…

Venezuela bans agricultural imports from Colombia for fear of Fusarium

Venezuela's Institute of Environmental Health (INSAI) published a statement of transboundary phytosanitary risks in which they propose preventive measures to prevent the…

Chiquita launches promotion for kids to get creative

Chiquita Brands International has launched its “Fuel the Fun” Back To School Promotion with the aim to encourage fans of any age to unleash their creativity. The company said…

Cambodia: Longmate to reach banana export goals in China

Speaking to Khmer Times, Hun Lak, Longmate Agriculture director, said his company exported bananas every month since the first shipment in early May. This means Longmate Agriculture, one of five local companies allowed to export bananas directly to China, is on track to meet its goal of shipping 22,000…

Australian Banana Growers' Council calls on government

Banana industry likely to be harmed by Great Barrier Reef protection proposal

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is again calling on the Queensland Government to reconsider impractical aspects of the proposed reef regulations which could…

Upcoming holidays in China may push up banana prices in September

Recently, banana prices in the production areas have been fluctuating, rising at first and then falling, but have gradually stabilized. At first, with the Mid-Autumn Festival…

Climate change could seriously compromise global banana production by 2050

The scientific journal Nature has published a study by the British University of Exeter that warns about the negative consequences that the climate crisis could have on world banana production, due to the effect that rising temperatures and changing rainfall have on tropical crops. The research, led by…

Customers cut bananas directly from the stalk

At the start of this year, the BanaNatural made some big waves during Fruit Logistica with their banana stand. This stand was created to keep the natural juices inside the fruits both during transport as well as in the supermarkets. Their booth got a lot of traffic and it seemed like this stand had…

"Banana prices in China picked up"

“After remaining at low levels for a few years, banana prices finally picked up this year. Prices in various production areas have been rising since the start of the year, and trade has been going smoothly. Currently, the market, in general, is quite stable.” Mr. Hu, a banana grower, and distributor…

Banana prices fall in Guangxi but rise in Pearl River Delta

Recently, prices in certain banana production areas have experienced fluctuations, especially in Guangxi. Due to high prices at an earlier period, the costs of orders are…

Cameroon exported 17,752 tons of bananas in July 2019

In July 2019, banana exporters operating in Cameroon shipped 17,752 tons of the product to various markets. This is 4,231 tons more than the shipments of the same period in 2018. Let’s note that this performance is achieved despite the suspension of the second operator in that market (CDC). As usual, Plantations…

Peru's organic banana exports worth US $80 million so far in 2019

Peruvian exports of organic bananas in the first half of 2019 amounted to 80 million dollars, i.e. 11% less than the 89.9 million dollars achieved in the same period of the previous year. This reduction is due to the changes in temperature registered in the Piura Region and the greater competition from…

Banana spot marketing increases in Ecuador

According to the Executive Director of AEBE, Eduardo Ledesma, the volumes of bananas exported under the contracting modality in 2019 will match the number of those marketed…

For now no urgent measures at the banana supplier Fruchthof Nagel

"We do not experience supply shortages"

A fungal disease has reached the fifth largest banana plant in Colombia, decimating the most popular variety among Germans. However, at Fruchthof Nagel in Ilsfeld there is no panic because the owners have taken precautions, they say in a conversation with the Heilbronner Stimme. "We do not feel anything of…

Australian Banana Growers' Council announced ‘Banana Bunchy Top Virus project this week

The Australian Banana Growers' Council (ABGC) announced the National Banana Bunchy Top Virus project this week.  Banana-advocate David Peasley was appointed the project manager…

Malaysia: FGV to introduce integrated farming blueprint

FGV Holdings Berhad will introduce an integrated farming blueprint this year as part of the plantation company’s strategy to make productive use of marginal land, group chief…

Huge drop in coconut production

Potatoes and onions grow horticultural output in India

The output of Indian horticultural crops is expected to grow marginally to 313.85 million tonnes in 2018-19 compared with 311.71 million tonnes produced in the previous year.…

Chinese banana prices rise in many production areas - farmers are confident

The price of bananas significantly increased in production areas in Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Yunnan, and Laos. The prices in Guangxi, Guangdong and Laos showed the most…

Honduran banana export prices fall by 14.5%

According to a report of the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH), in the first half of 2019, bananas were the country's second export product, behind coffee. International banana…

Organics Unlimited set to celebrate 14th annual GROW month

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 14th annual GROW Month throughout the month of September. The campaign, which starts on September 1, focuses on partnering with retailers and media with the aim to create consumer awareness of GROW’s…

ABNB calls for improvement of the Rainforest Alliance Standard

Most of the bananas sold in Germany are certified according to the Rainforest Alliance standard. This standard is currently being revised and is in public consultation (more…

Quarrel in kiosk in Bremen

Physical argument over expensive bananas

Are you completely bananas? This question should have arisen with the Bremen police this Sunday (18 August 2019). Four men between the ages of 18 and 40 wanted to buy a few…

Costa Rica and Colombia losing banana market share

Today Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, tweeted #Banana Import US Jan.-Jun.'19 -2.96% vs '18. Costa Rica and Colombia losing market share. Click here for a larger image.

Availability of Spanish bananas sets a new record in 2019

In the first half of 2019, the supply of bananas and plantains available on the Spanish market in the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands increased by 7,000 tonnes,…

Farming losses from Tropical Storm Bailu hit NT$87.90 million

Storm damages Taiwanese bananas, sugar apples, lemons, papaya and ginger

Taiwan's agricultural losses from the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Bailu over the weekend were estimated at NT$87.90 million (US$2.79 million) as of Monday but are likely to go up as more damage is reported. According to the Council of Agriculture, Taitung County was the hardest hit of any locality…


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