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New Zealand's only carbon zero bananas

After an intensive programme of assessment and change working with T&G Fresh, Ekos and others, All Good now offers bananas (imported from Ecuador) that are certified Carbon Zero - as well as FairTrade.  Chris and Matt Morrison and Simon Coley, launched All Good by importing New Zealand’s first Fairtrade and…

Filipino Banana Growers and Entrepreneurs Association

Philippines: Banana growers demand lower government fees

The Filipino Banana Growers and Entrepreneurs Association (FBGEA) has demanded lower government fees and more support activities to help the supposedly distressed industry.…

Taiwanese bananas likely contaminated by insecticide residues from neighboring fields

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday issued a statement saying the shipment of bananas that was rejected by Japan early this month might have been contaminated by…

Contrary to Agriculture Minister Furner’s statements

Cyclone-hit banana farmers claim they did indeed request wage subsidies in March

A grower whose banana farm was flattened by the recent cyclone had Agriculture Minister Mark Furner visit his flattened banana farm. He had stated that the MP's claims he was…

Chinese banana market chaotic

Recently, banana prices in production areas have been stable at a low level. After the Qingming Festival, traders are actively making purchases to replenish stock, sales are fast and market…

Ecuador reinforces actions on its southern border after the presence of Foc TR4 was confirmed in Peru

Ecuador decided to reinforce actions at border crossings to prevent the arrival of the Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc R4T) to the country after Peru…

Chinese imports of Southeast Asian bananas will decline in May

The Chinese banana market began to recover in early February after nearly one year of depression. The supply volume still exceeds demand, but the price is stable. Mr. Xia Zuxiang, chairman of the board at Shanghai Sofia International Trade Co., Ltd. recently talked about current conditions in the Chinese…

Jorge Aguilar Jr., CEO of Coliman Group

“The coming years will bring expansion in organic production and investment in technology”

This month, Coliman Group celebrates the company’s 58th anniversary. Founded by Mr. Custodio Aguilar in 1963, today the company is still family owned and managed by the Aguilar family. It wasn’t until 1978 that Aguilar’s son Jorge Aguilar Heredia, formally founded AGGALL Coliman Group with the…

"We do not expect any change in the supply of Peru bananas in the coming months"

Statement from AgroFair about banana disease discovery in Peru (Foc TR4)

This week AgroFair was startled by the news that a first case of the banana fungal disease Fusarium oxysporum spp cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc TR4) has been identified in Peru. Fusarium is a large family of fungi that occur all over the world and affect many crops. Foc specialises in bananas and Foc TR4…

Colombia intent on boosting banana exports by 10% in 2021

Yesterday, an industry official stated that Colombia hopes to boost its banana exports by 10% this year. This would bring in $1 billion in income for the world’s fifth-largest…

After weeks of uncertainty, QLD banana growers will receive extra $50K for storm damages

Queensland banana farmers whose plantations were damage by Tropical Cyclone Niran, on March 1, have cautiously welcomed the Queensland Government's latest move to increase…

Banana Day, April 21

Online event for the banana industry

International Banana Day will take place on April 21st. To commemorate this occasion, the Ecuadorian Banana Cluster is organizing "Banana Day 2021", an online event about the…

Frederick Denaeghel, Denaeghel groenten en fruit

"Sellers can distinguish themselves from supermarket retail with Chiquita Queen bananas"

On Monday, April 12, Denaeghel groenten en fruit from Bruges will start selling the first Chiquita Queen bananas. “The Chiquita Queen bananas are the brand's new premium bananas and are of very good quality,” says Frederick Denaeghel of the wholesaler of the same name. “There are 6 bananas on a bunch,…

North Queensland banana grower enraged by lack of assistance after wind damage

An Innisfail banana grower has claimed that there is not enough government support after freak winds devastated the region's farms six weeks ago. Dianne Sciacca and her…

China to boost Lancang-Mekong region banana production

The Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences has issued a statement saying that China plans to help countries in the Lancang-Mekong region tap their banana production…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.78 per kg

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas from Colombia stood at…

Platanos de Canarias exports to the peninsula reinforced by the Ciudad de Valencia ship

The incorporation of the Ciudad de Valencia ship to the Cadiz-Canarias line last August 2020 has allowed Naviera Armas Trasmediterranea to increase banana exports from the…

China's banana import price fell by 2.28%

China’s banana imports in February 2021 increased by 11.62% on January but decreased by 2.60% compared to February 2020. The average import price fell by 2.28% year on year. Customs data show that China’s banana import volume in February 2021 was 137,900 tons (137,916,308 kg), the import value was 76,700,303…

Senasa reports a possible case of "Fusarium" race 4 fungus in Peru

The Peruvian National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) issued a statement on April 8 regarding various reports of a possible case of Fusarium oxyporum f. sp. cubense (Foc…

CDC to renovate 520 hectares of banana plantations this year

Cameroon: Banana exports up 5,082 tons YoY in Q1-2021

According to the Banana Association ASSOBACAM, Cameroon exported 54,900 tons of bananas in Q1- 2021. Compared with the 49,818 tons the country exported over the same period in…

Peruvian banana shipments exceeded 25.6 million dollars in the first two months of 2021

According to the data provided by the Agrodata Peru website, Peru exported 36,414,873 kilos of bananas for a FOB value of 25,684,995 dollars between January and February 2021,…

Blue Java bananas are trending

Grown mostly in Southeast Asia and Hawaii, Blue Java Bananas are increasingly popular. Bananas are popular world-over for being extremely nutritious. Still, a new variety of bananas is being…

Kenya: County urged to complete Taveta banana factory

Banana farmers in Taita Taveta, Kenya, have urged the county government to speed up the completion of the Taveta banana processing plant. They claim the construction of the…

Technavio

Technavio: Organic banana market to grow by USD 252 Million from 2021-2025

The organic banana market is expected to grow by USD 252 million during 2021-2025, according to Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organic banana market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.  Image: Technavio  The organic banana market…

Cameroon Development Corporation

520 hectares of banana plantations to be reactivated this year

According to the Q2-2021 business cycle analysis, recently published by the Bank of Central African States, Cameroon’s banana production will increase between April and June…

Pricing pressure from multinationals and retail continues

Organic banana supplies going up with the temperatures

As the spring weather warms up, banana supplies will slowly increase. “We’re on our way out of winter so while supplies are slim, we expect to see volume increase as temperatures creep upward,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, president and CEO of Organics Unlimited noting that supplies are slightly better…

Chiquita introduces carbon reduction program

Chiquita has launched “30BY30,” a program to reduce carbon emissions in its operations by 30 percent by the end of 2030. This initiative has been submitted to the SBTi (Science Based Target Initiative). The SBTi will be responsible for measuring and reporting on Chiquita’s progress. Chiquita is also…

Sri Lankan ‘ambul’ bananas to be exported for the first time

This weekend, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage toured the Ambul banana cultivation areas, looking at the bananas that were produced for the export market in…

May 12 to 14, 2021

Cairns to host 2021 Australian Banana Industry Congress

Pullman Cairns International Hotel from May 12 to 14. Some 400 delegates are expected to attend. This year's Australian Banana Industry Congress is to be held at the Cairns…

Banana producers ask the EU for a Shared Responsibility model

Agricultural producers are demanding a shared responsibility mechanism from the European Union. Faced with the rising costs related to private certifications, producers…

Russia: January 2021 fruit imports see drop in banana and apple shipments

Russian fruit imports in January 2021 remained virtually unchanged compared to the same month in 2020, but there were some significant changes in the import structure. First…

Colombia

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…

Bananas and pineapples accounted for 16% of Costa Rica's export revenue in 2020

According to a preliminary report from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) of Costa Rica, bananas and fresh pineapples accounted for 16.20% of the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week prices stood at £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices stood at £0.80 for bananas from…

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…

Imported bananas occupying mid-to-high-end market in China

China is the world's second largest producer and consumer of bananas, second only to India. Banana is the tropical fruit with the largest global trade volume and number of…

ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirappalli

NRCB optimistic about banana exports to Europe

The ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) -based in Tiruchirappalli- is hopeful that the shipment of 10 ton of Nendran banana sent by sea from Kerala reaches the UK…

40 containers of organic bananas from Piura were shipped after the end of the transporters strike

The transporter's strike in Peru affected more than 7,000 families engaged in the production of organic bananas in the Piura region. On Monday, producers will ship 40…

Purchase price of Chinese bananas is coming down

The Chinese banana market is dominated by bananas from Yunnan between November and April in the subsequent year. The supply from Guangxi, Guangdong, and Hainan is fragmentary.…

Struggling Filipino banana industry seeks lower fees and fewer restrictions

The Pilipino Banana Growers and Entrepreneurs Association (PBGEA) is demanding fewer government fees and more support to prop up the troubled industry. PBGEA executive…

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…

'Meet the super banana and act for the climate and social justice'

Great news in Belgium this week as consumers will now be able to buy a “super banana”. This special banana is not only good for producers, but also for the environment and the…

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…

Mexico's banana production increased by 2.9%

Mexico is the world's 12th biggest producer of bananas in the world and its banana production increased by 2.9% in 2020, totaling 2,469,000 tons and 274 million dollars,…

China: Banana prices rebounding in 2021

In line with a seasonal shortage of top-quality bananas, the Mintec price of Chinese bananas rose by 10% to CNY 5.82/kg in the 10 weeks to 10th March. While bananas are a…

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…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average week price £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon,…

Colombia

ICA and Fedeplatacol present an action plan to prevent and eradicate the banana moko in the Coffee Region

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) and the Federation of Banana Producers of Colombia (Fedeplacol) presented the Action Plan for the prevention and eradication of the…

Using Apple Pay for purchases

Woman charged £1,599 for bunch of bananas

A woman from London was erroneously charged more than £1,599 for a bunch of bananas in UK supermarket chain Marks & Spencer. As she was using Apple Pay to pay for her…

Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and Tablelands regions

Australian banana growers ‘disillusioned’ with $25,000 disaster grant

Australian growers that were impacted by tropical cyclone Niran are eligible for a $25,000 government grant. However, growers say it’s not enough and not targeted towards the…

USDA

Between FY 2009 and 2019 banana imports increased from $1.2 to $2.2 billion

Consumers have preferred more fresh produce as many Americans substitute fresh for processed foods in pursuit of healthier diets. Additionally, increasing ethnic diversity and growing appreciation for more tropical fruit have led to growing imports of fruits such as pineapples, mangos, and papaya. This…

Philippines banana exports dropped 51% in January

In January, banana exports from the Philippines plummeted by 51 percent to 186,419.019 tons, from last year’s 384,151.173 tons, according to the latest Philippine Statistics…

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…

Fairtrade takes big steps towards living wages for banana workers

Fairtrade has announced a new base wage for all Fairtrade certified banana plantations. The revised standard marks a unique move towards a living wage, benefitting thousands of workers. This will make a real difference to the New Zealand market where up to 8% of all bananas sold are Fairtrade 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…

Laos: Bananas remain top agricultural export

Laotian bananas continue to be a top earner among all agricultural products, with the total export value of agricultural produce in 2020 reaching almost US$1 billion. This is…

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…

Paraguay

Capabap denounces the governor of Central for not including the banana in the school food program

The Paraguayan Banana and Pineapple Chamber (Capabap) filed a complaint with the National Directorate of Public Procurement (DNCP) against the Central Government, administered…

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…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Guatemalan bananas at £0.77 per kg

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.80 for…

Banana farmers want EC$1.9 million loan guarantee from Saint Lucia government

The reluctance of the Government of Saint Lucia to guarantee an EC$1.9 million loan from the Saint Lucia Development Bank (SLDB) to the National Fair Trade Organisation Saint…

Value chain development programme helps to get better prices

Andhra Pradesh banana growers raking it in

The initiatives of the Indian Horticulture Department seem to be yielding results. Apparently, the banana value chain development programme is contributing to the…

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,…

Japan finds fungicides on Taiwanese bananas

As Taiwan is increasing its export of pineapples to Japan due to China's ban, due to high levels of fungicides, the Japanese ordered the removal of 750 boxes of Taiwanese…

Iran: Fruit exports 20 times larger than imports

According to Rouhollah Latifi, the spokesperson of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, Iran imported 380,009 tons of fruit worth $267.71 million and exported…

Taiwanese pineapples qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Officials have stated that Taiwan's pineapples, along with mangoes, dragon fruit, and bananas, have met the requirements to be served at the Tokyo Olympics. On March 11, Chen…

Market demand for import bananas has room to grow

There is a shortage of top-quality bananas in the Chinese market

Last year the Chinese banana market was chaotic. The bananas were reasonably priced, but there were no buyers. After a year of chaos, the Chinese banana market began to…

Banana breeding tracking tool BTracT makes light work of breeding

Banana breeding tracking tool BTracT was developed as part of a project led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). It is a digital tool that uses…

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…

Paraguayan bananas produced in Cordillera reach the Argentine market

Banana producers from the town of San José Obrero, in the department of Cordillera, have already shipped the first loads of the 30,000 boxes of Paraguayan bananas the…

Ideas Contest 2020/2021 organized by the Del Campo al Plato Program, with the support of GFA Consulting Group and GIZ

Integration of biodiversity in Costa Rican and Dominican Republic banana and pineapple value chains

The 2020-2021 Ideas Contest for biodiversity, which was organized by the Del Campo al Plato (CAP) Program, aims to position and integrate the issue of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Costa Rica's and the Dominican Republic's banana and pineapple value chain. The contest received nearly 100…

Western Australia

“The tropical rains we experienced a few weeks ago gave the bananas a turbo-injection"

While many Western Australian businesses have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and/or weather issues, few have been as impacted by both as the Sweeter Banana plantation…

EU weighted average ACP banana prices at €103 per 100 kgs in late February

In late February 2021, the average wholesale prices of ACP bananas stood at €103 per 100 kgs in France. The price for both Spain and the Netherlands was €82 per 100 kgs. The EU weighted average (UK excluded) stood at €103 per 100 kgs, falling between the 2019 and the 2020 prices. The average wholesale prices of…

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…

Independent banana producers in Honduras haven't been able to resume exports

Four months after tropical storms Eta and Iota swept through the banana plantations in northern Honduras, independent banana producers still haven't been able to resume their…

Spot price rises to $11

Almost 800 hectares of bananas in Ecuador were affected by cold, rains, and ash

The weather and the ash spewed by the recent eruption of the Sangay volcano will affect Ecuador's banana supply in the coming months. According to banana producers from Los…

ICAR-NRCB has developed expertise for fulfilment of shipment protocols

Ten tonnes of nendran bananas shipped to UK for ‘Vishu’ festival

On Monday, ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana shipped 10 tonnes of fresh nendran bananas meant for Indian expatriates in the United Kingdom. This was done under its…

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…

Twitter.com

Many Latin American countries remain important exporters of organic products like bananas, cocoa and coffee

Many Latin American countries remain important exporters of organic products such as bananas, cocoa and coffee, as tweeted today by Luc Hellebuyck, former President of Eucofel aisbl. Organic bananas are one of the fastest-growing fresh produce categories. Today’s organic bananas represent over 10% of all…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current avg week banana prices at £0.61 for fruit from Colombia

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.61 for bananas…

Queensland, Australia

Innisfail banana growers want specific recovery measures after cyclone Niran

The Australian Banana Growers' Council has welcomed the first steps towards recovery assistance for cyclone-smashed banana farms in the Innisfail region. Still, it is calling…

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,…

Who would have known; Banana farming in Ontario

In Blyth, Ontario, fresh, tropical fruit like guava, papaya and pineapple are being grown in the dead of winter. It might be quite a surprise to some people, but a short clip…

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…

Filipino banana exports and production both declined

It is reported that the export volume of bananas from the Philippines in 2020 was 3.595 million tons, showing a year-on-year decrease of 18.3% from 4.403 million tons in 2019.…

Ecuadorian bananas need to recover markets

Ecuador has been the largest banana exporter in the world for almost 6 decades, with more than 30% of the global market share for this fruit. The European Union and the United…

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…

PlayStation

Sony files patent for ‘banana’ as PS5 controller

A new PlayStation patent appears to have a literal banana as a PS5 controller. GamesIndustry.biz has noted that Sony has recently filed a patent for this new controller device. What's weird about the controller is that it looks exactly like a banana, as you can see in the image from the original patent…

Banana growers call for urgent Government assistance

Australian banana growers who have lost up to 100 per cent of their crop to cyclonic winds are calling for urgent assistance from the Queensland and Federal  Governments.In a devastating blow for growers already battling ongoing low prices and worker shortages, most Innisfail district banana growers are now…

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…

Jakob Van Poucke, Luik Natie Coldstore, Belgium, about its handling of bananas:

“Our trump card? Speed!”

"Despite the current corona crisis, it's clear that we'll continue to have our work cut out for us. Even though 2020 was a tough year for our banana importers," says Jakob Van Poucke of Luik Natie Coldstore. This Belgian company focuses on the conditioned storage and logistical handling of banana containers, among other things.…

Ghana to export bananas to UK under tariff-free agreement

Ghana will export bananas -and other products- to the United Kingdom under a tariff-free agreement. These exports are also in line to benefit from tariff liberalisation from…

North Queensland banana fields affected by Cyclone Niran build-up

A large number of north Queensland Banana farms have been severely damaged, after cyclonic winds -associated with Tropical Cyclone Niran- hit this Monday. Banana crops across…

Banana exports Cameroon drop to 17,258 tons in Feb 2021

According to data compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam), banana exporters operating in the Cameroonian market exported 17,258 tons of the product in…

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…

Ecuador remains free of Fusarium race 4

Monica Gallo, the general coordinator of Ecuador's Plant Health Service, said that the country's efforts to prevent the spread of the Fusarium race 4 fungus after being…

Kerala: Unseasonal rain affects ‘nendran’ banana yields

Nendran bananas, marketed mainly in Kerala, have been grown on some 3,000 hectares in the district in the current season (2020-21), up by 500 hectares over the previous…

Cyclonic winds hit Far North Queensland banana farms

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council is today working with growers and authorities to assess damage caused by a tropical low yesterday (March 1) that has since developed…

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…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Panama sell for £0.72 / kg, the same as last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.57 for bananas…

Despite the pandemic, Costa Rica's banana exports increased by 7% in 2020

Costa Rica's National Banana Corporation (Corbana) stated on Thursday that, despite global restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume of banana exports had…

Garcia-Bastidas had to inform Colombian officials there was a new banana plague

Fernando Garcia-Bastidas has worked his whole career to save bananas from extinction by Panama Disease, but now his work has new urgency after having to inform authorities in…

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…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

"High spot prices in Ecuador, but no great pressure on banana market"

The banana market is currently quiet. "It's not bad, but I can't say it's moving either. Last week was slightly busier. The vacation period might've had an influence," says Hans Maagendans of Banafood in Germany. He expects the market to remain stable in the coming weeks. "Supplies are expected to be very normal. Ecuador's…

The Canarian banana sector falters after three decades of being protected by Europe

The Canarian banana started this year with difficulties. The obligation to establish a minimum price and the impossibility of selling at a loss, as proposed by the draft…

Keralan project: ‘Nendran bananas to Europe’

Nendran bananas will soon come to markets in Europe. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate a project named ‘Nendran bananas to Europe’ on February 27, online.…

"Chinese market supply of bananas exceeds demand, but there are not enough top-quality bananas"

Last year many imported bananas were reasonably priced but found no market. After a long period of chaos, the Chinese banana market finally began to stabilize in February. The current market supply volume is stable and the price is rising. Mr. Xia Zuxiang, board member of Shanghai Sofia International…

Kenya: Taita Taveta banana growers sign deal to boost production

After Taita Taveta entered a processing deal with the Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust, the county’s banana growers expect to benefit from a ready market. According…

Canarian producers insist that it is not possible to establish a minimum sale price for bananas

The president and the manager of the Association of Producers' Organizations of Plátanos de Canarias (Asprocan), Domingo Martín and Sergio Cáceres, appeared before the…

Ecuador

Walmart Florida sells the MP1 banana variety from the Santa Elena Peninsula

Musatec, which was established in the Santa Elena Peninsula in October 2019, has already made the first export of the MP1 banana variety to the east coast of the United…

César Padovani of Mavanni:

“2020 was a challenging year full of ups and downs for bananas”

Bananas are among Ecuador’s top five exports, and despite the challenges that the pandemic brought, the worldwide per capita consumption has continued to grow throughout last year. Banana company Mavanni exports to China, Slovenia, Chile and Greece and is run by César Padovani and Paola Matute. “We…

Bangladesh: Rangpur banana crops are plentiful

This year, banana growers in different areas of Rangpur are hopeful of getting a plentiful yield of the fruit. The Deputy Detector of the regional Department of Agricultural…

Turkey's banana production increased by 32.8% in 2020

Turkey's banana production increased 32.8% to reach 728,133 tons in 2020, thanks to the efforts by the Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, according to official data.…

Regional shifts for banana supplies in North America

Supplies of bananas in North America are currently moving “like a chess game.” So says Anthony Serafino of Exp Group, LLC based in North Bergen, NJ. He notes that following the hurricanes that hit Central America in 2020—Hurricane Eta in early November and then Hurricane Iota two weeks later—there’d been…

Western Australia

Carnarvon bananas selling cheap thanks to bumper crop

An overabundance of WA-grown bananas has hit the Perth market. Most retailers are offering specials on WA grown bananas to shift the big supplies, and the Sweeter Banana…

Cambodian exports to China up 8% in 2020

Cambodia's exports to the world’s second-largest economy surged more than 8 per cent in value to $1.086 billion last year. In 2019, it posted US$1.004 billion. By contrast,…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Cox's orange apples sold for £1.45, down 5% as compared to last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of fruit and vegetables, as well as bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. Average prices of Gala apples collected…

Destined for Barcelona, Spain

Costa Rica: 513 kilos of cocaine hidden in produce container seized

Costa Rican authorities have seized more than 500 kilos of cocaine hidden in a container loaded with roasted bananas and cassava destined for Barcelona, ​​Spain. The drugs…

Iranian banana production covers 20% of domestic demand

According to Ministry of Agriculture official Mohammad Mehdi Boroumandi, in the past Iranian year (March 2019-20), a total of 92,947 tons of bananas were produced on 4,838…

Maharashtra, India

Seven years of research results in new banana variety

After seven years of research, the Jalgaon Banana Research Centre (BRC) -under the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV)- has come up with a new kind of banana, which has…

UK: Cocaine worth £184 million found in banana boxes from Colombia

A shipment of cocaine weighing 2,3 tons with an estimated value of £184 million has been found inside a consignment of bananas that arrived in the UK from Colombia. The cocaine was intercepted in Portsmouth and the drugs were removed, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. Pallets were then loaded with dummy…

Zardetto Trading

The banana logistics sector has improved

The banana market has emerged from a terrible year. Despite continuous trading, the market has become more prudent. Last year's prices were disappointing, partly because of the pandemic but mainly because supply exceeded the demand. (Photo provided by Zardetto Trading) "In Italy there has been a reduction…

Chinese banana import price soars, but supply speed slows down

Many banana production areas in China experienced a cold wave in the last month and their bananas suffered frost damage. That is why the domestic production volume of bananas…

Ecuadorian banana producers are being paid a spot price of nearly 11 dollars per box

Spot prices for bananas in Ecuador are registering values that, for the moment, far exceed the official 6.25 dollars average contract price decreed by the Ministry of…

Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute

Mardi presents new technologies for improved banana & chilli production

The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) has developed the Induced Systemic Resistance (ISR) and TrichoSHIELD technologies. These should improve…

Andhra Pradesh beats Mahashtra & Gujarat to become top Green Cavendish exporter

Andhra Pradesh has left Maharashtra and Gujarat behind, becoming India's top banana exporting state. Andhra Pradesh exported over 45,000 tons of banana in the last fiscal…


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