Bananas

Japanese toddlers enthusiastic for portable banana toilet

Japan is a country that offers an unparalleled variety of pooping experiences, from its legendary high-tech washlet toilets to the traditional squat style and even rural pit toilets. And yet, the Japanese can still find room in their hearts, and their butts, to welcome a newcomer. The photo above may look like a hard plastic…

Cocaine smuggling in banana boxes: Eight people charged in Germany

German investigators say they have discovered a huge cocaine smuggling operation in which hundreds of kilograms of the drug are believed to have been brought into the country…

AU: North Queensland banana growers lucky to only suffer minimal flood impacts

Recent flooding across the north may affect the look of some banana stocks reaching supermarket shelves, however shoppers are being assured, the fruit inside still has the same great taste. Australian Banana Growers’ Council Chair Stephen Lowe said continuing wet weather in the coastal growing areas may mean that…

Banana reactivation in Baru

Panama has shipped out its first 3,000 boxes of bananas for the US

3,000 boxes of bananas with the Panama Exports brand were sent on Monday, February 11, to California, USA, as part of the banana reactivation in Baru, in the province of Chiriqui. The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Nestor Gonzalez, attended Puerto Armuelles for…

Zimbabwean government allows bananas deal in Mozambique - Zambia

Zimbabwe’s government has given several Mozambique companies the go-ahead to export green bananas to Zambia through Zimbabwe. This permission is part of efforts to foster…

Largest growth in decade

Colombia banana output rose 2.5% in 2018

Colombia is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of bananas, producing 100.4 million 20-kg boxes of the fruit in 2018. This was the country’s highest output in at least a…

Ecuador has the potential to increase banana exports to Europe

Ecuador has the potential to increase banana exports to European markets, stated the Ecuadorian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Xavier Lazo, on Friday. "There is a lot of potential, when we produce more, due to climatic reasons, Europeans consume more," Lazo said in Berlin during a visit to the Fruit Logistica fair.…

Panama: Banapiña will export 15,000 boxes of bananas per week to the US

Banapiña, a subsidiary of the multinational Del Monte, is scheduled to start exporting bananas produced in the province of Chiriqui to the western United States market on…

Carlos Sanchez, President of ExbanFruit Ecuador:

"Creating a business relationship means demonstrating responsibility"

"Beginning any company is always a hard process, as one needs to comply with deadlines and get permits for its operation, establish commercial relationships, and get the confidence of producers and buyers, especially those who will import our products in the foreign market," stated Carlos Rafael Sanchez…

Canberra just a ‘small’ market for Philippine bananas

The possible opening of the Australian market to Philippine bananas would only have a slight effect on the country’s overall export of the fruit, the Pilipino Banana Growers…

Spain: Canary banana flour suitable for those with coeliac disease

Scientists from the Canary Institute of Agricultural Research have managed to develop a flour from green Canary bananas. This product can be consumed by diabetics and those…

European banana growers reject negotiation for tariff reduction on imported bananas

The European Association of Banana Producers (APEB) and the Government of the Canary Islands have learned of the meeting held last December in Quito between the European Commission's General Trade Directorate and the ministers or vice-ministers of Trade of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. This meeting served…

Augura continues its efforts to consolidate Colombian bananas in Germany

The Banana Association of Colombia (Augura) continues strengthening the sector's international alliances with the European Union, with the aim of consolidating the Colombian…

New integrated container service for Chiquita

Chiquita Brands International has implemented a new, dedicated and integrated container service with the aim to set an even higher standard to safeguard the quality of Chiquita bananas across the world. The new logistic service will now operate five full-container vessels to transport bananas from Central America to…

West Bengal project to aid banana growers

The government of West Bengal has announced a new project that will prevent bananas from spoiling, help growers market their produce and to get better prices for this product. Nandini Chakraborty, Secretary of Agriculture, Food Processing and Horticulture told media that there are around 370,000 banana growers in…

Prices favor Honduran bananas

Honduran banana exports between January and November 2018 amounted to 473.2 million dollars, i.e. 3.5 million more than in the same period of the previous campaign due to the 6.8 percent increase in…

Predictions for the Chinese banana market in 2019

What are the conditions in Chinese banana production areas at the beginning of this new year? When will the new harvest enter the market? How will the market develop? 2018 turned out to be a record year for most banana production areas in China and Southeast Asia. The banana price continued to rise in…

More than 20 million pesos in losses

Mexico: Plantains can't reach Puerto Chiapas because of blockades

Plantain producers have had losses of more than 20 million pesos due to a four-day blockade that has stopped dozens of containers loaded with fruit from entering Puerto Chiapas. If the blockade continues, there could be fuel shortages, as the blockade is also preventing fuel pipes from entering or leaving Petroleos Mexicanos'…

US: South Dakota weather men use bananas to show importance of wrapping up in cold

Forecasters in South Dakota used two bananas to illustrate the importance of wrapping up warm as much of the Midwest and Northeast battled extreme cold on January 30. In South Dakota, wind chills were expected to bring lows of between 10 and 20 o F below zero overnight (-23 to –30 o C) between January 30 and January…

Philippines reclaims second spot as second biggest banana exporter

In its preliminary market review report, the United Nations’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that Philippine banana exports last year expanded by 77.34…

Catalina: organic product expansion along with Red and Baby bananas program

“Over the year 2018 our company remained focused on keeping quality and services at the highest level in order to maintain steady, sustainable growth and strengthen cooperation with our trusted business partners” – said Rafal Bury, member of the Board of Directors at Targban. "We kept developing our…

AU: North Queensland farmers keep their eyes on the skies with the chance of major flooding

Some North Queensland farmers are nervously watching the weather over the next few days, and praying the rain eases, with the threat of flooding hanging over their heads. Leon Collins grows bananas in the Tully Valley, 210 kilometres north by road from the city of Townsville, which has been inundated by flood waters…

"We are already exporting over a million kilos of Canary bananas"

More than one million kilos of bananas, 1,189,343 kg to be precise, have been exported by Europlátano from the Canary Islands during 2018. It's been more than two years since Europlátano embarked on this adventure. "It is clear that starting is difficult; a great investment is required, not only of money, but also…

Developments to improve performance

Ecuador: Planting bananas in double rows

Many banana producers in the country continue to eliminate the plant once they harvest it, but not at the Planada estate in Valencia (Los Rios). There, producers just cut its…

Australia gets the National Proof of Freedom from Banana Freckle

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) says the successful eradication of banana freckle in the Northern Territory is a clear signal to markets not just locally, but around the world that the Northern Territory, and Australia as a whole, is free of the disease. Banana freckle was detected in Cavendish bananas in…

Bolivia: Two weeks without exporting bananas due to floods

The floods have badly affected banana exports; shipments to Argentina have been suspended for two weeks and the economic damage amounts to 10 million bolivianos.  "Unfortunately, the rain has wreaked havoc. There are quality standards that we must meet to make exports and these climatic conditions have definitely not allowed…

Colombia

Bacteria could control Black Sigatoka, according to a study

A study by the National University established that there are bacteria which could control the Black Sigatoka, the most destructive pest for banana and plantain crops. The…

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…

Discounter continues plastic avoidance in its fresh assortment

Norma: Organic Fairtrade bananas now without packaging

While trying to halt superfluous packaging, NORMA has again taken an important step. From the end of January, the discounter from Nuremberg will sell its private label…

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…

AU: It's more than just bananas for one diverse North Queensland plantation

One of North Queensland's leading banana growers says diversification has been an important part of the company's profit strategy. Howe Farming Group is a second-generation family owned company, located in Walkamin in North Queensland, mainly grows bananas - but has branched out into avocados, papaya, blueberries, as well…

Banafood's ripening capacity grows to 60,000 boxes, thanks to new building

The German banana ripening company, Banafood Services' new building has been completed. With this, this company, which is based in Straelen, has increased its ripening capacity. Where they use to be able to ripen 35.000 boxes of bananas, they can now do more than 55.000 to 60.000 boxes. "We were filled to capacity. This new building…

Chinese bananas barely affected by seasonal price increase

Banana prices in the production areas of Yunnan, Laos, and Myanmar all showed a decline  at first and then stabilized last week. The supply volume from production areas in Guangdong…

Banana: a product with many benefits

The banana is one of the best-known and most popular fruits in the world. It possesses many qualities that help maintain health and improve body functions. The fruit has a high fiber content…

Cameroon: Banana shipments dropped 2,000 tons month-on-month in December 2018

In the last month of 2018, Cameroon banana exporters shipped a total of 15,605 tons - nearly 2,000 tons down from the 17,137 tons shipped in November. Of this volume, PHP, the local unit…

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…

Spain: Seven months in a row with more imported bananas than domestic ones

For seven consecutive months, the volume of imported bananas in Spain has exceeded that of bananas from the Canary Islands. Up until November, the accumulated market share of…

Lidl is increasingly relying on fair trade bananas

Near the end of 2018 there was a stir in the industry, when discounter Lidl began converting its range to bananas with the fair trade mark. The internationally recognized…

Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol

Philippines: Banana plantation to rise in former rebel stronghold

The former stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will be converted into a banana plantation, Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol said Thursday after signing a deal with…

Luc Hellebuyck Tweet

Banana import EU28: Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru surpass annual quota

Today, Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], Past-President of Eucofel Aisbl, European Fruit/Veg. Traders Ass. International Agri-Business Consultant for Sohe Cvba, Ex manager Bananic International nv, tweeted: " Surveillance #banana Import EU28. Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru surpass annual quota @EUAgri @Trade_EU. "

China: Banana price increase in Fengdu, Chongqing

The Chongqing Daily reported an overall price increase for bananas in Fengdu County. The highest price increase was as much as 50%. Some traders say that the bananas take…

Hidden beneath bananas from Ecuador

Portuguese police intercept cocaine shipment to Spain

Yesterday, packets of cocaine hidden beneath bananas were displayed at the Portuguese police headquarters in Lisbon. Portuguese police officials say they have discovered 430…

Lidl wants to switch to Fairtrade fruits and hopes others will follow

Retail price crisis: Bananas are too cheap

Only one in ten bananas sold in Germany currently comes from fair production. Lidl now wants to switch from cheap bananas to fair trade fruit, but if the competition does not…

China: Stable price in Yunnan banana production areas shows slight fall

Good-quality Yunnan bananas currently sell for 4 yuan [0.59 USD] per kg. People in the industry state that many different factors contribute to the weak price in production…

Platano de Canarias continues to open up foreign markets

ASPROCAN has started the first activities of the year in its work to open foreign markets. A Moroccan delegation, including wholesale entrepreneurs and members of the Chamber of Commerce of Tangier, headed by the vice-president of the Union of Fruit Wholesalers and Traders Associations and president of the Fruit…

Cambodian banana exporter enters Chinese market

Cambodia’s Beong Ket Rubber Plantation Company has started banana shipments to the Chinese market, becoming one of the first local companies to export the fruit to the East…

Surprising health benefits of eating banana flowers

Banana is a delicious fruit that can be eaten any time of the day and it has numerous health benefits. But few people know you can also eat the banana flower. Next time you think of throwing away those flowers, pause for a moment and think about these great benefits of banana flower. Banana flowers are rich in dietary fiber, just…

Ecuador: Proposal to reduce the single tax on bananas

The president of the Association of Banana Exporters (AEBE), Eduardo Ledesma, proposed reducing the Single Tax on bananas because, as he pointed out, it had a negative effect…

Russia: Large cocaine stash found in banana-packed refrigerator

Russian Interior Ministry Spokeswoman Irina Volk told TASS press service that St. Petersburg police and customs officials found about 50 kg of cocaine in a refrigerator packed…

South Korean farmers witness boost to banana crop

Climate change could soon turn the South Korean mainland into a producer of bananas, mangoes and passion fruit. Bananas already grow on the sub-tropical Jeju Island off the…

Positive developments in dispute between Fyffes and Honduran workers

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has published a statement on the latest developments in the dispute between Fyffes and Honduran plantation workers. It recognises that Fyffes is now in dialogue with national union STAS (Union of Workers in Agroindustry and Allied Trades), and have signed an agreement…

AU: Illegal banana farm entry prompts strict warning from industry

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has reiterated concerns over illegal entry after receiving recent reports of people trespassing onto farms, in some cases…

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…

Iran: Banana yield Konarak district revealed

In the Konarak district of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province, about 72,000 tons of bananas are harvested annually. This was reported by Saeed Mohammad Oliaei, director of…

Philippines: Russian group to invest 8 billion pesos in banana plantation

According to Philippines Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, a Russian group is looking to invest ₱ 8 billion (€134 mln) to build a banana plantation in Camp Abubakar,…

Bolivia: Up to 10,000 hectares of bananas affected by floods

At least 10 thousand hectares of banana plantations were flooded in the Cochabamba tropic, causing millions in losses to the community and producers, the representatives of the Banana Union of the Cochabamba Tropic (Unaban) and the Agricultural Chamber of Cochabamba (CAC) reported yesterday. The governor of Cochabamba,…

Marianela Ubilla, of Agzulasa, Ecuador:

"This year, the exportable supply will depend on the intensity of climate change"

"Although the demand for bananas is divided into two distinct stages, a high and a low season, there are also climate factors or limitations in the shipping that end up directly affecting the fruit's prices," explains Marianela Ubilla, of Agzulasa, Ecuador. The year 2018 started with high prices in the market due to the low…

Banana exports from Costa Rica to China expected to decrease this year

Costa Rica's main exports are bananas, coffee and sugar cane, however, last year, the production and export volume of bananas seriously declined as a result of climate…

Will banana prices rise during the Spring Festival?

Since last Friday, some merchants have entered the “Spring Festival stocking mode”, and the demand for quality goods has increased. The agency expects that this year's Spring…

Packed into 42 banana boxes

Two tons of cocaine seized in Latvia's biggest-ever drug bust

Last Monday, the Latvian police seized more than two tons of Ecuadoran cocaine in the town of Koknese. The bust was a record haul for the Baltic state. Latvian criminal police chief Andrejs Grisins: "This coke shipment was most certainly destined for some other country, presumably to drug dealers in Scandinavia. We confiscated…

Ecuador: Banana producers disagree with law proposal

A law proposal, which will be discussed in the Assembly's plenary session in the coming days, would ban the planting of new hectares of bananas in Ecuador, unless doing so is…

Panama: Banana reactivation in Baru

The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, inspected the banana crops of the Jobito farm in the company of executives of the Banapiña company and state ministers…

Ecuador starts exporting bananas to Slovenia

The EcuadorianQuality Fruit Eqfruit SA company has made its first export of bananas to Slovenia, reported ProEcuador, the Ecuadorian Institute of Export and Investment…

Water scarcity in India hits banana production in Sindh

According to estimates from the Sindh Agriculture Department, the province’s total production of its one and a half dozen varieties of banana in 2017 was over 127,000 tons. However, the 2018…

Europe and the US are saturated, Peru's organic banana needs the Asian market

Peru has around 9 thousand hectares of organic bananas, even though, according to reports, there are only 7,500 hectares. As a result, there has been an increase in the supply of this product and its necessary to find new markets. This was stated by the president of the National Banana Board (JNB), Valentin Ruiz Delgado,…

Price of dwarf banana rises because of the cold weather

Recently, the price of dwarf bananas in the Guangdong production area has been steady. In recent years, the price of Zhanjiang dwarf bananas has often been lower than that of…

Ukraine 2018 - increased citrus fruit and banana imports

In 2018, Ukraine increased the imports of citrus fruits by 27% compared with 2017, to 337,860 tons. According to customs statistics promulgated by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, in monetary terms, the imports of citrus fruits increased by 26%, to $216.3 million. At the same time, imports were mainly carried out…

Mexico: The Coliman company will sell plantains directly to China

Juan Nuñez Cuellar, a commercial representative of the Coliman company, stated that they were about to open the Chinese market for their bananas, as there were only a few…

10,000 boxes of product that was ready to be shipped to Argentina and Uruguay were lost

Bolivia: Almost 5,000 hectares of bananas affected by flooding

Nearly 5,000 hectares of bananas for export were affected by the overflow of the Sabala and Isarzama rivers in Puerto Villarroel. The water flooded the facilities of the Expoban packinghouse, causing the loss of 10,000 boxes of products that were ready to be exported to Argentina and Uruguay, reported Radio Fides. It…

Preparing for China, Longmate exports bananas through Vietnam

Longmate Agriculture, a joint venture of Chinese and local investors, is preparing a direct shipment of bananas to China. It will be the first time Cambodia exports the fruit…

Spain: Almost 4 million kilos of Canary bananas lost due to recent wind storms

Between 22 and 24 December, the Canary Islands activated a yellow alert due to strong winds, waves and the calima. According to the reports made so far, the winds caused losses in 1,752 hectares of banana plantations in the Canary Islands, with most of the municipalities where the fruit is grown being affected; however, everything…

Spain: Canary bananas have lost 10% market share to imports

Canary bananas are struggling to remain competitive. On the one hand, and according to the Association of Organizations of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands, the European…

Management Biotropic GmbH visits cultivation projects in Costa Rica and Dominican Republic

"Quality organic bananas in good quantities are currently available"

The plant manager of BioTropic Duisburg, Sascha Suler, visited their cultivation projects in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in December 2018, in order to get an idea of ​​the local conditions. The first call was to San Jose in Costa Rica, from where BioTropic employees Sascha Suler, agricultural…

Paraguay: Enough bananas to cover domestic consumption and export

Banana production in Tembiaporã (Caaguazú) is abundant and will be enough to cover domestic consumption, supply the school snack program, and continue exporting, said…

Belgium is the world's second largest importer of organic bananas

For the last five years, Belgium has been the second largest importer of organic bananas worldwide, only behind the United States. In 2017, it had a positive variation of…

As well as tomatoes in greenhouses

Northern Uganda: Innovative farmer took matooke to West Nile region

An innovative farmer has found a way for introducing new crops in the area. Farida Lutaale, aged 42 is growing bananas locally known as matooke. This food crop yields well in most central districts of Uganda but a look at Lutaale’s farm shows that she is ready to beat all odds to grow these crops in Arua…

Cold snap hits China! What will happen to the banana market?

Prices in various banana production areas showed different degrees of decrease this week, with some production areas experiencing major price adjustments. And this weekend…

China: Good market situation for Yunnan bananas

Today, there are only 30% of the Guangxi bananas remaining. From September to December of the previous year, Yunnan bananas began to be listed in large quantities, and the…

Costa Rica: Agricultural exports in 2018 hit by a decrease in banana and juice exports

A decrease in the export value of bananas, fruit juices and concentrates had an impact on the general behavior of last year's agricultural and food exports. According to data from the…

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…

Colombia: Banana producers prepare for El Niño

Colombia's most important banana producers' association has alerted producers about the arrival of El Niño phenomenon and invited them to take all preventive measures for the…

Philippine banana players urged to invest in export to China

Filipino banana growers are urged to invest more in the Chinese market this year, as the Asian giant is showing a growing demand for the Philippine cavendish banana. Henry…

Eduardo Ledesma, executive director of AEBE

Ecuador: The challenges of the banana sector in 2019

Eduardo Ledesma, the Executive Director of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), spoke about the most fundamental aspects that will affect the banana sector in 2019. Internal and external formality This implies affiliating all banana workers to the Social Security system. The sector needs to achieve…

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…

New banana ripening center opened in Romania

Citronex has built banana ripening chambers in Timosoara, city located in west Romania. "This location is not accidental. From Timisoara we have easy access also to Hungary and Serbia. From now on we are more close to our customers," explains Marek Szulc, Managing Director of the company. The new distribution center is equipped with high-tech…

Algeria: the government ready to help banana producers

The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Abdelkader Bouazghi, has urged farmers to turn to banana production. In order to encourage them, he announced…

Cambodia: First shipment of bananas to China confirmed

Longmate Agriculture Co has announced that it will conduct a test shipment of bananas to the Chinese market next month, which will be followed by the company’s first official shipment to China in February. The company, a joint venture of Chinese and local investors, plans to ship 30 containers next month as a…

Farmers wish to increase supply

China: Weekly trade volume in banana wholesale market up by 20%

Purchasing traders have become more active in the days leading up to New Year's Day. The domestic banana wholesale price is currently 5.77 yuan [0.84 USD] per kg, which is…

Senegal: 2.5 billion for self-sufficiency in bananas

During the constitutive General Assembly of the national banana trade in Senegal, Tidiane Sidibé, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, declared…

Iran: 38% decline of banana imports in last eight months

Imports of banana into the country witnessed a significant 38% slump in the eight months of the current year (March 21 – November 21) as compared last year. The latest…

Peru: Banana exports value increases by 14.1%

Peruvian banana exports between January and November of this year amounted to US $152,831,930, i.e. 14.1% more than the US $133,938,437 achieved in the same months of 2017. This, according to…

Importation of plantains from Ghana to Benin

Plantain production is the third most important food cultivation in Ghana, after yam and cassava. This year, the harvest was exceptional. Farmers owe this good yield of…

Changing of the banana guard

One of the banana industry’s most recognisable faces is retiring this week, after eight years and more than 300,000 kilometres spent traversing North Queensland farms. Australian Banana Growers’ Council Yellow Sigatoka Liaison Officer, Louis Lardi, will hang up his yellow banana hat after getting his first taste of the industry more than…

Saint Lucia: Government tackles banana export dilemma

The government of Saint Lucia is attempting to tackle the dilemma facing banana exports to the United Kingdom. Apart from this, the Ministry of Agriculture is predicting…

China: Banana prices on the rise

The price of bananas recently showed minor fluctuations in many production areas. Overall, most production areas initially showed a price decrease. Take Guangxi for example, although the price of…

Fyffes subsidiary decertified due to labor rights violations in Honduras

Fair Trade USA decertified producer Suragroh, a subsidiary of Fyffes, after the publication of an open letter describing a pattern labor rights violations in melon plantations…

Price maintains high position

China: Dwarf bananas are slow to mature as temperatures in Guangxi and Guangdong drop

Mainstream dwarf bananas of good quality cost 6.4-7.4 yuan [0.93-1.07 USD] per kg in Guangdong production areas on December 14th, 2018. However, as the temperatures drop, the…

Philippines: Malaysian company interested in joint venture for bananas

A Malaysian company is interested in pursuing a joint venture with banana planters in the Philippines to tap into the export market to China, according to an official of the…

Challenges faced by Philippines banana industry in 2018

The banana industry is one of the main economic drivers for the Davao Region. The area has vast and rich lands suitable for growing export-quality bananas. The province of…

Play 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' with banana controllers

A Twitch streamer going by the handle ATwerkinYoshi did a little modding after a grocery trip and managed to turn seven bananas into makeshift buttons, enabling anyone to play the latest installment of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate . ATwerkinYoshi's set up hinged primarily on a Human Interface Device (HID) called Makey…

Sustainable bananas in greenhouses: first 'Dutch bananas' harvested

Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are harvesting the first Dutch bananas this week. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products will offer the bananas as 'regional product' to restaurants and hospitals in the region of Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two types of…

Pepper plants suffer severe damage, some bananas were crushed

China: Egg-sized hailstones in Jinghexiang, Yunnan

An innocent rain shower in Jinghaxiang, Yunnan, suddenly turned into a hailstorm at around six in the afternoon of December 9th. Local agricultural production areas suffered severe damage, and local farmers suffered severe losses. Local news reports damage to 50 houses and more than 26 hectares of crops.…

Plantains becoming more available in mainstream US supermarkets

Plantain bananas are gradually increasing their presence in mainstream US supermarkets, according to Robert Schueller of Los Angeles-based Melissa's Produce, a fresh produce distributor. The fruit, which is a variety of the banana family, has traditionally been a staple in Hispanic cuisine, but other…

Cameroon banana exports reach 17,137 tons in November 2018

According to Assobacam, Cameroon’s national banana association, the nation’s banana shipments reached 17,137 tons in November 2018. Of this amount, Société des Plantations du…

China: How do banana production areas fare as a cold wave invades?

Banana prices are different in various production areas throughout China. Guangxi and Guangdong suffer from a cold wave and the price shows a slight, intermittent decrease;…

Colombia: Clonal innovation and development projects in banana crops

Meristemos Colombia SAS and Rahan Meristem, in partnership with the Banana Association of Magdalena and La Guajira - ASBAMA, held the "Clonal and in-crops innovation and development projects to face the new threats and challenges of banana cultivation" conference. The goal of the event was to provide…

Following the lead of their Latin American colleagues

Open letter from African banana producers to supermarkets

The matter of the purchasing prices of bananas by supermarkets has been in the media for several weeks now. After a protest by their Latin American brethren, now the African…

Golden opportunity for banana growers

Early-bird registrations for the banana industry’s premier national event are now open, giving growers a chance to access a wealth of information at a discounted price. The Australian Banana Industry…

Spain: Asprocan denounces EU's lack of action against banana oversupply

The Association of Banana Producer Organizations of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) has denounced the lack of action on the part of the European Union (EU) despite a new alert calling attention to excessive banana imports from third countries. In a statement, Asprocan has criticized that although the alert thresholds for…

An idea to increase the sales

Italy: Selling bananas at different degrees of ripeness

A Central-Northern Italy supermarket operator comments on the introduction of a differently ripened bananas offer, “It takes more work and commitment, but the sales increase and the customers are way more satisfied”. She states, “Other supermarkets have already been doing this, but this is the first time for us. This is…

Irregularities in the contract with Banapiñas

Panama: Producers of Baru file a complaint against President Varela

A group of producers from the region of Baru filed a criminal complaint against President Juan Carlos Varela before the General Secretariat of the National Assembly for the…

France: “The banana market is suffocating”

“The banana importation business is not an exact science. ‘Catastrophic’ is not too strong of a word to describe the current state of the European banana market,” says Thomas Besnard-Schwerdlin of ABCD de l’Exotique, Opaque Commissionaire Negotiator and Importer located in Rungis, France. “The effects of…

Philippine banana brand organizes anniversary promotions

The "Beijing Xinfadi Market Yinglida Philippine Banana Brand", a promotional activity to celebrate the brand's anniversary, was organized in Xinfadi Exposition Center on November 30th, 2018. The brand has already established agricultural plantations with a total surface area of 200 thousand hectares in China, and…

Bananas suffer from cold weather

China: Will the banana price recover?

Banana production areas in China experienced significant fluctuations, with the exception of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong. There are two main reasons for this…

Peru: Banana exports up to October amount to more than $139 million dollars

The Agrodata Peru website stated in its latest report that, banana exports up to the month of October amounted to US $ 139,903,840; a higher figure than the US $ 124,459,522…

Cold air strikes

South China banana plantations expecting low temperatures

According to information released by the Central Meteorological Observatory, in the next few days, strong cold air will once again affect China, and many places in the south…

Samoa back on track with banana export to New Zealand

After its first two successful shipments passed border checks by New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), Samoa is back on track for banana exports. New Zealand Samoa Trade & Investment Commissioner Magele Mauiliu Magele: “The first shipment went well. Most of the retailers in Otara, Mangere and Otahuhu…

Port of Trieste may become gateway for Europe’s banana imports from India

As part of “Banana4growth”, a shipment of 22 tons of bananas from India was handled at Trieste port. The fruit will be donated to 51,000 less fortunate people in the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions. ‘Banana4growth’ is development cooperation project co-financed with regional funds, of which Autorita’ di Sistema…

Ghana exporting plantain to Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin

Ghana has begun the export of plantain to Burkina Faso and other countries in the West African sub-region. This nation’s bumper harvest of plantain, the number three food crop…

François Moran, Tropibana:

"The Paris basin is experiencing significant problems in terms of supply and quality"

The "yellow vests" movement is still proving disastrous for the fruit and vegetable sector. Over the past few days, the delivery of products has again been delayed. "A big part of the Paris basin is experiencing significant problems in terms of supply and quality. All products arrive 3-6 days late. The…

Supermarkets welcome the "new Caribbean banana"

In Guadeloupe, the CIRAD 925 is a variety of bananas created in the 2000s in the research stations of the Cirad after years of hybridization and selection. It is characterized…

Peru: 8,000 organic banana producers will apply ozone technology

Nearly eight thousand organic banana producers from the regions of La Libertad, Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque, who receive training from the CEDEPAS North Center for Innovation and Technological Transfer (CITE), will benefit from the application of ozone technology in the washing and packing stages of…

Bolivia opens new banana packing center

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, inaugurated a banana packing center in Cochabamaba that is expected will help increase the production and economic income for the export…

"Spain is the main target of banana exporters from third countries competing unfairly in Europe"

With 2018 almost finished, the unfair pricing policy of bananas from third countries continues in the Spanish market, accentuated in this final part of the year. In the wholesale "green" banana market, the import market in which banana producers' organizations of the Canary Islands market their fruit, the importation of…

Exhibition "Exotic Taste of Europe": Looking at the European banana

The Germans love their bananas: every German consumes around 12 kilograms per year, on average. However, many consumers are unaware that bananas are being grown in the…

The CMA CGM Group renews its West Indian banana transport contract with UGPBAN until 2026

Upon the signature on November 30th in Dunkirk of a partnership charter for the export of West Indian bananas, Rodolphe Saadé, Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group,…

Uttar Pradesh: Award-winning ‘Banana King’ earns Rs 4.8 mln per year

Some 30 km from the state capital of Lucknow, in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, is the village where Ram Saran Verma lives. Three generations of the Verma family toiled in their 1.6-hectare field to live a simple and frugal life. But Ram had different dreams. He wanted to pursue higher studies. At first, the…

Bolivia: Banana producers lost $1 million due to the blockades

The 48-hour road blockade by the residents of Gran Chaco, who were protesting for the redistribution of royalties, directly harmed banana producers as product losses amounted…


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