Bananas

Chiquita Brands International begins to feel the increase in ocean shipping fuel prices

The sulfur content in the fuel used for maritime transport, which currently is limited at 3.5%, will be limited to 0.5% starting January 1, 2020. This new regulation of the…

TR4 resistant variety to be commercialized

Du Roi Laboratory and Taiwan banana research go for TR4 resistant variety

Du Roi Laboratory, a banana tissue culture facility in South Africa, has ascertained the rights for the field evaluation and eventual commercialization of the Formosana variety, a Panama disease (FOC TR4) resistant variety. This strain of Panama Disease is devastating to banana growers across the world…

Steady growth for Cambodian banana exports to China

Cambodia obtained permission for the direct export of bananas to China in May this year. Since then, the export volume of Cambodian bananas has seen steady growth. Mr. Li Chengliang, CEO of Happy Land Agricultural Plantation, recently talked about the current conditions of Cambodian bananas in the…

The EU proposed to reduce the POSEI budget by 3.9% in 2021

European banana growers ask for sector in the OR's to be defended in the POSEI budget

The European banana sector, represented by the Association of European Banana Producers (APEB), to which Asprocan belongs, has asked the national governments of Spain, France and Portugal, as well as the regional governments of the outermost regions (OR's), to respect the commitments made and to keep a…

Maharashtra, India

Palghar farmers say 30% of banana crop damaged since August

Unseasonal rain has wreaked havoc on the crops in Palghar, as they have in other parts of Maharashtra. Growers spread around Vasai taluka produce banana and its related…

AU: How machinery modifications have helped a banana grower become more productive

An Innisfail banana grower has been able to improve his productivity, through the introduction of rubber tracks to his bagging machine, which reduces damage to crop paddocks. "The tracks have certainly been effective in reducing the ruts and the size of the ruts," Mark Nucifora said. "It is difficult to…

Algeria, a new destination for Colombia's banana

Nearly 200,000 boxes of bananas produced in Uraba, equivalent to almost 4,000 tons, have reached Algeria after the Governments of Colombia and Algeria signed an agreement authorizing Colombian banana exports to the African country. Diego Felipe Cadena Montenegro, the Colombian ambassador in Algeria…

Traders compete for top-quality Chinese bananas, but price still drops because of cold weather

The overall market price of Chinese bananas recently showed a downward trend. Market conditions in the Pearl River Delta are not great. The prices showed a decline in Foshan,…

Northern New South Wales - Australia

Banana growers deal with aftermath of terrifying firestorm

Heavy bushfires have brought chaos and suffering to farmers in northern New South Wales, with thousands of hectares of farmland burnt and tonnes of crops scorched. Banana…

And: Where do the opportunities lie?

Banana exports by country

Worldwide banana exports by country totaled an estimated US$13.6 billion in 2018, up by an average 22.5% for all banana shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014 when bananas shipments were…

Dominicans benefit from cheaper bananas

In the Dominican Republic, more than 200,000 people have benefited from the government’s Direct Food Sales Program (PRODA) implemented by the Agriculture Ministry, the Price…

Italian police discover over a ton of cocaine in banana containers

Police officers in southern Italy have seized over a ton of cocaine hidden in a refrigerated container used for transporting bananas. The drugs, with a street value of around $275 million, were split into 144 packages hidden in a container from South America. According to the shipping documents the…

Maputo, 21 & 22 November 2019

International banana disease conference in Mozambique

On 21 and 22 November an international conference on controlling banana diseases such as Panama disease Foc TR4 and Banana Bunchy Top Virus in the African banana industry will take place in Maputo, Mozambique. Mozambique is the first African country to be infected with the Foc TR4 strain of Panama…

Water treatment system to remove TR4 spores introduced to Latin America

Singapore-registered agritech consultancy, Bloom Agro Pte Ltd has just completed a successful tour of major banana producers in Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Bloom Agro's filtration and chemical injection system. Originally founded in 2013 by agricultural irrigation specialists, Bloom Agro has a…

Market competition intensifies as banana supply in Myanmar starts early

Recently the banana market has been quiet. There were no large price fluctuations in the production areas. However, in some production areas the market has grown weak, for…

Ecuador banana industry says Aldi prices are still far from fair

At the end of the first week of November, bananalink.org.uk reported that Aldi had decided on its 2020 global banana contract price. The FOT (Free on Truck ) price reported is less than 5 % higher than the all-time low of 2019, taking the price paid to suppliers back to where it was in 2018, before the…

Vietnamese suppliers face challenges from Cambodian bananas

Although Vietnam experienced a rainy season from April to October, the banana production went quite well. The size and quality of the bananas are both reasonable. For one exporter, the price recently dropped down very quickly because of oversupply in the market. Mr. Nguyen Huu Thien is the vice director of…

Italy: Banana prices always low

"A banana carton box should cost at least €20 but prices currently hover around €15. In Russia, a few weeks ago, they reached $26 per crate - and we keep asking ourselves why the best produce tends to be shipped to Eastern Europe and the Middle East rather than in Italy." This outburst came from Alessandro Del Bello, someone who…

"One of the reasons for the price decline is yellow leaf disease"

"The price of bananas exported from the Philippines to China is relatively low"

Bananas from the Philippines are very popular in the Chinese market. Their sales volume grows every year and this year was no exception. Ms. Liang of Xinyu Fruits Agricultural Corp recently shared her views on the current conditions in the Philippines banana market: "This year the production volume of…

Ecuador's banana sector disagrees with the new price for a box of bananas

Ecuadorian banana producers and exporters have expressed their disagreement over the new $ 6.40 price set by the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) for the box of bananas. The exporting union had asked that the price of the banana box not increase, as it could affect the sector's competitiveness compared to…

Bananas from Australia

New South Wales beats Queensland at its own game with local focus

For more than a century the North Coast of New South Wales has seen countless banana plantations across its slopes. But the changing landscape has seen a state that once produced 95% of the nation's crop reduced to just 3%. The turning point came in the 1980s when soaring real estate prices were an…

Minimal impact to farms from bushfire emergency but growers still on alert as threat continues

Two of Australia’s leading fruit and vegetable peak industry bodies have conveyed their thoughts to those affected by the bushfire emergency on Australia’s east coast. Blazes continue to burn in several regions across Queensland and New South Wales, with residential homes and farming properties caught up…

Sapindus saponaria ethanol extract works against banana anthracnose

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits, considering global production and consumption. They are cultivated in more than 100 countries. India is the largest producer in the…

Investment in sediment control technology paying off for a North Queensland banana grower

A North Queensland banana grower says the introduction of a High Efficiency Sediment (HES) basin on his property has led to a massive reduction of everyday sediment levels. The system is engineered to capture sediment, and associated nutrients and pesticides from entering the waterways. While the low…

Fairtrade on Ecuadorian and Colombian progress in increasing banana wages

Following years of engaging and advocating for decent salaries, Fairtrade reported recently on welcome progress for workers in the banana sector. Colombia and Ecuador leading the wayIn Ecuador, the salario digno (decent wage) has been established by the government to ensure a just remuneration for…

Chinese market is price sensitive, but the price of bananas remains stable

Banana prices in Chinese production areas did not show major fluctuations in recent days. The supply from Guangxi, Laos, and Myanmar is relatively big. The prices there are…

Ecuador looks at setting price of the banana box for 2020 at US $6.40

On Friday, November 8, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Ecuador will issue the Executive Decree that will set the price of the banana box for 2020. According…

Malaysian banana planter/trader sees export opportunities

Datuk Tom Chow could probably talk about bananas all day. However, his interest is not so much in the fruit itself but more in how much bananas could potentially generate for the country. “Demand is very high and it is very hard to buy bananas. So the price of bananas has been increasing every year. For…

A new baler in Piura increases Peruvian banana exports to Europe

The agricultural cooperative Association of Small Organic Agricultural Producers San Rafael (ASPRAOSRA), located in the district of Buenos Aires in the province of Morropon (Piura), exports five containers of bananas to the European market each week thanks to a business plan co-financed by the…

Burmese banana imports to China arriving soon

Every year, the peak time of banana exports from Myanmar to China falls between October and May. Within the next two months, the import volume is expected to increase substantially. He Zhongpu, Assistant to the General Manager of Yunnan Jinxin Agricultural Co., Ltd. talked about the production and market…

Cameroon banana exports up 661 tons year-on-year

Compared to their performance in October 2018, the banana exporters operating in Cameroon were more dynamic in October 2019. According to data compiled by the country’s banana…

Ecuadorian banana prices for 2020, under pressure from spot prices

The lack of agreement between exporters and banana producers in Ecuador to set the price of a box of bananas for 2020 has forced the Ministry of Agriculture to set its value. The price decreed by the Ecuadorian Government for a box of bananas for 2019 was US $6.30. The current increase in free-market…

Contraband hidden under load of bananas

Uttar Pradesh: 725 kg of marijuana seized

A Special Task Force (STF) team of Excise and Prohibition Department in Anakapalle arrested two persons and seized about 725 kg of marijuana being transported in a van this…

Mayra Velazquez de León with Organics Unlimited

“I didn’t know the growing side when I founded the company”

In 2000, Mayra Velazquez de León founded Organics Unlimited with the mission to provide customers in North America with the best quality organic bananas and tropical fruits. “I learned the marketing side of the business from my dad who brought the first commercially grown organic bananas to the United…

“There is still market growth potential for organic and organic Fairtrade bananas”

Fresh Fruit takes new distribution center into use

The demand for organic bananas grows every year. In Sweden - the number 1 banana consumer in the world - 60% of the bananas are organic or organic Fairtrade. In Germany, The United Kingdom, and France, the organic share is also increasing significantly. To respond to this as well as possible, the…

Spain's banana imports fell by 30% in August

According to data from the Customs and Special Taxes Administration of the Tax Agency, about 26,478 tons of bananas were shipped to the Spanish peninsular and Balearic markets…

Argentina's banana supply hit by continent-wide unrest

The supply of bananas in Argentina has become a problem given the current problems that the producing countries of the continent are facing. 70% of the bananas consumed in the…

Australian banana grower benefiting from farming simplicity

While many growers are looking towards new high-tech innovations to improve their farming methods, a banana grower from North Queensland has benefited from the simplicity of a traditional cableway system. Peter Inderbitzen, from Swiss Farms in Lakeland in North Queensland, told fellow growers that he got…

UK retailer requires banana suppliers to be assessed on TR4 Biosecurity add-on

Global G.A.P. announced that Tesco is the first UK retailer to require their suppliers of bananas to be assessed against the Global G.A.P. TR4 Biosecurity add-on.  A statement from…

Ghana, 1-District-1-Factory:

Kwahu South to get banana processing factory

The Kwahu South Municipal Assembly is benefiting from an ultra-modern banana processing factory under the 1-District-1-Factory policy.  According to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Kwahu South, Atta Fori Senior, the company will produce banana juice, biscuits, bread among others for both the local and…

Up until August, 3,545 tons more than in the same period of 2018

The banana supply in the Spanish market continues to set new highs

The available supply of domestic and imported bananas in the Spanish Peninsular and Balearic markets continues to set new highs month after month. In August 2019, 26,478 tons…

BLE Market Report KW 43/19:

'Autumn holidays or autumnal weather affected the banana sales'

Evidently, the supply of bananas had been sufficiently adapted to the available accommodation. Demand had intensified on several occasions, which accelerated sales in some places. However, higher prices were not to be found everywhere; they were the exception. Often the autumn holidays or the autumnal weather affected…

Banana exports to Cameroon Jan-Sep 2019 close to -25% year-on-year

The volume of banana exported by producers operating in Cameroon between January and September 2019 was 155,435 tons. According to figures provided by the banana producers’ association Assobacam, during the same period last year, this volume was 203,721 tons. This equals to a year to year drop of 48,286…

Cooler temperatures in banana production areas bring stable prices

Recently, all banana production areas have been seeing stable prices. The weather in Guangxi is getting colder and prices in Tiandong, Longzhou, and Hepu are stable.…

No agreement on new prices for Ecuadorian bananas

A meeting between representatives of the banana exporting and producing sectors in Ecuador culminated in a message saying there was the possibility of setting the new price of the banana box that will stand from 2020 onwards. Currently, the price of the box of the fruit is $ 6,30. The announcement of the…

Cargo destined for Belgium

Costa Rica: Police find ton of cocaine in container

During one of their routine revisions at APM Terminals in Limon, the Costa Rican Drug Control Police (PCD) detected a total of 954 kilograms of cocaine inside a container carrying a legal load of banana pulp with lemon concentrate. According to the information released by the Ministry of Public Security,…

95 trucks with bananas barred from Argentina due to blockades in Bolivia

Tropical banana producers have complained that 95 trucks with bananas can't enter Argentina due to the blockades in Santa Cruz. In addition to having affected the transit of…

"Innovation sometimes takes the best of tradition and combines it with great ideas"

How banana industry can capitalise on the growth potential in value-adding

An Australian businesswoman who created a fresh-produce brand from the ground up, largely through value-adding, believes that there is major potential for the banana industry grow, and move into niche products using the same principles. Co-founder of Brookfarm, Pam Brook addressed banana growers,…

Colombian banana exporter works to harness strengths of the community

Colombian banana exporter Daabon is transforming the culture of the people living in its Santa Marta heartland with a ground-breaking project to empower the region’s women: The University of Women. If you buy bananas from Daabon though, the fruit you receive is just a tiny part of a heart-warming social story.…

Scottish lady celebrates 101st birthday

“Daily banana and hard work are key to long life”

A 101-year-old Scottish lady insists a banana a day and a good work ethic are key to a long and happy life. Janet Darling celebrated the milestone occasion at Barleystone Care…

Philippines renews zero tariff bid for bananas entering Japan

Agriculture Secretary William Dar has reiterated the Philippines’ request to Japan to lower the tariff imposed on Philippine bananas. During the two countries’ bilateral…

Paraguayan banana exports 19% greater than total national banana exports in 2018

Paraguay exported 56,338 tons of bananas to Uruguay and Argentina between January and September 2019, earning revenues worth 10 million dollars, according to data provided by the Investment and Export Network. This is 19% more than all of the banana exports of 2018, and there are still tons of fruits…

Chinese banana production going smoothly, prices rising

Last week (October 21-27), prices in banana production areas fluctuated little, and the overall performance was good. In the first part of the week, prices in some production…

US: Marine Corps Marathon runners refuel with bananas

For the seventh consecutive year, Fyffes refueled participants of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) with bananas after crossing the finish line and completing their 26.2 mile journey on Oct. 27. Fyffes has fueled runners with over 200,000 bananas over the course of its long-standing partnership with the…

New banana greenhouse in Nicaragua co-financed by Taiwan

On Tuesday, October 22, Nicaragua inaugurated new banana acclimatization nurseries at the national research center (CNIA). These nurseries are part of the actions of the Banana Development in Nicaragua project being developed by the Governments of Nicaragua and Taiwan and that aims at letting producers…

October 29, Guayaquil

Ecuador will host the first Fusarium Foc TR4 International Symposium

On October 29, Ecuador will host the first Fusarium Foc TR4 International Symposium, which will include the participation of international experts from the technical and scientific areas. The event is organized by the World Banana Summit (WBC) and has the endorsement of the Ministry of Agriculture, the…

Newly developed TR4 field test will make swift diagnosis easier

A new field test developed by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) for detecting Tropical Race 4 (TR4) – the Fusarium strain that causes the much-feared Panama disease in bananas – has tested positive in Colombia. The so-called LAMP test (from Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification assay) helped…

UGPBAN - Fruits du Monde – Fruidor - BUFL

A banana without pesticide residues and a brand dedicated to high-end products

Fruit Attraction 2019 will be the opportunity for the group UGPBAN - Fruits du Monde - Fruidor - BUFL to present several new developments. UGPBAN will present the banana “zero pesticide residue” and its new logo. Fruidor Terroirs-BUFL will present the brand “Prestige du Potager”, created in early 2019. The…

Chinese banana price is reasonable, market conditions improve in Guangxi

The market conditions in Chinese banana production areas have been stable in the last few days, although the prices in Guangxi showed a slight rise. Even though the price…

Chinese group to invest $30m in Cambodian banana industry

Earlier this week, the Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, announced it is studying investing $30 million into a banana plantation in Cambodia. The firm is considering the purchase of 1,500 hectares of land that will be used to grow yellow banana, Li Zhijun, director of…

Plátano de Canarias presents its new 100% compostable and biodegradable label

Plátano de Canarias has introduced the first 100% compostable and biodegradable label made of wood pulp from sustainable plantations. This new initiative adds to the Aenor…

Fair trade banana sales continue to grow and supplies are steady

Supplies of fair trade bananas are currently steady coming into North America. “We have no problems at this time with supplies,” says Stefan Misse of Discovery Organics based in Vancouver, B.C. “And we’re seeing similar volumes available as this time last year.” Misse notes that supplies are coming from Ecuador…

Philippines: House bill to set up banana research center

In the Philippines’ House of Commons, there is a proposal to establish a banana research institute to develop better planting methods and find new uses for the plant, one of the Philippines’ leading fruit exports. Rep. Raymond C. Mendoza of the TUCP Party filed House Bill No. 2622, noting that the banana…

High spot price of Ecuadorian bananas boosts signing of fixed contracts

Since this week, Ecuadorian producers of bananas for export that sell their product under the spot mode have received proposals from several companies to sell their products by formalizing contracts that have fixed conditions for both parties; including paying the official price of the box, which stands…

Opportunities to develop banana export markets through niche produce

The best chance for Australian bananas to develop a strong export market is to focus on niche opportunities, according to trade analysis company, Fresh Intelligence Consulting. In addressing global trends, Principal and Senior Analyst, Wayne Prowse told Australian banana growers the significance of…

Double-row banana production could revolutionize Ecuador's markets

The results obtained in the double-row banana production at La Planada farm could change the way Ecuador produces bananas. The first cluster of each crop, called R0, weighed 64.64 pounds, and the second cluster per tree, called R1, weighed 87 pounds. Tree densities were 1,750 plants per hectare. A…

Bolivian banana producers seek new export markets

According to the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE), Bolivian banana producers must work to recover the sector and have to search for market alternatives to increase exports of this product. As reported by the representative of Expoban, Javier Gomez, the economic situation in Argentina is…

Man dressed as banana breaks half-marathon world record

Track and field coach Melvin Nyairo once had a dream to break the Guinness World Records title for the fastest half-marathon dressed as a fruit. With a mission to highlight the fun side of healthy living and a history of working with runners and athletes, Chiquita Brands International helped Nyairo turn…

Fyffes wins award for its climate neutral, fairtrade traceable bananas

"Transparency in the banana supply chain is key"

Fyffes has been awarded by its long-term partner PLUS Retail as their best supplier in 2019 and winner of the CSR category “MVO”. Together with PLUS, Fyffes has continuously…

Grupo Eurobanan launches Tree Ripe Summum Select at Fruit Attraction 2019

Grupo Eurobanan will launch its new range of Tree Ripe Summum Select fruits at Fruit Attraction 2019 through its Isla Bonita brand, which specializes in tropical fruits. The new product range Isla Bonita Tree Ripe Summum Select will be presented during the next Fruit Attraction fair, which will take…

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Dealers got bananas while Rewe got cocaine

On Wednesday, after half a year in Landshut, the trial that dealt with a spectacular case of cocaine smuggling ended. At least two tons of narcotics are said to have brought in…

Turkey aims to grow 1 million tons of bananas

Turkey's banana production was 250 thousand tons in 2013, which increased to 650 thousand tons in 2019. The country aims to further increase the production and reach 1 million…

Philippines Banana Forum

Export potential of non-Cavendish banana varieties to be explored

The potential for export of non-Cavendish banana varieties will be explored during this year's banana forum and business matching event; this will be held on October 24 and 25…

Peruvian ‘Bio Plant’ project creates disposable plates from banana leaves

A group of young Peruvians has launched a project called ‘Bio Plant’, which creates disposable plates and bowls made entirely from banana leaves. With the financial sponsoring from the Innóvate Peru Program (through the Bio Challenge contest which backs the development of innovative solutions focused on sustainability),…

First report of Panama disease in Cavendish bananas caused by Tropical Race 4 in Colombia

An international research team has confirmed the presence of Tropical Race 4 (TR4, Fusarium odoratissimum, previously known as Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense) in Cavendish banana plants in Colombia. TR4 is the cause of Fusarium wilt, also known as Panama disease in many banana varieties. The findings…

Prices stable

Banana market recovering with cooler temperatures

The recent banana market has been stable. A fall in banana prices was seen earlier in Guangxi, but prices have risen again recently. Affected by the temperature, prices have…

Philippines asks Japan to lower tariff on banana export to zero

Manila has appealed again to Tokyo to cut its tariff on Philippine bananas to zero percent. Its government former seeks to maintain its market share in the heavily contested…

It’s not what you think

Here’s how bananas help in treating piles

As is well-known, the human metabolism plays a pivotal role in determining the health conditions. No wonder, our metabolism is directly related to our digestive system, as the…

Uttar Pradesh - India

‘More profitable’ bananas make inroads in sugarcane-dominated western UP

Random patches of banana plantations are now increasingly breaking the monotony of western UP farms, dominated by sugarcane crops for centuries now. "Nothing motivates western…

Panama: Banana workers secure agreement with supplier Chiquita

The failure to persuade Panamanian banana company Ilara Holding -in the Northwestern Bocas del Toro province- to introduce mechanised bunch haulage, led to a short strike earlier this month. This happened mainly as an earlier agreement on the mechanised haulage had been reached with union SITRAPBI in its…

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…

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…


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