Bananas

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…

University of Toronto student team

Prize-winning team uses AI to beat banana blight

Fuelled by a changing climate, plant pathogens encounter increasingly favourable conditions to spread and wreak havoc on global crop yields. But could artificial intelligence…

Increased exports of cardamom and bananas

Guatemalan economy shows signs of recovery

Yesterday, non-profit private sector foundation Fundesa warned that evidence of a dynamic growth in Guatemala’s economy is tempered by a resurgence in the worldwide oil price.…

Cambodia sells 40,956 tons of bananas in January

According to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia exported 203,485 tons of seven major cash crops last month. The ministry lists these as…

QUT

Queensland University of Technology

QUT Panama disease breakthrough sparks US funding

QUT researcher Distinguished Professor James Dale and his team have successfully developed a line of Cavendish bananas resistant to Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4).The development of the TR4 resistant line has led to a multi-million-dollar partnership with US-based international fresh fruit and…

Bananas gain more and more popularity in the beauty world

Bananas have become one of the star ingredients in cosmetics thanks to their enzymatic properties and ability to hydrate and revitalize. The Spanish cosmetic firm, Varanski…

Banana exports down 18.3% in Philippines due to low production

In 2020, banana exports from the Philippines declined by almost a fifth to a two-year low of 3.595 million tons; shipments across all key markets contracted due to weak…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.68 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 £0.68 for bananas…

Angry about low prices and lack of demand

Uttarakhand farmers destroy their banana crop

In some regions of India, average small farmers continue to suffer due to low prices offered for their produce. Sometimes these do not even cover the amount they had invested…

Algeria turns to bananas to address trade gap

The Algerian government is turning to its banana growers to help narrow its trade gap. The nation wasn’t able to really develop its non-energy sectors before oil prices fell,…

Uganda’s economic problems: Prices for agricultural products dropping

During the early stages of Covid-19, transport bottlenecks and depressed consumption wreaked havoc on many matooke (East African Highland bananas) farmers, particularly those…

Honduras imports bananas from Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala

Tropical storms Eta and Iota had a great impact on the Honduran agricultural sector. According to the Damage Report from the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), 27%…

Dole announces new Bobby Banana packaging, reducing plastic waste

Dole has announced that its Bobby Bananas are now packaged in a new, smaller tape - which will reduce the amount of plastic destined for landfill in New Zealand and can be…

Pulivendula & Anantapur growers export bananas via India's first fruit train

The first of its kind 'fruit train' in India was waved off from Tadipatri Railway Station in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh last week. A train from the Guntakal Division…

Absence may hamper country’s banana exports

India: Nearly 30% of migrant workers yet to report to duty

Migrant workers constitute the backbone of this sector as they are involved in various stages like harvesting, sorting and handling of the fruit. With export season set to…

Bananalink

Britain’s largest trade union supports Costa Rican plantation workers

Banana Link Project Officer, Holly Woodward-Davey, reports on the work that has been undertaken by our Costa Rican trade union partners thanks to funds donated by UK trade unions. Costa Rican banana and pineapple workers face some of the world’s most exploitative and difficult working conditions,…

Greece

Authorities seize 34 kgs of cocaine in banana containers at Piraeus port

On Tuesday, a large operation conducted by drug enforcement officers in cooperation with a US Department of Homeland Security team from the US Embassy in Athens, took place at the port of Piraeus. Authorities seized just under 34 kilograms of cocaine. The 28 bags were hidden in a shipment of bananas from…

Port of Wilmington

Wilmington is No. 1 US gateway for banana imports

Wilmington, Delaware is continuing to lead the way as the No. 1 US gateway for banana imports and more, as the Port of Wilmington enters its third year of operation under a division of United Arab Emirates-based Gulftainer. Eric Casey, chief executive officer of GT USA Wilmington LLC, which in late 2018…

Organic banana growers battle multinational pricing

Supplies of organic bananas are slim currently. “It’s that time of the year when supplies are tight mainly because of the season and the cold weather. Bananas are usually tight mid-January to the beginning of June,” says Mayra Velazquez de León of Organics Unlimited based in San Diego, CA. She notes that…

Gascoyne floods

Water levels continue to rise at Nine Mile Bridge as crops are submerged

The Gascoyne River water levels have peaked at Nine Mile Bridge. The region continues to be hit hard by rain. Flood waters have inundated roads and crops. Local farmers say…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week price of bananas at £0.68 for bananas from Belize

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 £0.68 for bananas…

Concern in Honduras about the reduction in banana exports

Bananas are one of the most important products in Honduras. Their production creates many jobs and they are an essential source of foreign exchange. From January to November…

Banana exports Cameroon down 466 tons year-on-year Jan 2021

Banana producers operating in Cameroon exported 20,496 tons of banana In January 2021, says data published by the Banana Association of Cameroon (ASSOBACAM). This volume is…

Ten years on

Australia: Tully banana growers remember cyclone Yasi

In 2011, cyclone Yasi destroyed more than 80 per cent of Australia's banana industry. An estimated $350 millions-worth of bananas were destroyed, with growers in Tully,…

Ariston Holdings banana production up 65 %

Agricultural concern Ariston Holdings has seen a 65 % surge in banana production alongside good yields on other crops, as a result of a good rainy season. Company secretary…

Banana trade is back to normal

Sino-Myanmar border at Houqiao open again

Myanmar experienced political turmoil in the last few days and the borders were temporarily closed. People in the banana industry were worried about trade interruptions, but…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

UK average prices of Bramley's seedling apples at £1.11 / 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. Average prices of Bramley's seedling apples collected from various…

Indian banana exports to Gulf countries have skyrocketed since 2016

With the increase in its extent of cultivation from 79,360 hectares in 2014-15 to 104,000 hectares by 2019-20, banana export from Andhra Pradesh too has increased…

Saint Lucia banana growers hopeful after collapse of WinFresh

There is a possibility that Saint Lucia banana growers, operating under the Fairtrade brand, could benefit financially from the collapse of WinFresh. Still, the National Fair…

Japan: Bananas are surprise hit in economy hit by Covid

It turns out that Japan’s imports reflect the surprise of the COVID-19 pandemic, with items like bananas -that were rather inconspicuous until recently- seeing record highs in…

SuperSolex by Agriplast

How to grow bananas in temperate climates

Protected cultivation is becoming increasingly popular not only for vegetables, but also when it comes to tree crops. Supply diversification often goes hand in hand with the most advanced technologies, as is the case of Supersolex by Agriplast, which was developed specifically for greenhouse banana…

Bananas, apples & mandarins account for over half of sales at Uzbek supermarkets

Last year, Zafar Khashimov, the founder of the Anglesey Food companies, stated  that bananas are the best-selling fruit in Uzbekistan’s supermarkets. In an interview, Roman Sayfulin,…

"Wait-and-see" moment for bananas

It is not easy to analyze the banana market during this period, even for an expert such as Alessandro Dal Bello from Sife. "There are contrasting signals - the markets and big retail chains are buying, but the price trend is unclear." On the one hand, as this is the fourth week, purchases have dropped…

Factors contributing to the growth of Ecuador’s banana sector

The performance of Ecuador's banana sector has allowed the country to be the world's leading exporter of this fruit. In addition, the country achieved a 19% growth in exports…

New base wage ensures Fairtrade banana workers get closer to living wage

To improve the quality of life for all hardworking farmers and workers in the banana industry, Fairtrade has instituted a new Base Wage to ensure all Fairtrade banana workers receive 70% of the take-home pay needed to achieve a living income. The wages will take full effect in all countries by July 2021.…

Introducing Catalina Class Extra bananas

The Catalina brand has been appreciated by the market for many years, mainly due to the consistent quality of the fruit sold. Catalina Premium is an indicator of a good product; only high-quality bananas go in these boxes. Targban wants customers to consciously come back for a product that they know will…

Bananalink

New report - What Difference Does a Union Make?

'Trade unions make a big difference for Guatemalan banana workers'

According to a new report – What Difference Does a Union Make?: Banana Plantations in the North and South of Guatemala – published by the Center for Global Workers Rights at Penn State University in the US, there are stark differences in pay and working conditions for unionised and non-unionised workers…

Organisation of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands - Asprocan

Ban on selling below cost price could help Spanish banana producers

In the light of the Spanish government’s current review of its legal prohibition on supermarkets selling agricultural produce below cost price, and banana industry debate…

Organic bananas set new records in the US in 2020

Although 2019 marked a first hiatus in the uninterrupted growth of organic banana imports for the US market, 2020 is breaking all records. The import growth has made a…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week price at £0.61 for bananas from Belize

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…

Ecuador achieves a new banana export record in 2020 with 380 million boxes

Ecuador set a new banana export record in 2020 after dispatching more than 380 million boxes of bananas that year, i.e. 7% and 15% more volume and value than in 2019,…

Colombian banana exports to South Korea increased by more than 1,600% in 2020

Colombian banana exports in 2020 decreased by 2.6% between January and November, registering an uneven evolution in shipments depending on the destination, according to…

India

Kadapa and Anantapur district banana growers export 977 tons to Middle East

Banana growers of Kadapa and Anantapur districts have been exporting their goods to the Middle East. The first train with 43 refrigerated containers carrying 977 tons of…

£100,000 of post-Brexit tariffs slapped on Fairtrade bananas from Africa

At least £100,000 of tariffs have been put on Fairtrade bananas from Africa because of Brexit. Several ministers are under pressure to explain why the levies are being…

Iranian production of tropical fruit at 165,000 tons in current year

Agriculture Ministry official, Zahra Jalili-Moqaddam, has issued a statement saying that a total of 165,000 tons of tropical fruits, including mangoes, bananas, sapodilla,…

Port of Southampton

UK: Cocaine worth £76 million found in banana shipment

UK Border Force officers have disrupted a large drug smuggling operation after seizing almost a ton of cocaine -with a street value of around £76 million- hidden among bananas at the Port of Southampton. The Class A drugs, weighing a total of 946 kg, were found within a shipping container on a commercial…

The Chiquita Banana: Capexo's new Gem

Known for its large range of exotic fruits and vegetables, Capexo has recently started to collaborate with Producer Chiquita on the French market. Capexo has specialized in the last 25 years in the importation and trading of high-end exotics fruits and vegetables. Despite a wide assortment, one important…

Murcian businessmen travel to Ecuador to explore new business opportunities

A delegation of businessmen from the Region of Murcia has traveled to Ecuador with the aim of strengthening commercial relations with the Andean country and improving Murcia's…

Fooditive and Frutco develop sustainable banana sweetener

"Sweetener with health potential to transform food industry"

Fooditive B.V. and Frutco AG have announced their partnership to launch the Fooditive® banana sweetener line worldwide. Fooditive B.V. reaffirms its commitment to fighting food waste and increasing sustainability, and its promise to provide consumers with the highest quality products. Frutco® is one of…

BLE Market Report Week 2:

'First navelates from Spain arrived unusually early'

Among the blond oranges, Spanish Navelina surpassed everything in terms of quantity. Navels from Italy and Spain and Salustiana from Spain supplemented the ranges. From Morocco, there were Salustiana and Navel. The first navelate from Spain arrived at an unusually early time of the season. Snowfall and…

Platano de Canarias unaffected by storm Filomena

Even though storm Filomena caused supply issues in Spain, it didn't affect the supply of Platano de Canarias. According to Pablo Tornero, from Solocanarias, one of the reasons…

Colombia

Banana freezer to store up to 40,000 COVID-19 vaccines

The Association of Banana Producers of Colombia (Augura) lent an ultra-freezer to Antioquia's Health System so they can store up to 40,000 vaccines against the coronavirus…

Organic banana grower/distributor introduces new Fair Trade label

Organics Unlimited, the San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, now offers Fair Trade Certified™ label organic bananas. Organics Unlimited started the new year by providing its Fair Trade Certified™ organic banana label along with its existing socially responsible GROW label and…

Scientists propose genetic engineering to develop Fusarium wilt-resistant bananas

Chinese researchers have suggested genetic engineering to develop bananas that will be resistant to Fusarium wilt, while maintaining the crop's yield capacity. The proposal…

Rwanda wants to work with UAE to expand horticultural exports

According to Rwanda’s Ambassador to Dubai, the former is looking to engage the United Arab Emirates in order to expand its horticultural exports. Reports by local media in…

Edible-peel bananas

The Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, which before the 2011 earthquake was known for its prosperous agriculture, resumed its agricultural activities ten years after the nuclear accident that affected…

Kelowna RCMP investigation

Canada: 21 bricks of cocaine found hidden in banana boxes

During a Kelowna RCMP international drug investigation, over 20 kg of cocaine was found inside two banana shipments. The discovery took place in early 2019, when two separate…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize - average week price at £0.86

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 £0.86 for…

BLE- Market report week 01 / 21:

'Holstein Cox and Cox Orange increasingly disappearing from the range'

Local apples obviously dominated the scene. More than any others, Elstar, Jonagold, Boskoop and Braeburn were available. Holstein Cox and Cox Orange increasingly disappeared from the range. Italy primarily participated with Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Pink Lady. Pink Lady and Jazz were the main…

Banana prices increase in Ecuador due to damage to Central American plantations

After a hard year in 2020, the prices in the banana industry are starting to see some recovery. Throughout 2020, due to the pandemic, the market prices were low for the bananas. “It was a bad year in terms of price,” says Hugo Castro of Ecuador-based GinaFruit. “The closure of important sales channels,…

Price of high-quality products firm

Chinese banana prices stable with slight increases

Last week (January 3-9), the overall banana market was steady with slight increases. Prices in production areas varied with quality. The price of high-quality products was…

Paraguay's banana exports increase by 33%

According to data from the Single Export Window (VUE) of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) of Paraguay, in 2020 banana exports grew by 33% over the previous year, totaling $15,621,246. The representative of the National Intersectoral Banana Competitiveness Table (Menicob), Hugo Franco, said…

Bolivia seeks to boost banana exports to the European market

Bolivia seeks to increase its banana production capacity to export this product to the European market via the National Banana Plan, a project promoted by producers from the…

Despite the pandemic, Panamanian banana exports grew in 2020

Panama's banana exports achieved good results in 2020, despite the evolution of the pandemic. The producing region of Baru, province of Chiriquí, and Bocas del Toro increased…

Banana exports Cameroon down by 8% in 2020

According to data compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam), Cameroon banana exporters exported 187,884 tons of banana in 2020, against 204,320 tons in 2019.…

New South Wales - Mid North Coast

Australia: Panama disease threatens Coffs Harbour banana plantations

A destructive fungal disease known for wiping out entire banana crops is hitting plantations on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. The disease, known as Panama disease race…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.86: 30% rise from 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. All prices are in pounds (£) per kg. The current average week prices…

Honduras' banana sector needs $40 million to ensure the next banana harvest

According to estimates from the Association of Independent Banana Producers of the Sula Valley, the sector needs to invest nearly 40 million dollars to recuperate from the…

Iran considers indirect swap: export of apples for import of bananas

According to an official with the Agriculture Ministry, Iran's Minister of Agriculture, Jihad Kazem Khavazi, has proposed to have Iran indirectly trade export of apples for…

Russia rejects 23 tons of Ecuadorian bananas

Russia has banned a large batch of bananas from Ecuador, as apparently 23 tons are infected with the polyphagous humpback fly, found in the port of Vladivostok.…

Ecuadorian bananas start 2021 with a new price scheme

The new scheme for setting the price of a box of bananas for export in Ecuador, which was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) at the end of October…

India’s Grand Nain banana struck by dangerous mutant fungus strain

According to a study by scientists from National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB), Grand Nain bananas, which are mainly cultivated in India, are being affected with a mutated…

Philippines - South Korea banana export deal still out

Talks for a new free trade deal with South Korea have stalled again, as both parties are failing to come to terms on the issue of market access. The negotiations are expected…

Colombia's banana sector aspires to achieve exports of $1 billion in 2021

According to Emerson Aguirre Medina, the president of the Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura), despite the challenges that the Colombian banana sector has faced…

Chiquita donates disaster relief supplies

Following recent natural disasters including Hurricanes Eta and Iota, Chiquita is supporting Central Americans by providing resources such as food, medical supplies, monetary donations and more. To date, Chiquita has donated more than ten tons of various forms of relief aid to those in need. The company…

Peru

The first organic banana cluster is established in Piura

Solidaridad, an international NGO has been working with the support of the Ministry of Production's Innóvate Perú program on the basis and the constitution of the first…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week price for Gala apples at £0.94 /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 price for Gala apples stands at £0.94 /…

UNSW Sydney research

Biodegradable packaging from banana plant waste

Two researchers at UNSW Sydney are looking into a way to turn banana plantation waste into packaging material that is both biodegradable and recyclable. Associate Professor…

Smurfit Kappa’s BanaBag®

Sustainable recyclable banana bag gains popularity in Latin America

Banana producers often use plastic bags to cover the banana bunches on the plants for protection. The plastic material of these bags, however, doesn’t fit in well with sustainability initiatives. That is why the company Smurfit Kappa decided to design a sustainable banana bag made of paper, called…

Market conditions are weak, but Cambodian bananas do well

Looking back on the Chinese market for imported bananas

The Chinese banana market has been weak since the outbreak of Covid-19. Many banana varieties are reasonably priced, but there is no market for them. While Southeast Asian bananas and South American bananas are not doing great, Cambodian bananas emerged as a new force in the Chinese banana market. The…

Glenn Peñaranda, commercial counselor with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Beijing:

"Chinese new middle-class is ‘a promising market’ for goods from the Philippines"

At the moment, China sports a 400-million strong middle-class, and this group is regarded as a promising export market and the “next biggest opportunity” just waiting to be…

Mexico

More than 4,000 hectares of bananas in Tabasco were lost to the floods

The floods that have ravaged Tabasco this year have strongly impacted the state's banana production. The president of the National Council of the Banana Product System, Adrian…

Peruvian organic banana production is expected to decrease by 10%

The president of the National Banana Board (JNB), Valentin Ruiz Delgado, said that this year's national production of organic bananas would be 10% smaller in volume than the…

Latin American unions write to major retailers to express concern about Rainforest Alliance certification

The Coordinating Body of Latin American Banana and Agro-industrial Unions (COLSIBA) has written to seven of the biggest German and UK supermarkets raising concerns about the retailers’ continuing reliance upon Rainforest Alliance certification as a guarantee of ethical standards in their supply chains. COLSIBA…

Tourists may breach bio-security measures

North Queensland banana growers remain concerned about Panama disease

North Queensland banana growers are warning holiday makers to stay off their farms with an influx of tourists expected in North Queensland. They are concerned that travellers…

Cold weather may damage Chinese bananas

Last week (December 6-12), overall banana prices in production areas remained stable. Although prices of premium-grades and products damaged by the cold weather varied, they…

The damage caused by tropical storms Eta and Iota has paralyzed Honduran banana exports

The damages caused by the recent tropical storms in Honduras have forced the country's banana sector to temporarily suspend exports, stated Julio Morales, Agribusiness…

Colombia could become the next export giant

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Colombia could become one of the world’s largest food exporters. The nation is best known around the world for its…

The agreement will allow traditional Spanish greengrocers to offer a delivery service

Plátano de Canarias signs alliance with Glovo to bring local greengrocers closer to consumers

Plátano de Canarias has launched a new channel for the sale of fruit and vegetables to homes called "La frutería de tu barrio de Plátano de Canarias" after reaching an agreement with the digital home delivery platform Glovo. The agreement is allowing traditional greengrocers to offer a delivery service…

Record Latin American banana exports despite pandemic

Despite the major logistical problems along the supply chain provoked by lockdowns during the first wave of Covid-19, Ecuador’s banana exports have reached an all-time record…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador at £0.65, up 5% week-on-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 £0.66 for bananas…

Del Monte, Chiquita, and Dole offer to pay up to an additional $2 per box of bananas

The drop in the available volumes of bananas, due to the strong impact of the hurricanes that hit Central America had on the sector's production, has forced the world's…

South Korea: South Jeolla Province will be producing its first bananas next year

In South Korea, Wando Agricultural Research and Extension Services and the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation have created a banana farm on 2,000 m2 of land. Wando…

Bangladesh: Tangail banana growers are making good profits

Banana growers from Tangail are making nice profits with the prices of their fruit going up this year, combined with a bumper yield of the popular fruit. More than a thousand…

Latin American banana growers now exporting to Philippines

The collapse in global banana prices has opened the door for Latin American producers to sell their product in the Philippines, where demand remains strong. Stephen A. Antig,…

Agri-food cooperation strengthened between Morocco and Ivory Coast

According to the Moroccan Ambassador in Abidjan, Abdelmalek Kettani, Morocco is set to strengthen its trade in the agri-food sector with the nation of Ivory Coast. "Morocco…

"Big banana brands playing into the hands of big European retail"

"Yesterday’s announcement by Fresh Del Monte and Dole Food that they are imposing a ‘force majeure’ surcharge on all their North American banana contracts from next week is in…

First report of Curvularia lunata on bananas in Pakistan

Banana fruits infected with rot disease were collected from the local market of Lahore, Pakistan. The observed symptoms were dry, decayed, sunken lesions with dark grey to greenish in color, damaging quality of the fruit. Scientists at University of the Punjab (Lahore, Pakistan) have isolated the…

Migros implements import and maturity planning tool FIPS from activeIT in Austria

“Traceability particularly important for bananas certified organic or fair trade”

Around 20,000 tons of bananas are ripened annually at the ripening facility of Migros Lucerne in Dierikon, Switzerland. The fruit's journey begins in Costa Rica, Panama, Peru or Ecuador. Packed while still green, the bananas are transported by ship to Antwerp, Rotterdam or Bremerhaven, where they are…

January-October 2020

Peruvian banana exports contract

Peruvian banana exports in the first ten months of the year registered a slight contraction. Between January and October, the country exported a total of 172,593,871 kilos of bananas for 121,745,145…

The value of Paraguayan banana exports is expected to increase by 45%

Paraguayan banana exports are performing well in 2020. Despite the challenges and difficulties derived from the pandemic, the country's banana exports between January and…

Introducing bananitos from Ecuador in Western Canada

One Canadian company is starting a trial distributing bananitos in Western Canada. Global Citrus Group in Brantford, ON have been distributing the fruit in Eastern Canada for almost a year. “Supplies of bananitos out of Ecuador are very steady. And COVID-19 has made more supplies available—a lot of this…

Platano de Canarias producers could lose up to 30% of their annual production

On Wednesday, December 2, political groups rejected an amendment that established that the Platano de Canarias was not obliged to set a minimum sale price for all transactions…

Cameroon exported 16,498 tons of banana in Nov-2020, down by 0.21% MoM

Cameroon exported 16,498 tons of banana in November 2020, according to figures disclosed by the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam). This performance is bearish…

Franklin Ginus, BeFrank:

"No major breakthrough for BeFrank yet; retailers, sadly, not taking responsibility"

Former Chiquita director, Franklin Ginus, started BeFrank 18 months ago. The aim was to begin a banana revolution where bananas would be fairly traded. But, according to Franklin, BeFrank hasn't yet broken through. Not in 2021, and not at Dutch supermarkets. "We put all the proposals and prices forward…

Michel Marchetto, Alpex:

"25% growth of Algeria's banana imports, but the results are mixed"

"A few weeks before the end of the year, we can already say that 2020, despite the problems linked to the coronavirus crisis, will be marked by a new increase in banana imports in Algeria," reports Michel Marchetto of the company Alpex. The French company is specialized in the export of fresh fruits and…


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