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Banana reefer ship strikes seawall while departing Japanese port

A reefer cargo ship departing the southern Japanese port of Hakata near Fukuoka has hit the seawall at the entrance to the port. The bow of the vessel became stuck on the breakwater. The vessel was carrying a cargo of bananas.  The Japanese Coast Guard says that the 10,600 dwt reefer Lady Rosemary departed…

Import of bananas from Laos declined by 41.82% compared to September

Chinese banana import volume increased by 5.7% in October to a total of 123,900 tons

The Philippines remained the largest supplier of import bananas for the Chinese market in October, 2021. The Philippines supplied around 50% of the Chinese market for import bananas. But their share is shrinking as bananas from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Latin America gain ground. Ecuador was the…

Ecuadorian banana exports decreased by 1.74% between January and October

According to data from the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), Ecuadorian banana exports between January and October 2021 fell by 1.74% over the same period…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Guatemala cost £0.72 this 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 £0.58 for bananas…

Bananas to become pricier

Bananas production and transport prices have risen sharply. And it looks like this will continue for the time being. Why have these costs increased, and what does this mean for consumers?  Producers and exporters in Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica - good for 60% of the world's banana production -…

The lack of containers and raw materials increases the prices of one of the country's most important production chains

Ecuadorian bananas have been affected by the global logistics crisis

The global logistics crisis has bogged down the banana production chain in Ecuador. The lack of containers due to international congestion in maritime transport has delayed…

Chinese banana price index continues to rise

The Chinese banana price index, an indication of prices in Chinese banana production areas, reached 100.78 on the 24th of November, 2021. That is an increase of 4.92% compared…

Week 46:

Average wholesale prices for Latin American bananas at €90 per 100 kgs in France

The average wholesale prices of bananas from Latin America stood at €90 per 100 kgs in France in week 46. The same prices were at €82 per 100 kgs in Spain, €88 per 100 kgs in The Netherlands and at €98 per 100 kgs in Belgium.   Click here to read the full data sheet. Source: ec.europa.eu

Uzbekistan: Record volume of bananas imported in 2021

Uzbekistan imported 2.3 times more bananas In January-October 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The volume of banana imports during the reviewed period is 60% more…

Unfavorable weather impacts Crookes Brothers interim banana yields

Unfavorable regional weather negatively impacted yields from bananas (as well as sugar cane) reported by Crookes Brothers over the six months until the end of September 2021.…

CFN takes control of La Clementina treasury and executes the guarantees

Eight years ago, it seemed like a dream come true, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for thousands of farmworkers: to become owners of the largest banana property in the…

Import duty exemptions in Uzbekistan affected citrus and banana prices

One month ago, the government of Uzbekistan decided to exempt the import of a range of fruits, including bananas, kiwis, citrus fruits, fresh apples, pears, quince and other…

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Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week price at £0.51 for bananas from Colombia

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.51 for bananas…

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Greece: Customs impound heroin found in banana shipment

According to the Independent Public Revenue Authority, Greek Customs officials foiled an attempt to smuggle 35 kilograms of heroin hidden in a shipment of bananas into the…

The Senate maintains the singularities of the Canarian banana in the Food Chain Law

Yesterday, the Senate approved the additional provision that guarantees recognition of the singularities of the Canarian banana within the framework of the new Food Chain Law.…

Banana ripening facility

Fruit and vegetable wholesaler Fruidor will set up near Bordeaux

Fruit and vegetable wholesaler Fruidor will set up in the fall of 2022 in Saint-André-de-Cubzac. The Fruidor company, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler and specialist in this…

China: The quotation of imported bananas shows an overall upward trend

Recently, China’s domestic banana price index at production areas fell month-on-month, while the wholesale price index of banana sales, the price index of imported bananas,…

Ecuadorian banana exports up until September decreased by 9%

In November 2021, the Ecuadorian Federation of Exporters (Fedexport) published its latest  Foreign Trade Statistical Report with figures up to September. According to the report,…

Ecuadorian officials seize 2.7 tons of drugs in banana cargo

Personnel from the Anti-Drug Investigation Directorate, with the support of Can Sasha, found 2.7 tons of drugs on Monday 15 in two containers that were intended to be shipped…

The Ministry of Agriculture of Ecuador will start reviewing the transactions

Companies that don't pay the minimum support price for bananas will lose their license to export

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) has informed that it will begin reviewing the payments made through the Interbank Payment System (SPI), to confirm that…

Mexico is self-sufficient in banana production

According to data from the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), in 2020 Mexico produced 2,468,000 tons of bananas, which were planted on 81,081 hectares in 16…

Filipino banana exporters hope for price hike in Japan

Filipino banana exporters are proposing that their government initiate talks with Japanese retailers to increase their prices, to offset rising production costs and keep up…

Tamil Nadu banana farmers compromised by pandemic and incessant rains

Tamil Nadu banana growers are facing tough times after their cultivation was hit by heavy rains and the Covid pandemic. Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation state secretary,…

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Average week prize for bananas from Belize at £0.66

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…

Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu

Banana market witnesses dramatic slump

Namakkal district banana farmers are downcast, as the prices of their products have come down drastically. Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation state secretary G. Ajeethan:…

Acorbanec accounts for 38% of Ecuador's banana exports

In just five years after its foundation, the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec) already accounts for 38% of the country's banana exports, through the 50…

Francois Conradie – Zire Subtropico

South Africa’s largest private banana ripening facility

Subtropico’s banana specialists on the Tshwane market – Flip de Lange, Johan du Toit and Johan Blom of DW Fresh, now incorporated into Subtropico – sell around 70% of the bananas on that market, which renders them very vulnerable to any disruptions in power supply that affect the banana ripening process.…

BBTD Alliance continues to tackle banana bunchy top disease in Africa

Up to 16 African countries have now experienced the banana bunchy top disease (BBTD), caused by the banana bunchy top virus. The virus is also endangering the diversity of…

Artificial intelligence and deep learning to get the best banana

Artificial intelligence has reached the banana sector. The Tekniker technology center, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) that has extensive…

La Palma’s banana growers get a lift from Spanish navy

According to a statement from the Defense Ministry, the Spanish navy has started helping farmers on the volcanic island of La Palma to reach their lava-surrounded banana…

Banana & Cacao Summit: Main focus on logistics crisis and disease management

The mitigation of diseases that impact the production levels of bananas and cocoa, two of the most prominent export products from Ecuador, and the current global logistics…

Michel Marchetto, Alpex:

Successful 18th International Banana Convention

From October 26th to 29th 2021, the banana sector came together in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in order to attend the 18th International Banana Convention. The event was organized by AEBE (Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador). French exporter Alpex attended for the first time. Michel Marchetto, sales…

Program transitions to Sumitomo Corporation

MustGrow reports successful banana field trials in Colombia

MustGrow Biologics Corp. is pleased to announce the success of its initial field trial program in Colombia.  Field testing confirmed the efficacy of MustGrow’s mustard plant-derived…

Some 114 million fewer boxes of bananas estimated for 2022, if price remains at $ 6.25

More than ten days after the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) officially set the price of a box of bananas for 2022 at $ 6.25, banana producers insist that there…

Panamanian banana exports will grow around 7% at the end of 2021

For this year 2021, exports are expected to end close to 21 million boxes of bananas of 18.14 Kg each, which would represent a 7% increase approximate compared to last year,…

SUNT secures €1.1 mln fund to save discarded bananas in European ports

SUNT is an Amsterdam-based startup that makes food products from discarded bananas. This week it announced that it has secured €1.1 mln in funding from Brave New Food (BNF)…

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Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week price of bananas at £0.66 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 £0.66 for bananas…

Costa Rica banana industry thwarted by low prices and TR4 fungus alerts

The Costa Rica banana industry is on high alert due to the low prices that European supermarkets are offering, coupled with the presence of the tropical fusarium fungus race…

China: Banana prices rebounded after skyrocketing, and the current market is generally better

In the early stages, prices in major banana-producing areas soared, then gradually stabilized, and recently declined slightly. The main reason is that the cold wave is coming.…

PHL-Japan trade deal review stalls on market-access issue

No progress has been made with the general review of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA) this year due to concerns over market access for agricultural…

International markets begin to review the price of a box of bananas based on global cost increases

The Regional Agreement for Shared Responsibility signed in Guayaquil on October 27 by banana producers and exporters from Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, the…

Australian banana grower trials geolocation for bunches

Bartle Frere Bananas, which supplies Aldi and other chains, is trialling radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags on bunches of bananas in its paddocks and then on cartons as…

Ernakulam district, Kerala

Heavy wind and rain cause massive crop loss in Ernakulam

Extreme weather conditions, mostly heavy winds and almost incessant rain between August and October, have resulted in massive crop loss in the district. Substantial areas of…

Koppert

Canarian banana producers can now transition more easily to sustainable agriculture

Koppert has compiled, for the first time, the experience it has acquired in the biological control of the main pests of the Canarian banana, the most important crop in the Canary Islands in terms of area and economic value. This first catalog that Koppert dedicates to the biological control of banana…

The Gabaceras banana brand includes a sticker with a QR code to monitor the current situation on La Palma

The Gabaceras bananas have a new sticker. The brand of the Europlatano company, which is located in La Palma, has launched a special sticker and tape in support of the farmers…

Up 7.3% year-on-year

Cameroon exported 17,842 tons of banana in October 2021

In October 2021, Cameroon exported 17,842 tons of bananas. This is an increase of 7.3% year on year, according to figures compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon…

Ecuadorian authorities find 1.5 tons of cocaine in banana shipment

Ecuadorian officials seized 1.5 tons of cocaine meant for New Zealand from a warehouse in Guayas province. The warehouse was located near a highway in Guayas province, home to…

La Palma volcano causes $116 mln in losses to island's banana sector

The Canary Islands continue to suffer as the La Palma volcano has destroyed nearly 400 acres of banana plantations. The regional government of the Canary Islands estimated the…

The Navy will take the farmers of La Palma to the banana plantations they can't access because of the lava

The Cabildo de La Palma has asked the Ministry of Defense for support to transfer farmers from the port of Tazacorte to the banana plantations located on the coast, as the…

Emerson Aguirre, president of the Colombian Association of Banana Producers (Augura):

"Our expectation for 2021 is that we can grow by 5%, reaching 115 million boxes"

The port logistics crisis and the high value of the dollar have put to the test the ability of the Colombian banana sector to continue producing the fruit in the midst of the…

FTA between Philippines and South Korea to benefit bananas and pineapple growers

Philippine agricultural products, in particular bananas and pineapples, will see a significant stimulus due to the recently concluded free trade agreement between the…

China: A greenhouse in Shanghai successfully planted bananas on the water

In the tropical fruit greenhouse of Kaitaiyu Base in Jinshan District, Shanghai, the farm has built a special greenhouse, which adopts the new breeding mode of "double greenhouses plus double films + a combination of planting and breeding". In this way, although it's cold in the winter, the temperature…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ivory Coast come in at £0.77 / kg average current week price

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 £0.55 for bananas…

China: Banana prices stopped rising and stabilized, and entered a buffer phase after the price peak

Recently, the banana market in various producing areas has changed greatly, especially in the early period. The price of bananas in some producing areas has risen rapidly.…

New discovery:

'Banana beats insomnia and anti-anxiety'

TCI Co. Ltd. has long been engaged in the research and development of banana peels and banana stamens, and finally passed the US FDA NDI approval in the middle of this year,…

UAE authority clarifies viral video about worms in bananas

Abu Dhabi denies social media rumors about banana problems

According to the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (Adafsa), a widely circulated video that depicts alleged harmful worms in Somali bananas is false and…

China: Imported banana prices continue to rise, port transportation costs remain high

Recently, the prices of domestic banana-producing areas and imported bananas have increased month-on-month, the wholesale prices of bananas have fallen month-on-month, and the…

Approval for ethylene concentrate expanded into the Netherlands

High banana consumption numbers make Europe attractive market for innovative ethylene system

The banana is the most popular fruit in Europe, resulting in high demand for ripening. In response, Catalytic Generators has expanded the list of countries where its ethylene ripening products are authorized. “We’ve had a presence in the US and UK for over 40 years with US-EPA approval and later on…

Ecuadorian exporters are waiting for authorities to set the official price of bananas to start signing contracts

The banana export sector hopes authorities will set the price of a box of bananas for 2022 soon and assured the public that it does not want to enter into controversies with…

Europlátano will make use of the exceptional ERTE because of the impact that the volcano is having on the production

Europlátano, a company that is headquartered in Los Llanos de Aridane, has stated that, due to the impact of the volcano on the production, it will take advantage of the…

Lao workers leave Chinese-owned banana plantation over Covid restrictions and hazards

More than 500 workers have quit their jobs at a Chinese-run banana plantation in central Laos, citing difficult Covid restrictions, late pay and exposure to hazardous…

As cost pressures across supply chain show no signs of easing

Fresh Del Monte announces price increases in response to inflationary market

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., a major global vertically integrated producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality, fresh produce, announced to customers it is raising…

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Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador at £0.61: 13% drop 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. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.64 for bananas…

Cambodian banana industry call for SPS awareness to boost exports

Cambodia's fresh banana exports to China have made remarkable progress this year, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Still, concerns linger over sanitary and…

Banana sector calls for shared costs responsibility and fair compensation

At the XVIII International Banana Convention October 27-29 2021 in Guayaquil, representatives of the banana sector from Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican…

Ecuador maintains the minimum support price of a box of bananas at $6.25 for 2022

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock announced that the representatives of the banana export and producer sectors had met in Guayaquil last Friday and reached an…

China: Imported banana shipments are slow and banana prices generally rise

Recently, the domestic banana production area market in China has been showing an upward trend as a whole, and there is a big bull market for bananas. Shipments in various…

Using AI technology to reduce crown rot in bananas

At last week's Cool Logistics' conference food waste was high on the agenda and it was discussed on how reduce this waste in supply chain. Theofrastos Mantadelis, Founder, dimetra.eu has worked together with AgroFair a pioneer in Fairtrade and conventional and organic bananas, Theo built an AI…

Ecuador: Banana producers ask for price of a box to rise to $7.50

On the morning of this Friday the 22nd, banana producers carried out a peaceful sit-in at Guayaquil, to demand that the price of the box of bananas that will govern by 2022…

John L. Griffis Jr., Ph.D

Biotechnology consulting bears fruit for African banana growers

John L. Griffis Jr., Ph.D., made his first consulting trip to Malawi in southeastern Africa in August 2019. He has since continued to volunteer his knowledge remotely during…

Plantations du Haut Penja, Cameroon

More revenues to be generated from January 2022 onward, due to Fairtrade decision

In January 2022, the export prices of local banana producer Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP) are expected to increase. This increase is the result of a decision taken by…

European Commission

Week 40 - bananas produced in the EU

French average wholesale prices for yellow bananas at €110 per 100 kgs

The French average wholesale prices for yellow bananas (produced in Europe) stood at €110 per 100 kgs in week 40. The prices for Spain were €10 above that and in the Netherlands, the same volume sold for €65. The average wholesale prices of yellow bananas as a 3-week average ended up at around €113 per 100…

Banana export will open new channels for farmers in Uttar Pradesh

Bananas shipped to Iran from Lucknow on October 14 have reached Mumbai and will reach the destination in the next few days. If the shipment meets the quality compliance…

October 26-29

International banana convention to be held in Ecuador and virtually

The objective of the International Banana Convention, which this year celebrates its XVIII edition in hybrid mode, is to strengthen and expand trade relations between the…

The volume exported to this region has decreased in the last two years

The Ecuadorian banana seeks to strengthen its presence in East Asia

East Asia, which has more than 1,600 million inhabitants and imports nearly 5.8 million tons of bananas a year, is a strategic market for the Ecuadorian banana industry.…

Ecuadorian banana workers report bad wages and job security situation

Workers in the Ecuadorian banana industry have reported rapid downward pressure on wages and contractual conditions on plantations as result of the availability in the country…

US supply chain issues

'Goods from Asia will be delayed, but not bananas'

While some consumer goods from Asia may go missing, bananas will continue to be on US supermarket shelves. Tony Taviano, a fruit broker with B&B Imports in Visalia,…

Farmers tally their losses after Kerala flooding

Hundreds of plantains and vegetables such as spinach ready for harvesting in Kalliyoor village have been submerged as Vellayani lake breached its banks in the recent heavy…

Costs, climate and more pressure on organic banana production

Supplies of organic bananas are nearing the end of peak production for the year. “While earlier in the year supply was affected by a number of storms, supply today is right where it’s to be expected,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, president and CEO of Organics Unlimited based in San Diego, CA, who adds…

Special Fund for Agricultural Development, Dominican Republic:

FEDA sells almost two million units of bananas in Greater Santo Domingo

Some 1.8 million plantains were sold in different sectors of Greater Santo Domingo during the week of consumption of plantains. This activity was organized by the Special Fund…

The volume shipped has decreased by 6% and the value by 10%

Ecuadorian banana exports decreased in the first 8 months of the year

Data published by the Central Bank of Ecuador (ECB) confirms that banana and plantain exports between January and August 2021 have decreased when compared to the same period…

Honduras' presidential candidate, Nasry 'Tito' Asfura, supports the country's banana sector

The presidential candidate for the National Party, Nasry "Tito" Asfura, and Ebal Diaz, who is aspiring to represent the department of Francisco Morazan in the Senate, ratified…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week prices at £0.74 for bananas from Colombia

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.74 for bananas…

Important step for the development of regenerative agriculture in the Costa Rican banana sector

The companies Disagro, Bayer and Biome Makers met recently in San Jose, Costa Rica, together with important players in the production and marketing of bananas in Latin…

Dennis Rösch, Mona Lisa Großhandel Ltd:

"In my opinion, bananas from Colombia are among the best"

Mona Lisa Großhandel Ltd from Bremen offers bananas from South America, besides fruits and vegetables from the Balkans, Greece, Italy and Spain. Over the summer, according to Dennis Rösch, the banana trade was quite sedate, but compared to last year, this year's prices are 'bearable again'. Rösch spoke…

Taiwan’s bananas have been exported for three consecutive years as after-meal fruits for Japanese schoolchildren

Since the Council of Agriculture signed the "Memorandum of Cooperation for the Development of Intensified Food and Cultural Exchanges" with Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan in 2019, nearly 100,000 metric tons of bananas have been exported for Japanese schoolchildren's lunches, 25% of which are From…

Chinese banana sales are affected by continued warm temperatures

The banana production seasons are nearly over in Hainan and Guangdong. Most of the bananas on the Chinese market come from production areas in Guangdong or are imported from Southeast Asia. Temperatures in south China have been relatively warm at the beginning of autumn, and these weather conditions are…

The Supreme Court of Panama rules in favor of Banapiña in lawsuit filed by Baru producers

The plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice declared that the seventh, eighth, eleventh, twentieth, twenty-first, twenty-sixth, and twenty-eighth clauses of contract…

Bananas - lively sales yet a few problems

The demand for bananas is increasing. Compared with the same period in 2020, the situation is different mainly due to the fact schools have reopened and despite the usual drop in orders and prices of the summer season. Were it not for a series of problems, things could be even more positive.  "There have been…

Uttar Pradesh bananas to be exported to Iran via sea freight

India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an organization under the federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, will dispatch the…

Philippines: Agricultural damage in storm Maring’s aftermath estimated at P692 million

Tropical Storm Maring left the Philippines with an estimated P692 million (€11.8 mln) worth of damage to agriculture, livestock, and fisheries in Northern Luzon. The damage…

Vietnamese fruit exports to South Korea surging

Vietnam exported $107.25 million worth of fruit and vegetables to South Korea in the first eight months of 2021, up 3.47 percent year-on-year. The export value of vegetables…

Which fusarium strain is attacking the banana plantations of Colombia and Peru?

Ecuadorian industry experts are looking into the question of which strain of fusarium it is that was found in northern Peru, near the Ecuadorian border. If it is fusarium…

30% of La Palma's banana production has already been lost due to the advance of the lava

More than three weeks after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted, the lava that continues to flow from its interior continues to devastate everything in its path, destroying…

Mozambique and Eswatini pick up on bananas as South Africa's bananas make way for citrus, avocados, macadamias

Mozambique’s climate and soil continuously attract banana producers to the country, many of them from South Africa. Some large banana producers in particular parts of Limpopo (like Hazyview and Levubu) have exited the banana industry, taking out large tracts of bananas to replace with citrus, avocados or…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Costa Rican bananas sold for £0.75 this week

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

Banana exports from Laos to China are stuck in shipment difficulties

Recently, according to reports from insiders of the Lao Banana industry, bananas in Lao-producing areas are in a difficult situation in terms of shipment. According to a…

Canary bananas affected by ash will be frozen to prevent food waste

La Union Corp. and the Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores de Plátano de Canarias (ASPROCAN) have announced the start of tests to freeze the Canary bananas damaged by the ash of the volcano of La Palma, using a new technology that makes it possible to preserve the fruit for as long as necessary,…

September 2021

Banana exports Cameroon up 14% YoY

In September 2021, banana exporters from Cameroon exported 20,471 tons of the fruit, according to figures recently published by the Banana Association of Cameroon (ASSOBACAM).…

Banana industry members meet to highlight key concerns

At Fruit Attraction, the fruit and vegetable fair held in Madrid, banana producers and exporters from Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica…

Fairtrade International

Standards Committee approved new Fairtrade Minimum Prices for bananas

On 6th October 2021, the Standards Committee of Fairtrade International approved the new Fairtrade Minimum Prices for bananas, which will be valid for contracts with producers, delivering at Ex Works or FOB level, from 1 st January 2022. The minutes of the Standards Committee meeting will be published on…

Lava and ash suffocate La Palma's banana sector

On Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, held an online meeting with the representatives of the Canarian agricultural sector. He relayed the Government's…

Food and Agriculture Organization - UN

Developments in global banana trade – results for 2020

Higher shipments from Latin America and Caribbean offset by lower exports from Asia and Africa

The Banana Market Review is issued on an annual basis to Members & Observers of the Sub-Group on Bananas of the Intergovernmental Group on Bananas and Tropical Fruits, which is a subsidiary body of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP). This report describes full year results on developments in…

October 13th

AgroFair event for 'The Future of Bananas and Fairtrade' takes place online

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AgroFair, we are pleased to invite you to our online event that will take place on the Wednesday 13th of October at 4 p.m. (Brussels…

Compared with the same period in previous years, the price reduction rate reached more than 70%

China: The overall quality of Hainan's Musa AA Banana is barely satisfactory and the price is low

At present, many kinds of fruits produced in Hainan are hot items and the Musa AA Banana is one of them. These bananas are mainly sold to Henan, Shaanxi, Hubei, Fujian, and…

Tanzania: Banana trade deal might trickle down to other crops

A trading initiative by the Nairobi-based Twiga Foods Company and a large group of banana growers, spearheaded by the Kilimanjaro-based Mackjaro Company, could bring a new…

Cumbre Vieja volcano destroys banana plantations

Island of La Palma experiences new quake

Yesterday, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck in La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands. Volcanic eruptions have been underway there since September 19. According to data…

Frits Popma, Popma Fruit Expertise, about India’s tentative entry into the banana export market:

“It will take time”

Where are the most bananas grown? Most people would answer the Philippines, Guatemala, Colombia or Perú. These countries are well-known for the large volumes of bananas they ship to Europe every year. They are all in the top ten banana-producing countries. But, in 2019, India exported the most bananas - 30.5 million tons. This…

Agriculture minister Mkenda calls for efforts to market banana crop locally, regionally and abroad

According to Kevin Remen, business environment manager of Tanzania’s Taha Group, banana growers in the northern regions will benefit from the new market for one of their food…

45 Ecuadorian fruit exporting companies present at Fruit Attraction Madrid

Two years after the last appointment, 45 Ecuadorian fruit exporting companies could personally contact their clients in the European market again. Fruit Attraction began in…

Ecuador exported 13.8 million fewer boxes of bananas to its partners between January and August

Ecuador's banana exports showed a 5% year-on-year drop between January and August, according to data from the Ecuadorian Banana Exporters Association (AEBE). This means the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas at £0.79 for goods from Belize, steady compared to last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.79 for bananas…

Ecuador is Russia's leading banana supplier accounting for 97% of the bananas they consume

The Ecuadorian banana sector seeks a trade agreement with Russia

On October 11, the generalized system of preferences (GSP) granted by Russia as part of the Eurasian Economic Union (UEEA) for a group of Ecuadorian products will expire and,…

Banana producers from La Palma access the farms located outside the exclusion zone to harvest and water the crops

The Cabildo de La Palma has designed an operation for the banana sector to try to save part of the harvest and thus reduce the impact that the volcano is having on the economy…

Scientific review on management of Panama TR4

Panama TR4, which affects bananas, is non-eradicable. Strong biosecurity measures as well as early detection are currently the most effective defense against an incursion.…

Prime Minister wants to revamp Cameroon's banana industry

On September 29, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute chaired a meeting dedicated to seeking ways to revamp his nation’s banana sector. The government has set out to revamp the…

Yara develops a new foliar fertilizer for banana cultivation

Banana growers now have a new foliar nutrition solution for their crops. The Norwegian company  Yara, which has been present in Ecuador for more than fifteen years, developed an…

Cuba is home to one of the world's most important viand, plantain, and banana germplasm banks

The National Institute for Tropical Viand Research (Inivit), which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) of Cuba, has been dedicated for more than 45 years to the…

Gabaceras, the Canarian banana brand, launches its new image

"We have been working on the makeover of the Gabaceras brand for months. This is a project that was born on our beloved island of La Palma, which today is going through one of…

Name change into Friendly Organic Foods

Ecuadorian organic banana grower switches operations

Certified organic banana exporters since 2004, Guayaquil-based company Exporganic S.A. switches operations and is now Friendly Organic Foods S.A. The new company merges all operations under one company and introduces some changes and additions to its product line-up. Since the beginning of 2021, and…

Asprocan, on the impact of the volcano on La Palma

"The supply of Canary bananas is guaranteed in all Spanish markets"

The Association of Banana Producers' Organizations of the Canary Islands (ASPROCAN), representing all the Producers' Organizations that bring together 100% of the sector, has made the following statements in response to the crisis that the island of La Palma is experiencing due to the eruption of the…

Latin American bananas still threatened by Panama Tropical Race 4

Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4), is spreading across Latin America. Virtually undetectable and untreatable, the disease is a serious threat to farmers of Cavendish bananas, the…

Idukki district, state of Kerala

Farmer loses 300 banana bunches to thieves in just 90 days

Paulson Solomon is a farmer hailing from Karunapuram. In just 90 days, he has lost 300 banana bunches from his 3 ha plot, amounting to a loss of around Rs 300,000 (€3,600).  Solomon…

Chiquita

Chiquita promotes breast cancer awareness via limited-edition pink stickers

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chiquita is once again giving its iconic Blue Sticker a pink makeover to match the Pink Ribbon - an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. For the fifth year in a row, in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS),…

Martinique: Banana packaging utilized in waste-to-energy project

A new waste-to-energy project in the Caribbean is set to convert commercial waste into carbon-free renewable hydrogen syngas, generating electric power on the island.…

Kenyan scientists deploy CRISPR to protect bananas from diseases

Researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) scientists in Kenya are looking into genetic modifications to produce more resilient bananas. They…

Mexico banana shippers sound alarm on rising organic banana costs

Over the past 18 months, society has endured unprecedented health, social and economic turmoil simultaneously on a global scale. The Mexican organic banana industry has successfully produced and delivered the highest quality fruit possible. "In the last 12 months, our industry has delivered more than…

Taiwan comes to aid of banana industry in St Lucia

Saint Lucia's once-thriving banana industry, which is currently struggling to maintain production, quality standards and revenue inflows, continues to receive technical and…


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