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Banana exports in Philippines down 10% over last seven months

Banana exports from the Philippines fell by 10 percent to $1 billion from $1.1 billion from January to July,  as Covid lockdowns impacted economies and international trade, Philippine…

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Chinese banana import declines as domestic production expands

Chinese consumer demand for bananas is not as strong during the hot summer months. The banana harvest, however, was abundant this year, which put a lot of pressure on the banana price. The delivery volume recently declined by 20% in comparison with the peak season. Mr. Xia Zuxiang, CEO of Shanghai Sofia…

Happy Banana deploys QR code to give more details

FarmTrace can track a banana’s journey from farm to consumer

The retailing of the humble banana is set to go hi-tech in some parts of the country soon. By scanning a QR code, one can soon track the journey of the banana from the farm to the consumer’s basket. Happy Banana, the fruit brand from Desai Fruits Venture Pvt Ltd (DFV), has started deploying the QR code…

Concern among Ecuadorian banana growers about the restriction of mobility in the cantons

Ecuador's export sector is very concerned about the different mobility restrictions that various municipalities have announced they'll implement in their different cantons to…

Panamanian banana exports to Asia and the United States increase

Panamanian banana exports to Asia and the United States have increased in 2020 despite the global expansion of COVID-19. Last week, the Banapiña Panama SA company shipped 36…

Chinese banana prices fluctuated slightly, but are now expected to rise

The Chinese banana prices fluctuated last week (6-12 September). The prices first went up and then dropped. The fluctuations were within regular margins. Production areas in…

Abdul Rokhim

Low productivity banana industry in Saint Lucia

Last week, the Saint Lucia Labour Party stated its belief that as regular shipments of bananas from Saint Lucia to the UK have been curtailed significantly, there is unease…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average price of Bramley's seedlings down 9%

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 Gala apples collected from various national wholesale markets, currently…

Female chef becomes internet celebrity with banana paintings

Talented people can use anything as their creative tools. Sometimes, they even use everyday objects such as bananas to create interesting paintings. Eliza Roche is a 35-year-old…

October 5-8

International Banana Convention 2020 goes online

New and existing challenges faced by the global banana industry will be the overarching theme addressed by the XVII International Banana Convention 2020, which is being organised by the Association of Ecuadorian Banana Exporters (AEBE) in a virtual format for the first time this year on 5-8 October. Next…

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'Transhipping ripened QLD bananas from Victoria is placing South Australian regions at risk'

Amidst a Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak in the State, and increased consumer demand to support the local economy, South Australians are urged to ask for locally ripened fruit at their independent retailer. Banana ripening facilities are available and in operation in South Australia, the latest…

Colombian banana exports increase during the first half of the year

The bananas from the Caribbean region continue to consolidate themselves in international markets as one of the most desired fruits due to their high-quality levels. According to the data provided by the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), banana exports in the first half of the year…

'Bananas still top choice baby snack'

For the sixth year in a row, bananas are top of the list for Irish parents when it comes to choosing a snack food for their baby or toddler, according to the results of a…

Mexico opens new overseas markets for its grapes, blackberries, mangoes, and bananas

Mexico's government has worked very hard to boost the country's agricultural exports. In fact, it has managed the opening of 8 new markets between September 2019 and June of…

Vitaliy Krivchikov

India can now export pomegranates to Australia

Indian pomegranates will soon arrive at Australian supermarkets for the first time as, following an import risk assessment, the Australian government has completed the…

Banana Time will be held from October 5 to the 8

The XVII edition of the International Banana Convention will be 100% online

The banana sector will discuss the challenges it faces between October 5 to the 8 at the XVII International Banana Convention organized by the Association of Ecuadorian Banana Exporters (AEBE). The event's strategic agenda aims to strengthen this industry's productive capacities to improve its…

Olivka Olivka

Banana industry Saint Lucia is near collapse

Regular shipments of bananas from Saint Lucia to the UK have been curtailed significantly, creating unease among banana farmers and leaders in the banana industry about the…

Discounter raises awareness of fair trade products during the Fair Week

Almost every second Fairtrade banana in Germany will be bought at Lidl

46 percent bananas, 81 percent limes and around 20 percent cocoa ingredients from certified cultivation were sold in German Lidl stores last year. This is the result of a current evaluation of the "Fairtrade Performance Report 2019", which breaks down the sales of selected Fairtrade products in the entire…

Mayra Velazquez de León, co-founder of Organics Unlimited

“I have a vision and passion for growing the best organic bananas in the world”

This year, Organics Unlimited celebrates its 20th anniversary. “We are excited to reach this wonderful milestone of being in business for two decades,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, President and CEO of the company. “Given how competitive the produce industry is and add to that the ever-changing…

Australia:

New case of Panama TR4 confirmed in Far North Queensland

Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) has confirmed Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) is present on a fifth commercial banana farm in the Tully Valley. Panama TR4 Program…

Indian Council of Agriculture Research Juha Jarvinen

Indian scientists claim to have found a cure for Panama Disease

Scientists from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) claim to have found a cure for one of the most feared agricultural diseases. The fungal disease Fusarium Wilt…

Odessa: 112 kg of cocaine seized at Pivdenny seaport

A record amount of drugs was seized at the Pivdenny seaport; it was hidden in a container full of bananas. The street value of the drugs is approximately 17 million dollars.…

Andrey Salamchev

Prices of bananas up in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang said traders’ actions have resulted in hike in prices of bananas. In communes…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica go for £0.83 in week 36

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 £0.83 for bananas from Costa…

Ghana: Asante-Akim North District exports to Togo & Burkina Faso

More and more, the Asante-Akim North District of Ashanti is establishing itself as the Ghana’s strategic hub for the production and export of some food crops to neighbouring…

Alexander Bogdanovich

Belize: Реорlе’ѕ Unіtеd Раrtу wants government assistance for banana industry

Belize’s Реорlе’ѕ Unіtеd Раrtу (РUР) has саlled оn thе gоvеrnmеnt tо urgеntlу аѕѕіѕt thе bаnаnа іnduѕtrу. A party statement read: “Тhе еntіrе nаtіоn muѕt gіvе thаnkѕ thаt wе…

Harvest to Home COVID-19 August fresh produce update

AU: Effects of lockdown on fresh produce shown in report

Harvest to Home is an interactive online dashboard that provides users with up-to-date retail information and consumer trend data on a range of vegetable commodities on a single platform. All of the data is provided by Nielsen, which collates it through a home scan service, that surveys around 10,000…

Video on how the Vietnamese banana trade works

Dozens of mopeds carrying bananas

A 19-minute video has been released on YouTube, showing the transport of local bananas throughout the region, selling the produce on certain hotspots. The shots of dozens of mopeds carrying the bananas is a sight to see!

Central Kenyan farmer reaps big from Kiganda banana variety

At Cyrus Muriithi’s 1.6 ha banana farm in Gituro village in Kirinyaga Central Sub County, bananas thrive at altitudes of between 0 and 1,800 metres above sea level. Rainfall…

90% of the fruit sent to South Korea was produced in the Department of Magdalena

Colombia is one of the Top 3 banana exporters to South Korea

This year, Colombia ranked third among the countries that export bananas to South Korea. Colombia, which was only surpassed by the Philippines and Ecuador, exported more than 7 million kilos of bananas to this destination, according to data revealed by Procolombia. 90% of these exports were made by…

WUR and KeyGene to contribute to African banana varieties resistant to Panama disease

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), and KeyGene, both having their headquarters in the Netherlands, have joined the international research program Accelerated Breeding of Better Bananas (ABBB). With their research, WUR and KeyGene contribute to the development of new East African highland banana…

AU: New extension program supports banana industry

Queensland Government horticulturists will deliver a new National Banana Development and Extension program to support the industry during the COVID-19 economic recovery.…

Sascha Suler (Biotropic GmbH) on the market situation for organic bananas

"40-50% sales increase during the lockdown"

After several eventful months, the fruit and vegetable trade seems to be stabilizing again to some extent. So also has the market for bio bananas, confirms Sascha Suler, plant manager of the BioTropic LLC. "In March and April the market registered a rapid sales increase of 40-50 per cent. In the…

Russia consolidates itself as the second-largest market for Ecuadorian bananas

In 2020, Russia has consolidated itself as the second destination for Ecuadorian bananas, behind the European Union (EU). According to data from the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), Russian imports of Ecuadorian bananas between January and July increased by 2.39% over the same period…

Banana quality - it is wrong to only focus on price

Importers and distributors must be able to recognize and select the best fruits to be supplied to the market, therefore they must be able to assess quality. There are no general parameters, as different factors may vary depending on who is considering them. "Exporters evaluate bananas based on their size…

Guangxi becomes the driving force behind the Chinese banana industry

Conditions in the Chinese banana market improved last week (August 23-29). Production areas in Guangxi took the lead in this development. The banana price showed a slight…

bekirugur Bekir Ugur

Could bananas be a future crop for North Korea?

It seems that an increasing number of North Koreans is interested in the cultivation of bananas and other fruits and vegetables typically grown in tropical or subtropical…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bramley's seedling stand at £1.25 per kg

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas and fruit and vegetables 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…

India Viktoria Ivanets

Andhra Pradesh banana exports record 143+% growth

Banana exports from Andhra Pradesh have seen a rapid growth over the last year. The state has registered growth of over 143% in 2019-2020 compared to the previous year…

Thinglass

Fairtrade bananas high on UK shopping lists

Fairtrade is committed to raising incomes and living standards for producers in the global south. On Banana Lovers Day today, Fairtrade is celebrating the UK’s love affair…

Cuba

Tropical storm Laura devastates the banana crops in Guantanamo

Tropical Storm Laura's strong winds have caused severe damage to banana crops as it passed through the eastern Cuban province of Guantanamo. Producers from the Yateritas area,…

National Economic Development Authority

Philippines: Large investment projects in Davao region - despite pandemic

Despite the crippling impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy of the Philippines, approved investment pledges registered in the Davao Region increased to P2.4 billion…

Mariaam

Dominican Republic could witness banana shortage in next weeks

Due to the damage caused by the passage of storm Laura last weekend, there would be a shortage of bananas and an increase in their prices in the markets of Santo Domingo in a…

Chiquita

London streets sport Chiquita-branded banana buses

Chiquita is happy to return to the streets of London with a vibrant campaign that will be featured on London’s iconic double decker buses. In its sixth year of running, the London campaign typically aimed to reach summer tourists, Chiquita has now shifted gears to reinforce its mass appeal to local…

Belize: Agriculture industry suffers in Q2 2020

According to thе lаtеѕt dаtа frоm thе Ѕtаtіѕtісаl Іnѕtіtutе оf Веlіzе, rеvеnuеѕ frоm thе prіmаrу рrоduсtіvе ѕесtоr (Аgrісulturе) fеll bу $9.8 mіllіоn dоllаrѕ іn thе ѕесоnd…

The EU consolidates itself as the main destination for Ecuadorian bananas

Ecuadorean banana exports during the first seven months of 2020 increased by 8.09% over the same period of 2019, totaling 230.32 million boxes. This increase was due to the…

Chinese banana prices slightly increase prior to Ghost Festival

The banana price in Chinese production areas showed slight fluctuations last week (August 16-22). The overall price trend is a slight but steady increase. The main supply…

Organics Unlimited to celebrate 15th annual Grow Month throughout September

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 15th annual Grow Month throughout the month of September.  The campaign, which starts on September 1, focuses on partnering with retailers and media to create consumer awareness of Grow's social responsibility…

Far North Queensland Skypixel

Possible fifth case of Panama TR4 in Tully Valley

A possible new case of Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) has been detected on a Tully Valley banana property in Far North Queensland. When this would be confirmed,…

Average wholesale prices of ACP bananas for EU member states

On 26 July, the average wholesale prices of ACP bananas stood at €66 per 100 kgs in Germany. The same prices were €76 for Spain, €94 for France and €102 for Ireland.. The three week average in EU member states -at around €111 per 100 kgs- was slightly higher y-o-y as compared to 2019, but about €10 lower than 2018.…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador at £0.61, up 11% 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…

Maxim Balakarev - Sky East UK

Effects of pandemic still to come for banana trade

Green Line fruits is a dynamic brand of fresh bananas recently introduced to European markets. The brand has associated farms across Central and Latin America with particular strength in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Ecuador. There is also a partner-company in Ecuador which manages exports and all operations…

Pongphan Ruengchai

Vietnam: Prices of bananas in Mekong Delta provinces go up

Traders in the communes of Minh Thuan and An Minh Bac bought Pisang awak bananas at VN8,000-VND10,000 per bunch of bananas at the banana plantation, an increase of…

Peruvian banana shipments decrease by 60.8%

According to data from the Agrodata Peru website, the volume of Peruvian banana exports between January and July 2020 fell by 60.8% when compared to the same period of the…

Banana industry troubled by new Rainforest Alliance standards

“The new standards do not reflect the realities of the industry”

The newly updated and released standards by the Rainforest Alliance have caused alarm among the banana producers of Latin America. Juan José Pons, Coordinator of Ecuador’s Banana Cluster explains the issues and the actions taken so far by producers of banana producing countries in Latin America to help…

Attempting to curb post-harvest losses Tinyb76

Zimbabwean entrepreneur ventures into banana value addition

As the Zimbabwean banana sector has been hit by post-harvests losses of close to 30 percent per annum due to oversupply of the fruit, Ropafadzo Zimunya is producing banana…

Chinese banana price begins to stabilize after brief period of fluctuation

The Chinese banana price experienced a brief period of fluctuation last week (August 9-15), but now the price is starting to stabilize. Supplies from Guangxi and Guangdong…

Ecuador - Servicio de Rentas Internas

Ecuador’s recent transfer pricing changes

The Servicio de Rentas Internas, Ecuador’s tax authority, recently published a new transfer pricing guidance. Carlos Subero of BasaFirma, Colombia, summarized key provisions…

The export price of Paraguayan bananas increases by 44%

During the first seven months of 2020, Paraguay exported 36,837 tons of bananas worth 9.2 million dollars, mostly to Argentina and Uruguay. Despite a 13% year-on-year drop in…

Coles

Melbourne, Australia

Coles’ $43 million ripening facility completed

Supermarket giant Coles has completed the construction of its $43 million state-of-the-art ripening facility in Melbourne, featuring a 600 kw solar system. The ripening facility will house the produce of banana, avocado, and mango growers in North Queensland, and with the aid of its 1,790 solar panels…

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Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

More than 2 tons of cocaine found in fruit shipments

This weekend, customs officers at the port of Rotterdam discovered a total of 2,100 kilograms of cocaine hidden in two fruit shipments from Ecuador and Costa Rica. The drugs had a total street value of over 157 million euros, the Public Prosecution Service said. The first batch of 1,100 kilograms of…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bramley's seedling apples sell for £1.88 on average at UK at wholesale markets

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas and fruit and vegetables 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 average prices of Bramley's seedling apples collected…

The Canary Islands has the largest Spanish collection of banana and mango germplasm

The Canary Institute of Agrarian Research (ICIA), attached to the Council of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of the Canary Islands, has established…

A new shipment of Paraguayan bananas leaves for Argentina

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) stated that, on Sunday, August 9, a shipment of 1,050 boxes of bananas produced in the district of Tembiaporã, in the…

Mulerd

Banana imports in Bermuda underway again

Recently, Roland Hill of J&J Produce, joined Walter Roban, the Home Affairs minister, with staff at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources headquarters as they…

'Natural fungicide and bactericide poised to save the banana'

A natural fungicide and bactericide is motivating the multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry with promises of ending one of the most serious fungi on bananas plants,…

Ukraine has increased imports of fruits and berries by 23%

In the first half of 2020, Ukraine imported fruits and berries worth US$341 million. This is 23% more than in the same period last year, said experts from the National…

Chinese banana prices stable due to limited supply

Last week (August 2-8), the market in various banana production areas fluctuated. In general, prices fell first and then stabilized. Prices in areas such as Guangxi,…

In the last four years, Ecuadorian banana spot prices have been substantially higher than contract prices

Ecuador's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) agreed to leave open the possibility of lowering or raising the support price of the banana box, which was set at 6.40 dollars for the 43-pound box in 2020, to benefit the sector and according to the development of the foreign market, provided that…

National Unit to Combat Narcotics Trafficking Portugal Elxeneize

Lisbon: 375 kilograms of cocaine hidden in banana container seized

Portugal’s National Unit to Combat Narcotics Trafficking has stated that “in recent days, it has launched an operation to combat international drug trafficking, aiming at the…

Malaysia: FGV clonal research to meet 30% of national banana demand

FGV Holdings (FGV) venture into banana clonal research seems to be seeing results.  According to group chief executive officer, Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan, it is set to fulfil…

Phloenfoto

Iran: Banana imports at $113 million from March to July

A total of 173,062 tons of bananas -worth $113.68 million- were imported into Iran during the first four months of the current Iranian year (March 20-July 21). Spokesman of…

Fruit bound for China Bjulien03

Cambodia sees rise of banana plantations

Cambodia’s eastern border has many large rubber plantations at Tboung Khmum, Kampong Cham, Kratie, or Ratanakkiri. But the soil there also supports the cultivation of bananas.…

New banana varieties for Tanzanian and Ugandan growers

While bananas are an important staple food in East and Central Africa, they are under threat of pests and diseases that cause yield loss. Millions of smallholder farmers in…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £0.88 per kg at wholesale markets Birmingham and London

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. In week 32, the average week prices of bananas were at £0.88 for bananas from…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Dominican Republic saw 36% drop in week 32

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…

Dole unveils integrated strategy against banana disease

Dole Food Company shared the company’s most recent update on its efforts to combat Fusarium Tropical Race 4 (TR4), a plant disease that poses an existential threat to bananas,…

Pierre Monteux, UGPBAN Fruidor:

“The banana sector of Guadeloupe and Martinique is facing a very severe drought”

The banana of Guadeloupe and Martinique is produced and sold all year round, but it still has a seasonality. “From June to September, the demand for bananas is always lower. However, this year, the 600 producers of the banana sector of Guadeloupe and Martinique are facing a very severe drought. This…

SH Pratt Bananas relies on Austrian FIPS-software

“In fact, there is no module of FIPS that we do not use”

S.H. Pratt is one of the prominent banana importers and ripeners in Europe. As a family run business with over five decades of experience in ripening bananas and supplying the UK market, S.H. Pratt operates completely independent. The weekly planning and ripening of up to 350,000 boxes of bananas has…

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London Gateway port, Thurrock

Cocaine found in container carrying bananas from Costa Rica

Hidden under the floor of a shipping container carrying bananas from Costa Rica, Border Authority officials found cocaine worth more than £15 million. The temperature-controlled container from Central America, carrying a load of bananas, was searched at London Gateway port in Thurrock, Essex. The…

Nyamache, Kisii county

Building of Sh117 million banana market starts in Kenya

In Nyamache, Kisii county, the construction of a Sh117 million (€936,000) modern banana market has started. During the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, governor James…

New ripening technology debuts at $43 million-dollar Melbourne facility

Coles investing to support Queensland banana growers

Coles has invested $43 million in a state-of-the-art ripening facility in Melbourne that will support banana, avocado and mango growers in North Queensland and provide customers with top-quality fresh fruit all year round. The brand-new facility in Melbourne’s west was built as part of a five-year…

Eduard Ionescu

IITA and Bayer start breeding project to improve African food crops

On Wednesday, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan and German multinational Bayer launched a modern breeding project that would ensure yield…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

"Clear increase in banana sales"

There's been a clear increase in banana sales this year. "There was a significant peak in March and April. Considerably more bananas were being eaten. Since then, this peak has leveled off again. But sales are still up compared to previous years," says Hans Maagendans of Banafood in Germany. According to this independent opener,…

Slow banana sales and affordable prices

The banana market slows down starting from mid-May but, this year, the weather has remained spring-like, which contributed to keeping consumption above average. "Sales usually drop when school finishes, but things have been going differently this year, as children stopped going to school on March 5th due…

Banana prices in China fluctuating within normal range

Last week (July 12-18), the bananas market in various production areas was stable with slight fluctuations. In major production areas such as Guangxi, western Guangdong, and…

Colombian Banana Growers' Union Calls for Accelerated Testing of COVID-19

The 20-day delay in delivering the results of the COVID-19 tests since they were taken has led the Colombian Banana Growers' Association (Augura) to demand that the Healthcare…

Threatening Australia's banana industry Xalanx

Queensland: Feral pigs are spreading Panama TR4

According to Australian Banana Growers' Council deputy chair, Leon Collins, feral pigs are spreading Panama TR4, a devastating fungal disease with no treatment. The disease…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average price for gooseberries at £10,74 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. Average prices of Bramley's Seedling apples collected from various national…

Ample bananas keep pricing low

There is an oversupply of bananas in the marketplace right now. “The market for bananas has kind of dropped a little bit. We’re seeing a strong supply but the demand has dwindled somewhat,” says Anthony Serafino of Exp Group, LLC based in North Bergen, NJ. He notes that supplies are coming from South and Central American…

Mr. Wu Bin - Hainan Wushen Ecological Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.

"Production volume of Chinese dwarf bananas declines by 30%"

"The production volume of Hainan dwarf bananas declined by 30% in comparison with last year. There are several reasons for this development. First, the temperature has been…

Nogal Wildlife Reserve honored with Blue Flag Award for 12th year

For the 12th consecutive year, the Blue Flag Ecological Program has honored Chiquita with an award in its Natural Spaces category, highlighting the brand’s environmental efforts within the Nogal Nature and Community Reserve in Costa Rica. This program is overseen by several Costa Rican authorities and…

Johnnywalker61

Cambodian banana exports drop amid pandemic

According to a report from the Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia exported 142,000 tonnes of fresh yellow bananas, worth around $68,562,793, during the first half of 2020. In the…

Fresh Del Monte to use stickers highlighting its sustainability efforts

Del Monte Europe has launched a new way of communicating its ongoing efforts in sustainable farming and bio-diversity protection by implementing such facts and information onto their pineapple tags and banana stickers. Since February 2020, Del Monte Gold® pineapple tags have been redesigned to feature 6…

World's most poisonous spider found in boxes of bananas sold in the UK

One of the world's most dangerous spiders has been found inside several boxes of bananas from Costa Rica that were for sale at a branch of the Tesco supermarket chain in…

The spot price of the Ecuadorian banana box collapses to 3.5 dollars

The spot market is hurting Ecuadorian bananas. The country's increase in production and the consequences of the world health crisis have caused the sale price to fall through…

Asociación Agraria Bananera Fincas de El Oro

“The pandemic increased production costs for our banana producers”

Ecuador exports bananas all over the globe and is one of the largest exporters of bananas in the world. Despite this, there are a lot of small growers in the country for whom it is more difficult to reach the major global market. Asociación Agraria Bananera Fincas de El Oro is an organization of small…

Chinese banana price briefly increased, but remains stable

The price of bananas in Chinese production areas was regular last week (July 5-11) and the overall market conditions are stable, although there was a slight price increase in…

First report of banana fruit rot in Jordan

The banana is an important commercial fruit tree widely cultivated in the Jordan Valley, which is one of the main banana production areas in Jordan. "Banana fruit rot caused by Fusarium verticilloides is one of the most damaging postharvest diseases of banana and during the months of June and July of…

Ecuadorian banana producers are considering stopping their activities

The president of the Association of Banana Producers of Ecuador (Aprobanec), Byron Paredes stated at the IV Meeting of peoples and organizations for a productive and…

The European Commission has proposed a 3.9% reduction of the budget assigned to POSEI

Future of Canary agriculture hangs in the balance ahead of next European Council meeting

The European Council, which is meeting next weekend in Brussels, will pursue an agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union for the period 2021-2027, and with this, it will mark the future of EU funding in multiple areas. This includes agricultural production, which accounts…

“Plastic in conflict with Fairtrade & organic Fairtrade bananas”

“Excessive, unbridled use of plastic is a challenge that confronts the entire world, and for us the question was: how can we make a constructive contribution to solving this enormous environmental problem? We decided the best approach was to take a long look at ourselves first, rather than immediately…

Period of January to May Thomas Hergaard

Philippines: Value of banana exports down 10% to $758.112 million

The value of Filipino banana exports from January to May fell by 10.7 percent to $758.112 million, from $849.113 million recorded last year. The cause of this is the lower…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador at £0.84 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 £0.89 for bananas…

"China sees quiet summer banana market"

"The banana market over recent weeks has been slightly sluggish. Due to hot weather, consumer demand for bananas is not large. Coupled with the high yield in China, prices are under pressure,” Xia Zuxiang, Director of Shanghai Suofeiya International Trading Co., Ltd. Director shared. "As the season in Hainan…

Chiquita Brands will maintain its banana production in Honduras

Maria Antonia Rivera, the designated president and secretary of Economic Development, stated that, despite transferring its operations from Puerto Cortes to Puerto Barrios,…

Banana shortage shows need for local produce on Bermuda

Home Affairs minister Walter Roban has stated that more food must be grown on the island, in an attempt to combat problems with international supply chains. His warning came…

Bernardo Malo of Refin S.A.:

“Logistics have been difficult because of labor shortages, but plantain supply has been steady”

“The effects of the pandemic on the industry depends on the nature of the product,” is what Ecuadorian grower and shipper Bernardo Malo of Refin S.A. says. The company grows and exports green plantains and tropical roots 52 weeks of the year, as well as exporting mangoes from October through December.…

"Colombia's banana sector has maintained 100% of the 35,000 jobs it generates in the country"

Despite the impact of the pandemic in Colombia, which has caused a considerable increase in unemployment in the country, the banana sector has managed to maintain throughout the quarantine 100% of the 35,000 jobs that the production of Musaceae generates. “The banana sector quickly and efficiently…

Thinglass

Philippines top fruit export is losing its global market foothold

Home-grown bananas, the country’s top agricultural export crop, may be losing their share in the world market due to a range of issues ranging from high tariffs, plant…

Challenging winter and slightly lower demand for an Australian banana company

The challenges from COVID-19, the weather and lower consumer demand has led to a decline in sales this winter for one of Queensland’s newest banana brands in 2020. Nourish Banana Co's Director Jade Buchanan says people are not going out to eat as often, and with the closing of cafés and restaurants,…

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Cameroon Development Corporation reappears on the list of banana exporters

According to data from the banana exporters’ association (Assobacam), the Cameroon Development Corporation, the country's largest private employer, exported 301 tons of banana…

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The Dominican Republic: Main exporter of organic bananas to Europe

The Dominican Republic became the main exporter of organic bananas to the European Union in 2019, according to a report by the European Commission on the import of organic…

Chinese banana market warming up

Last week (June 28-July 4), the market in all banana production areas but Guangxi remained stable, with little fluctuations in prices. In Guangxi, as the new crop just came on the market, prices…

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Cambodian yellow banana exports soar 150% in H1 2020

Cambodia exported 147,760 tonnes of fresh yellow bananas to the international market this year as of last Wednesday. This means these exports are at 150 per cent over the same…

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Philippines: Banana exporters may lose Chinese market to Vietnam

Philippines, one of the most badly hit countries by COVID-19 pandemic across Asia, may see a decline in banana exports moving forward. Some blame the government, saying it…

Banana exports from Bolivia's Cochabamba decrease by 50%

The legal adviser of Cochabamba's Agricultural Chamber (CAC), Rolando Morales, stated that Bolivian banana exports had decreased by 50% due to the low demand in the Argentine market, one of the main destinations for this product. Morales said that, despite this situation, the sector sells its product at…

Exotic frog found in the UK after traveling 8,000 km in a box of Colombian bananas

Employees of a supermarket in the United Kingdom found a frog inside a box of Colombian bananas, which traveled with the fruit more than 8,000 kilometers. NATIONAL NEWS: Exotic…

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Scientists find cause of disease that ravaged banana plantations in western Uganda last year

Scientists at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL), have said they have established what caused the disease that ravaged banana plantations in western Uganda…

Queensland's Natural Evolution creates Green Banana GUTHEALTH+

How fresh produce waste is being turned into gut health fibre supplement

A Queensland based food innovation company has produced a new health product, made mostly from discarded fruit and vegetables, which is being released. Natural Evolution has created an Australian first 3 in 1 Multifibre, called GUTHEALTH+, a synbiotic blend of prebiotics and probiotics, which supports,…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia: 23% average price drop 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 average banana price in week 27 was £0.55 (€0.61) for bananas…

Banana prices boost the value of Honduran exports

Honduran agricultural exports generated 370.2 million dollars in the first four-months of 2020, i.e. 8.2% or 28.2 million higher than in the same period of the previous year. A growth that was driven by better banana prices, as confirmed by the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH). Between January and April…

East African Highland bananas

Uganda: Ankole grower frustrated over low banana prices

A drastic decline in prices of matooke (East African Highland bananas) has frustrated growers from parts of Ankole, one of the biggest producers of the fruit. Matooke…

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Colombia maintains banana output

Colombia is the world’s fourth-largest banana exporter. According to an industry leader, it has maintained production and exports of the yellow fruit to its largest buyers, despite the twin threats…

EU statistic report on bananas production, prices and trade

Total EU weighted average banana prices at €99 per 100 kg in week 25

The European Commission released its statistic report on bananas production, prices and trade. The average wholesale prices of bananas (in € per 100 kgs) stood at €111 per 100 kgs in Germany in week 25. In France, they went for €92, in the Netherlands for €88 and in the UK they sold for €83. The total EU…

Costa Rica decrees a state of phytosanitary emergency to prevent Fusarium TR4

On Wednesday, July 1, Costa Rica declared a state of phytosanitary emergency as a measure to prevent the entry of the Fusarium TR4 plague into the country and protect its banana production, an important activity that generates more than 140,000 direct and indirect jobs and exports that amount to nearly…

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Cambodia: Kampong Cham exports over 20,000 tons of bananas

Kampong Cham provincial governor Un Chanda has stated that his province has exported over 20,000 tons of fresh yellow bananas to international markets during the first six…


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