Bananas

Exported volumes to Greek market increased by 9%

New sales record for 2020 Ecuadorian bananas

Ecuador has been doing relatively well when it comes to banana exports. Although the second half of 2020 quantities have dropped compared to last year, the first half of the season saw an increase in exports of both conventional and organic bananas. Naturally, the statement made by Aldi regarding lower…

The Community will hold a decisive meeting on Friday

The Canarian banana sector asks the Government to negotiate to maintain the Posei aid

The Canary Islands' banana-producing sector has asked the Government of Spain to negotiate so that the European Council decides, in the discussion they'll have with the…

Discounter provokes united protests of banana exporters

Latin American banana pickers reject the price war declared by ALDI

In the price negotiations for the coming year, ALDI (Europe) has announced it will reduce the contract price per banana crate from 12.41 Euro to 11.33 Euro. Thus Aldi again…

René Noordam of BanaSplash:

“European demand for organic Fairtrade bananas has been increasing”

The market for Fairtrade and organic bananas has been growing in recent years. Dominican banana producer association BanaSplash works almost exclusively with Fairtrade and organic bananas and are seeing an increase in demand. “BanaSplash was founded in 2018 by twelve banana producers from the banana…

Proprietary "Happy Fruits" label popular worldwide

Swiss-Indian food company pushes onto Turkish market

Pioneering Ventures, a Swiss-Indian food technology company, is entering the Turkish market through its subsidiary DistriCo Anatolia. The company's newly founded subsidiary…

Eurostat Comext

EU Commission report 'EU banana market'

Total EU27 banana production just above 600,000 tons up until Q3

EU 2020 production of bananas in the EU is focused mostly in Spain, although there is a slight drop as compared to previous years. France -overseas territories- comes in second, with a production of about 204,000 tons. Total 2020 production is just above 600,000 tons for the EU. The monthly supply out of…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

"Green banana market currently better than yellow one"

Banana sales aren't great at the moment. That's according to Hans Maagendans of Banafood in Germany. "That's something that's happening more often toward Sinterklaas week. People prefer to buy mandarins and chocolate letters then." "There are currently enough bananas. There was more supply than in other years.…

Ecuador is about to set a new banana export record in 2020

Ecuador, the world's leading banana exporter, is on track to achieve a new sales record in 2020. Between January and October of this year, the country has exported more than…

Gemüsebau Frey signs exclusive partnership deal with Del Monte®

"Cooperation ensures a constant supply of pre-matured goods"

With immediate effect, the Karlsruhe-based trading company Gemüsebau Frey is cooperating with Del Monte®, one of the world's leading suppliers of fresh produce, known for its long experience and outstanding quality. The wholesale and food retail service provider located at the Fresh Produce Center…

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

India: University signs MoU with Hi-Fi Biotech for mass multiplication of banana hybrids

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, has signed a MoU with Hi-Fi Biotech India Pvt Ltd, Salem, for the mass multiplication of banana hybrids. A.S. Krishnamoorthy,…

Kenyan growers mix bananas with tea crops

Kenya’s Kericho and Bomet counties are synonymous with large tea plantations that have dominated these regions for decades. Now, a different product is being added to these…

Eat a banana after a workout!

Eating a banana after your workout may help speed recovery, post-workout. Bananas are nutritious and particularly rich in water and carbs, both of which have consistently been shown to help improve…

Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association expresses concerns

China’s mandatory disinfection worries Filipino banana growers

The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has expressed concern over China’s mandatory disinfection of food imports as a precautionary measure against the…

Pioneering Ventures: Swiss-Indian agri-food group enters Turkish market

Pioneering Ventures is a Swiss-Indian food and technology platform. At is currently entering the Turkish market with its subsidiary DistriCo Anatolia. The company's…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize up 21% as 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 £0.58 for bananas…

Increase in banana exports from Ecuador to Italy

Ecuador is the leading exporter of bananas in the world. Despite the impact of Covid-19, the Ecuadorian sector registered an increase in exports to Italy in January-September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.  "There is an increase of at least 10% in million tons of fruit, i.e. $58.19 million dollars for…

Iota and Eta cause massive losses for Honduras' banana and palm crops

According to Hector Castro, a Honduran producer, independent producers have reported that the storms Eta and Iota ravaged 2,520 hectares of banana cultivation, a figure that…

November 27th

Banana growers schedule roundtable discussion with main European retailers

Since early September of this year, banana producers and exporters from Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic (which account for around 65 percent of global banana trade) have been engaged in an intense dialogue with Rainforest Alliance regarding the…

The prices of Ecuadorian bananas continue to increase

In recent days, the price of Ecuadorian bananas has registered a rapid increase due to the decline in Honduran production generated by storm Eta, which ravaged some 10,000…

Pakistan develops two new varieties of banana

Pakistan has achieved a breakthrough in banana production, as the country’s apex agricultural research institution has developed two varieties of the fruit for cultivation in…

PARC to extend its agri-business, joins hands with CUKOOs

PATCO is an agri-business company of PARC to promote its R&D products and services and in connection with its agri-business growth PATCO-PARC signed two agreements with two…

Mexico

The floods in Tabasco affect 50% of the state's banana plantations

The serious floods in Tabasco have caused important losses to the agricultural sector, mainly impacting banana production. "Producers estimate that 50% of their plantations…

The damage caused by Eta in Honduras boosts the price of a box of Ecuadorian bananas above $7

The impact of storm Eta on the Honduran banana production as it passed through the country in early November, where it is estimated it affected some 10,000 hectares of crops,…

Collaboration with banana sector

How Rainforest Alliance is working to implement and improve new certification program

Since the publication of the 2020 Certification Program, the Rainforest Alliance has held more than 15 technical meetings with many participants from banana sector organizations and farms. These meetings have given the Alliance the opportunity to have constructive discussions on key elements of the…

Japan poised to overtake China as the Philippines’s top banana export market

Japan is poised to overtake China as the Philippines’s top banana export market this year as total purchase by Japan ending September grew 8.8 percent on the back of firmer…

Maxim Balakarev - SkyEast UK

Combining Easychar with banana growing

Decarbonisation and sustainable farming are both hot topics just now and one of Sky East UK’s businesses is application of technology to reprocess organic waste to…

Uzbekistan significantly reduced banana imports in nine months

Uzbekistan has significantly reduced the import of bananas this year, Podrobno.uz reports, citing data from the State Statistics Committee. For the first 9 months of 2020,…

BLE market report KW 46:

'First Spanish cauliflowers have arrived'

Native cauliflowers dominated the market. The first Spanish batches arrived: In Frankfurt they cost only €5 to 6 per box of six, which meant they sold easily. Belgian and Dutch lots completed the market. In Berlin there were the last Polish items, but they were not entirely convincing in terms of quality…

Higher-grade products in demand

Chinese banana market stable with modest increases

Last week (November 8-14), banana prices in the production areas rose steadily. Although the increase was modest, the overall market trend was optimistic. At present, supply…

Why is a kilo of bananas much cheaper in Germany than a kilo of apples?

The recent decision of the German supermarket chain ALDI to unilaterally lower the purchase price of the banana box by 2021 has been received with unanimous rejection from Latin American banana producers and exporters, including the Ecuadorian Banana Cluster; the Association of Independent Producers of…

Juan José Pons of Ecuador’s Banana Cluster on Aldi’s announcement:

“The full weight of the ‘shared responsibility’ falls on the banana producers”

Aldi has recently announced a plan to lower their banana prices, which will result in lower prices paid for bananas to producers. Juan José Pons, the coordinator of Ecuador’s Banana Cluster, shares: “Aldi has a long-standing policy of low pricing, and the pricing trend in the European Union as a whole…

Operation Banana

A London surgeon recently did a remote operation in California. That was via a 5G connection. But, what was operated on? Not a human or an animal, but a banana. We don't know what ailed the banana, but we wish it well.

Despite the pandemic, Ecuador's banana sector increases its exports by 6.95%

In May 2018, the Regional Corporation of Ecuadorian Banana Producers (Agroban), the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), and other actors in the chain hired…

Plátano de Canarias signs an agreement with Iberia to distribute the Spanish banana on long-haul routes

Thousands of bananas fly each month to international destinations like New York. “In-flight bananas that are the result of a collaboration agreement between Plátano de Canarias and Iberia. The airline will distribute the popular Canarian fruit to its passengers traveling to the most populated city in the…

Jordan bans banana imports

The Minister of Agriculture Mohammed Daoudia has forbidden importing bananas into the Kingdom, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Lawrence Al-Majali Sunday. The local agricultural sector has…

Banana wholesale prices week 46

European report on banana production, prices and trade leading up to week 46. Wholesale prices for Latin American bananas down on previous year while European bananas see an increase. Click here for…

Dirk Garos, Restrain, explains using ethylene for potato storage

"Help, my potatoes are germinating!"

You can use ethylene to prevent potato germination. That's nothing new. This technique has been used since 1999. The CIPC ban, however, means many more potato growers will have to use alternatives. But new methods and substances require a slightly different approach. That sometimes takes some getting…

Chinese banana market showed overall improvement

Last week (November 1-7), the price of bananas in the production areas showed an overall improvement. Since then, sales have speeded up, the number of active traders and…

Brexit and bananas – could supermarket shelves be laid bare?

Brexit could seriously threaten the supply of bananas from Ghana to UK supermarkets, and cause thousands of job losses for plantation workers in the West African nation, warns Norwich based charitable organisation Banana Link. Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for International Trade, has rejected calls…

Bolivian producers report drops of 50%

Drought impacts banana production in the Tropic of Cochabamba

The general advisor of Cochabamba's Agricultural Chamber (CAC), Rolando Morales, said that banana producers from the five municipalities of the Tropic of Cochabamba had…

APROBAN: "ALDI's position complicates the future of exports"

Costa Rican banana producers reject ALDI's lower purchase price

The Association of Banana Producers APROBAN, which is made up of independent banana producers and is a fundamental part of the economy and the creation of jobs n the Caribbean…

The future of the Canarian banana is debated in Brussels

"The aid can account for 35 to 40% of the producer's income"

The latest ongoing negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the next seven years will be crucial to maintain the Canary Islands' banana production, an activity that provides a livelihood to 15,000 families throughout the archipelago. The European Commission has proposed cutting the money…

It's like playing chess in an international context

The banana industry is facing a very difficult time

"The banana business is in a very complicated, difficult situation," said Alessandro Dal Bello, vice president Dal Bello-Sife. “There is a lot of product in the ports, importers had bought a lot and consumption was lower than expected, presumably". According to Dal Bello, this is verified by the product…

Storm Eta wipes out half of Honduras' banana production

Tropical storm Eta has hit a country that was already hurting from the negative economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the productive sector. During the critical…

Searching for wild bananas in Papua New Guinea

The banana has its earliest origins in Papua New Guinea, where it was domesticated by indigenous communities at least 7,000 years ago. This ancestor, Musa acuminata, looks very different from the well-known Cavendish banana: peeling back its skin reveals hundreds of large, hard seeds that enable easy…

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SNUTRABE denounces the illegal dismissal of 30 banana workers in Ecuador

Andrés Medina, president of the Single National Union of Banana Workers of Ecuador (SNUTRABE), has made a serious complaint against the illegal dismissal of 30 banana workers by Empresa SUMIFRUTAS SA for organising themselves in a union, a clear violation of labour and union rights in Ecuador. The…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average prices at £0.62 for bananas from Ecuador, up 13% 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 were at £0.62 for bananas from Ecuador,…

Pre-harvest and post-harvest

Overview of tools that help determine the quality of fresh produce

The bar is set high when it comes to quality of fresh produce and continues to be gradually lifted. “To meet today’s expectations of buyers and consumers, it is important for quality checks to be done throughout all stages of the supply chain,” says Greg Akins, President of Catalytic Generators. The…

Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Benin

Aerial imagery detects and tracks banana threats

New research shows how a combination of imagery from mobile phones, drones and satellites can be used to clamp down on banana threats. The images -of varying resolutions- are…

Online course: "In the field banana for export preventive quality auditor"

"Fusarium oxysporum, an incipient enemy"

Peru and Ecuador have become global players in the export of bananas and plantains. They share the same possibilities, challenges, and their fruit has great prestige in key…

India: Nendran bananas to be sent to London market - March next year

Kerala’s famed ‘Nendran’ bananas are all set to be shipped to London in March next year. The trial export to London is in accordance with the sea-shipment protocol of the…

Banana exports Cameroon rose by 581 tons year-on-year in October 2020

According to data compiled by the Cameroon Banana Exporters Association (Assobacam), Cameroon exported 16,534 tons of banana in October 2020. These exports were up by 581 tons…

BLE market report KW 44:

'The scope of Italian table grapes was limited'

Italian grapes dominated events, but their importance was limited: First and foremost there was Italia, Crimson Seedless, Michele Palieri and Regal Seedless. Red Globe complemented Seedless as well as Regina and Flame. From Turkey came Sultana and Crimson Seedless, whose relevance had not changed…

Tamil Nadu, India

Artificially ripened bananas seized at Chinna Kadai Veedhi

Tamil Nadu Food Safety department officials conducted raids on the premises of three fruit vendors and seized over one tonne of artificially ripened bananas last Wednesday. A…

Latin American banana growers not pleased with Aldi's banana price cut

"Aldi and the Ecuadorian exporters don’t seem to get it!"

The following blog was written by Banana Link’s International Coordinator, Alistair Smith.  "Many in the global banana sector were hoping for an outbreak of common sense from Europe’s biggest banana buyer after Aldi’s representative had agreed to "listen and learn" in the wake of the outcry over their 2019…

The banana sector seeks to recover the ground lost in the Swiss market since 2014

The trade agreement between Ecuador and EFTA has already entered into force

The trade agreement between Ecuador and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), will allow 99% of the products that Ecuador exports to enter Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland without paying taxes. This will benefit Ecuador's banana, the country's main fruit export, as it will have…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Prices for Costa Rica and Ecuador bananas unchanged 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 £0.48 for bananas…

Cold rooms and warehouse projects to boost Kenyan potato & banana farming

The Kenyan government is set to boost banana and potato farming in the country with Sh300 million (€2.4 mln) worth of storage centres. Storage facilities will be built in…

Mexico

Chiapas registers a decline in mango and banana production

According to a report from the Agri-food Information Service, in 2019 the southern Mexican state of Chiapas produced 696,877 tons of bananas, i.e. 0.15% fewer bananas than in…

Ecuador establishes two mechanisms to set the price of a box of bananas in 2021

On Wednesday, October 28, Ecuador's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) established a new price scheme for a box of bananas for the year 2021 via two modalities: a variable price that goes from 4.50 to 6.90 dollars per box, depending on the season and fruit production peaks; or an annual fixed…

Banana Roadshow Series is back

The National Banana Roadshow Series is back this November, with a mini, COVID-safe version set to stop in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. The Roadshows are brought to you by DAF…

ASPROCAN: "There are very few deadlines and opportunities left"

Minister Planas will defend maintaining the EU aid to the Canary Islands' banana sector

The future of the Canary Islands banana sector still depends on the final decision that Brussels adopts on the funds of the new CAP after the discussions in which the Council of Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union, the European Parliament, and the European Commission must finalize the last…

"Myanmar banana exports to China declined because of Covid-19 pandemic"

The peak period of Myanmar banana export to China takes place every year between October and May in the subsequent year. The bananas travel from Myanmar to China via border cities in Yunnan. Between 100-200 trucks with bananas cross the border every day. This year, however, the banana trade between…

AgroFair pays voluntary Covid-19 compensation premium to its banana growers

AgroFair has decided to pay $ 0.05 per box of bananas as a voluntary contribution to our producers for unexpected costs they have incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Of…

Felix Stamer (Direct Fresh LLC) on the current banana market

"Despite Corona, we were able to offer a complete range of bananas throughout"

In addition to conventional bananas, organic, fair trade and organic fair trade batches have been increasingly popular with consumers in recent years. Demeter bananas are also developing into an increasingly important market niche in the German trade. Hamburg import company Direct Fresh has set itself…

Peruvian banana producers negotiate the price for the 2021 season as costs increase

According to the coordinator of the Banana Program of the Regional Directorate of Agriculture, Karlhos Quinde, the costs of implementing biosecurity protocols in the banana…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Weekly prices for Bramley's Seedlings, Cox Orange group and Braeburns down slightly

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 weekly price of Gala apples collected from various…

Ecuador's international banana prices fall

Banana prices have experienced a considerable decline in international markets due to the excess of fruit shipped from Central America and Ecuador. "There are still ships…

Asian banana markets in rapid flux

As the graphic below from the FAO’s Banana Market Review 2019 clearly shows, Asia is very much a region to watch, as export volumes increase and as China secures its very considerable national consumption from a growing diversity of sources, including Latin America. China’s own problems with domestic…

Cambodian bananas put pressure on bananas from the Philippines and South America

Cambodian banana export to China grows rapidly

Chinese banana imports from Cambodia have rapidly increased in the last few weeks. Imported bananas are crowding domestic bananas out of the market, which puts pressure on the domestic banana price. Cambodian bananas also put pressure on the price of other imported bananas, with importers of bananas from…

The banana sector awaits the ratification of the FTA between Colombia and the United Kingdom

The Association of Colombian Banana Producers (Augura) expects the Congress of the Republic to ratify the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Colombia and the United Kingdom.…

South Africa: Banana season delayed by four weeks

The cool spring has delayed the banana season in South Africa, while a storm in Mozambique has also reduced volumes. Usually by September banana volumes pick up after winter, but this year it's only picking up now after some cold weeks in the banana production areas of northeastern South Africa and southern…

Cameroon banana exports down 19.500 tons YoY in Jan-Sep 2020

According to data compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam), banana growers from Cameroon exported 136,048 tons of the products between January and September…

Aerial imaging and machine learning to counter banana disease threats in Africa

New research shows how a combination of imagery from mobile phones, drones and satellites can be used to clamp down on threats to banana production. An early warning system…

The process to regularize illegal banana farms in Ecuador is already underway

The process to regularize the banana farms that lack authorization has already begun in Ecuador, after last week the Ministry of Agriculture published the steps and the details of the forms that the interested parties need to fill out to regularize their farms. Producers who have planted bananas without…

Chinese banana prices stop falling and gradually warm up again

The prices in Chinese banana production areas stopped falling last week (October 11-17) and began to stabilize. The level of consumption dropped after the Mid-Autumn Festival…

Compagnie Fruitiére banana ripening facility completed at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park

Compagnie Fruitière UK, a leading supplier and ripener of bananas to the British marketplace, has taken occupation of a 69,718 sq ft ripening facility on practical completion of the building at DP World London Gateway. The new ripening centre will replace Compagnie Fruitière’s existing operation in…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador cost £0.66 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 £0.48 for bananas…

Average weekly EU wholesale prices of bananas from Latin America

Latin American banana wholesale prices for Germany at €107 in week 41

In week 41, the three-week average wholesale prices for bananas, imported from Latin America are nearing the same central point they were at for the last four years, at around €95 per 100 kgs. Average wholesale prices for bananas imported from Latin America into Germany stood at €107 per 100 kgs, with prices…

Will India’s banana farms be able to face Panama wilt?

The cool and humid air in the Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh is just right for bananas, which have grown well rounded and are ready to be picked on the farm of…

Fairtrade highlights importance of decent work at international banana convention

At Ecuador’s annual International Convention of Banana Exporters (AEBE), Fairtrade congratulated the Ecuadorian government and banana sector on their commitment to a living wage, while also urging them to go further in establishing sound industrial relations with trade unions and securing decent work for…

Russia is the world’s fourth largest banana consumer

Russia ranks 4th in the world in terms of banana consumption per person per year, and banana imports to Russia are forecast to continue to grow in the coming years. This was…

The event is postponed to September 2-3, 2021

New date announced for the AMHPAC Annual Convention

The Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture (AMHPAC) officially announced a new date for its annual convention. Due to the health contingency of Covid-19 the decision…

Fyffes announces its Human Rights Mitigation Action Plan

As part of their ongoing commitment to respect human rights, Fyffes completed its first ever corporate-wide Human Rights Impact Assessment in January 2020, aligning with the…

Economic partnership agreement signed between UK and Côte d'Ivoire

Yesterday, the United Kingdom and Côte d'Ivoire signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), maintaining existing trade arrangements. Minister for International Trade Ranil…

Audee Rios with Coliman

“Increased demand for organic bananas is great for our business”

US demand for organic bananas has been strong. “Although we haven’t seen the spike in demand that we usually see when kids go back to school, we are witnessing an increase in the number of customers,” says Audee Rios, International Sales Director with Coliman. In addition, the company is seeing a clear…

BLE market report week 41:

'Iceberg lettuce came primarily from Germany'

Iceberg lettuce came in primarily from Germany. Dutch shipments supplemented the market. In Hamburg, the first Spanish shipments appeared, which were turned over at €6.50 per 10-carton, being somewhat cheaper than the local ones. In Berlin, Polish products at €6 to €8 per 6-piece carton sold briskly. In…

The price of a box of Ecuadorian bananas for 2021 will be set on October 16

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Ecuador announced on Wednesday, October 7, that the Advisory Council that will define the minimum support price (PMS) of the…

Canaries announces aid to PGI banana producers for the 2021 campaign

The Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC) published on Friday, October 9, a call to aid PGI banana producers of the Community Program to Support Agricultural…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Costa Rica bananas sell for £0.61 / kg, down 26% 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. All prices are in pounds (£) per kg. The current average week prices…

Organic and Fairtrade banana consumption amounts to 10% in Europe and North America

According to a report by the International Trade Center (ITC), the demand for bananas that comply with Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) has been increasing, especially in traditional markets, such as Europe and North America. In fact, according to the data provided, the consumption of organic and…

Protests impact Costa Rican pineapple and banana exports

Widespread protests in Costa Rica against new taxes proposed by the government, as a condition of signing a US$1.75 billion loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund…

International Banana Convention

Preparing for TR4: How the disease has spread and important steps to take

One of the topics addressed at the International Banana Convention this week was one that is very important and detrimental to the industry: TR4. Altus Viljoen, who is a professor of AgroSciences in the department of plant pathologies at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, discussed the…

Banana exports from Cameroon rose to 17,939 tons in September

According to the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam), the nation’s growers exported 17,939 tons of banana in September 2020. Compared with the 12,982 tons the country…

Clinton Machado of Maersk discusses banana logistics

Global banana production expected to increase to 129 million tons by 2029

The second day of the International Banana Convention was jam-packed with educational sessions. The last session of the day was led by Clinton Machado, Global Head of Bananas and Pineapples at Maersk. Machado discussed the changing perspectives of logistics post-covid-19. Market update: Banana exports reach…

Pakistan

PARC recommends new potato, banana varieties for commercial cultivation

At the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), a meeting of the Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) was held on Wednesday. The goal was to discuss recommendations on the…

Kerala to export Nendran bananas to Europe

The Kerala state government has permitted the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK) to take the measures necessary for exporting Nendran bananas to the EU. The…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.61: 5% drop as 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. All prices are in pounds (£) per kg. The current average week prices…

Eurobanancanarias group achieves 3.2 growth in sales in 2019

According to the balance sheet of the consolidated annual accounts of the Eurobanancanarias group and dependent companies, the company, based in the Canary Islands, achieved a…

Robert Greeve, Anaco & Greeve:

"Good sales of bananas, but large volumes cause price pressure"

When the Corona crisis hit Europe, bananas were at the top of everyone's shopping list. Now, banana sales have stabilized, according to Robert Greeve of Anaco & Greeve, but…

Virtual event

17th annual International Banana Convention kicks off in Ecuador

Monday, October 5th, marked the start of the 17th annual International Banana Convention, which is held, like so many other annual industry events, virtually this year. Yesterday was the opening ceremony of the event, which was held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and included multiple speakers – including…

New product solves old plastic problem in the banana industry

Banana importer AgroFair is fair trade certified. But the certification has no rules about what the company should do with the large amount of plastic waste it produces.…

Chinese pre-holiday banana prices picking up

From September 21 to 30, the banana market in China fluctuated. Prices first fell and then stabilized. From this week, prices again began to rise. The fluctuations were mainly…

Nature's candy to eye candy

Chiquita have transformed nature’s candy to bright and bold visual eye candy on London’s iconic double-decker buses and Cromination’s large format digital screens.

Cambodia exports 225% more bananas in first nine months

Cambodia exported more than 235,171 tons of fresh bananas to international markets in the first nine months of this year. According to Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and…

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

‘The country’s banana industry needs to diversify’

The country’s largest business group, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), is calling on the federal government to diversify the local banana industry in…

Dole NZ and MG Marketing launch the "Good Bunch" programme

MG, New Zealand’s leading wholesale grower-cooperative, and Dole, one of the world's largest producer of fruit, have joined forces to deliver a national initiative. The…

Juan Jose Pons of Ecuador’s Banana Cluster:

“The effects from the ashes on the bananas will be felt for the coming 8-12 weeks”

The eruption of Ecuador’s Sangay volcano resulted in an enormous amount of ash being spewed into the air and being scattered by the wind across 55,000 hectares of banana farms. “The main affected territories are Guayas and Los Rios,” says Juan Jose Pons, the coordinator of Ecuador’s banana cluster. “The…

Kenya: Murang’a banana growers want to set up value adding facility

For about 20 years, the Saba Saba Agribusiness Cooperative Society in Murang’a been aspiring to do value addition on bananas, striving to produce various products which can…

Bananas almost surpassed oil as Ecuador's main source of foreign exchange during the pandemic

Despite the worldwide reduction in demand for products and the more than 20 weeks sustained drop in prices (since the start of the pandemic in mid-March), Ecuadorian banana exports increased in volume and value during the crisis. The fruit consolidated itself as Ecuador's main agricultural export product…

MustGrow commences banana ‘Panama Disease’ testing in Colombia

MustGrow Biologics Corp. announces the commencement of testing of MustGrow’s proprietary TerraMG bio-pesticide formulation on the Panama Disease (Fusarium wilt TR4), a…

Five Panamanian packing plants allowed to export bananas to China

According to a statement from the Ministry of Agricultural Development, five Panamanian banana packaging companies have been authorized to export the fruit to China. The…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood Services GmbH’s director

“From 5 to 75% fairtrade bananas in 10 years”

In 2007, Banafood Services GmbH opened a new, independent banana ripening facility in Germany. It’s just over the border from a Dutch cooperative in Venlo, the Netherlands. It's a new business, but it's one with second and third-generation banana sector co-shareholders. This German company has now…

Chiquita stickers go pink for October's National Breast Cancer Awareness month

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

Davao del Norte

Philippines: Farmer-scientist warns against ‘fake banana control agents'

A farmer-cum-scientist from Davao del Norte province has warned banana growers on the proliferation of fake biological control agents used as a solution to combat Fusarium…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Weekly average for bananas from Ecuador at £0.66 in week 39

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…

Costa Rican bananas manage to overcome the pandemic

Despite the global situation generated by COVID-19, Costa Rica has not only maintained but also increased the volume of bananas it has sent to the international market.…

International project seeks new varieties to save the banana from extinction

A recent Food Navigator article highlighted the progress of a global research initiative to help prevent the extinction of the banana. This fruit, which is very popular in the…

Hugo Castro of GinaFruit:

“The damage of Ecuador’s volcanic eruption on the bananas is manageable”

On Sunday, September 20th, the Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupted. “The eruption mostly affected nearby cities and provinces that were in the direction of the wind. There was a 10 kilometers high cloud of ashes, and it came down to the coastal area where about 30-40% of Ecuador’s banana production…

‘Tai-Chiao No.2’ initiative to improve banana production

St. Lucia welcomes new banana variety from Taiwan

Over the last two weeks, some 110 St. Lucia banana farmers attended two special workshops, organized and conducted by the Taiwan Technical Mission in collaboration with the…

Taiwan banana prices fell to freezing point

For many years, Taiwan has always been a producer of high-quality fruits, but now, large volumes of bananas, pineapples, and wax apples are experiencing slow sales. Banana…

Ecuador

Ash from Sangay volcano harms quality of export bananas in Guayas and Los Rios

The banana plantations in the province of Guayas have been especially affected by the volcanic ash from the recent eruption of the Sangay volcano, which has deteriorated the quality of the fruit for export. One of the most affected areas has been the Canton Milagro, where producers, such as Manuel…

Alcampo bets on the red banana from the Canary Islands

French supermarket Alcampo is betting strongly on the red banana produced in the Canary Island; a banana that is red, sweet, and has a hint of raspberry in its taste. This…

Tour de France

8,596 bananas from Guadeloupe & Martinique offered to the Food Banks

During stage 14 of the Tour de France, on Saturday the 12th of September, French bananas, the official banana and unique agricultural product of the Tour, organized an action of charity and solidarity for the Food Banks. Reminder of the conceptOn Saturday, September 12th (stage 14 Clermont Ferrand-Lyon),…

Sangay volcano's volcanic ash affects 55,000 hectares of bananas in Ecuador

The volcanic ash spewed out by the eruption of the Sangay volcano in the early hours of Sunday, September 20, has affected thousands of hectares of the country's fruit and…

Smurfitkappa

Smurfit Kappa presents sustainable BanaBag for banana producers

BanaBag® is an innovative and 100% sustainable product that Smurfit Kappa is now offering to banana producers. It is a unique solution for organic producers, because it protects the fruit and reduces the overheating that other materials produce. BanaBag® is 100% paper based, which makes it renewable,…

Ecuador

"We have been the world's leading banana exporter since 1964"

Banana cultivation, the fruit that has catapulted Ecuador into global export markets, only started to be promoted in the country in the 1940s when Clemente Yerovi, the…

Demand for green bananas slow in Romanian market

A lot of sectors in the fruit and vegetable trade industry have been affected by the ongoing pandemic. Luckily a fruit and vegetable supplier in Romania hasn’t had a lot of…


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