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Electricity Corporation of Ecuador

CELEC EP and banana sector reps sign agreement on Ecuador-Peru Electric Interconnection

Late last week, the Electricity Corporation of Ecuador (CELEC EP) and the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), signed an agreement on the layout of the…

Central Africa

Researching climate-smart strategies for root, tuber and banana crops

Root, tuber and banana (RT&B) crops are widely cultivated across sub-Saharan Africa. The extensive planting of RT&B crops highlights their adaptive nature, but a team of…

Elisa Martínez, of Europlátano: "Many of our agricultural producers and workers have been evacuated".

Lava from volcanic eruption in La Palma causing great damage to the banana industry

The volcano of La Palma, which erupted this Sunday at 15.12, local time, in Montaña Rajada, in the forest area of Cabeza de Vaca in El Paso, has made it necessary to evacuate 5,000 people. As reported by Efe, the lava flow has an average height of six meters, has so far emitted between 6,000 and 9,000…

Panama has increased its banana exports in 2021

Panama has exported 242,840 tons of bananas so far this year, i.e. 7.1% more than in the same period of the previous year. According to Jose De La Lastra, the director of the…

Erode district, Tamil Nadu

50,000 banana trees damaged in heavy winds

Heavy rains, accompanied by whirlwinds, damaged 50,000 banana trees near Bhavani in Erode district on Monday night. Banana plantations spread across 100 acres in Ettikottai, Thalapalayam and Koonakkapalayam villages in Olakadam county have sustained maximum damage. Farmers had planted varieties like red…

Average weekly UK wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin

Weekly wholesale banana prices mostly stable

The average weekly banana prices from various countries have remained mostly stable this week. There is a slight increase in bananas form Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Click here to see the current weekly prices 

Afruibana

"Let's continue to build together a fair and sustainable banana value chain"

As they enter the period of contractualization of commitments for the following year with retailers, African producers, wish to draw the attention of stakeholders to the cost…

A scientific approach to managing Panama TR4 in bananas

An independently commissioned review into Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) in Far North Queensland has provided a list of research priorities to help guide industry to manage the disease in the long term. Panama TR4 destruction zoneDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Chief Biosecurity…

Agricultural waste fibre tech company completes food packaging trial

Agricultural waste fibre tech company Papyrus Australia has completed its food packaging trial. The trial saw the company use its factory-produced refined banana fibre to…

Fyffes first to receive new rainforest alliance certification

Fyffes banana farm Esmeralda, in Costa Rica, is the first in the world to receive the new Rainforest Alliance certification, version 2020, which deploys a radically new management system approach to environmental, labor, social and economic risks. Following many years of successful collaboration,…

China resumes imports of dragon fruit & bananas from Vietnam

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam has stated that his ministry has dispatched a working group to work out a plan alongside the Chinese…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador at £0.68 per kg, up 3% 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. Bananas from Ecuador sold for £0.68 per kg, up 3% from last week.…

Cambodia ratifies Free Trade Agreement with China

On September 9, the National Assembly of Cambodia ratified the bilateral free trade agreement with China, aimed to increase the trade of goods by reducing and eliminating…

Banana Growers' Council has no concerns with Bunnings selling banana plants

The Banana Growers' Council has allayed concerns raised by some growers over hardware giant Bunnings selling banana plants. The Council heard concerns about the sale of banana…

No Frills discount grocery chain

Canada: Grocer uses bananas as video game controllers

Canadian discount grocery chain No Frills has revived interest in the humble Macintosh computer after retrofitting the ‘ancient’ Apple device to accept inputs from bananas. No Frills commissioned the unconventional controller as a great way to interact with the chain’s grocery shopping video game No…

Fourth discovery in six weeks by Albanian officials

Port of Durres: Cocaine found in exotic fruit consignment

Ten kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Albanian Port of Durres this Tuesday. The drugs were stashed inside a consignment of bananas destined for the Alba Exotic Fruit…

Ecuador: Less than 10,000 hectares of informally planted bananas and plantains legalized

When the process of regularization of banana and plantain crops started last year, the Ecuadorian authorities sought to confirm the hectares planted. Previous calculations for…

Chinese customs office in Dalian confiscates 3,000 boxes of Vietnamese bananas on the grounds of trademark infringement

The customs office in Dayaowan port, in Dalian, investigated 3,080 boxes of Vietnamese imported bananas and confiscated them on the grounds of trademark infringement. The…

Dutch buyers association collects data from all banana suppliers to see if living wages being paid

Superunie and its banana suppliers have collected information. That is concerning the current wage status and how it differs from living wages. So this Dutch purchasing group…

Latin American banana growing countries make statement regarding cost increases

This statement is from the banana producers and exporters of Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica, representing 60 percent of the global…

Canarian banana producers could face losses of up to 100 million euro

According to the Association of Banana Producer Organizations of the Canary Islands, the Canary Islands' banana sector could have losses of up to 100 million euro in sales…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize sell for £0.68 in the UK

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.68 for bananas…

The logistics and transportation costs of banana exports soar by up to 300% in Colombia

Colombia is the world's fifth-largest exporter of bananas, a fruit that ranks as the third most important product in the Colombian agro-export basket and accounts for 5.3% of…

Philippines

Large investments to revive Maguindanao banana farms

The Bangsamoro Board of Investments – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BBOI-BARMM) is aiding the rebuilding of banana farms in Maguindanao with PHP200 million…

Philippine Statistics Authority:

Fruit harvests see mixed result in Q2 2021

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that harvests of four major fruits were mixed in the second quarter; banana and pineapple output gains shadowed by declines for…

Banana prices in free fall

Prices of imported bananas in Europe are historically low, and the trend should last. Less than 10 euros [12 USD] per box of 18.5 kg this summer. An extremely low price which was last seen in 2011 on…

Pineapple posts largest production gain for Philippines in Q2

Pineapples posted the largest production gain among the country’s major fruit crops in Q2 2021, growing by 4.6 percent. According to data from the Philippine Statistics…

"Producer, importer, and ripener margins are almost nonexistent; it's a massacre for the sector"

It's been a catastrophic summer for imported banana prices in Europe

This is the lowest price reached by bananas at this time of the year in the ten years that the Fruitrop economic research unit created within CIRAD (Center for International…

The Dominican Association of Banana Producers has been constituted

The Dominican Association of Banana Producers (Adoplatano) was constituted on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Adoplatano will aim to contribute to the strengthening and expansion of…

A project seeks to add value to the 30,000 tons of organic bananas that are discarded annually in Piura

The 'International Market Study of New Products Derived from Organic Bananas and Fresh Organic Bananas', carried out within the framework of the Agroindustrial Innovation…

Some 20,000 tons of bananas go unsold

China unexpectedly stopped taking Vietnamese bananas

As China has unexpectedly stopped collecting bananas, a large amount of Vietnamese bananas remains unsold, including 20,000 tons in Lao Cai and Lai Chau alone. Taskforce 3430…

Organic banana grower kicks off GROW Month

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 16th annual GROW Month starting today.  This year, Organics Unlimited is partnering with The Produce Moms® to highlight all of the GROW program’s global social responsibility efforts. These include promoting…

Del Monte products featuring in Netflix game

“Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” campaign across Europe

Fresh Del Monte partners with DreamWorks Animation and Universal to offer dedicated promotions and launch an Augmented Reality game called Dinosaur Challenge. A wide range of…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia witness 6% rise in 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 £0.70 for bananas…

Colombian banana workers negotiated pay rise

Last week Sintrainagro, the Colombian Union of Agricultural Industry Workers, reached a negotiated agreement with employers association Augura that will see workers in the…

USDA

Apples and oranges are top US fruit choices

Apples held the top spot for total fruit available for consumption in 2019 with loss-adjusted apple juice availability at 12.6 pounds (1.4 gallons) per person, fresh apples at roughly 10 pounds per person, and canned, dried, and frozen apples totaling to 3.3 pounds per person. Source: USDA  Bananas (13.4 pounds per person)…

Increasing costs pressure organic banana growers and shippers

Supplies of organic bananas are in peak production currently. “A storm and hurricane did impact farms in our growing areas. But thanks to being at peak production, there is a lot of fruit and we have been able to offset any storm damage as our farms have recovered,” says Mayra Velazquez de León of…

43% of La Palma's agricultural area is devoted to bananas

Bananas are undoubtedly the most important crop on La Palma. They're grown on 2,958.2 hectares, i.e. 43% of the island's 6,943.6 hectares agricultural surface in production,…

Overall price remains low

Chinese banana market conditions continue to weaken

Conditions in Chinese banana production areas have not been great in the last few weeks. The production volume is growing as more and more bananas ripen, but the product…

September 20th-23rd, 2021, Virtual Event

Business Matchmaking Ecuador: Bananas and non-traditional fruits

The Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries (MPCEIP) – PRO ECUADOR, through its Commercial Offices, invites companies to participate in the Virtual…

North Cotabato province, Philippines

Modern banana farms expected to thrive in North Cotabato

In North Cotabato province, banana farms are soon to spring up in a 5,000-hectare special geographic area of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).…

The measure affects bananas, among other products

Ecuador will seek a trade agreement with Russia after the elimination of preferences

The generalized system of preferences (GSP) granted by Russia, as part of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) for a group of Ecuadorian products, expires on October 11. This…

"Large banana plantations remain popular"

"Chinese import volume of bananas from the Philippines declined by nearly 30%"

When the temperatures rise, the retail volume of Chinese bananas declines. The traditional off season takes place in the summer, but that is also the time of year when bananas grow fastest. Hainan, Guangdong, and especially Guangxi supply large volumes of bananas to the Chinese market. In general, there…

Podgorica.Montenegro Police

Montenegro police capture record haul of cocaine in banana shipment

A record amount of cocaine has been found in Montenegro. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of bananas from South America. Around 900 kilograms of the illegal substance was found in 1,205 packages, law enforcement said in a statement late last week. The shipment was discovered on Thursday night in…

Banana production in Laos is relatively stable

Price conditions in Chinese banana production areas are not great

In most banana production areas the prices dropped last week (16-22 August), and in only a few did the prices rise. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is rather significant…

$50 million to assist Jamaican banana, plantain farmers affected by tropical storm

Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is to provide $50 million to the Banana Board, as emergency aid to assist banana and plantain farmers whose fields suffered…

For bananas produced in the EU

Average wholesale prices of yellow bananas as a 3-week average at around €120 per 100 kgs

In France, the average wholesale prices of bananas produced in Europe stood at €110 per 100 kgs in week 31. In the Netherlands, the same volume sold for €53. The average wholesale prices of yellow bananas as a 3-week average ended up at around €120 per 100 kgs, which is about €20 higher than in 2019, but…

Coliman Bananas announces new president

After the unfortunate death of its founder and president, Jorge Aguilar Heredia, the Shareholders' Council had to appoint his successor to the presidency of the company. Jorge…

Ecuadorean banana exports improved in July

Between January and July, Ecuador exported 223 million boxes of bananas, i.e. 3.79% fewer boxes than in the same period of last year. However, sales improved in July.…

Bananas are leading agricultural comeback in Belize

Bananas are one of the two Belizean agricultural industries that are on the comeback trail after drought and pandemic-related setbacks (the other being sugar). Banana…

Bananas from the Philippines expand their share of the Chinese market

Analysis of Chinese banana import in July, 2021

Chinese banana imports in July declined by 4.08% in comparison with June, and decreased by 4.71% in comparison with July last year. The Philippines is still the largest…

Sullana is the main producing area in the Peruvian department of Piura

Piura's organic banana exports already exceed 91 million dollars

Piura is the main organic banana producing and exporting region in Peru with a 93% participation in the sector. Between January and the second week of August of this year,…

Philippines

Davao banana farmers want to uphold Marsman contract

Most of the members of the Davao Marsman Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DAMARB MPC) intend to continue with its lease contract with export banana…

Province of Isabela, Philippines

San Agustin banana processing facility inaugurated

In the province of Isabela, the Filipino Department of Agriculture recently inaugurated the P5.5 million (€148.500) Banana Processing facility in the town of San Agustin to help the Isabela Cacao, Coffee and Banana Farmers Associaton. According to DA-2 Director Narciso Edillo , project will be used by…

Panama alleges problems with health permits

Costa Rica requests creation of arbitration panel at World Trade Organization

Costa Rican industry players have requested the creation of an arbitration panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its dispute with Panama over the blockade of the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.66: 6% 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 £0.66 for bananas…

Fruit production Philippines improved in January-June period

The pineapple harvest in the Philippines reached a new record and boosted fruit production in the first semester, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.…

Controlling banana Xanthomonas Wilt Disease in East Africa

Africa contributes about one-third of the global banana production. The Great Lakes region of Africa (GLA), including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the largest banana-growing and consuming area with the most significant…

Taiwanese banana variety in Saint Lucia appears to be ‘more resistant to high winds’

Saint Lucia was struck by hurricane Elsa on July 2nd, 2021, and since the event, more than 60% of the banana plants were snapped or toppled, causing the banana industry to be…

Ripening concentrate expands to Netherlands for banana ripening

Catalytic Generators’ ethylene-based product, Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate, has received approval from the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) for use in banana ripening in the Netherlands. While not all countries regulate ethylene products for fruit…

Philippines banana exports down 47% in first semester

Philippine banana exports in the first half plunged by 47 percent to 1.154 million metric tons, the lowest volume recorded in five years, as the domestic industry continues to…

Going bananas in New Zealand heading into lockdown

As New Zealand went into lockdown on Tuesday after a COVID positive case was detected, it wasn't toilet paper that shoppers were rushing for in the shopping aisles. According…

The Ecuadorian Government raises the 'Fusarium' to pandemic level

Ecuador's message to the global banana community is clear: Fusarium is not just a pest; it is a lethal pandemic for bananas that currently has no solution and that threatens…

Ecuador: Only 13% of banana areas ready to face the Fusarium

In Ecuador, only 13% of the Musaceae producing areas (banana, plantain, orito, among others) have complete infrastructure related to biosecurity measures against Fusarium Race…

Dole and Hema Fresh organized Sweetio super sweet banana activity for Chinese Valentine's Day

Dole organized promotional activities for Sweetio super sweet bananas in Shanghai's Baodi Plaza and Beijing's Shili Castle, as well as other locations of Hema Fresh stores. The promotional activities took place between the 13th of August and the 15th of August, during the traditional holiday of 'qixi'…

Tomatoes, cherries and strawberries see large price increases

Colombian banana prices dropped by 11% this week

Last week, the price of bananas from Colombia dropped by 11 per cent, whereas banana prices from Costa Rica had their price increase by one pence.  Click here for the banana data…

Conditions are not the same in all production areas

Chinese banana prices dropped and then rose again

In the first week of August, Chinese banana prices reached a low point and then began to rise again, before they stabilized. Prices continued to fall on the 2nd of August, as…

US banana import Q2 2021

Honduran imports down, Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama up

#banana US Imp Q2'21 - 2% Honduras losses are CR, Col and Pm gains pic.twitter.com/9FikFnShPW — Luc Hellebuyck (@Bananas4All) August 13, 2021

Banana producers join the mobilizations in Ecuador blocking roads in Los Rios and Guayas

Different groups, including banana producers, participated in the blockade of several highways in the provinces of Guayas, Los Rios, and El Oro on Wednesday, August 11, as…

Breakthrough in the tests of the first transgenic Cavendish banana plants with resistance to Fusarium

The trials conducted by a group of researchers at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, offer promising results in the search for Cavendish banana…

Reybanpac obtains Carbon Neutral Product certification

Reybanpac, a banana producer and exporter from Ecuador, recently reached a new milestone in its commitment to the environment. After a measurement and audit process it…

Cocaine also found in Colombian banana shipment in Romania

Dunkirk, France: 400-plus kg of cocaine discovered in banana shipment from Colombia

On Tuesday, August 10, Dunkirk customs and the intervention security brigade discovered 415 kg of cocaine contained in several boxes. These were in a container from Colombia…

NederBanaan

More and more hands of bananas in Dutch greenhouse

The Neder Banaan greenhouse in the Netherlands now boasts fully-fledged banana bunches. In June, the first flower appeared and the first Neder Banaan was 'born'. Roughly 100 banana trees grow in the greenhouse. Some are for research purposes, but some bananas will be marketed. And they'll be used to make…

Costa Rica was the leading Central American banana exporter in 2020

Costa Rica positioned itself in 2020 as the main exporter of fresh or dried bananas in Central America, with exports worth $ 1.083 billion. It was followed by Guatemala with…

The port of Santa Marta increases its participation in shipments

Colombia's Caribbean region exported 8% more bananas during the first semester of the year

The president of the Association of Banana Growers of Magdalena, La Guajira, and Cesar (Asbama), Jose Francisco Zuñiga Cotes, confirmed that the sector had exported 408,369…

Price of import bananas is rising

Chinese banana industry continues slow season as temperatures remain high

The Chinese banana industry entered its slow season in June when temperatures went up. Supply volumes from production areas in China and abroad remain small, which pushes the…

Inflation hitting banana industry hard

Banana production is heading into a perfect storm around costs. On supplies of bananas, the industry is heading into an overproduction window that’s seen annually at this time of year. “This year it started in week 31 and will end in week 43,” says Andy Thomas-Stivalet of Kadivac Produce. “Though the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

No price changes for bananas from Colombia 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 £0.74 for bananas…

Honduran banana exports will suffer a 50% drop this year

The president of the Association of Banana Producers in the Sula Valley, Hector Castro, predicted that Honduran banana exports would suffer a 50% drop this year compared to…

Top nations that import bananas from India

The majority of bananas being exported by sea each day come from India. Indian bananas are exported to countries such as the Maldives and Republic of Korea, but their share is…

Chiquita

Chiquita again puts branded banana buses on London streets

Chiquita has again embarked on a vibrant campaign that will be featured on London’s iconic double decker buses. Chiquita’s bright branded buses should help transform an iconic London attraction into a moving canvas. Source: chiquita.com  

First bananas of the season in Guangdong and Guangxi enter the Chinese market

Banana export from Myanmar to China encounters obstacles

This is the time of the year when Chinese banana production areas change shift. The production seasons in Yunnan and Hainan are nearly over and their supply volumes are…

The EC, Spain, and France opposed the proposal presented by an unknown member country

The EU rejects abolishing tariffs for imports of fresh bananas for the industry

The European Commission rejected this Monday the proposal for the abolition of tariffs on imported fresh bananas for industrial use; a suspension that would have applied only…

One Banana presents its Sustainability Report 2020

'186 million bananas transformed into food ingredients under the principle of zero waste'

One Banana presents its seventh Corporate Sustainability Report reflecting on the achievements and execution of its Sustainability Strategy amid a life-changing year in 2020.…

Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association

PBGEA describes threats to Filipino banana industry

Industry organization PBGEA  has stated that not only did the Philippines lose market share in the main banana market by Latin American producers, but investment was also losing,…

Iraq, Russia, Afghanistan, India and UAE were main destinations

Iran: $327 mln worth of apples exported

Iraq with $105 million, Russia with $95.4 million, Afghanistan with $51.7 million, India with $26.6 and the UAE with $21.1 million were the main destinations of Iranian apples…

The banana cluster presents to the president of Ecuador four axes to strengthen the sector

The banana cluster held a meeting in Guayaquil with President Guillermo Lasso on Friday, July 16. In the meeting, they presented to the president four axes to promote this…

Market of imported bananas in China continued to fall

The latest banana price indexes were recently released by the China Economic Information Service. The report shows that farm gate prices in local production areas increased…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia came in at £0.55 / kg in UK

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.68 for bananas…

Taiwan ships 5 tons of bananas to Tokyo Olympics

According to the Council of Agriculture, Taiwan will ship 5 tons of bananas to the Tokyo Olympics. Japan’s Olympic committee also reviewed Taiwan’s pineapples, dragon fruit…

Former Honduran banana employees affected by nemagon ask compensation from the UN

Former banana workers in northern Honduras met with the United Nations (UN) Commissioner to demand compensation for the contamination they received last century from nemagon,…

OM Rotterdam

Dutch Customs seize 3 tons of cocaine shipped in pureed banana vats

Customs officials at Rotterdam port have seized 3 tons of cocaine hidden in vats of banana puree. The drugs have a street value of €225 mln if they had reached the open market, the public prosecution department said. Image: OM Rotterdam The container was on its way from Ecuador to a company in Basel in…

Pierre Monteux, general director of UGPBAN-FRUIDOR

“There should be a gradual increase in tonnages in 2021”

The 550 producers of Bananas of Guadeloupe and Martinique have had to face a drought which severely impacted the 2020 production, but this year is looking much more promising, with much nicer weather conditions. “Last year’s drought episodes have had consequences on this year’s harvest, especially in…

Over 180,000 tons of agri products exported via Astara since late March

Iran exports $320 mlns worth of apples

A total of 375,407 tons of banana worth $255.31 million were imported into Iran in the last fiscal year, ending March 20, 2021. Turkey with $129.8 million, India with $54.3…

Youtube

Banana vendor moves over 1 mln pounds of bananas per week

The people at Top Banana — the largest vendors of Dole bananas in the North East — have developed a complex system for ripening bananas from all over the world to perfection. Daniel Barabino, head of Top Banana’s strategy and operations: “The produce industry is not the most technologically advanced. We…

Australian Banana Growers’ Council welcomes news that growers can now access grants

Grants finally available to help growers recover

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has welcomed news that growers affected by Tropical Cyclone Niran in March can now access grants of up to $75,000. Earlier this month,…

Honduras' banana sector is working to reactivate its productive activity and exports

After the passage of tropical storms Eta and Iota in November last year, which severely affected banana production in the country, the Honduran banana sector has started to…

Southern Mexico

Chiapas agents seize 178 packages of cocaine hidden in banana boxes

The Office of the Attorney General of Chiapas -one of the states that make up the 32 federal entities of Mexico- reports the seizure of 178 packages of cocaine found hidden in…

New community center opens thanks to Fairtrade banana program

On July 5th, Coliman Bananas and Fairtrade inaugurated the first stage of the "Fairtrade Sociocultural Complex", a Community Center located in Tecomán, Colima, Mexico. A total of 5,200 people will benefit from Coliman’s project, which will provide the local community with high-quality sports facilities…

Albanian banana importer denies involvement in cocaine smuggling

In a recent interview, Eduart Dauti, owner of fruit importing company Alba Exotic Fruit, stated that it’s not his fault that cocaine was found in his banana containers. He…

Apples for bananas trade leaves Iran with $71.3 mln in surplus

Iran’s customs office IRICA says the country had a surplus of 71.3 million from a trade program last calendar year that conditioned banana imports on exports of apples. An…

Malawi smallholder farmers advised to seriously work on banana cultivation

A couple years ago, Malawi was ravaged by the banana bunchy top disease that forced the Ministry of Agriculture to advise farmers to destroy all their crops, to start all over…

Rangiora supermarket: Venomous snake found in banana box

Workers at a Rangiora supermarket were quite startled to find a snake in a box of bananas from Ecuador. A snake specialist formally identified the 20.7cm reptile as a juvenile…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £0.80: 8% 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 £0.80 for bananas from Costa…

Banana organization and police work to fight narco-crime

The Banana Cluster of Ecuador, an organization bringing together the country's main banana and plantain producers and exporters' associations, along with the National…

Tour de France: 24,534 Bananas of Guadeloupe & Martinique for Restos du Cœur

The “KM 97” charity event organized on July 1st 2021, during stage 6 of the Tour de France (Tours-Châteauroux) in Ecueillé, has helped collect a total of 24,534 Bananas of Guadeloupe & Martinique for the Restos du Coeur charity: 17,700 bananas thanks to the cyclists (100 bananas offered instantaneously…

Drugs stashed in banana containers

Turkey: One ton of cocaine seized at Mersin Port

Turkish customs officials have seized 1 ton of cocaine at the Mersin Port in southern Turkey; it is the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in the country, Trade Minister…

Summary of event

How German supply chain law will affect Ecuadorian banana producers

The effects of the law on the banana industry were analyzed in an event organized by the Ecuadorian Banana Cluster on June 30th. The new law brings developments in human…

Venezuela's banana production is affected by the lack of gasoline and by natural phenomena

40% of the banana plantations in the states of Zulia, Merida, Tachira, and Trujillo are currently affected by the lack of gasoline and by natural phenomena. The president of…

"Chinese import volume of South American bananas declined by 60% this year"

The weather is slowly heating up and Chinese market demand for domestic bananas is entering its peak period, while the import volume of Southeast Asian bananas declines. Supply and demand are neatly balanced. Despite a slight decline in the price, due to shrinking market demand, the overall price…

TR4 Seminar:

‘Addressing the Global Knowledge Gap on diagnostic tools, protocols and their applications for Fusarium Wilt of Musa Tropical Race 4’

The World Banana Forum and the FAO Regional Office of Latin America and the Caribbean are invite industry players to join them for a Technical Webinar on: Addressing the…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood, Germany:

"Staycations and pricey summer fruit boosts banana sales"

Banana sales aren't bad at the moment. That's according to Hans Maagendans of the German ripener, Banafood. "It's not so hot yet, which benefits banana sales. And, other summer fruit supplies are limited and relatively expensive." "I also think fewer Dutch people will go away on vacation. That could boost summer banana…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Costa Rican bananas sold for £0.87 at UK markets

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. Costa Rican bananas sold for £0.87, up 7% compared to last week.…

How did the banana, the most consumed tropical fruit in the country, arrive in Mexico?

The banana is, by far, the most consumed tropical fruit in Mexico. It is grown in 16 states of the country, highlighting Chiapas, Veracruz, and Tabasco, which account for 60%…

Taita Taveta in second position for Kenyan banana production

Taita Taveta county in Kenya’s Pwani province has become the second largest banana producer in Kenya. A recent study by Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization…

Average wholesale prices of bananas produced in the EU at €123 per 100 kgs

In the week ending on 27-06, the average wholesale prices of bananas produced in the EU at €123 per 100 kgs. This is some €10 more than the prices YoY, but slightly below the average price at this point in time in 2018. In the same week, the prices for bananas from Latin America stood at €108 per 100 kgs in Germany,…

UGPBAN, official supplier of the Tour de France

The Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique at the “KM 97”event in Ecueillé

On Thursday, July 1st 2021, the “KM 97” event of the Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique took place in Ecueillé during stage 6 Tours-Châteauroux, with the participation of Nelson Monfort, invited by UGPBAN. Click here for the photo report Popotte, the mascot of the Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique with the…

Fairtrade leads way to living wages for banana workers

The Fairtrade Base Wage for banana plantations comes into effect today, 1 July 2021, meaning wage increases of up to 15 percent for banana workers and a significant step towards creating a living wage for thousands of banana plantation workers worldwide. The Fairtrade Base Wage is set at 70 percent of…

"Working out where you can complement each other is way easier than outcompeting each other"

Lessons in collaborating and data sharing that could help grow the horticulture industry

A leading agriculture entrepreneur is encouraging the Australian horticulture industry to embrace the concept of sharing and comparing information and ideas in order to improve and grow together. Jack Milbank, Lexi Tech Pte Ltd told the recent Australian Banana Industry Congress that the industry has…

Spanish banana sector denounces the Food Chain Law in Brussels

The Association of Banana Producer Organizations of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) –which represents 100% of the banana sector in Spain– has filed a complaint with the European Commission (Brussels) to obtain a solution to the situation they are facing due to the modification of the Food Chain Law. The…

Banana market in China optimistic

Last week (June 21-27), the overall market in each banana producing area was positive. Prices rose before stabilising; especially, prices rose notably for locally grown…

Australian Banana Growers’ Council says growers are still waiting on Niran grants

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council is concerned about delays in allowing cyclone-affected farmers access to grants. These grants - of up to $75,000 - were announced by the…

Theo Terdu represents interests of Surinam state in case against The Fruit Farm Group

"Claim based on mismanagement and unlawful treatment of Suriname's banana plantations"

The Surinam state company Food and Agriculture Industries (FAI) has submitted claims totalling $45.1 million to Hein Deprez. The Suriname banana plantations were owned from…

Australian Banana Growers’ Council calls on federal government to rethink the issue

Minister Hawke shortchanges industry on laborers

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council is asking the Australian Government to rethink an announcement made by Minister Alex Hawke last week, that changed the rules for…


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