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Ecuador's banana exports continue despite the health crisis

The Banana Export and Marketing Association of Ecuador (Acorbanec) reported that, despite the health crisis unleashed in the country by the coronavirus, which has forced authorities to confine part of the population, banana exports continue normally, although with lower prices. There are actors in the…

Banana exporters Philippines want uniform guidelines on cargoes

Local Mindanao governments need to issue uniform guidelines concerning cargoes amid the enforcement of lockdowns across the island so as not to hamper the shipment of export…

Australian horticulture reaches record high production values

The latest edition of Hort Innovation's Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook has shown that the sector has recorded its highest production value to date, in 2018/19. The Handbook features data on more than 70 horticultural products including fruit and vegetables, but also nuts, nursery, turf and…

Peru plans to be the world's leading exporter of organic bananas until 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peru was the world's leading exporter of organic bananas, according to data from 2018, and that they plan to remain in that position until 2023. Conventional banana producers might consider producing organic bananas due to the success in…

Cameroon: Banana exports down by more than 6,500 tons

Banana exports from Cameroon are dropping off. This is a direct result of the armed struggle put up  by the Ambazonia people of South West Cameroon who want to secede from Cameroon…

A Colombian company will value agricultural plastic waste

The circular economy reaches Uraba's banana sector

Banana and plantain production generates a lot of plastic waste that, if not properly managed, can have a strong environmental impact. The region of Uraba, one of the main…

Ecuador

The Port of Bolivar maintains normality in banana shipments

The Port of Bolivar Maritime Terminal has stated that it continues to operate normally despite the health emergency facing Ecuador and the mobility restrictions in place due to the coronavirus exception decree. They also noted that shipments of bananas to the international market proceeding smoothly. In…

US: Million-dollar marijuana shipment found in boxes of bananas

On Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge decided to search a truckload of bananas coming across the border from Mexico. With the help of drug dogs, the officers discovered 200 packages (4,616 pounds) of marijuana hidden in the banana boxes. The street value…

Koppert launches Dismipar®

The first solution for the biological control of mealybug in banana trees is now available

For the first time, it is possible to carry out the biological control of the pest that harms the Canarian banana the most. Koppert Spain has made the first releases of Dismipar® (Acerophagus artelles), a parasitic wasp native to the Canary Islands, capable of fighting the cochineal infestation…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

UK: Average prices Panamanian bananas up 10%

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 were up 13%, with…

Zimbabwe: New banana varieties for Rusitu Valley

Zimbabwe’s Rusitu Valley is one of the country’s biggest banana producing areas and sustains hundreds of small-scale farmers who have grown the crop since time immemorial. The federal government, through Agritex, has partnered with Care International to improve the quality of bananas produced in Rusitu…

Frank Vermeersch, Agrofair

"This corona crisis is causing a rise in banana demand"

Governments throughout Europe are taking measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Dutch fairtrade fruit importer, Agrofair, is, therefore, seeing a rising demand for bananas. This is due to hoarding behavior. This behavior is taking place in the various countries in which this virus has taken…

The Ecuadorian banana cluster, a solution to the challenges the sector currently faces

In August 2018, four banana unions of Ecuador - the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), the Association of Banana Marketing and Exportation (Acorbanec), the Regional Corporation of Ecuadorian Bananas (Agroban), and the Chamber of Agriculture of the Second Zone - began the process of…

Qingming Festival and workers returning may boost banana consumption in China

During the week of March 9-14, the banana market in production areas fluctuated greatly. In general, prices declined during the first half of the period and gradually…

Monitoring banana yellow Sigatoka by UAV

The FAO estimates that by 2050 the demand for food, fibre and fuel will double, leading the scientific community to face the challenge of increasing agricultural productivity. Among the major factors linked to production losses, most important are pests and agricultural diseases, which cause significant…

Banana prices in China returning to normal

The banana industry in China experienced a “cold winter” at the end of last year as prices fell drastically. From February, prices in this market have gradually picked up, especially imported bananas from the Philippines, whose prices have doubled compared to the same period of the previous season. Mr.…

Ecuadorian bananas face uncertainty in 2020

In the last four years, producers, investors, and speculators in Ecuador's banana sector thought that the business boom would last a lifetime. The shortage of fruit both in…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

UK wholesale: Average prices of Costa Rican bananas at £0.90 per kg

The UK government 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. Click here for a larger image. Average prices of Costa…

There is an ever-increasing demand for Fairtrade and organic bananas

“After the festive season was done, the market picked up again in January,” says Christophe Vandenbroeck of the Belgian company, Van Damme, which sells about 80,000 boxes of bananas every week, mainly to supermarkets. “We feel it improving. The is growing rapidly in terms of volumes.” He says the first…

Robert Greeve, Anaco & Greeve International

"Besides Fairtrade bananas, organic bananas are also a growing product category"

"The banana market is not bad,” says Robert Greeve, who is a director at Anaco & Greeve International B.V. This Dutch company specializes in overseas products. “As in every year, production is lower in the first quarter, so prices are higher.” Robert has also noticed there is currently little competition…

Ripening needs are all-important when ripening facilities are developed

A Dutch cooling and climate specialist company, Nijssen BV, uses in-house developed monitoring software and works closely with fruit ripening companies to meet these companies' clients’ needs. “Each ripening company has its own way of working, and our extensive software facilitates that to the maximum,”…

How sustainability and social involvement became an increasingly concrete, professional, and competitive market aspect. And how banana prices will play an increasingly important role.

Sustainability in bananas - from a joke to a serious selling point

“What sustainability means is becoming more and more defined,” says Frank Vermeersch of the Dutch company, Agrofair - which, next year, will have been active in the sale of mainly Fairtrade bananas for 25 years. He has determined that the subject that was considered a joke ten years ago has now become a…

Colombian banana producers increasingly harmed by drug trafficking

The Association of Banana Producers of Magdalena and La Guajira, ASBAMA, has expressed its concern about the effects caused by drug trafficking, which during 2019 caused the sector to have significant economic losses, a trend that has continued in 2020 and has led several sector companies to present…

Alessandro Dal Bello commented on the current situation

Closed schools and canteens are affecting banana sales

"We too have been reducing banana imports. Some sales channels stayed strong, others are falling sharply. We' ll see what happens now. Certainly, what matters first and foremost is health." This is what Alessandro Dal Bello of SIFE said about the current state of the banana industry. Alessandro Dal Bello…

Guatemala approves a law to protect banana and plantain crops

On Tuesday, March 10, the Government of Guatemala approved the Law for the Protection of Banana and Plantain Crops in the country (Decree 7-2020). However, despite the approval of this new regulation, deputy Sonia Gutierrez, of the Winaq party, criticized the ambiguity in which the articles of the…

Italy seizes 3 tons of cocaine found in a cargo of banana puree coming from Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, stated that on February 27 they notified French authorities about a cargo of 3 tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of…

Wholesale banana prices around 1 euro per kilo in first 6 weeks of 2020

EU wholesale prices of Latin American bananas were around 1 euro per kilo in the first six weeks of 2020. This is in line with the first weeks of previous years, although wholesale prices in 2018 were at 1.10 euros, according to a tweet by Luc Hellebuyck former CEO of Eucofel.  

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Confirmed banana trade expansion in Asia

In its preliminary analysis of the world banana market covering 2019, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that the global trade has exceeded 20 million tonnes for the first time, with exactly one third of the volume coming from Ecuador. The second biggest exporter, The…

Intense competition for top-quality bananas

Chinese bananas in short supply

The prices of Chinese bananas steadily increased last week (1-7 March). The production areas in Guangdong and Guangxi are approaching the end of their supply season. Their supply volume is small. In…

Philippines: Davao firm to open direct banana route from Mindanao to Middle East

Reefer Express Line of the  Filipinas Inc. (Reefer Filipinas), based in Davao, has announced it will launch a direct shipping route between Mindanao and the Middle East. Its goal…

Bangladesh: Banana success for farmers in 10 south-western districts

Banana farmers in 10 south-western Khulna districts have been enjoying a  bumper yield and a great demand. The districts are Kushtia, Meherpur, Jashore, Khulna, Magura, Narail, Jhenidah, Chuadanga, Satkhira and Bagerhat. Sources from the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said 9,978 hectares of land…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

Cox orange group dropped 7 percent, other late season varieties up 7%

This series gives the average wholesale prices fruit and vegetables, and -seperately- 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. Click here for a larger image. Average…

Price at origin of Canary bananas falls to a minimum

According to the weekly report on prices at origin from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAP) corresponding to week 9 of 2020 (from February 24 to March 1), the average price at origin of Canary bananas stands at 15.85 cents per kilo. This is a record low, compared to the 72 cents / kilo…

Reduction in Ecuadorian banana shipments to Italy

Italy has been an important country for Ecuadorian bananas; both a significant buyer and a point of entry for the fruit to other European countries, as well as to East and Central Asia. Before the coronavirus crisis, Italy was the gateway to many of the 17.5 million banana boxes that Ecuador marketed in…

Banana Producers Association of Ghana voices concerns

Ghana banana farmers troubled by illegal mining activities

Illegal mining activities are currently preventing banana producers in Ghana from farming along several river banks in the country. Explaining the issue, the Banana Producers Association of Ghana said they have restricted banana production along with water bodies to only the banks of the Volta Lake.…

Start of the Canary Islands red banana campaign

"The demand for Canarian red bananas is much higher than its offer"

Today, the Alcampo de Canarias supermarkets have started to receive red bananas. The product has such a high demand and such a limited offer that producers will be unable to send it to the Spanish peninsula until next week. This, according to Ricardo Torres, the manager of FAST, a Canarian company that…

February 2020:

Cameroon’s banana exports down by over 6,500 tons

In February 2020, the two banana exporters still active in Cameroon exported 14,965 tons of the product. According to the banana exporters’ association  Assobacam, these exports…

With larger supply at production areas

Limited room for banana prices in China to rise further

Recently, the market in various banana production areas has been fluctuating. Prices of good- and medium- grade products have seen very different developments. Those of some…

Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras increase their banana exports to the US

During the few last years, banana exports from Guatemala to the US have increased and surpassed the volumes dispatched to that market from Ecuador. In 2016, for example, shipments of Guatemalan fruit to the North American market reached 1,690,752 tons, while Ecuadorian exports amounted to 850,000 tons.…

Mexico and Panama volumes growing

Tweet: 2019 US banana imports 2.1% less vs 2018

Today, Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, tweeted the following: #Banana Imports US 2019 2.1% less vs 2018, Mexico and Panama volumes grow. He also gave the banana market review preliminary results for 2019:

Ecuador's plantain oversupply takes a toll on prices

The excess production of plantain in the Ecuadorian province of Guayas is taking its toll on its commercialization. Plantain producers, even those that have this crop associated with others, are receiving very low prices for the fruit that, in many cases, is being abandoned in the plantations. Ney…

Norwich, United Kingdom

CRISPR gene editing: Will it save Cavendish bananas from extinction?

In Norwich, in the United Kingdom, there is team of banana experts, working feverishly to save the fruit from extinction. “Bananas are the fourth most important food crop…

Aveiro university research

Portuguese scientists discover banana skins clean water

A team of investigators at Aveiro university have discovered that banana skins are excellent filters when it comes to cleaning waters contaminated by heavy metals. They apparently are particularly efficient when it comes to capturing mercury. They claim that to treat 100 litres of contaminated water,…

India: Banana exports up 30% during April-January period

India exported 127,230 tonnes of banana, fetching ₹4.47 bln (€58 mln), between April 2019 and January 2020. This is nearly 30 per cent more in terms of volume and 49 per cent…

Panama 2019 - lowest economic growth in a decade

Allegedly, Panama recorded a 3 percent rise in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019, the lowest growth rate since its slowdown began in 2011. A balance of the National…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

Week-on-week drop of 61% for Costa Rican bananas

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. Click here for a larger image. Imported banana prices in week 9…

Launch of the first French organic banana variety at SIA - Eric de Lucy, UGPBAN:

“We are experiencing a global revolution in the history of the banana”

The first French organic banana variety, Pointe d’Or, was presented at SIA 2020. It took 20 years of research for CIRAD and UGPBAN to develop a non-GMO banana, a cross-breed which is untreated and naturally resistant to black Sigatoka. Grown in the French West Indies, this banana meets the French organic…

Peter Stedman, Chiquita on embedding sustainability:

“It is only over time that a business can demonstrate impact”

“Chiquita has a long term sustainability strategy,” says Peter Stedman, Chiquita sustainability advisor. “One that is deeply embedded in the business.” It is why the 2019 sustainability report does not deviate a lot from the 2017 one. Peter explains that many elements are very familiar and he thinks that…

Mexico

The first shipment of bananas from Colima arrives in China

El Diario de Colima newspaper reported that on Saturday, February 28, the first shipment of 49 tons of bananas from the Mexican state of Colima arrived at the Chinese port of…

Productivity, the main challenge of the Ecuadorian banana sector

Even though Ecuador is the world's largest exporter of bananas, with a presence in the markets of five continents, the country's main challenge is the productivity of its plantations. In 2018, the country achieved an average productivity of 1,900 boxes per hectare, and an estimated 1,950 boxes per…

March is Banana month, and this year's theme is 'Unconventional'

March brings the launch of Equal Exchange’s annual Banana Month – a campaign to feature the organic, small-farmer and Fairtrade supply chain that make Equal Exchange bananas a rare success. The theme is ‘Unconventional,’ a nod to the total departure from the standard system. In addition to re-designed in-store…

WWF France and Compagnie Fruitière renew partnership for more sustainable banana production

During the first phase of their partnership with WWF France, Compagnie Fruitière deployed a project in West Africa to reduce the use of phytosanitary products and it increased…

China imported 6.83 million tons of fruit last year with a value of 9.5 billion USD

Chinese market price of Vietnamese bananas increased by 105%

The most recent data from the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) shows that China imported 6.83 billion tons of fruit…

Number of live mealybug and mealybug eggs alarmingly high

Bermuda: Minister looking for ways to safely import bananas

According to Bermuda’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Walter Roban, the continued issues with pests being found in imported banana shipments have resulted in a…

Filipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association claims virus scare is 'boon' for banana growers

As businesses in China have begun reopening their doors that signals a road to recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, growers of Cavendish bananas in Mindanao dare…

Cloud-based procurement platform from Ivalua

Dole chooses Ivalua software to improve direct procurement

Vice President for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at global food company Dole, Arindam Sengupta, is on a mission. His immediate goal is to eradicate many of the manual,…

Franklin Ginus: "The first 100% true price banana in the world"

First BeFrank bananas arrive in the Netherlands

Franklin Ginus and Randy van Dinter, founders of BeFrank Bananas, have cause to celebrate. Earlier this week, their first bananas arrived from Ecuador in the Netherlands. From Tuesday, 3 March, these new BeFrank branded bananas will be on the first greengrocers' shelves. The mission can then start in…

Maersk will be the only company that will transport bananas from Ecuador to China

Sergio Murillo, the president of the Association of Private Port Terminals (Asotep), announced that two of the three shipping services that go to China directly would no…

Visakhapatnam - Andhra Pradesh

India: 1,638 kg of marijuana worth Rs 24.5 mln seized

According to a statement from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Visakhapatnam, last Thursday, over 1,600 kg of marijuana, worth around Rs 24.5 mln (€308,000) was seized from a truck. Four people were arrested. Based on a tip-off that narcotics were being illegally transported, the truck…

Dominican Republic: Heavy drought in south and southwest affects crops

Extreme drought conditions are occurring in the south and southwestern regions of the Dominican Republic: affecting the productive systems of the area, confirmed the Agrometeorology division of the National Meteorological Office (ONAMET). In the report of the first week of February of this year, it was…

Bananas still important part of Laos’ exports

For the Lao People's Democratic Republic, bananas continue to be a top earner among all agricultural products, earning revenue for local development, despite the government…

ASPROCAN recommends issuing reports to insurers within 7 days

Canary banana plantations heavily damaged by windstorm

The windstorm of February 22 and 23 has caused severe damage to banana plantations in the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and, to a lesser extent, El Hierro. It is estimated that about 8,000 plots have been affected by this storm. The north of Tenerife, especially the plantations…

Market prospects look good

Premium bananas from Laos and Myanmar break record price of 6 yuan per kg

Some banana production areas in China have yet to resume business as usual. There is a shortage of labor and many roads are still closed. The consumer market, however, is…

Philippines: Bananas pull up farm export receipts in 2019

In 2019, agricultural exports from the Philippines managed to rise by 8.6 percent to nearly $5 billion, the second-highest recorded in the previous decade. According to…

Bermuda: Pests hinder banana imports

Bermuda’s banana crisis is continuing as importers and officials struggle to find a solution to pest problems in imported fruit. Some shops used signs to tell customers that…

New case of Panama TR4 confirmed on fourth Tully Valley banana farm

Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) today confirmed the presence of Panama tropical race 4 on a fourth Tully Valley banana farm. The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) was…

Taiwan's ICDF is helping other nations with banana disease

Taiwan is helping Central and South American countries fight fusarium wilt in bananas, and was involved in a video conference earlier this month attended by nearly 500 experts…

March brings more banana volume

Following some tightness in banana supplies, it’s anticipated that the beginning of March will see banana volumes back up to normal. “The typical winter months affect volume on bananas. But it seems like everyone’s going to come back online in weeks 10 and 11,” says Philip Cuccerre of Le Best Banana Supply Co. Inc. based in…

Average wholesale prices of Latin American bananas in Holland at €85 per 100 kgs in Wk 6

In Week 6 of 2020, the average wholesale prices of ACP bananas in the UK was at €81 per 100 kg.The weighted average (with the EU prcie excluded) was 105, a 3% rise compared to last week. Year-on year, it is a 16% rise. In the same week, the average wholesale prices of bananas from Latin American nations was the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

Columbia bananas went for average week price of £0.85 on UK wholesale markets

The average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. Columbia bananas went for an average week price of £0.85, against £0.90 for Ecuadorian and Costa Rican bananas. All prices are in pounds…

Cocaine found in Slovenian banana shipment

The North Macedonian police have discovered 1 kilo of cocaine in a Derby banana shipment. The brand's owner, Slovenian company Rastoder said it was the target of a criminal…

Ecuador's Top 5 banana exporters in 2019

The Banana Marketing and Export Association of Ecuador (Acorbanec) published a list of the 5 companies that grew the most in 2019, led by Dole, which a decade or more ago displaced the leading exporter, Alvaro Noboa, the owner of Bonita Banana. The Top 5 of the largest Ecuadorian exporters of 2019 were…

The effects of the environmental crisis are increasingly clear

Canary banana, avocado and table grape productions hit by dry weather

The lack of rainfall and the low storage level in Canary reservoirs have been raising the concerns of the agricultural sector of the islands. For now, bananas, avocados and table grapes are the most affected crops. Given this situation, the Regional Government is already working on the implementation of…

PBGEA addresses effects of Covid-19

Filipino banana industry seeks more government assistance

The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has called on the government to provide more assistance to the banana industry amid the coronavirus disease-2019…

Europe ratifies that it won't lower the import tariff for third-country bananas

The situation of banana production in the European Union was addressed in a meeting between the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission in Brussels, the Minister of Agriculture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Alicia Vanoostende, and representatives of ASPROCAN (Association…

"Of all the fruits that are exported to Europe, bananas continue to be the most consumed"

Marianne Van Steen, ambassador of the European Union in EcuadorIn an interview with Elcomercio.com, spoke about the current situation of banana exports from Ecuador to Europe,…

Price increases due to higher transport costs

Rising prices for bananas

Banana prices are rising, due to the increase in the cost of transport. This is confirmed by Francesco Galimberti di Frutta 10, a Sardinian company. "We import products from South America, - he says - from countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The quality is excellent, there are no problems whatsoever. The only…

Market recovery is limited by high cost of transport

China: Price of bananas is coming down

Chinese banana production areas recently experienced significant fluctuations, but the overall trend went from stable to declining. The overall delivery volume was limited at…

Researchers study the impact of desalinated water on the cultivation of Canarian bananas

The lack of rain in the Canary Islands and the water requirements of bananas, the region's main crop, make desalination an interesting alternative to the extraction of water from aquifers and wells. Domingo Saenz, an agricultural engineer at the University of La Laguna, said that this technique was not…

Panama is home to the world's largest fried plantain

A fried plantain is made by slicing the plantain fruit native to the region, smashing it, and frying it twice. It is often accompanied with many Latin American dishes. Corporate social responsibility company Impacta S.A has made history in South America after breaking the Guinness World Records title for…

Chinese not too enthusiastic for Panama-resistant banana

Philippine banana producers have started producing a banana variety that can resist the dreaded Panama disease. However, the main market for Philippine bananas, China, is reluctant to buy it because it looks like their local variety, a company official said. Alberto Bacani, chair of the Pilipino Banana…

Imported bananas at UK wholesale markets: Guatemalan goods at £0.90 per kg

Average prices of Gala apples collected from various national wholesale markets, currently Birmingham, Manchester, London (either New Spitalfields or Western International Market) and Bristol at £0.90, up 2%. Braeburns went up 7%, also ending up at £0.90 / kg. All prices are in pounds (£) per kg. Click…

Costa Rica exported 120 million boxes of bananas in 2019

In 2019, Costa Rica's banana exports reached 1 billion dollars. Last year, Costa Rica exported 120 million boxes of bananas to different markets, such as the European Union and the United States, positioning the banana sector as the leading national agricultural export sector. Costa Rica has achieved…

Cambodian banana exports solid but mangoes struggling due to effects Corvid-19

Fresh bananas from Cambodia are still being exported to the Chinese market. However, fresh mangoes to the South Korean market have been badly hit by the Coronavirus effect on fresh fruit markets. Longmate Agriculture, one of the local companies allowed to export bananas directly to China, reports still…

Fusarium experts from Taiwan visit Honduras

A delegation of Taiwanese experts in the cultivation of bananas has traveled to Honduras in a Technical Cooperation Mission with the objective of evaluating, and improving the conditions of the cultivation of this fruit in the country to prevent the entry of the Fusarium oxysporum race 4 tropical pest…

Banana crops in La Palma need four times as much irrigation water as avocados

According to a study on the water needs of the most important irrigated crops of La Palma, which are bananas and avocados, and using data from the website of the Canary Islands Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA), banana crops require more than 35 million pipes of water (about 17.5 million cubic…

Traders lose their enthusiasm for Chinese bananas

Transport cost of Chinese bananas "unusually" high

Many banana production areas in China have recently reported a shortage of delivery trucks. The transportation costs increased as a result of this shortage. For example, the…

Mexico continues to export bananas to China

Sergio Eduardo Graillet Contreras, president of the State Council of Banana Producers of the state of Veracruz, ensured that Mexican banana exports to China were not at risk…

Colombia's banana sector will have a new biosafety laboratory

Banana exports from northern Colombia declined after the Fusarium (R4T) was detected in this area in August 2019. Shipments from La Guajira fell by 44.4% when compared to 2018, exports from Bolivar decreased by 5.4%, and those from Cesar fell by 16.1%. Magdalena's banana exports amounted to $317,972 in…

Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association

Banana industry Philippines seeks government assistance amid Covid-19 scare

The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has called on the government to provide more assistance to the banana industry following the coronavirus disease…

Banana prices sharply decline in Uzbek markets due to coronavirus

In Uzbekistan, prices of bananas have sharply declined due to rumors that they might be “infected with the coronavirus”.“In Tashkent, Andijan and Samarkand, the cost of…

Drones used to check compliance activities infested farms

Biosecurity Queensland takes to the sky against Panama TR4

Biosecurity Queensland has called in air support in its war against the biggest threat to Australia’s $580 million banana industry. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said drones were being used to check compliance activities on farms infested with the soil-borne…

But available workers are hard to find and freight has gone up

Banana prices stable with slight increases in China

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, ports in Myanmar's production areas have not yet opened, and the overall market has been volatile. In order to control the outbreak,…

Cirad launches alliance to address threats to global banana production

Fusarium TR4 threatens to destroy banana plantations. This disease arrived very recently in Latin America, where 80% of the global exports of dessert bananas depart from. Also…

The drop in the price at origin could lead to increases in the debt of Spanish producers

Asprocan requests the withdrawal of 10% of Canary bananas for export

The Association of Banana Producer Organizations of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) has issued a statement asking the Council of Agriculture to enforce one of the "crisis management" measures provided by the European Union: withdrawing from the market 10% of the supply intended for export next week. The…

Ecuadorian bananas' spot price reaches $10.30 per box

As a result of the decrease in Ecuador's supply of banana for export, due to a drop in temperatures at the beginning of the year, last week the price of the spot box (out of contract) increased to $9.50, $10.20, and even $10.30 dollars, which is much higher than the official price for sales by contract…

National average wholesale prices of home-grown horticultural produce

Prices of imported bananas at UK wholesale markets hardly moved this week

Last week, the prices of bananas at the Birmingham and London hardly moved. Prices per kg for bananas from Costa Rica stood at £0.90 /kg. Columbian bananas went for £0.85 /kg, those from Ecuador sold for £0.73 /kg, and Panamanian goods sold for £0.88 /kg. Click here for the banana data sheet. Regarding the…

January 2020 numbers

Cameroon: Banana exports down 535 tons year-on-year

The two active Cameroon banana exporters were less active in January 2020, which meant that, compared to the country’s banana exports in January 2019, the January 2020 exports are down by 535 tons.  According to statistics compiled by the banana producers association Assobacam, banana exports as of January…

Chinese port of Houqiao on the northern border of Myanmar remains closed

Some Chinese banana production areas have resumed deliveries

Many villages have closed their roads since the outbreak of the corona virus. Banana production areas have had difficulty delivering their products and the market supply of…

Philippines still no 2 banana exporter in 2019

For the second consecutive year, in 2019, the Philippines was the second-largest exporter of Cavendish bananas, with total shipments reaching a record high 4 million tons, the…

DP World Southampton welcomes ‘Banana Boat’

Shipping company Maersk has changed its UK call on the ECUBEX South America reefer service (known as the Banana Boat) to Southampton’s DP World terminal. The move to DP World…

Demystifying preconceived ideas in the export of bananas from Ecuador

The Ecuadorian banana industry, which is currently facing new challenges, also has to fight against some preconceived ideas. The price drop in Germany, where two supermarkets…

St Lucia: Government and opposition engage in battle over bananas

The Saint Lucia government is doing its best to fulfil a promise it made almost four years ago to banana farmers, which was to revitalize and expand the banana industry by way…

Imported banana prices at Birmingham and London wholesale markets

Banana exports Costa Rica +4%, Dominican Republic -5%

Average price per kg for Costa Rican bananas is £ 0.71 in Week 5, putting it half way between more expensive shipments from Panama (£ 0.86/kg) and cheaper goods coming out of the Ivory Coast (£ 0.69/kg). Click here to view the data sheet. This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of…

Market varies in production areas

Banana shipments lower in China due to coronavirus

Recently, China has been undertaking strict prevention and control measures for the novel coronavirus, which has been hindering the shipment of agricultural products,…

Composting opportunity for athletes and spectators

Bananas available for Miami marathon runners

For the first time ever, Chiquita is teaming up Life Time as the official sponsor of the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon. Near Chiquita’s North America headquarters, the brand will be supporting this local event by fueling athletes with its delicious Chiquita bananas throughout their course…

New case of suspected Panama TR4 at a Queensland banana farm

A suspected new case of Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) has been detected on a Tully Valley banana farm in Far North Queensland. Biosecurity Queensland’s Panama TR4 Program Leader Rhiannon Evans said our surveillance team identified banana plants displaying symptoms typical of Panama TR4…

New retail partnership for Canadian Fairtrade banana company

Demand for Fairtrade organic bananas continues to grow. “It’s very strong right now and we’re ramping up to our annual peak in April,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal, Que.-based Equifruit. “Our sales are up year-over-year but we always see increased demand between February and May.” Supplies of bananas…

Philippines: Banana exporters push for cap on exit prices

The Filipino banana export industry wants its government to set a cap on the exit price of the commodity, intent on smoothing out seasonal swings in demand and fluctuations in the harvest. Alberto F. Bacani, chair of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA), said setting an…

Mealybugs putting Bermuda banana imports in jeopardy

Pest problems could lead to a shortage of bananas on Bermuda in the next few weeks. A spokeswoman for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said yesterday that…

A new EU regulation threatens Dominican organic banana exports

According to Julio Cesar Estevez Guzman, executive director of the Dominican Association of Banana Producers (Adobanano), the changes that the European Union has made to the…

Philippines banana company wants to develop 1,000 hectares in Basilan

A Filipino banana company is finalizing its plan to expand in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), particularly the province of Basilan. Last week,…

ONE Banana certifies organic production with Faitrade standard

ONE Banana's organic farm in Peru is certified under the FairTrade International standard, complying with fair and sustainable trade practices, as well as international labor…

Thomas Besnard, ABCD de l’Exotique:

“Banana imports: an expensive puzzle”

The beginning of the year has been marked by an increase in contract prices for all banana players, large and small. In fact, all shipping companies have raised their prices to amortize the costs related to the new regulatory constraints on the sulfur content of marine fuels, "IMO sulfur 2020" or "Low…

Banana problem Russia-Ecuador should be remedied soon

According to Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Latin American department at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Russia is counting on the resolution of problems related to the quality of bananas shipped from Ecuador. He noted the relevant departments are discussing the deliveries of Ecuadorian bananas and there…

Luc Hellebuyck tweet

"High banana prices in last quarter of 2019"

Yesterday, Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO tweeted: .@EUAgri ACP #Banana prices 2019 sky low and volatile. He also gave out the graph on EU Banana prices in the last quarter of 2019: .@EUAgri EU #Banana prices Q4'19 sky high. And then there were the 3-week average wholesale prices of…

Indian government finally considers putting bananas in ‘fruit’ category

Last Friday, state Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse said that the government was planning to give banana the 'fruit' status, in order for farmers to the desired subsidy from…

Western Australia: Bananas bigger than ever because of ideal growing conditions

Carnarvon banana growers in Western Australia are enjoying their best ever summer harvest because of perfect growing conditions. But while many bananas have grown to double their normal size, there are now concerns they could go to waste. Generally, Carnarvon bananas are recognised for their smaller…

Audee Rios Canobbio of Coliman on Mexican bananas:

“Our plan is to explore the organic banana market in China”

Bananas produced in Mexico are grown all year round, though the first quarter of the year usually sees lower productions than the other quarters. “To ensure a steady supply throughout the year, producers will try to schedule new harvesting areas for this period to compensate,” says Audee Rios Canobbio of…

Joris Schonk, Fyffes:

“For the coming years, we are ramping up our focus on diversification and innovation within the banana sector”

The banana sector has been in the spotlight in recent years. Are bananas truly being threatened with extinction, or is further growth in banana sales still possible? We asked Joris Schonk, Commercial Director at Fyffes BV about this. Fyffes markets roughly 70 million boxes of bananas worldwide annually,…

Ecuador wants to strengthen trade ties with China

On Thursday, Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno said he aimed to bolster trade exchange with China, one of the country's main trading  partners. "China is a great buyer ... it buys…

The epidemic is growing worse, and many roads are closed

Chinese banana production areas have difficulty delivering supply

As the corona virus epidemic is growing worse, many villages in banana production areas close down the roads and trucks from outside have difficulty getting in. Some of the…

Successful harvest of Taiwanese banana variety in Saint Lucia

On Saint Lucia, the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM), combined with the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP), introduced a new dwarf variety of Taiwanese banana ‘Tai-Chiao No.2’ in 2019. Their aim was to overcome the global climate change and enhance the income of the banana industry. These…

Indian banana exporter dispatches first train shipment of bananas

Desai Fruits Venture (DFV), Indian banana exporter, dispatched the first train shipment of bananas from Tadipatri, Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru (JNPT) Port in Mumbai. The company flagged off 43 refrigerated containers loaded with 890 Metric Tons (M.T.) of high-quality bananas to the…

Fairtrasa's goal:

Plastic-free banana farming in the Dominican Republic

Fairtrasa Holland has an ambitious idea for this year. It wants to cultivate organic bananas without using any plastic. This company's subsidiary, Agricola Fairtrasa, is based in the Dominican Republic (DR). They export organic and organic Fairtrade bananas. These come from different farms. Fairtrasa has…

Swedish supermarket chain does away with bananas' plastic packaging

There is a Swedish supermarket chain called ICA. They have replaced their ICA I love eco and Fairtrade bananas plastic packaging. A label has replaced this. As a result, 25 ton less plastic is being used per year. That is one of the ICA's steps in its new strategy to reduce the amount of plastic. The…

Majority of North Queensland growers look to have escaped any early damage from heavy rain

North Queensland has copped a battering this week, with heavy rain inundating streets and closing roads in several towns - but at this stage, it appears most of the region's fruit and vegetable growers have escaped any major damage. Ayr was one of the hardest hit towns, just to the south of Townsville,…

Andhra Pradesh

India’s Tadipatri region sends banana shipment to Iran

A special train, comprising 42 air-conditioned containers, will carry 490 tonnes of bananas grown in the Tadipatri region -Anantapur district- to Mumbai. From where they will be exported to Iran by Desai Fruits Venture under the brand name ‘Happy Banana’. The firm has been working with local farmers for…


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