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Philippine banana brand organizes anniversary promotions

The "Beijing Xinfadi Market Yinglida Philippine Banana Brand", a promotional activity to celebrate the brand's anniversary, was organized in Xinfadi Exposition Center on November 30th, 2018. The brand has already established agricultural plantations with a total surface area of 200 thousand hectares in China, and…

Bananas suffer from cold weather

China: Will the banana price recover?

Banana production areas in China experienced significant fluctuations, with the exception of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong. There are two main reasons for this…

Peru: Banana exports up to October amount to more than $139 million dollars

The Agrodata Peru website stated in its latest report that, banana exports up to the month of October amounted to US $ 139,903,840; a higher figure than the US $ 124,459,522…

Cold air strikes

South China banana plantations expecting low temperatures

According to information released by the Central Meteorological Observatory, in the next few days, strong cold air will once again affect China, and many places in the south…

Samoa back on track with banana export to New Zealand

After its first two successful shipments passed border checks by New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), Samoa is back on track for banana exports. New Zealand Samoa Trade & Investment Commissioner Magele Mauiliu Magele: “The first shipment went well. Most of the retailers in Otara, Mangere and Otahuhu…

Port of Trieste may become gateway for Europe’s banana imports from India

As part of “Banana4growth”, a shipment of 22 tons of bananas from India was handled at Trieste port. The fruit will be donated to 51,000 less fortunate people in the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions. ‘Banana4growth’ is development cooperation project co-financed with regional funds, of which Autorita’ di Sistema…

Ghana exporting plantain to Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin

Ghana has begun the export of plantain to Burkina Faso and other countries in the West African sub-region. This nation’s bumper harvest of plantain, the number three food crop…

François Moran, Tropibana:

"The Paris basin is experiencing significant problems in terms of supply and quality"

The "yellow vests" movement is still proving disastrous for the fruit and vegetable sector. Over the past few days, the delivery of products has again been delayed. "A big part of the Paris basin is experiencing significant problems in terms of supply and quality. All products arrive 3-6 days late. The…

Supermarkets welcome the "new Caribbean banana"

In Guadeloupe, the CIRAD 925 is a variety of bananas created in the 2000s in the research stations of the Cirad after years of hybridization and selection. It is characterized…

Peru: 8,000 organic banana producers will apply ozone technology

Nearly eight thousand organic banana producers from the regions of La Libertad, Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque, who receive training from the CEDEPAS North Center for Innovation and Technological Transfer (CITE), will benefit from the application of ozone technology in the washing and packing stages of…

Bolivia opens new banana packing center

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, inaugurated a banana packing center in Cochabamaba that is expected will help increase the production and economic income for the export…

"Spain is the main target of banana exporters from third countries competing unfairly in Europe"

With 2018 almost finished, the unfair pricing policy of bananas from third countries continues in the Spanish market, accentuated in this final part of the year. In the wholesale "green" banana market, the import market in which banana producers' organizations of the Canary Islands market their fruit, the importation of…

Exhibition "Exotic Taste of Europe": Looking at the European banana

The Germans love their bananas: every German consumes around 12 kilograms per year, on average. However, many consumers are unaware that bananas are being grown in the…

The CMA CGM Group renews its West Indian banana transport contract with UGPBAN until 2026

Upon the signature on November 30th in Dunkirk of a partnership charter for the export of West Indian bananas, Rodolphe Saadé, Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group,…

Uttar Pradesh: Award-winning ‘Banana King’ earns Rs 4.8 mln per year

Some 30 km from the state capital of Lucknow, in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, is the village where Ram Saran Verma lives. Three generations of the Verma family toiled in their 1.6-hectare field to live a simple and frugal life. But Ram had different dreams. He wanted to pursue higher studies. At first, the…

Bolivia: Banana producers lost $1 million due to the blockades

The 48-hour road blockade by the residents of Gran Chaco, who were protesting for the redistribution of royalties, directly harmed banana producers as product losses amounted…

'Eating bananas lowers you blood pressure'

According to the Philippine Food and Nutrition Research Institute, two in every 10 Filipino adults of 20 years and over are hypertensive. A banana a day may keep high blood…

Producers threaten they'll block roads in protest

Peru: Chira's organic bananas need water

The president of the National Banana Board, Valentin Ruiz Delgado, said that the ALA wasn't providing enough water to the Users Board of Chira, which in turn must distribute…

Chinese merchants to explore southern market in the next few years

Laos: Banana price advantage is gradually eaten away by rising costs

Laos is located in the tropics and adjacent to China. It is one of the most suitable areas for banana cultivation, with a low cost base, clean land, and business-friendly…

India: National Research Centre for Bananas warns against new wilt disease

The National Research Centre for Bananas (NRCB) has said that the widely consumed banana variety called Grand Naine (G-9), which had been resistant to Fusarium wilt disease…

Protection of more than 30,000 jobs

Bananas from the Canary Islands and the OR's, essential for rural and social balance

The banana production of the outermost regions (OR's) of the European Union (EU) helps sustain more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs, with a production of around 700,000 tons, and is essential to protect the rural and social balance of these territories. Canary bananas, which have a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI),…

UK: Stamford mum buys threatening bananas

A Stamford mother made a shocking discovery after buying some bananas from a Sainsbury’s store, that apparently wanted to kill her. Fiona Shepherd made the discovery on Tuesday morning after buying the packet of eight Fair Trade bananas. She posted to the supermarket on Twitter saying: “bit extreme? I enjoy bananas on toast,…

Algeria: Price of one kilogram of bananas will not exceed 250 dinars

Today, Algeria’s the Minister of Commerce, Said Djellab, talked about new measures which are aimed, according to him, at regulating the banana market, which was, until now,…

Transport strike in Uraba

Colombia: Workers are unable to get to banana plantations

There has been a stoppage in the general transportation service in the region of Uraba since Monday morning. It's main impact has been the interruption of flights from the Carepa airport, which serves the entire banana region. The Communications Office of Airplan, which operates the Antonio Roldan Betancur airport, confirmed…

Workers of the industry complain

Ecuador: "They fumigate us just like bananas"

The banana is the most consumed fruit in the world and Ecuador is one of its main producers. However, its production has many dark elements. According to Vicente Wong, president of the banana company Favorita, this is the second largest export industry in Ecuador, after oil. This economic activity benefits some and…

China: Guangxi banana shipments are decreasing

Last week (November 19-23), the price of bananas in all producing areas of the country showed a steady growth, among which Yunnan and Guangxi producing areas were the most…

Poland: Cocaine worth €11 mln found in banana shipment

Last week, Polish police officials found cocaine worth €11 mln, coming from Ecuador and hidden in boxes of bananas. The drugs originally were detected by grocery shop…

Banana exports from Philippines to China grow stronger

Tropical Mindanao Island is the most famous "banana hometown" in the Philippines. The weather and soil conditions are suitable for banana plantation. This area produces top-quality, sweet bananas. Around 80% of the banana production in the Philippines is located in this area. Workers wash bananas in a plantation in Davao del…

Automation reduces workload of ripeners

In recent years, a lot has been invested into making ripening plants more low-energy. Great strides have now been made in this. The major challenge for the future is the increasing lack of skilled ripeners, according to Adriaan van Beek of De Laat Koudetechniek. “We focused on making the ripening process…

30 years of ripening summarised in one chapter

Frits Popma writes standard on work for ripeners

The first day that Frits Popma started working with bananas, he thought about doing something else. Almost thirty years later he is still working with bananas and flies around the world to give advice on ripening the popular fruit. All this knowledge and experience, which has earned him our title of the…

Spain: "More imported bananas than Canary bananas for fifth consecutive month"

"For the fifth consecutive month, the supply of imported bananas in the Spanish market has been greater than that of bananas from the Canary Islands," says the blog…

Bananas to form new, strong export product for Angola

Boxes of still-green bananas are shifted from a towering stack of crates into a refrigerated shipping container. They are stamped "From Angola, with love". The fruit is shipped to consumers 6,000 kilometres away and they are part of Luanda's drive to diversify its economy and wean itself off its…

Russia: Since 2012, imports of Mexican bananas grown to 7,000 tons

Banana exports from Mexico onto the Russian market over the past five years have grown from 125 tons in 2012 to 7,000 tons in 2017. According to the main coordinator for international affairs of…

Guatemala: Agreement to prevent pests in bananas

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) and the Association of Independent Banana Producers signed an agreement with the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) to protect banana and plantain crops from pests. The agreement aims to prevent these crops from being affected by…

Turkey: Banana production generates significant revenue for Alanya growers

Alanya, one of the main tourist districts within the city of Antalya, is starting to emerge also as an important agricultural production center. The district is especially gaining more importance in tropical fruit production, such as avocados and loquats. One of the main sources of income in the district…

Swimmers go bananas

A very large and lovely ‘bunch’ of bananas is heading to beaches around the country this summer thanks to one of New Zealand’s largest and oldest fresh produce companies. T&G Global (formerly Turners and Growers) is delighted to again be supporting the aptly named Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series which runs from December 2018 until…

Arnoud Klootwijk, Ben van der Waal Zuidvruchten:

"Large surpluses on quiet banana market"

The banana market has been very quiet for some weeks now. "There are more bananas and many inexpensive brands on the market. That is causing enormous pressure on the prices. There have never been so many bananas on the market," says Arnoud Klootwijk of Ben van der Waal Zuidvruchten from Rotterdam. "The green ones…

Colombia: Truckers announce stoppage that could affect banana distribution

Different guilds and cargo generators have asked the freight forwarders not to conduct the strike they have scheduled for Friday, November 23, in protest against the…

Nepal: Government planning to increase import tax on bananas

Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakra Pani Khanal has announced that the government was working to increase import tax on bananas aimed at lessening its…

End in sight for New Zealand banana shortages

It seems that the three-week New Zealand banana shortage will soon come to an end. The drama began at the end of October when a ship carrying bananas from Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines had to change its route. The resulting supply disruption affected stores around the country. "Customers will be happy to hear that we…

Peru will export 10% more organic bananas this year

According to projections by Lima's Chamber of Commerce (CCL), Peruvian organic banana exports will increase by 10% this year over 2017 and exceed 160 million dollars. "In 2017, shipments amounted…

China: Cold, rain, and snow affects consumption, banana price drops

The price of bananas in various production areas recently decreased in varying degrees. This development is most obvious in Yunnan, Laos, and Guangxi. The price was stable at…

Ecuador: Researchers to study sustainability of the banana sector

Gustavo Marun, the president of the Regional Banana Corporation (Agroban), stated yesterday that the University of California Davis (United States) will conduct a…

China: Unrest in banana import market

The price of bananas on the domestic market has recently been on the rise. Bananas from Brazil already sell for more than 4 yuan [0.58 USD] per 0.5 kg in Dalian markets. The…

Filipino banana growers flourishing through better ties with China

Some banana growers from the Davao Del Norte province in the southern Philippines, are experiencing great times now China is buying more bananas from the Southeast Asian…

Indian plantations mauled or destroyed

Tamil Nadu: 15,000 acres of banana crops destroyed

Thousands of acres of banana plantations bore the brunt of cyclone Gaja in Trichy, Thanjavur, Nagappattinam, Karur and Pudukkottai districts on Friday. Uprooted and broken…

Tunisian bananas are making a big comeback in Algeria

In recent weeks, the price of bananas has peaked. At 650 dinars per kilogram, some traders do not even bother offering bananas, which gave ideas to smugglers… In Tunisia, bananas cost only…

Chiquita shares its efforts of recycling bananas

As America Recycles Day commences on November 15, Chiquita Brands International said it is proud to announce its efforts to minimize food waste and promote its sustainability efforts. Each year, millions of Americans take part in America Recycles Day; dedicated to raising awareness for recycling and…

Honduras: Banana exports will exceed 32 million boxes

The director of the Center for Economic and Social Studies of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (Cohep), Santiago Herrera, said that the country would export more…

Philippines: Banana industry lobbying South Korea for tax-free imports

The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has stated that it is in talks with its South Korean buyers to lobby Seoul for reach a bilateral agreement with…

Banana exports from Laos to China fell by 184.04% this year

The value of banana exports from Laos to China increased tenfold in the last few years, and has already become one of the most valuable export industries in Laos. However, data from the Department of Labor and Commerce in Laos shows that China only imported 30 million USD worth of commercial products…

Cameroon: Historic decline in banana exports

In August 2018, the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), a state-owned agro-industrial company that operates vast rubber tree and banana plantations in the south-west…

Peru: BOS plans to export 8.2 million kilos of bananas

The Association of United Organic Banana Producers of Salitral (BOS), which is located in Sullana, Piura, plans to export 8,163,000 kilos of bananas this year (i.e. 450 thousand boxes of 18.14 kilos each). The president of the Association, Milton Cesar Gonzales Ramirez, stated that the BOS normally dispatched 600 thousand…

China: Price of bananas in Nanning, Guangxi, slowly warms up

This is the peak of the banana harvest season in Wuming County, Nanning. A multitude of farmers in the Xin Shengfeng banana plantation in Luowei Town, Wuming, recently rushed to wash, weigh, select, and package bananas. The price of bananas slowly warmed up this year, with the current purchase price…

Demand on cooking bananas about to increase sharply

Supply is steady of imported cooking bananas. “There will be a good supply too for the upcoming holiday season,” says Jose M. Roggiero of Freshway Produce Inc. in Miami, Fl. “There haven’t been any major reported shortages from Central or South America.” Freshway brings in the bananas from Costa Rica and Ecuador. “We’ve found a…

California: Chiquita renews contract with Port of Hueneme

Chiquita has decided to stick with Hueneme, signing a long-term contract with the Port. The new contract builds on their thriving business relationship which began in 2004. Oxnard Harbor District President Mary Anne Rooney: “We are proud to have Chiquita continue to call Port of Hueneme home again as a customer for…

Saving the banana from worldwide disease

They are the world’s most popular fruit – a staple of breakfasts, packed lunches and healthy snacks in kitchens everywhere.But now a virulent disease is threatening to wreak…

Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Standards

Banana farm inspections to ease SPS compliance worries

In an effort to ensure compliance with sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards in the Chinese market, the Ministry of Agriculture will send teams to registered banana farms to conduct on-site checks. The announcement of these inspections follow a statement by the ministry in August urging farmers, owners and exporters…

Is the gap a major cause of poverty in the Philippines?

Philippines trails its peers in all crops except for pineapple and banana

Why is national poverty incidence in the Philippines more than twice that of ASEAN peers — Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam? It is even magnified in the farmers’ and…

Sino-Laos border at Mengkang Port closed for more than half a year

China: Large volume of bananas held up at Mengkang Port

The winter and spring harvest of bananas from Yunnan and Laos are gradually entering the market. This is the season of abundant harvests, but investors in banana plantations…

China: Banana price still high in November despite fluctuations

The banana prices in various production areas showed large fluctuations this week, resulting in a slight rise and then a slight fall of the overall banana price. Initially the price increased because supply was intermittent. Production areas delivered bananas, but only in small volumes. Banana farmers…

Cameroon: significant decline in banana exports

The Cameroon Banana Association (Assobacam) reported a 13394-ton drop in its banana exports between September and October 2018. Only 29,747 tons of bananas were exported…

UK: Man accused of stealing over £120,000 worth of bananas

David McGivena has been accused of stealing bananas from Gateshead wholesaler JR Holland between 2007 and 2016. McGivena, 52, appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court for…

China: Why the price of imported bananas suddenly increased by 20%?

The price of domestic bananas recently increased at a steady pace, and the price of imported bananas suddenly increased by 20%. What happened? First reason: peak consumption Consumption goes…

Mexico: Chiapas exports plantain to Canada

The State Government of Chiapas is implementing new strategies for the commercialization of products in the international market so as to link the supply of quality products…

Cameroon banana exports fell by 13,394t in September-October

In September and October this year, Cameroon exported 29,747 tons of banana, statistics from the fruit operators’ association (Assobacam) showed. This volume is down 13,394…

Jose Hernandez with Bananera Muchachita

"Supplies of bananas good…for now"

Imported bananas are arriving in healthy volumes. “Supply of bananas at the moment is good. We had a delay in the summer fruit so we have a lot of fruit on the market,” says José Hernandez with Bananera Muchachita based in McAllen, Tex. “We also have more fruit than the year before.” Hernandez says that supplies of bananas are coming…

‘Operating without authority or mandate’

Ugandan MPs want to shut down PIBID banana project

The Ugandan parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended disbandment of the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID). The Committee…

Banana shortage strikes New Zealand’s major supermarket chains

Delays of a shipment of bananas from Mexico and Ecuador have left some Countdown supermarkets in New Zealand low on this popular fruit. A Countdown spokesperson stated that a shipping route change is to blame, putting pressure on how many bananas the supermarket chain has in stock. "We're currently working on sourcing…

Gaetano Leone from Frestika Bananas:

"Bananas more expensive in 2019"

As expected, preventing potential loss of competitiveness, the Ecuadorian authorities opted for only a slight increase of the official banana price for 2019. Next year box of bananas will have a minimal cost of $6,30 – a mere $0,10 increase versus 2018. However, $0,10 is not the only increase the industry is facing. The most significant one seems…

Ivan Santos, President of the Banagreen Agricultural Corporation:

"Paying 1 dollar less per box of bananas not profitable for agricultural sector"

The president of Banagreen Ecuador has reacted to ALDI's stated intention to lower prices by saying that "this price wouldn't be profitable for the agricultural sector because costs increase year after year." Ivan Santos said that ALDI didn't have to pay producers less to make more profits, but that they had to…

Chiquita launches limited-edition Britto sticker series

Chiquita Brands International is excited to announce its partnership with Brazilian artist Romero Britto. The company's Blue Sticker, which became a symbol and has featured on…

More than one million kilos of bananas from the Canary Islands are sold in Spain each day

96.7% of Spanish households consume an average of seven million units of bananas from the Canary Islands (Platano de Canarias) on a daily basis, which generates sales of more…

Spain: Market share of imported bananas between 48 and 64% in August

For the fourth consecutive month, imported banana shipments were greater than those coming from the Canary Islands. The total available supply reportedly stood at around…

Reaction of BanaBay (Ceinconsa) and Agzulasa (Ecuasabor)

"Our efforts and investments might not be valued"

While Peru announces that its organic banana production has fallen in Piura because of the cold, Honduran bananas are successfully entering the Russian and Ukrainian markets, and the price of this product is on the rise in China. Most of the banana producers and exporters in Latin America are still…

Sheikhpura district, Bihar

India: Sheikhpura crowd steals bananas from young fruit vendor

For reasons as yet unknown, a crowd attacked a young fruit vendor last Thursday, stealing bananas from his cart in the Batti Chowk area of Sheikhupura. In a video that has gone viral on…

Honduras: Bananas successfully enter Russia and Ukraine

Honduran bananas have successfully entered the Russian and Ukrainian markets, in the context of the expansion and search for new markets, according to several producers. "Everything indicates that,…

Chiquita is official banana sponsor of 2018 TCS New York City Marathon

Chiquita Brands International is proud to announce its support for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. As the official banana sponsor, Chiquita will supply 46,000 bananas to participants at the start, finish and at mile markers 21, 22 and 23. Chiquita’s cheerful banana character, Bananaman, will also be…

Italy set to receive bananas from Indian state of Tamil Nadu

A container with 21 tons of ‘Grand Naine’ bananas from Tamil Nadu’s Theni district will leave Kochi port on November 1st. It embarks on a sea voyage of 24 days and is headed for the Port of Trieste, in Italy. With this, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday formally commenced export of banana to Italy with the State’s Agriculture Minister…

Spain: Transport aid to Canary bananas expected to be paid out this year

The delegate of the Government of Spain in the Canary Islands, Elena Máñez, has announced that the banana sector should receive the promised transport aid before the end of…

China: Banana price continues to rise

The banana price showed an upward trend this week. The main reasons for this development are the reduced supply volume from production areas and the increased demand. The main…

Pakistan’s sugarcane farmers can find relief in banana cultivation

On Tuesday, the Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders said that many farmers, after being exploited by sugar millers, have switched to cultivating bananas, and that this has…

Ecuador: Price of banana box for 2019 set at $6.30

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), through the Ministerial Agreement 135 of last Friday, set the minimum support price of a 41.5 to 43-pound box of bananas for…

Asprocan asked the Government to inform consumers

"Bananas from third countries have phytosanitary products that are banned in Europe"

The Association of Platano de Canarias Producer Unions (Asprocan) warned that bananas from third countries had phytosanitary products that were banned in Europe, and demanded…

Hamburg importer Macalea comments on 'Fake News'

''Senda Verde is not bankrupt and still exports bananas every week''

Just in time for the beginning of the banana tender for 2019, the news was published that the Macalea GmbH & Co. KG based in Hamburg was responsible for the bankruptcy of…

Statement by the Alliance for Sustainable Bananas (ABNB):

''Social, environmental and economic conditions of the value chain should be improved''

In a public letter to an important German retailer and in further statements, banana producers and plantation workers from Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica have commented on a…

AU: The WA co-operative getting the most out of their sweeter produce

A Western Australian banana co-operative has been able to reduce its waste to less than five percent of its production, with the introduction of value-added products. The Sweeter Banana Co-operative is owned by over 20 grower members, which pack and market bananas on the members behalf. It was first formed as a…

Corbana, Costa Rica

"Conditions to create a new banana war triggered by commercial interests"

The Latin American banana industry is in revolt against the plan of the German supermarket chain, Aldi,  to pay one euro less for a box of fruit. The Ecuador Times published the reaction of Eduardo Ledesma, the director of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (Aebe): “We have to structure an external…

Turkey: Increasing banana production across the country

Bananas are mostly grown in Antalya and Mersin in Turkey but Hatay, a city located on the southern border, is also taking steps to start production. Banana production began to attract more and more growers in the city and with the help of government support programs and funds, banana production areas have increased to…

The Banana Holder: for sporty banana consumers

Bananas are very popular in the diets of sports enthusiasts. They’re full of carbs and fructose, so eating them is a good way of keeping energy levels up, according to cyclists. But how to take one with you? The box in the shape of a banana looks great, of course, but it’s not exactly easy to bring one…

Banana growers getting ready for megatrends in the industry

Miami will be the venue for the 8th International Banana Congress, organized by the banana industry of Costa Rica; an event that brings together more than 600 participants from around the world, who will analyze the megatrends ahead for the banana industry. The meeting, organized by the National Banana Corporation of…

Peru: Banana exports already exceed US $127.8 million

Between January and September of this year, Peru exported 177,295,875 kilos of bananas worth FOB US $ 127,822,825. According to the Agrodata Peru website, the market that received the most…

China: Dwarf banana planting map is quietly changing

The peak time for shipments in Guangdong, one of the most important production areas of the dwarf banana, was from April to July this year. In August, whether you are a dwarf banana merchant, a fruit agent or a grower, people will look to Guangxi. The planting scale and sales market of dwarf bananas are…

Ecuador: Banana exports grew 5% in nine months

Ecuadorian banana exports grew 5.24% in the first nine months of 2018. If this trend continues, it could be once again in the top of the sales of Ecuador’s non-oil products.…

More than 200.000 Guatamalans depend on banana industry

Guatemala banana industry: Call to action

There is a global interest to turn our world into a more sustainable place, not only for those of us who presently live on Earth, but more so for future generations. Besides better environmental…

Asbama, Colombia:

"Exporting bananas under the conditions imposed by Aldi is not viable"

The Banana Association of Magdalena and La Guajira (ASBAMA) commented on the recent announcement made by Aldi, the German retail chain, which stated it would unilaterally reduce the purchase price of the banana box by 60 cents in 2019. ASBAMA stated: • The sector faces more and more challenges in terms of quality,…

Presentation of book "Canary bananas in the kitchen"

Spain: Canary bananas become innovative and healthy ingredient

On the occasion of the inauguration of the Plátano de Canarias stand at Fruit Attraction, in Madrid, the Association of Banana Producer Organizations of the Canary Islands (ASPROCAN), which owns the brand, presented the book "Plátano de Canarias en la Cocina" ("Canary bananas in the Kitchen"), directed…

Honduras: Independent banana producers export 60 containers per week

Maynor Velazquez, the manager of the National Association of Banana Producers of Honduras (Aprobanah), said that independent banana producers exported an average of 60…

China: 2018 Guangxi banana prices continue to rise

In addition to apples the banana market is also performing very well, especially the bananas from Guangxi. Due to a limited market supply, and as other areas are not…

European market for exotic bananas is growing

Cavendish bananas are a permanent part of supermarkets. The popular fruit can’t be missed, and has been at the top of the ‘most consumed fruit’ lists for years. More and more often, however, European supermarkets make room for other banana varieties as well. Demand for these exotic bananas is increasing,…

Chiquita upgrades container fleet, achieves emissions reduction goal

Chiquita Brands International said it remains committed to its sustainability efforts by reducing energy consumption of its more than 15,000 40-foot container fleet. In 2009, Chiquita began a comprehensive refrigerated container upgrade program which has led to an annual reduction of 17,000 tons of CO2…

Scientists develop disease-resistant cooking bananas

A breakthrough has been announced in the search for banana varieties that are resistant to the lethal bacterial banana wilt disease. The disease, which causes premature ripening and rotting…

Samoa: Banana export resumed

This week, Samoa sent off its first shipment of export-ready bananas to New Zealand. It is the first since cyclone Gita ravaged plantations across the country. The Banana Growers Association gathered its crops to fill two containers -or 500 boxes- of bananas for the New Zealand banana market. Nearly 100 other farmers received planting materials over the course…

East-Africa: Inter-cropping and agroforestry

Bananas and coffee – a good combination

For any onlooker, the world banana and coffee markets appear very different. However, the coffee market has grown massively in recent decades, whilst the banana market has…

Ecuador: No agreement on the price of a box of bananas for 2019

Banana producers and exporters have not agreed on the support price of a banana box for 2019. The Advisory Council of the Ministry of Agriculture met for four hours on Friday, October 12,…

Favorable comments from Japanese traders

Taiwan province's golden bananas exported to Japan

The production of high-quality golden bananas by Yunlin County, Taiwan, has been recognized internationally. After the first export to the Middle East last year, they also attracted Japanese traders. Today, the first batch of the fruit has been sealed and exported. It is estimated that by June next year,…

Guangxi banana market is very optimistic

October to November is the peak season for Guangxi bananas and, usually, prices fall and sales are slow. But this year has been different and growers are feeling optimistic about the market. In 2016, the banana planting area in Guangxi reached an annual peak of more than 1.8 million mu. After three years of market downturn and the…

Fyffes' 130 year celebration to continue at PMA

This year, Fyffes is celebrating its 130th year of shipping bananas. The company has arranged a number of celebratory activities this year to commemorate the anniversary. One of these will be at PMA Fresh Summit this week, but the company wishes to wait until the show to reveal all the details of the…

Ecuadorian Banana Industry opposes German retailer Aldi in open letter

"A lot has changed over the past five years in the banana business in Northern Europe. Consumers are more conscious about where the fruit and produce they buy comes from, and…

Taiwan & Japan sign MoU to expand Taiwanese banana exports

Taiwan and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand bilateral agricultural cooperation to Japan’s Toyama and Ishikawa Prefectures by promoting exports of Taiwan-grown bananas for Japanese consumers and school lunches, according to Taiwan's Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture,…

Philippines: Davao expecting visits from Singapore & Malaysian businesses

Business delegations from Singapore and Malaysia, two of the major trading partners of the Philippines, are expected to visit Davao before the end of the year. They will scout for possible ventures within the city of Davao and other parts of the province of Mindanao. These trade missions come after a Mindanao group, led…

Bananas, toilet rolls, stuffed animals...

Chinese are slapping fitness trackers on all kinds of things

In China it’s trendy to strap fitness trackers to all kinds of inanimate objects. Interestingly, placing fitness trackers on toilet paper rolls, bananas and even stuffed animals will actually yield a heart rate reading. After quite a bit of research, Chinese tech site Abacus reported that Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness…

PBGEA reiterates call for lower tariffs

Philippines - International Banana Conference

The International Banana Conference, organized by the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. -Region XI Chapter, started yesterday. The major industry players reiterated…

Spain, France and Portugal support aid to Canary bananas

The Canary government has reported the support of the governments of Spain, France and Portugal to keeping the budget of the Community Support Program for the Agricultural Production of the Canary Islands (Posei). They reject the 3.9% cut proposed by the European Commission in the framework of its plans…

Ugandan banana breeders: It’s critical to add genetic engineering to our toolbox

Up until now, Ugandan researchers have been successful at developing robust hybrid bananas through conventional breeding techniques. Yet they see a strong need to adopt GM…

The company SIFE will participate at Fruit Attraction with the Maap

Pioneers in the importing and ripening of bananas

Alessandro and Paolo Dal Bello of SIFE – a fruit-importing company since 1920 – claimed, “We participate at the Fruit Attraction especially to meet our suppliers from South America. Also, this occasion is especially useful because it gathers everyone in just one place. After all, it is always extremely…

Nicaragua: Banana exports lose value

According to statistics from the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX) and different producers, the positive trend registered in banana exports in the first two months of the…

Turkey: Grower in Bingol now wants to farm bananas

Grower Muhittin Polat was able to manage kiwis in his production area in Bingol, a city located in southeastern Turkey. Now he's set his sights on banana production and is looking for government support to set up greenhouses to start banana production for the first time in Bingol. The grower is planning to set…

Guatemala: Frozen bananas are well received in the international market

Bananas and plantains are currently the most consumed fruit in Europe and the United States. That is why the Balamya Agricultural exporter, of Guatemalan origin, decided to…

Honduras: Banana exports increased by 2.3%

Honduran revenues from banana exports up to July of this year amounted to 313.7 million dollars, i.e. 2.3 percent more than in the same period of 2017, according to an…

Study on whether Canary bananas can prevent colon cancer

Researchers at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid are studying whether eating Canary bananas can prevent colon cancer due to its high content of a soluble fiber called…

Country will host World Banana Forum for first time

Canada's retailers are behind on Fairtrade commitments for banana sourcing

Next week, the World Banana Forum will hold its first ever meeting on North American soil. The WBF is a group comprised of global members examining key sustainability issues impacting the banana industry, including environmental issues, economic issues and labour and social issues. This year’s conference, being held October 9-11 in…

Cambodia: Longmate to ship 30,000 tons of bananas to China

Longmate Agriculture Co., Ltd, a joint-venture between Cambodian and Chinese investors, plans to export about 30,000 tons of bananas to China. The company announced in August…

Turkey: Silifke could solve banana shortage problem in Turkish market

Banana production has started to become more and more common in the Silifke town of Mersin, a city located in southern Turkey. Silifke is actually better known for its strawberry production but growers there noticed that there was a supply shortage of 400,000 bananas in the domestic market which was…

Tropical storm Kirk

Saint Lucia: Banana industry severely impacted by hurricane

Between 80 and 90 percent of Saint Lucia’s banana industry sustained damage as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk last Thursday, according to preliminary estimates it has been disclosed. Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph announced this following a de-briefing with the National Emergency…

Dominican banana growers hope to recover exports

So far banana producers have sold more than 62,834 quintals of bananas worth around RD $11 million to the Ministry of Agriculture, as part of the State's solution to find a market for this product, which had difficulties to be exported, especially to European countries. Julio Cesar Estevez, the executive director of…

Peru: Banana and mango producers bet on the foreign market

Jose Edilberto Ojeda Alama and his colleagues had a conversation at the Expoalimentaria 2018, the most important food fair in Latin America, while they wait for visitors at…

The Cooperative University of Colombia and Coomulbanano signed the agreement

Colombia: Inter-institutional cooperation agreement benefits the banana sector

Orihueca (Coomulbanano) signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement to develop programs of common interest that promote and strengthen integration and interaction, which will allow for the training of young people and adults in the Training Center for Work and Entrepreneurship. With the signing of this agreement, the Cooperative…


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