Reports claim bunch of bananas now costs $45

Kim Jong Un warns that North Korea is running out of food

Sources say that North Korea is struggling to maintain food supplies, with reports claiming prices of everyday goods are skyrocketing. Speaking at a party meeting this week,…

Indian banana export grows in volume

India’s banana export is expected to continue its growth in 2021 in terms of volume as well as value. A total of 191,000 tons, worth Rs 6.19 bln (€68 mln) has been exported so…

Banana variety with moderate resistance to Panama Disease now available from South Africa

Du Roi Laboratory, a South African banana tissue culture facility, has been granted the exclusive commercialization rights of Formosana, a variety with moderate resistance to Fusarium Oxysporum Cubense Tropical Race 4 (FOC TR4) Panama disease. The agreement with the Taiwan Banana Research Institute…

The US is the main destination for Ecuadorian non-oil exports with a 24% share

An Ecuadorian delegation visits Washington as part of the formal roadmap to sign a trade agreement with the United States

A delegation made up of representatives of the Ecuadorian private productive sector is in Washington to give continuity to the trade agenda with that country with a view to…

Fruit export to China from Vietnam on the increase

According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the nation’s fruit export to China enjoyed a great increase in the first five months of 2021, in spite of…

India exported 191,000 tons of GI Certified Jalgaon bananas in 2020-21

Indian exporters have shipped a consignment of fibre and mineral-rich ‘Jalgaon bananas’ to Dubai. The cargo of 22 tons of GI certified Jalgaon bananas was sourced from farmers…

Kenya: Banana growers Taveta county call for completion of factory

Banana farmers in Taita Taveta have asked the county government to accelerate the completion of the Taveta banana factory. The construction of this facility was commissioned…

Carrefour Poland

160 kilos of cocaine found in shipment of bananas

Late last week, supermarket chain Carrefour SA said it had notified local police after employees at one of its Warsaw stores found suspicious parcels in a delivery of bananas.…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.76 this 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 stood at £0.76 for bananas…

Ghana: First-ever banana plantation in Upper West

Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in the Central Region, Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole, has developed what is believed to be the first-ever…

Dole picks Port Tampa Bay for new banana and pineapple shipping route

Starting later this summer, a new shipping service delivering Dole pineapples and bananas to the United States will pass through Port Tampa Bay. In addition to fruit, the…

The Platano de Canarias PGI becomes the Spanish Soccer Team's first official fruit

Platano de Canarias - the only banana in the world with the European IGP quality seal - will be the official fruit of the Spanish Soccer Team throughout 2021. This has been jointly announced by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Association of Organizations of Banana Producers of the…

Asbama expects the Caribbean region will export 720,000 tons of bananas this year

180,550 tons of bananas were exported from the ports of the Caribbean region during the first quarter of 2021, an amount that accounted for 37.1% of the national exports made…

Authorities deliver basic biosafety kits to producers to prevent the spread of Fusarium

Peru continues to coordinate actions to protect the more than 17,000 hectares of bananas in Piura

In Piura, efforts continue to implement biosecurity measures in order to prevent the spread of Fusarium R4T in the fields of the department, where the plague was detected last…

The Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique at the Tour de France

Since 2019, the Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique benefits from the status of official banana of the Tour de France. As the only agricultural partner of the event, it will bring smiles and energy to the 184 participants and with them, it will travel through France, from Brest to Paris.  The Banana of Guadeloupe…

Container, en route from Ecuador to Slovenia

Malta: Customs seizes 740 kg of cocaine in banana shipment

On Tuesday, the Malta customs department intercepted 740 kilograms of cocaine in a record-breaking drug seizure for the Mediterranean island nation. The drugs, with an…

Maharashtra has become India’s largest bananas exporter

Maharashtra has become the country’s largest exporter of bananas between April 2020 and February 2021; exports have exceeded 134,000 tons. The country’s banana exports have…

Odd times for the banana market

The banana market is seeing some unusual activity currently. Andy Thomas-Stivalet of Kadivac Produce notes that this is the time period where supplies of bananas usually increase. “But supplies are relatively flat as they’ve been through the beginning of the year and that’s a bit concerning,” he says. “While I expect supplies to…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.74: up 9% 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 £0.74 for bananas…

Philippines in talks with Egypt to open up market access for produce

The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines is in talks with Egypt to open up market access for Philippine products. Secretary William Dar welcomed the new Egyptian…

Import volume of Cambodian bananas in China increasing significantly

Compared with other popular produce categories, bananas have higher requirements for temperature, light, and rainfall, so they are planted in areas with a tropical or subtropical climate. In China, the main producing areas are Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, and Hainan provinces. Due to the restrictions of…

Kimberley banana farmers hit hard by worker shortage

The current severe labor shortage has now led Western Australia's largest banana grower to the difficult decision of knocking down hundreds of banana trees in the East…

Partnership announced to support organic Fairtrade banana coops in Dominican Republic and Peru

Fairtrade France (Association Max Havelaar) has started a €1 million project funded by the French Development Agency and French supermarket chain Carrefour. Its aim is to…

"The thing that attracted me most to this project was to gather more precise information about what we are doing"

Trials of a new banana tagging system underway at Queensland farm

A Queensland banana farm is trialling a new bunch tagging system that uses GPS and radio frequency ID that allows for more accurate mapping of banana crops and yields. Matt Abbott from Good Life Organics explained to the Australian Banana Congress in Cairns that the tag goes into the stork on the bunch…

Cambodia exported 200,000+ tons of bananas in five months

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, from January to May 2021, Cambodia shipped some 205,024 tons of Cavendish bananas to foreign markets. China…

Perfection Fresh

"We think that we can grow the banana category by bringing new varieties"

A major Australian fresh produce company says it has big plans for its most recent products, including the intention of taking their new banana brands internationally. Perfection Fresh last month launched three new brands; purchasing the licencing rights to the Little Gem™ and Havana™ varieties, as well…

70% drop in Venezuela's banana production

In an interview with Unión Radio, the director of Citizenship in Action, Edison Arciniega, stated that Venezuela's agricultural activity had declined because of the…

Colombia exported 24.3 million boxes of bananas during the first quarter of the year

In the first quarter of the year, Colombia exported 486,816 tons of bananas, equivalent to 24.3 million boxes. In January, the country exported 157,519 tons of bananas. In…

Average weekly wholesale prices of bananas

Bananas from Colombia see 11% price 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 £0.68 for bananas…

Banana plant parts from the Philippines banned in US

Some banana plant parts from the Philippines have been banned from export to the US, in an attempt to prevent the spread of a plant disease. Last Friday, the United States…

The Dominican Republic will construct thermal cameras to improve its banana production

The Ministry of Agriculture began construction work on the first of ten thermal cameras that will be installed in the country for the production of high-quality banana…

Prices of imported bananas in China have risen month-on-month

New indexes released by the China Economic Information Service show that farm gate prices and prices of imported bananas in China increased compared with last month, while…

Sydney restaurateurs invest in Queensland farm

Two former Parramatta restaurateurs have paid $11.5 million for a premium banana, avocado and custard apple farm west of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Andrew and Geraldine…

East Asia reflects the biggest drop in shipments (-32.74%)

Ecuadorian banana exports register an unusual drop in the first four months of 2021

Ecuadorian banana exports experienced a decrease in the first four months of 2021, after 3 years of consecutive increases during that period. According to data from the Banana…

Dominican Republic: Better future ahead for banana workers

A coalition of Fairtrade, trade unions, banana producers and civil society groups has devised a new plan that will enable migrant workers in Fairtrade certified organizations to obtain legal status and access the same rights enjoyed by their Dominican colleagues. Marike de Peña, manager of a Fairtrade…

More plantations damaged in Alangudi division

Cyclone Yaas damages 650-plus ha of banana plantations in Kanyakumari

According to Revenue and Management Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, the Indian government is looking at a two-pronged approached to disaster management in Kanyakumari…

First four months of 2021

Belize: Export revenues up more than 10 percent

According to new data published by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), Belize’s export revenues were up more than 10 percent for the first four months of 2021. The…

Australian banana industry looking to capitalise on new opportunities heading into post-pandemic future

The Australian banana industry is at a critical time in refocussing on the opportunities that are going to grow the demand of the fruit into the future, according to the Hort Innovation Marketing Manager for Australian Bananas. Hort Innovation's Tate Connolly explained to the Australian Banana Industry…

The EU guarantees 141 million Posei funds for the Canarian banana until 2027

The president of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, stated in the plenary session of the regional Parliament that was held on May 25 that the Common Agricultural Policy…

Chinese banana market enters traditional slow season

The Chinese banana trade generally slackens off after the 1st of May holiday. Bananas are easily replaced in the market when seasonal fruit arrives, that is why the summer…

Analysis of China's banana imports in April, 2021

Customs data show that in April 2021, China’s banana import volume was 226,300 tons, the import value exceeded 120 million U.S. dollars, and the average import price was…

How forming a co-operative saved Carnarvon's banana growers

When Western Australian banana growers were faced with a problem nearly two decades ago with finding a market for their fruit, it led them to a ground-breaking and innovative solution for the time - coming together as co-operative to sell and market their fruit - and they haven't looked back since.…

Vietnam's exports to Japan: 'Room for growth'

Vietnam's exports account for only 2.7 per cent of total import demand in Japan. Viewing this, authorities from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) see room for growth…

The country asked the US to correct a statement in which it includes it in a list of countries affected by the plague

Costa Rica denies the presence of Foc R4T in its territory

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture of Costa Rica, Renato Alvarado, denied the presence of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc R4T) in Costa Rica. He…

Lidl wants to increase its Fairtrade banana offer

With 10,300 tons of organic Fairtrade bananas sold in 2020, Lidl wants to offer certified conventional bananas from Colombia and Ghana (currently being tested in eastern…

Colombia: Banana workers still opposing Duque’s tax reform

Over the past month, Colombia was in turmoil due to widespread protests over proposed tax reforms by President Iván Duque’s government. These would have increased taxes on low…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia remain at £0.74 per kg this 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 from Colombia remained…

Price of imported bananas higher than last month in China due to regional Covid outbreaks

The price index shows that in the period between May 13 and 19, the farm gate purchase price of local bananas in China and the price of imported bananas increased compared…

North Queensland

Cyclone-hit farmers call for grower-funded disaster assistance pool

After waiting two months for aid when his banana crop was wiped out, North Queensland farmer Ned Di Salvo is calling for a national approach to self-funded natural disaster…

A €1 million partnership supporting small organic fairtrade banana producers

The Fairtrade / Max Havelaar movement has launched a €1 million project funded by the French Development Agency (with a €300,000 contribution from Carrefour) to support…

WUR

Wageningen University & Research and collaborators

New study shows decreasing effectiveness of fungicides to control Black Sigatoka banana disease

The fungus Pseudocercospora fijiensis causes black leaf streak disease or Black Sigatoka of banana, which is the most damaging leaf disease of bananas worldwide. An analysis of 592 P. fijensis isolates from seven banana-producing countries on three continents shows how P. fijensis is evolving to…

Ecuadorian banana exports fell by 12% in the first quarter of 2021

According to data from the Ecuadorian Federation of Exporters (Fedexpor), the shipments of some primary products had a negative performance during the first quarter of 2021.…

Banana exports continue smoothly in Piura despite the presence of Fusarium in the region

The National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) stated that Piura continues to export bananas in a fluid manner. In the first five months of the year, the agency has certified…

"The strike and roadblocks took place as Arauca's banana production was undergoing its most important peak"

An agreement allows moving 4,000 tons of bananas that were blocked in Arauca

The banana, poultry, community, and transport sectors reached a last-minute agreement to unblock the roads in the department of Arauca, which has allowed the banana producing…

Spanish Minister Planas pledges to protect Canary bananas under the Food Chain Law

The Association of Organizations of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) -which represents 100% of the sector- is awaiting result from the meeting with Luis Planas, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, held on May 14 at noon on the island of La Palma, the most important banana…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.74; a 4% 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 £0.74 for bananas…

Oman pushes for grape, mango and banana production

As part of its goal of attaining self-sufficiency and diversification of agricultural crops, Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has urged…

Hugo Castro with GinaFruit

"It’s a matter of time before Ecuador's banana crop gets hit by Fusarium"

Fusarium and bananas have a several decade-long history together. The Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense Tropical Race 4 fungus (TR4) has already affected some twenty countries and now poses a threat to the entire banana and plantain industry of Ecuador as well. A cure has not yet been found. “The banana…

Dominican Republic

Avocados, pigeon peas, oranges and bananas see large increases in April

Statistics from the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic say that among the groups with the highest incidence in the growth of the April 2021 price index were food and…

Photo Report: Australian Banana Industry Congress 2021

The Australian banana industry honoured the work of five of its valuable members at a gala event in Cairns. The Banana Ball was a fitting end to Banana Congress 2021, which saw a record number of delegates take in a range of speakers, social events and exhibitions in the banana heartland of Far North…

José María Ruiz, of Plátanos Ruiz:

"War between retailers is keeping banana prices low and boosting sales"

The prices for bananas from the Canary Islands and other origins remain low in Spain due to an on-going war between different supermarket chains. This is also giving sales a boost and keeping banana consumption at higher levels than that of other fruits in a year without oversupply. "In Spain, bananas…

Augura estimates Colombia has been unable to export more than 773,000 boxes of bananas

Uraba has been unable to transport 33% of its bananas due to roadblocks

The Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) has prepared a preliminary report on the impact that the national strike and blockades have had on the banana sector of…

Climate change impacts on the banana industry on the Coffs Coast

Renowned for having the Big Banana tourist attraction, the Coffs Coast region has long been associated with supplying top-quality bananas to the area and markets beyond.…

Plátano de Canarias is the first fruit in Spain to offer nutritional labeling for bulk sales

Plátano de Canarias has just launched a new nutritional label on the market. The inner side of the popular label with the Plátano de Canarias logo now features detailed information on the fruit's main nutritional properties (per 100 gram). With this initiative, Plátano de Canarias becomes the first fruit…

The 2021 Australian Banana Industry Congress launches in Cairns

Australian banana grower's premier event has been launched in Cairns, which is being seen as an opportunity to re-energise the industry after the past twelve months, which has been affected by COVID-19. Held every two years, Committee Chair Paul Inderbitzin says the Australian Banana Industry Congress, which…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize see 14% drop from last week's prices

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…

Producers request common environmental labeling for all products

The Platano de Canarias' carbon footprint is one-sixth smaller than that of a banana

The Platanos de Canarias has a carbon footprint of 195.16 grams of CO₂ per kilo of fruit, i.e. one-sixth of the carbon footprint that traditional bananas have. This is…

Andean countries support a global alliance against Fusarium TR4

The Inter-American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA) stated that the Ministers and high Agriculture authorities of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru had…

Kenyan growers export less than a ton of bananas - despite South Korea deal

In May 2015, Kenya initiated a bilateral agreement to ease access to the South Korean market for various products from Kenya, a move that saw the country allowed to export…

Cameroon banana exports dropped 22.11% Y-o-Y in Apr 2021

Cameroon producers exported 13,186 tons of bananas in April 2021, according to the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam). This amount is down by 2,916 tons compared with…

Perfection Fresh Australia acquires banana business Pacific Coast Produce Marketing

Perfection Fresh Australia has purchased banana business Pacific Coast Produce Marketing (PCPM) as part of a move to excite Australian consumers with new banana offers. Chief Executive Officer Michael Simonetta said the acquisition, which provides the opportunity to license The Red Tip™ Ecoganic™ banana,…

Canadian retailer commits to offering exclusively Fairtrade bananas

Grocery retailer Longo’s Brothers Fruit Market has committed to offering only Fairtrade bananas in its 36 stores and through delivery on Grocery Gateway. This is made possible through a partnership with Equifruit. The decision sets a standard for sustainable produce supply chains in North America and is…

Kenyan banana and broccoli farmers urged to pursue Korean purchase deal

Kenyan growers of bananas and broccoli have been advised to seize opportunities in the South Korean market, after a sales deal was struck by the two nations. Trade PS Johnson…

Raspberry flavored red bananas are coming to Iberian peninsula

The exotic red banana, grown in the Canary Islands, is now appearing on the Iberian peninsula as well. The Spanish consumer is seeing more and more exotic fruits in their supermarkets, such as lychees, passion fruit and tamarinds. The most recent is the red banana which, unlike the rest, doesn’t come…

The first global fruit company to receive approval

Chiquita to receive science based target initiative approval for “30BY30” sustainability program

Earlier this year, Chiquita announced its “30BY30” sustainability program, a major program aiming to reduce carbon emissions across brand operations by 30 percent by the end of 2030. After a thorough review process, the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) has approved Chiquita’s “30BY30”…

Plantains, vegetables, pepper vines and coconut palms affected

Rain and wind causes widespread damage to Wayanad district crops

Wayanad is an Indian district in the north-east of Kerala state. Widespread damage to crops has been reported due to heavy summer rains and wind that have lashed the district…

Mafiosi planned cocaine shipments in banana containers

Italy: 40 arrests made in Catania anti-mafia operation

Earlier this week, Italian police arrested 40 people in a sweep of Catania-based Cosa Nostra families that also incarcerated alleged mafiosi operating in Siracusa, Cosenza and…

The ‘946’; one of Japan’s most expensive bananas

The vast majority of bananas in Japan are imported; they sell for about US$0.50 each. However, there is a small percentage of bananas that are just a tad more expensive. These…

Rising transport costs led to 15% lower profits for Filipino banana growers

It is reported that banana exporters in the Philippines are struggling due to rising logistics costs and delays in transportation, leading to a fall of the overall profit of at least 15%. Alberto F. Bacani, Chairman of the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) and President and CEO…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current avg week prices of bananas from Colombia up 10% 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 £0.77 for bananas from Colombia,…

Jamaica Producers Group Ltd invests in plantain farm

Jamaica Producers Group Ltd is investing $100 million into a plantain farm on lands adjoining its banana and pineapple operations in St Mary. JP’s initial plan is first to…

Venezuela rules out the presence of 'Fusarium' in the country

Venezuela's National Institute of Integral Agricultural Health (Insai) has ruled out the presence of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc RT4) in Venezuelan…

EU wholesale prices of bananas

The three-week average price for yellow bananas in the EU member states stood at about €119 per 100 kgs in the last week of April. The ten eastern countries of the EU -which take in approximately 20 % of European banana volumes- have seen their apparent consumption increase by 200,000 tons in just the last 5 years. Poland remains the block’s…

Baltimore, County Cork

Tropical Ireland? Bananas growing in West Cork garden

West Cork's is well-known for its various 'micro-climates'. However, things are looking very tropical now that a banana tree that's been growing in the garden of a Baltimore…

Ecuador's banana sector is optimistic despite the negative figures of the first quarter

Ecuador's Banana Cluster estimates that the country could export 370 to 390 million boxes of bananas this year, despite the 3.8% drop in shipments in the first quarter of…

SPA

Saudi Arabian business woman reaps success from banana plantings

Saudi business woman Zulaikha A-Kaabi managed to achieve a resounding success by planting as many as 100,000 banana trees all over Saudi Arabia. She now owns one of the largest banana farms, that produces more than 20 tons per day. Image: SPA Al-Kabbi, is the first Saudi woman to lead the way in planting Red as…

Venezuela: Unconfirmed Fusarium alert worries banana sector

The Fusarium Race 4 has once again put the region on alert, this time due to an unconfirmed alarm of the presence of the fungus in Venezuela. On April 7, there already was a…

Ecuador's banana sector seeks to strengthen its relationship with Asia

The Ecuadorian banana sector demonstrated its resilience capacity in 2020, growing by 5.6% despite the issues brought by the global health crisis. However, as its…

Alain Alarcón, Banagrumes:

“Strong increase in tonnage on the French banana market in recent years”

The banana market, and more precisely the Rungis market, is not doing as well as it should be at this time of year. “The market is still correct,” according to Alain Alarcón, president of Banagrumes, multi-specialist fruit company based on the MIN of Rungis. “The banana market is quite competitive at the…

Dominican Republic suspends imports from Colombia and Peru due to banana fungus

The Ministry of Agriculture from the Dominican Republic has stated it has adopted a series of preventive measures to protect local banana production from a dangerous fungus…

Is Africa losing the ‘banana wars’ with South America?

African affiliation Afruibana is sounding the alarm as South American bananas are progressively invading the European market, seriously affecting growers from Côte d’Ivoire,…

Colombia has kept the Fusarium plague contained since its detection in 2019 in La Guajira

The Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense Tropical Race 4 fungus, a disease for which there is no cure yet and that has already affected some twenty countries, including Colombia,…

Second Trade, Investment and Industry Dialogue

Philippines restated call for Australia to allow banana exports

The Philippines has restated its request for Australia to grant market access for fresh Cavendish bananas and to lift the anti-dumping measure imposed on the nation’s canned…

EastFruit

Some fear the fruit will disappear

Bananas becoming more expensive everywhere

The global market for bananas has experienced a number of shocks: some media outlets are even musing on an imminent complete disappearance of the fruit. Also, banana prices are high everywhere. The average price of bananas jumped the most in Russia – one and a half times, and now they are sold on the…

Banana market in China not dire despite news reports

"No one wants them even if they are marketed at 0.2 yuan per half a kilo.” News that bananas from Xuwen were marketed at very low prices spread like wildfire, leaving the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week prices of bananas at £0.70 for Colombian 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. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.70 for bananas…

Fusarium TR4 fungus puts Ecuador on high alert

As the world’s number one banana exporter, Ecuador is on high alert for its vital crop as its neighbor Peru is grappling with an outbreak of a fungus deadly to that particular…

Augura confirmed it was going to participate in the event

“Colombia will showcase its value-added bananas in Expo Dubai"

The Colombian Banana Association (Augura) confirmed that it was going to participate in Expo Dubai, the most important international promotion event in the world, which will…

Re-cap of Banana Day international event

On April 21, the Ecuadorian Banana Cluster celebrated Banana Day with a high-level international event on the sector's industry and its future. It was attended by speakers…

Twitter.com

Banana price tweet: Philippines can deliver to China at $0.55/kg

Today, Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, tweeted: #banana China imports 2020 - Philippines can deliver at $0.55/kg. Hellebuyck listed the markets supplying bananas to China and compared the prices and volumes imported in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Philippines is still the largest…

Chinese market price of imported bananas from Myanmar is steadily rising

The supply volume of bananas is excessive and the prices are continuously falling. The sales conditions of import bananas is slightly better than the market for domestic…

World Banana Day: celebrating the second most consumed fruit in the world

Hundreds of millions of people and their communities across the world rely on banana production for their livelihoods, and the enormous volume of bananas produced globally should provide these people with a fair income and a dignified lifestyle. The banana is a true world food, consumed universally as a…

Fruit grower/exporter joins in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables to raise awareness of the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables, which are essential for human nutrition, food security and health, and for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable…

Increasing interest in banana ripening coming out of the pandemic

As the country comes back online and moves further out of the height  of the pandemic, one area of the produce industry is experiencing great interest: ripening rooms. Thermal Technologies says the early shut downs for COVID-19 caused the delay of some ripening room projects. Since then installations have…

Honduras imports bananas from Costa Rica to meet national demand

The consequences of the damage caused to Honduras' agricultural production by the passage of storms Eta and Iota last November are still notable. The Minister of Agriculture…

The Andean Community coordinates actions to prevent the spread of Fusarium

The Andean Community's (CAN) Andean Technical Committee for Agricultural Health held an emergency meeting to coordinate actions to prevent the spread of the Fusarium oxysporum…

Vietnamese and Cambodian bananas push bananas from the Philippines out of the Chinese market

According to the Business Mirror, the Philippines Banana Planter and Exporter Association (PBGEA) stated that profits in the banana export market dropped by 15% because the…

For Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)

Philippines: Group invests P950 mln to revive banana industry

Al Muzafar Agriventure Inc. is investing P950 million €16.2 mln) to revive approximately 1,000-hectare Cavendish banana plantation in the municipality of Datu Abdullah Sangki…

To support Honduras and Guatemala communities devastated by hurricanes

Chiquita donates more than ten tons of food and supplies

As Central America continues to feel the devastating aftermath of Hurricanes Eta and Iota, Chiquita is extending its relief work in Honduras and Guatemala, an area that has…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week price for bananas from Colombia at £0.69

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 £0.69 for…

New Zealand's only zero carbon bananas

After an intensive programme of assessment and change working with T&G Fresh, Ekos and others, All Good now offers bananas (imported from Ecuador) that are certified Carbon Zero - as well as Fairtrade.  Chris and Matt Morrison and Simon Coley, launched All Good by importing New Zealand’s first Fairtrade and…

"85% of the economy of Antioquia's banana axis depends on the banana agribusiness"

In 2020, bananas ranked as Colombia's fifth most commercialized non-mining-energy product in international markets, with sales amounting to 905 million dollars. And it is very…

Malawi growers begin to bounce back after banana blight

Back in 2016, the devastating Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) ruined the livelihoods of Malawi's 185,000 farming households, dependent on banana revenues. The disease spread…

Ecuador will continue banana exports: no fungus detection

Last Friday, Ricardo Falla, the country's trade commissioner in Moscow, said in an interview that Ecuador will continue to grow and export bananas, since no infectious fungus…

Tamil Nadu

Rain destroys Theni district banana plantations

The heavy rains that swept across parts of Theni district in the past few days destroyed 6,000 ha of banana plantations at Angurpalayam near Cumbum. The unexpected rain since…

Millions of dollars in losses due to the banana workers' strike in the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro

The banana workers' strike in Bocas del Toro, which has lasted for more than 15 days, is generating millions in losses. Producers are protesting the placement of security…

Filipino Banana Growers and Entrepreneurs Association

Philippines: Banana growers demand lower government fees

The Filipino Banana Growers and Entrepreneurs Association (FBGEA) has demanded lower government fees and more support activities to help the supposedly distressed industry.…

Taiwanese bananas likely contaminated by insecticide residues from neighboring fields

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday issued a statement saying the shipment of bananas that was rejected by Japan early this month might have been contaminated by…

Contrary to Agriculture Minister Furner’s statements

Cyclone-hit banana farmers claim they did indeed request wage subsidies in March

A grower whose banana farm was flattened by the recent cyclone had Agriculture Minister Mark Furner visit his flattened banana farm. He had stated that the MP's claims he was…

Jorge Aguilar Jr., CEO of Coliman Group

“The coming years will bring expansion in organic production and investment in technology”

This month, Coliman Group celebrates the company’s 58th anniversary. Founded by Mr. Custodio Aguilar in 1963, today the company is still family owned and managed by the Aguilar family. It wasn’t until 1978 that Aguilar’s son Jorge Aguilar Heredia, formally founded AGGALL Coliman Group with the…

"We do not expect any change in the supply of Peru bananas in the coming months"

Statement from AgroFair about banana disease discovery in Peru (Foc TR4)

This week AgroFair was startled by the news that a first case of the banana fungal disease Fusarium oxysporum spp cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc TR4) has been identified in Peru. Fusarium is a large family of fungi that occur all over the world and affect many crops. Foc specialises in bananas and Foc TR4…

Ecuador reinforces actions on its southern border after the presence of Foc TR4 was confirmed in Peru

Ecuador decided to reinforce actions at border crossings to prevent the arrival of the Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc R4T) to the country after Peru…

Chinese banana market chaotic

Recently, banana prices in production areas have been stable at a low level. After the Qingming Festival, traders are actively making purchases to replenish stock, sales are fast and market…

Colombia intent on boosting banana exports by 10% in 2021

Yesterday, an industry official stated that Colombia hopes to boost its banana exports by 10% this year. This would bring in $1 billion in income for the world’s fifth-largest…

Chinese imports of Southeast Asian bananas will decline in May

The Chinese banana market began to recover in early February after nearly one year of depression. The supply volume still exceeds demand, but the price is stable. Mr. Xia Zuxiang, chairman of the board at Shanghai Sofia International Trade Co., Ltd. recently talked about current conditions in the Chinese…

After weeks of uncertainty, QLD banana growers will receive extra $50K for storm damages

Queensland banana farmers whose plantations were damage by Tropical Cyclone Niran, on March 1, have cautiously welcomed the Queensland Government's latest move to increase…

Banana Day, April 21

Online event for the banana industry

International Banana Day will take place on April 21st. To commemorate this occasion, the Ecuadorian Banana Cluster is organizing "Banana Day 2021", an online event about the…

Frederick Denaeghel, Denaeghel groenten en fruit

"Sellers can distinguish themselves from supermarket retail with Chiquita Queen bananas"

On Monday, April 12, Denaeghel groenten en fruit from Bruges will start selling the first Chiquita Queen bananas. “The Chiquita Queen bananas are the brand's new premium bananas and are of very good quality,” says Frederick Denaeghel of the wholesaler of the same name. “There are 6 bananas on a bunch,…


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