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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…

Be Climate

The first climate neutral bananas for Delhaize

As of the beginning of this year, Port International delivers conventional Be Climate bananas to Belgium on a weekly basis, climate neutral from the country of origin to the point of sale, of course. The first brand for climate neutral fruit and vegetables in Europe can be found as class Extra bananas at…

The Dominican Government finances the construction of a banana chip plant

The La Santa Cruz Small Producers Association, which was founded in 2007, presented to the Government a project for the installation of a banana chip production plant in the Dominican province of Valverde. The 112 members of the association currently have 975 hectares of bananas under production,…

Agriculture Minister Joseph of Saint Lucia

Absence of Saint Lucia bananas in French market explained

The transport of bananas from Saint Lucia to France is not as easy as it appears. When the idea was first mooted in 2016 by the government, it appeared quite feasible. But…

Innisfail - Far North Queensland

Storm damage to Australian bananas discussed

The storm that lashed the Innisfail district on January 17, damaged several banana plantations. High wind gusts up to 90km/h and hail damaged crops around the town, with some…

Chiquita announces new updated Sustainability Report

Chiquita is to launch its new and updated Sustainability Report this February, underlining the company’s long-term engagement to ensuring sustainability is embedded in everything it does, from farm to shop.The European launch will take place at the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin, Germany. Chiquita’s…

Paraguay broke its banana export record in 2019

The Central Bank of Paraguay's data on banana exports show the positive evolution that the marketing of this fruit has experienced in the last two decades. The country went from exporting 66 tons of bananas in 2000, which were destined for the Argentine market, to 32,694 tons at an average price of $ 254…

Attempting to boost exports

Indonesia: Cavendish banana plantations developed in Blitar

The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister has initiated the establishment of Cavendish banana plantations for exports in Blitar, East Java, to help curb the nation’s…

Yunan still shipping small volumes

Many banana plantations closed for Chinese New Year holiday

In the last couple of weeks, certain remote markets in China were busy stocking up bananas for the Lantern Festival (last day of Chinese New Year), leading to a high demand…

The banana is the king of fruits in Mexico

Banana is one of the most important fruits in Mexico, where annual per capita consumption stands at 14.2 kg. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), it is the most cultivated tropical fruit in the country with an annual production of more than 2 million tons. It…

IICA, Bayer, and the fruit industry team up to fight the Fusarium worldwide

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Bayer, and the fruit industry have teamed up to implement a global strategy of actions to address the…

Mexico makes its first shipment of bananas to China

On Tuesday, January 21, the first shipment of Mexican bananas bound for the Chinese market was loaded in the Mexican Port of Manzanillo. The shipment consists of 49 tons of bananas produced in the state of Colima. The secretary of Agriculture, Victor Villalobos Arámbula, who was present at the event,…

Rural schools in Guatemala benefit from program

Banana company aims to improve nutrition and food security

ONE Banana The better banana company presents the preliminary results of its CSR actions during 2019, year in which the company has benefited more than 8,000 children with the execution of social development programs in rural areas of the countries where it operates. Regarding the CSR programs, Robert Adams,…

Paraguay exports bananas to Chile for the first time

On January 20, Paraguay shipped out its first shipment of bananas to Chile. The shipment consisted of 1,248 boxes of bananas produced in Tembiaporã, in the department of…

Franklin Ginus, BeFrank Bananas:

"A sustainable banana sector is about more than a 75% living wage in 2025"

All around him, Franklin Ginus of BeFrank Bananas, see various parties taking the initiative to achieve viable living wages. These are from companies in the banana sector for people in that sector. The former Chiquita director, nevertheless, has his doubts about the way in which this is happening. "There…

Fyffes partners with FOX to promote new season of The Masked Singer

Banana costume to be featured on Fyffes stickers

As the premiere of the new season of The Masked Singer quickly approaches, U.S. shoppers will notice an unfamiliar character from the viral singing competition show on Fyffes bananas. A promotional sticker featuring ‘The Banana’ – the first new costume from the upcoming season – will exclusively appear…

Banana imports by countrie:

Overall banana imports for all importing countries rose 2.5% since 2014

Overall, the value of bananas imports for all importing countries rose by an average 2.5% since 2014 when international purchases of bananas were valued at $15.2 billion. From…

Saint Lucia wants to brand banana as premium agricultural product

As part of strategic efforts as it related to the island’s banana industry, the nation of Saint Lucia will be branding its bananas as a premium agricultural product. Last…

Cameroon: Despite CDC’s activity shutdown, banana exports were more dynamic in 2019 than in 2018

In 2019, banana exporters operating in Cameroon shipped 204,320 tons of banana to international markets. Compared with the 203,721 tons exported by the same exporters by…

Coliman partners with Golden Aurora to open new markets

Mexican bananas to be exported to China for first time

Coliman is set to be one of the first producers to export Mexican bananas into China as part of a new strategic alliance with Golden Aurora Fresh Fruit Trading. The first shipment is due to arrive in Shanghai mid-February, marking the beginning of what is hoped to be a long-term relationship. As part of…

New banana marketing initiatives begin in 2020

Supplies of bananas from Central America continue to be steady. “There are no major differences between supplies last year and this year,” says Jamie Postell, Chiquita Brands Director of Sales, North America based in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. “The challenges faced by the industry are mainly weather related.…

Jose Antonio Hidalgo, the new executive director of Ecuador's Association of Banana Exporters

Jose Antonio Hidalgo was appointed as the executive director of Ecuador's Association of Banana Exporters (AEBE), replacing Eduardo Ledesma in this position. Hidalgo, who also…

Ecuador still hasn't authorized the importation of banana varieties that are resistant to the Fusarium

Almost two and a half months ago, the Ecuadorian banana cluster, formed by the Banana Exporters Association (AEBE), the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), and Agroban, asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to authorize the importation of banana varieties that are tolerant or…

ONE Banana’s President, Robert Adams:

“Our aim is to make a difference, one banana at a time”

AgroAmerica was founded in 1958 in Guatemala and at the outset of the operation the company encompassed one small banana plantation. Now, the company has plantations not just in Guatemala, but also in Ecuador and Peru which cover more than 18,000 acres in total. Year-round fruit supplied to retail partnersThroughout…

Delhaize the first retailer to introduce CO² neutral bananas

As of yesterday, Delhaize has Be-climate bananas on offer. These are 100% CO² neutral. This forms part of the company's mission to become carbon-neutral. Delhaize wants to…

Banana killing fungal disease TR4: the day after tomorrow

With Latin America frenetic over the arrival of the banana killing fungal disease TR4, FruiTrop explains how we can finally see a sign, or even an opportunity, to put an end…

Bananas Exports by Country

Latin America plus the Caribbean account for highest dollar value 2018 banana exports

According to data from worldstopexports.com, worldwide banana exports by country totaled an estimated US$13.6 billion in 2018, up by an average 22.5% for all banana shippers…

Snow and rainfall in north led prices to fall

Banana prices stablizing before Chinese New Year

Recently, production areas in China have seen fluctuating prices. Affected by the rainy and snowy weather in the north, freight rates have risen, and the consumer market is…

Partnership announced with focus on accelerating banana breeding

Because of its unique history and biology, the banana has lagged behind most other crops with regards to genetic improvement. As a consequence, bananas are at a higher risk to…

Carlos Salazar and Raul Esquinca of Bioaplicaciones:

“Our organic products fight TR4, reducing it up to 90%”

The susceptibility of bananas to disease has been plaguing the industry for a long time – and the fungi TR4 and Black Sigatoka have affected crops all over the world. Recently, TR4 was discovered in Colombia and authorities have since put a lot of time and effort into preventing the spread into other…

Chiquita Bananas works to meet increased demand for organics

Thirty-one percent of respondents in a recent survey said that one-quarter to one-half of their annual produce purchases are organic. With demand for organic produce on the rise, Chiquita has put forth the resources to meet this newer consumer need. The steady increase in demand is primarily led by young…

Guatemala and Nicaragua go over their banana import trigger quota

Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO tweeted this on Jan. 10 2020:  EU #banana import 2019, Guatemala and Nicaragua go over their trigger quota, respectively 169% and 393%

"In bananas and tropical fruit, good ripening is essential"

"Good ripening is an essential step for various horticultural products, such as bananas and tropical fruits," says Fran Sierra, managing partner of Frío Vizcaya. This Basque company, leader in the design, installation and maintenance of industrial refrigeration facilities, is making the jump to the…

First volumes exported to China

Vietnamese real estate giant investing in banana growing

On December 30, the Khmer Times, a Cambodian new paper, reported that the building of Agrico banana packing factory, a subsidiary of HAGL Group, was complete, and it has…

Ukraine imported record volume of bananas in 2019

In 2019, Ukraine imported a record volume of bananas, with a 8-9% increase compared to 2018, reaching 270,000-275,000 tons. This was reported in a statement issued by the…

Cameroon's banana exports up 1,036 tons year-on-year in December 2019

According to figures published by the Banana producers’ association ASSOBACAM, the volume of banana exported reached 16,641 tons in December 2019. In December 2018, these…

Rain and snow in north China is bad for conditions in banana production areas

The conditions in banana production areas recently weakened. The supply volume from Guangxi production areas is relatively small. They are approaching the end of their season.…

Banana workers in Panama fear companies won't pay salary increase ordered by government

The workers of the Panamanian banana industry remain alert to the possibility that the companies in the sector try to block the 8% wage increase that was approved by the…

Latin American banana growers join against EU pesticide restrictions

In mid-December, Latin American banana producers met at the facilities of the National Banana Corporation of Costa Rica (Corbana) to analyze the possible consequences that the new EU regulation on maximum pesticide residue limits in imported agricultural products could have on Latin American exports and…

Portugal finds large cocaine haul stashed in banana shipment

For the second time in twelve months, Portuguese police discovered a large stash of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bananas from Latin America. This time the haul was 825 kilograms with a street value of more than $33 million. Last year, the seizure was 430 kilograms and worth around $17 million.…

Malaysian Cavendish bananas on the upswing

With the rising global demand for bananas, Malaysia is hoping to be able to bank on Cavendish banana exports to China, the Middle East, South Korea and Japan, among others.…

Ecuador now on equal terms regarding banana exports to EU

Since 2020, Ecuador is competing with Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica on equal terms regarding the export of bananas to the EU. Through the Commercial Agreement with that block, which is in force since 2017, the tariff has been decreasing over the years. That meant it was €0.97 per ton in 2017, €0.90 in…

INIA La Cruz undertakes a project on Easter Island

Chile studies the use of pheromone traps against the banana's black weevil

In 1980, the presence of the most important pest insect of the banana crop in the world was reported for the first time: the black banana weevil or black weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar), a species of beetle that penetrates the succulent base of the pseudostem and excavates tunnels inside the…

Chiquita Bananas works to tackle food waste

Chiquita is helping to reduce food waste by offering useful tips on how to make sure that no Chiquita banana ever goes unused. Tons of unused fruits, vegetables and other edibles end up in the garbage, and ultimately in landfill. Here, they rot and become a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.…

Cambodia exports 157,000 tonnes of bananas

Cambodia’s export of yellow bananas to international markets last year reached 157,812 tonnes, most of which was exported to China and the rest to Vietnam and Japan. There is no data on 2018 banana exports to international markets as it mostly comprised of informal exports to Vietnam. However, the…

C. Laffon, of Hnos Fernández López: “Growth of imported bananas without harm to Canary bananas”

"Our growth has gone hand in hand with our investment in the large retail sector"

For the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, the period that goes from pre-Christmas to Three Kings' Day is not good for sales. "Generally, Spain has a high per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Spanish consumers tend to eat fruit and vegetables motivated by health reasons,…

EU tariffs on Ecuadorian bananas decrease

Starting in 2020, Ecuador will compete on equal terms with Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica in the export of bananas to the European Union, thanks to the progressive tariff…

Highest price exceeds 5 yuan [0.72 USD] per kg

Price differences between premium and mediocre bananas continues to grow in China

The number of visiting traders grew in the period leading up to New Year's Eve. Market supply also increased speed. However, the overall banana supply volume declined because…

Costa Rica is interested in a new variety of banana that is resistant to Fusarium

A novel variety of Cavendish banana resistant to the Fusarium Tropical Race 4 virus is under study in the Philippines. The new banana variety, which was developed by the agrobiotechnology company Rahan Meristem, was obtained through the mutation induction method. According to Jorge Sandoval, the research…

Vietnamese firm gets go-ahead to ship Cambodian bananas to Chinese markets

The Honng Anh Gia Lai Agrico company (HAGL Agrico), a Vietnam conglomerate firm, on Saturday officially launched its packing house facility and began shipping fresh bananas to China in response to the rapidly rising demand in the market. HAGL was once a leading property developer in Vietnam, but the…

After violent dip

Recent banana market in China experienced "retaliative increases"

“Prices in the winter, which is off-season for bananas, usually don’t increase. However, over recent weeks, prices have been changing rapidly, from ‘freezing point’ to ‘retaliative increases’ at one point,” Xia Zuxiang, director of Shanghai Suofeiya International Trade Co., Ltd. said. “Earlier, when the season…

Ecuadorian ports determine banana export prices

According to banana exporters, Ecuador's main export product, the price of shipments depends on the terminal from which they are shipped. As reported by the Ecuadorian digital media Express, exporting from the Guayaquil port would cost $200 less per container than shipping through the port of Posorja. A…

Their market share in the Peninsula and Balearic Islands ranged between 53% and 69%

Imported bananas flooded the Spanish markets in October

In October 2019, 30,550 tons of bananas were shipped from the Canary Islands to the markets of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, while banana imports, mainly from Africa…

FreshPlaza Bananas Global Focus

Our January Global Focus is all about bananas. We see more and more countries joining the fight against TR4, while the Latin American countries also fight for fair prices for their growers. The strikes in this area could have an effect on the export of bananas. During the month January you will read all about it in FreshPlaza. ContributionIf…

Maas Fruit Quality Inspection

How do you measure curved bananas?

Crooked bananas? How does one go about measuring these? You can soon see the answer to this and similar questions on Maas Fruit Quality Inspection (MFQI) ‘hoe-doe-je-dat-vrijdag’ ('How-do-you-do-that-Friday'). MFQI is a Dutch independent quality control company. They inspect fruit and vegetables,…

Hugo Castro of Ginafruit:

“Ecuadorian banana exports to Europe decreased 12-14% in 2019”

Ecuador produces and exports bananas year-round. While there is a high season and a low season, the volumes during the low season are only about 30% lower than those during the high season, says GinaFruit’s general manager, Hugo Castro. GinaFruit produces and exports bananas in Ecuador and is wrapping up…

How to peel dozens of bananas in seconds

The video of a young man peeling dozens of bananas in seconds with an ingenious trick has become hugely popular on YouTube and other social media. In fact, it trended in…

Peruvian banana exports exceed $137 million dollars in 2019

According to a report published by the National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration (Sunat), Peruvian banana exports between January and November 2019 exceeded…

Imported bananas selling well

Price of bananas damaged by cold weather in China

Recently, banana prices in some production areas have gradually stabilized, while slight declines can still be seen in others. Prices have gradually stabilized in Guangdong,…

Banana prices falling back after significantly rises in China

Due to large volumes of cold-damaged bananas flooding into the market, overall prices in production areas have recently fallen. In general, the quality of bananas declines…

Imported fruits most loved by Americans

Bananas -excluding plantains- avocados and grapes, are the US’ three most popular imported fruits. Collectively they represent 44.6% of the value of all fresh or dried fruits imported into the United States during 2018. Overall US demand totaled US$15.2 billion worth of non-frozen fruits imported during…

Panama's banana growers strike to demand an adjustment of the minimum wage

On December 19, the Independent Banana Producers Workers' Industrial Union (Sitrapbi) of the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro, and the Union of Workers of the Banana…

Latin American banana growers reject the EU's reduction of MRLs

Latin American banana producers and exporters have rejected the European Union's unilateral decision to reduce the maximum residue limits (MRLs) allowed in the production and export of fruits. At a meeting held on December 18, 2019, in San Jose, Costa Rica, representatives of the associations of banana…

Ecuador ready to cooperate with Russia to prevent restrictions on banana exports

On December 17, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador announced its full readiness to work on addressing the problems discovered with the supply of bananas to…

Ecuadorian banana farmers hope for agreements with Asian and Middle Eastern countries

The banana sector in Ecuador estimates to close 2019 with a total export of 360 million boxes of bananas; 10 million more than in 2018 ($ 3,000 million). Also, banana farmers…

Canary Islands - Spain

Plátano de Canarias is first agricultural sector to certify carbon footprint

The Association of Canary Islands Banana’s POs (Asprocan) has reported that their fruit has become the first Spanish primary subsector to certify its carbon footprint, from production to distribution and sale all over the country. The low environmental impact of this crop has been demonstrated with a…

Costa Rica sets the price for a box of bananas at $8.36

The Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce (MEIC) stated via a press release on December 17 that starting January 1, 2020, that the starting price of the Costa Rican banana will increase by 0.67 dollars. As a result, the price of an 18.14 kilo-box will go from 7.69 dollars to 8.36 dollars. Each…

Humpback flies in a cargo of imported Ecuadorian bananas

Russia warns Ecuador that it will impose temporary restrictions on its imports

The Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service of Russia stated that on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, it had, once again, detected polyphagous humpback flies in a batch of…


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