• 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…

    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…

    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 CO? per kilo of fruit, i.e. one-sixth of the carbon footprint that traditional bananas have. This is…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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 C?te 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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    "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…

    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…

    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…

    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 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…

    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…

    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…

    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,…

    North Queensland banana grower enraged by lack of assistance after wind damage

    An Innisfail banana grower has claimed that there is not enough government support after freak winds devastated the region's farms six weeks ago. Dianne Sciacca and her…

    China to boost Lancang-Mekong region banana production

    The Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences has issued a statement saying that China plans to help countries in the Lancang-Mekong region tap their banana production…

    Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

    Bananas from Colombia at £0.78 per kg

    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 stood at…

    Platanos de Canarias exports to the peninsula reinforced by the Ciudad de Valencia ship

    The incorporation of the Ciudad de Valencia ship to the Cadiz-Canarias line last August 2020 has allowed Naviera Armas Trasmediterranea to increase banana exports from the…

    China's banana import price fell by 2.28%

    China’s banana imports in February 2021 increased by 11.62% on January but decreased by 2.60% compared to February 2020. The average import price fell by 2.28% year on year. Customs data show that China’s banana import volume in February 2021 was 137,900 tons (137,916,308 kg), the import value was 76,700,303…

    Senasa reports a possible case of "Fusarium" race 4 fungus in Peru

    The Peruvian National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) issued a statement on April 8 regarding various reports of a possible case of Fusarium oxyporum f. sp. cubense (Foc…

    CDC to renovate 520 hectares of banana plantations this year

    Cameroon: Banana exports up 5,082 tons YoY in Q1-2021

    According to the Banana Association ASSOBACAM, Cameroon exported 54,900 tons of bananas in Q1- 2021. Compared with the 49,818 tons the country exported over the same period in…

    Peruvian banana shipments exceeded 25.6 million dollars in the first two months of 2021

    According to the data provided by the Agrodata Peru website, Peru exported 36,414,873 kilos of bananas for a FOB value of 25,684,995 dollars between January and February 2021,…

    Blue Java bananas are trending

    Grown mostly in Southeast Asia and Hawaii, Blue Java Bananas are increasingly popular. Bananas are popular world-over for being extremely nutritious. Still, a new variety of bananas is being…

    Kenya: County urged to complete Taveta banana factory

    Banana farmers in Taita Taveta, Kenya, have urged the county government to speed up the completion of the Taveta banana processing plant. They claim the construction of the…

    Technavio

    Technavio: Organic banana market to grow by USD 252 Million from 2021-2025

    The organic banana market is expected to grow by USD 252 million during 2021-2025, according to Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organic banana market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.??Image: Technavio? The organic banana market…

    Cameroon Development Corporation

    520 hectares of banana plantations to be reactivated this year

    According to the Q2-2021 business cycle analysis, recently published by the Bank of Central African States, Cameroon’s banana production will increase between April and June…

    Pricing pressure from multinationals and retail continues

    Organic banana supplies going up with the temperatures

    As the spring weather warms up, banana supplies will slowly increase. “We’re on our way out of winter so while supplies are slim, we expect to see volume increase as temperatures creep upward,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, president and CEO of Organics Unlimited noting that supplies are slightly better…

    Chiquita introduces carbon reduction program

    Chiquita has launched “30BY30,” a program to reduce carbon emissions in its operations by 30 percent by the end of 2030. This initiative has been submitted to the SBTi (Science Based Target Initiative). The SBTi will be responsible for measuring and reporting on Chiquita’s progress. Chiquita is also…

    Sri Lankan ‘ambul’ bananas to be exported for the first time

    This weekend, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage toured the Ambul banana cultivation areas, looking at the bananas that were produced for the export market in…

    May 12 to 14, 2021

    Cairns to host 2021 Australian Banana Industry Congress

    Pullman Cairns International Hotel from May 12 to 14. Some 400 delegates are expected to attend. This year's Australian Banana Industry Congress is to be held at the Cairns…

    Banana producers ask the EU for a Shared Responsibility model

    Agricultural producers are demanding a shared responsibility mechanism from the European Union. Faced with the rising costs related to private certifications, producers…

    Russia: January 2021 fruit imports see drop in banana and apple shipments

    Russian fruit imports in January 2021 remained virtually unchanged compared to the same month in 2020, but there were some significant changes in the import structure. First…

    Colombia

    Uniban exported 44 million boxes of bananas achieving an 18% increase in shipments in 2020

    Uniban, the international banana marketer, closed 2020 with positive figures that reflect double-digit growth. Last year the company registered an 18% growth in banana…

    Bananas and pineapples accounted for 16% of Costa Rica's export revenue in 2020

    According to a preliminary report from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) of Costa Rica, bananas and fresh pineapples accounted for 16.20% of the…

    Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

    Current average week prices stood at £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon

    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 stood at £0.80 for bananas from…

    The Middle East, the United Kingdom, East Asia, and Russia had the main declines in purchases

    Ecuadorian banana exports decrease in 2021

    The Ecuadorian banana sector achieved record banana export volumes and values in 2020, managing to sell more than 380 million boxes for 3.668 billion dollars. However, the…

    Imported bananas occupying mid-to-high-end market in China

    China is the world's second largest producer and consumer of bananas, second only to India. Banana is the tropical fruit with the largest global trade volume and number of…

    ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirappalli

    NRCB optimistic about banana exports to Europe

    The ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) -based in Tiruchirappalli- is hopeful that the shipment of 10 ton of Nendran banana sent by sea from Kerala reaches the UK…

    40 containers of organic bananas from Piura were shipped after the end of the transporters strike

    The transporter's strike in Peru affected more than 7,000 families engaged in the production of organic bananas in the Piura region. On Monday, producers will ship 40…

    Purchase price of Chinese bananas is coming down

    The Chinese banana market is dominated by bananas from Yunnan between November and April in the subsequent year. The supply from Guangxi, Guangdong, and Hainan is fragmentary.…

    Struggling Filipino banana industry seeks lower fees and fewer restrictions

    The Pilipino Banana Growers and Entrepreneurs Association (PBGEA) is demanding fewer government fees and more support to prop up the troubled industry. PBGEA executive…

    Suez blockade raises concerns for delayed bananas and increased container shortages

    On Tuesday March 23rd, a large gust of wind blew the containership Ever Given off course and the ship ran aground in the Suez Canal. The ship, which is still stuck, has blocked the canal and caused huge traffic jams of vessels at either end of the international trade route. Officials say that it could…

    'Meet the super banana and act for the climate and social justice'

    Great news in Belgium this week as consumers will now be able to buy a “super banana”. This special banana is not only good for producers, but also for the environment and the…

    US demand for Ecuador bananas increases after hurricanes affected Central America

    The banana volumes coming out of Ecuador so far this year have been lower than they were during the same time last year, according to Juan Jose Pons of Ecuador’s Banana Cluster. He shares: “The accumulated volume in the first two month of this year was 66,945,747 boxes, which, compared to the same period…

    European Commission

    EU banana market

    Spain remains largest EU banana producer, growing and trading 382.339 tons in 2020

    In the period of September to December 2020, Cyprus produced and marketed 979 tons of bananas at an average price of €0.36 /kg. The island's 2020 production stood at 2.432 tons. With 164 tons marketed outside the EU, total production for 2020 stood at 2.596 tons. Image: European Commission? Spain remained…

    Mexico's banana production increased by 2.9%

    Mexico is the world's 12th biggest producer of bananas in the world and its banana production increased by 2.9% in 2020, totaling 2,469,000 tons and 274 million dollars,…

    China: Banana prices rebounding in 2021

    In line with a seasonal shortage of top-quality bananas, the Mintec price of Chinese bananas rose by 10% to CNY 5.82/kg in the 10 weeks to 10th March. While bananas are a…

    Strong market for Dominican organic bananas right now

    Banana volumes coming out of the Dominican Republic are currently lower than usual, says Jose Bernard of Coopabando, a cooperative of small organic banana producers. “While our winters are not as cold as traditional winters can be, it is colder than usual for the Dominican Republic during this time of…

    Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

    Average week price £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon

    This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.80 for bananas from Cameroon,…

    Colombia

    ICA and Fedeplatacol present an action plan to prevent and eradicate the banana moko in the Coffee Region

    The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) and the Federation of Banana Producers of Colombia (Fedeplacol) presented the Action Plan for the prevention and eradication of the…

    Using Apple Pay for purchases

    Woman charged £1,599 for bunch of bananas

    A woman from London was erroneously charged more than £1,599 for a bunch of bananas in UK supermarket chain Marks & Spencer. As she was using Apple Pay to pay for her…

    Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and Tablelands regions

    Australian banana growers ‘disillusioned’ with $25,000 disaster grant

    Australian growers that were impacted by tropical cyclone Niran are eligible for a $25,000 government grant. However, growers say it’s not enough and not targeted towards the…

    USDA

    Between FY 2009 and 2019 banana imports increased from $1.2 to $2.2 billion

    Consumers have preferred more fresh produce as many Americans substitute fresh for processed foods in pursuit of healthier diets. Additionally, increasing ethnic diversity and growing appreciation for more tropical fruit have led to growing imports of fruits such as pineapples, mangos, and papaya. This…

    Philippines banana exports dropped 51% in January

    In January, banana exports from the Philippines plummeted by 51 percent to 186,419.019 tons, from last year’s 384,151.173 tons, according to the latest Philippine Statistics…

    Indian bananas top pick by overseas importers

    There was a substantial growth in Indian banana exports, both in volume and in value terms in the past three financial years. Importing countries have been preferring bananas…

    Fairtrade takes big steps towards living wages for banana workers

    Fairtrade has announced a new base wage for all Fairtrade certified banana plantations. The revised standard marks a unique move towards a living wage, benefitting thousands of workers. This will make a real difference to the New Zealand market where up to 8% of all bananas sold are Fairtrade bananas.…

    Taiwan Technical Mission develops new tool for St. Lucia banana sector

    The Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) in St. Lucia is intended to assist banana growers to increase their productivity, output and overall efficiency. Typically,…

    Global Alliance for Cooperation in the Fight against Fusarium R4T

    The banana sector is threatened by the Tropical Fusarium Race 4, which is also known as the Panama disease. The fungus is lethal for plantations and renders the affected…

    Laos: Bananas remain top agricultural export

    Laotian bananas continue to be a top earner among all agricultural products, with the total export value of agricultural produce in 2020 reaching almost US$1 billion. This is…

    Fyffes commits to reducing food loss in its own operations by 80% by 2030

    About a third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste each year, representing about 7% of total greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Food and Agriculture…

    Paraguay

    Capabap denounces the governor of Central for not including the banana in the school food program

    The Paraguayan Banana and Pineapple Chamber (Capabap) filed a complaint with the National Directorate of Public Procurement (DNCP) against the Central Government, administered…

    Shippers turn to other supplying countries for bananas

    Supplies of bananas from traditionally sourced countries continue to be tight. Andy Thomas-Stivalet of Kadivac Produce estimates that 15-20 percent of the total weekly supply to the United States was disrupted due to the losses in Honduras and Guatemala following the hurricanes, including Hurricanes Eta…

    Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

    Guatemalan bananas at £0.77 per kg

    This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.80 for…

    Banana farmers want EC$1.9 million loan guarantee from Saint Lucia government

    The reluctance of the Government of Saint Lucia to guarantee an EC$1.9 million loan from the Saint Lucia Development Bank (SLDB) to the National Fair Trade Organisation Saint…

    Value chain development programme helps to get better prices

    Andhra Pradesh banana growers raking it in

    The initiatives of the Indian Horticulture Department seem to be yielding results. Apparently, the banana value chain development programme is contributing to the…

    Biotropic bananas now in folding crates

    "Savings effects continue at our banana ripening facility"

    A year ago, wholesaler BioTropic launched the project 'Reusable packaging for bananas' and it now relies on EPS reusable crates, especially developed for bananas. From now on, its bananas will be packed, ripened and delivered in reusable crates. This step is intended not only to reduce packaging waste,…

    Japan finds fungicides on Taiwanese bananas

    As Taiwan is increasing its export of pineapples to Japan due to China's ban, due to high levels of fungicides, the Japanese ordered the removal of 750 boxes of Taiwanese…

    Iran: Fruit exports 20 times larger than imports

    According to Rouhollah Latifi, the spokesperson of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, Iran imported 380,009 tons of fruit worth $267.71 million and exported…

    Taiwanese pineapples qualify for Tokyo Olympics

    Officials have stated that Taiwan's pineapples, along with mangoes, dragon fruit, and bananas, have met the requirements to be served at the Tokyo Olympics. On March 11, Chen…

    Market demand for import bananas has room to grow

    There is a shortage of top-quality bananas in the Chinese market

    Last year the Chinese banana market was chaotic. The bananas were reasonably priced, but there were no buyers. After a year of chaos, the Chinese banana market began to…

    Banana breeding tracking tool BTracT makes light work of breeding

    Banana breeding tracking tool BTracT was developed as part of a project led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). It is a digital tool that uses…

    Christophe Vandenbroeck, Vandamme, Belgium:

    “It was an eventful year”

    "When the first lockdown began, we struggled to get the volumes we needed," says Vandamme's Christophe Vandenbroeck. This Belgian company sells roughly 80,000 boxes of bananas every week. They primarily supply supermarkets. "COVID-19 made 2020 an unusual year." Christophe Vandenbroecke He points out that when the pandemic broke…

    Paraguayan bananas produced in Cordillera reach the Argentine market

    Banana producers from the town of San José Obrero, in the department of Cordillera, have already shipped the first loads of the 30,000 boxes of Paraguayan bananas the…

    Ideas Contest 2020/2021 organized by the Del Campo al Plato Program, with the support of GFA Consulting Group and GIZ

    Integration of biodiversity in Costa Rican and Dominican Republic banana and pineapple value chains

    The 2020-2021 Ideas Contest for biodiversity, which was organized by the Del Campo al Plato (CAP) Program, aims to position and integrate the issue of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Costa Rica's and the Dominican Republic's banana and pineapple value chain. The contest received nearly 100…

    Western Australia

    “The tropical rains we experienced a few weeks ago gave the bananas a turbo-injection"

    While many Western Australian businesses have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and/or weather issues, few have been as impacted by both as the Sweeter Banana plantation…


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