Bananas

Montreal importer ups the price of bananas to get fairer wages for farmers and workers in Central and South America

Bananas just might be the cheapest food at the supermarket. Now, a Montreal startup is asking buyers to think about why that might be, and to consider paying a little more to…

Key stakeholders of the global banana value chain show a united front in Madrid

Gathered at a conference held during the international flagship fruit industry event, Fruit Attraction in Madrid, prominent political and economic stakeholders including Latin American Ambassadors, representatives of the banana industry, European retailers, and a member of the European Commission’s…

Banana price announcement from Fairtrade International Standards & Pricing

Gudrun Schloepker, Director Standards and Pricing at Fairtrade International, yesterday issued a press release, stating: On 28th September 2022, the Standards Committee of…

Bahia: Value of fruit culture reaches r$ 4.5 billion

The value of fruit culture from Bahia has reached r$ 4.5 billion. The encompasses 21 products that are important for the economy of Bahia and that, in 2021, saw their value…

Chiquita stickers go pink for breast cancer awareness campaign

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chiquita is giving its blue sticker a pink makeover to match the Pink Ribbon - an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. For the sixth consecutive year, in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Chiquita’s…

Exporters lose over $12,000 for every container of bananas contaminated with drugs in Ecuador

As of September 29, 2022, Ecuadorian authorities have already seized 151 tons of illegal drugs, i.e. 20 more than in the same period of 2021. The latest seizure took place…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.96, up 7% 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 from Colombia stood at…

GROW scholars receive education and chase their professional dreams

As September has come to a close, Organics Unlimited is busy wrapping up GROW Month, a month when retailers celebrate how the GROW program positively impacts underserved communities in banana growing regions of Mexico and Ecuador through the sale of Organics Unlimited GROW label organic bananas.Recent…

Northern Territory banana freckle response plan approved

Following the detection of banana freckle in the Top End, a response plan to eradicate the disease from the Northern Territory has been approved. Since May, banana freckle has…

There is a large potential for Pakistan to increase its exports to Russia

Pakistan had a trade surplus of $6.421 million with Russia in July-August 2022. Data from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) shows that the bilateral trade volume was worth…

Banana production costs in Peru increased by 91% and exports up to August declined by 16%

From January to August 2022, Peruvian banana exports fell by 16%, amounting to 123,790 tons worth 87 million dollars, following a downward trend that has been recorded since…

Brazilians research fungus that combats two of the worst threats to banana cultivation

A soil-borne fungus that has not yet been studied in depth in Brazil or elsewhere, and that might be used to mitigate the harmful effects of the banana borer (Cosmopolites…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.90: No change 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 £0.96 for bananas…

Octavio Sotomayor, Earthfructifera, Ecuador:

“Meeting in Madrid a point of reference for Latam banana producers and EU supermarkets”

“The meeting between Latin American banana producers and European supermarkets in Madrid is going to be a point of reference. Everybody has extra costs, but no one wants to cover them. At the end of the day neither shipping lines nor supermarkets assume the losses of the value chain but the farmers do,”…

Taiwan's banana market is bleak

As the weather begins to cool down, apples, pears, grapefruit, and citrus produced in the autumn started to be listed. Bananas have also entered their harvest period. The main domestic banana-producing areas include Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Guizhou, and other regions, but Taiwan was still the best market in previous…

Pierre Monteux, Solveg:

“The Banana of Guadeloupe and Martinique has a unique agroecological production”

The Banana of Guadeloupe and Martinique continues to occupy a special place on the French market. It is the only French banana and has a unique agroecological production which prioritizes alternative methods (fallow land, weevil traps, ground cover, sanitary leaf removal) and biocontrol products. "These…

Bananas are still affordable as prices for other products are up

Even though Canadian grocery prices are quickly going up, bananas are still cheap. According to Statistics Canada, average retail prices for bananas in July 2022 stayed relatively stable. At $1.68 per kilogram, bananas are one of the few fruits that are still affordable for many households. How can this…

Appealing new variety banana splits taste/TR4 problem

Ground-breaking research is bearing fruit in the quest to develop tasty bananas resistant to Panama TR4 disease, helping to protect good jobs in Queensland’s nation-leading…

Police in Ecuador seize 3.5 tons of cocaine hidden in banana container

Some 3.5 tons of cocaine has been seized at the seaport of Guayaquil in a police operation, Ecuadoran police reported late last week. The drugs were packed in 88 suitcases,…

Bunchy top disease threatens East African bananas

East Africa’s banana production region is threatened by the invasive spread of the banana bunchy top virus. The virus occurrence in East African countries was recorded in…

Hoping to keep their exports competitive

Filipino banana exporters wants government to ease customs penalties

Filipino banana exporters are seeking presidential intervention to unburden them from customs fees that are making their products less competitive internationally. According…

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine implements risk-based sampling for bananas and plantains at US ports of entry

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin risk-based sampling (RBS) on banana and…

Jose Antonio Hidalgo assumes the inter-gremial coordination of Ecuador's Banana and Plantain Cluster

Jose Antonio Hidalgo, executive director of the Association of Ecuadorian Banana Exporters (AEBE), has been appointed as inter-gremial coordinator of the Ecuadorian Banana and…

Posing a threat to Africa's food security

New banana fungus is rapidly spreading across the globe

A new banana fungus is rapidly spreading across the world. The fungus hit Africa ten years ago, but it is now spreading, according to a genetic study conducted by Wageningen…

Sufficient supply in domestic production areas

Banana imports were down by around 9% in August

According to customs data, China imported 113,000 tons of bananas (113,010,927 kilograms) in August 2022, with an import value of US$69,172,503. The import volume decreased by…

Governor of Negros Oriental bans plant and soil transport due to Fusarium wilt

Pryde Henry Teves, the governor of Negros Oriental, has ordered a temporary suspension on the gathering and transport of garden soil and plants from two wards in Valencia town…

Inoculating Cavendish bananas with an avirulent Fusarium strain might protect them against Panama disease

Inoculating Cavendish bananas with an avirulent Fusarium strain might protect them against devastation by Panama disease The WUR-Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund…

Sales of Ecuador bananas dropped by 14% in Italy between January and July 2022

Bananas from Ecuador have had to tackle a series of issues lately: lower temperatures that affected production and grades, increase in production costs, logistic difficulties and a weaker Euro compared to the Dollar. Between January and July 2022,the sale of bananas from Ecuador dropped by 14% in Italy…

Ecuador increases the minimum price of a box of bananas to 6.50 dollars

The Ministry of Agriculture stated that banana producers and exporters had reached an agreement on the minimum support price for the box of bananas for 2023. The price will…

Seeing an increase in production of bananas and cocoa beans

Agricultural sector Cameroon is most dynamic sector nationally

According to the 2021 national accounts report recently released by the National Institute of Statistics (INS), primary activities in Cameroon improved by 2.9% in 2021. The…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.90, unchanged 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 £0.87 for bananas from Belize.…

Concerns over Dominican Republic banana operations post-Fiona

Now that growers and shippers are a little further out from Hurricane Fiona making its way from Puerto Rico--where it knocked out power and caused sizable damage--to the Dominican Republic (DR), a clearer picture of the damage done within the country is emerging. The storm moved through the DR on Monday…

Filipino Department of Agriculture boosts Apayao banana production

The Filipino Department of Agriculture expects a boost in the production of quality bananas in Apayao with government support for the industry. According to Eleanor Camut,…

Crisp deliberately opts to reduce banana margins

Dutch online-only supermarket takes control of own banana chain

For retailers, bananas are one of their most important fruit and vegetable items. Yet, it is also a high-risk product group regarding abuses in the chain and environmental impact. Dutch online-only supermarket Crisp wants to move away from that. It has taken full control of its banana purchasing. That…

A year after the volcanic eruption in La Palma, the banana sector demands the recovery of its crop

In 2021, Plátano de Canarias marketed more than 400 million kilos of bananas. 32% of this volume came from the island of La Palma, which was affected by the 85-day eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano that started on September 19 of last year and destroyed almost 600 hectares of banana cultivation. Since…

Joel Pascual (Cartama Europe): "We do not believe in the so called Green gold seeking but rather on the long term delivering of consistently better avocado”

Dutch sales office proving successful for largest Colombian avocado grower

Cartama opened a sales office in the U.K in 2017. Following that, two years ago, this, the largest avocado growing and exporting company in Colombia launched an office in the Netherlands too. According to general manager Joel Pascual, that was a perfect choice. "That gives us control over the entire…

Elnio Durán, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland:

"We hope the world will understand that it is impossible to keep banana prices at the same level in this situation of rising costs"

Inflation has become a major global concern. The supply chain has been under pressure due to the successive exceptional events of the last two and a half years, and this has resulted in prices increasing to concerning record highs. The rise in all costs has had a strong impact on agriculture, and more…

St Lucia government approves 30% subsidy on inputs to maintain banana production

The government of St Lucia has approved a 30% subsidy for banana farmers in light of the rising production costs and the productivity challenges faced by stakeholders in the…

The demand for plantain in Chile has been growing by up to 30% a year

Ecuadorian plantains gain more and more ground in the Chilean market. Maria Auxiliadora Rodriguez, president of the Association of Plantain Exporters (Asoexpla), stated during…

Leap in banana leaf disease control with new Bayer fungicide

A completely new concept in the control of banana leaf diseases is now available to growers with the introduction of Routine 200 SC Fungicide from Bayer. Routine is a new plant…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

UK national average price for bananas from Costa Rica at £0.94

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 £0.94 for bananas…

Ecuador to conduct crucial 2023 banana pricing talks in Europe

Ecuador will conduct crucial banana pricing negotiations with European buyers at this year’s Fruit Attraction 2022. This follows after face to face talks were halted over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, says Richard Salazar, executive director of Ecuador’s Banana…

Filippino share in Asian banana exports drops from 90% to 60%

The share in Asian banana exports of the Philippines, the world’s second-largest banana exporter, dropped from 90 percent to just 60 percent last year amid growing competition…

Ecuador's banana sectors fail to reach an agreement on the price of a box of bananas for 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) convened the first meeting to try to reach a consensus between the different parts of the banana sector on the price that will…

Danish brand Ganni introduces synthetic fibers made from bananas

Offering an alternative to synthetic fibers typically used for athleisure, Danish brand Ganni has crafted a three-piece tracksuit set made from banana waste. While still not…

Cameroon’s banana exports up 24.4% in first 8 months of 2022

By September 1, Cameroon had exported 15,733 tons of bananas, against 12,651 tons for the same period in 2021 According to data published by the Cameroon Banana Association,…

Banana production in La Palma could recover by 90% in at least two years

Domingo Martin, the president of the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan), said La Palma could recover ninety percent of its…

Banana production begins to wrap up in Hainan, and Guangdong becomes a mainstream production area

The off-season of banana consumption has basically ended. With the stocking season during mid-autumn festival stocking and the impact of school opening, the wholesale market…

The sector has been affected by the devaluation of the Argentine peso and low prices in the domestic market

Paraguayan banana producers are concerned about the economic losses they've had this year

Paraguay's banana sector used to generate more than 19 million dollars in income a year for the country, nearly 15 million of which were destined directly to the district of…

Australian Banana Growers’ Council appoints new CEO

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Leanne Erakovic as its new Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Jim…

Ecuador to feel impacts of euro devaluation

Earlier this week, the euro fell to its lowest value for almost 20 years against the dollar, closing at USD 0.99. The revaluation of the dollar against the euro is driven by…

Russia-Ukraine conflict complicates banana exports from Costa Rica

The war between Russia and Ukraine is complicating Costa Rica’s banana exports, due to the market saturation it generated. According to data from the Cámara de Comercio…

Jakarta and Tokyo are discussing increased trade cooperation

The Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto has welcomed Japanese Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry Nishimura Yasutoshi for discussions…

Concern over the crisis in the Panamanian banana sector in Bocas del Toro

After the recent closures due to the conflict between the Chiquita company and the workers, the Minister of Labor and Labor Development, Doris Zapata, said they had asked the…

Minions co-branded banana to be released in Hema

Dole launches Universal Studios licensing cooperation with festival in Shanghai

Dole and Minions to explore the Chinese market together intoDole has entered into an official partnership with Universal’s Minions series film. To celebrate this cooperation Dole and Minions officially held an IP licensing cooperation ceremony on September 3 in Shanghai. Kevin Xu, Vice President and…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £0.94: 8% rise 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 £0.88 for bananas…

Increased costs to stay until Navratri

Banana prices in Pune up to Rs 60 per dozen

After the month of Shravan, the demand for bananas has increased due to Gauri-Ganpati. However, there is a shortage of bananas in the market due to reduced cultivation, damage…

Twelve exporters from Ecuador agreed to return 1.3 million dollars for non-compliance with the Minimum Sustainability Price for bananas

As a result of the audits carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Ecuador, 12 banana exporting companies already paid a total of $657,876.25 for the…

Far North Queensland

Grant supports state-of-the-art banana packing facility and good jobs

Leading FNQ banana growers, Red Rock Agri will construct a state-of-the-art banana packing facility in Far North Queensland with help from funding under Round 4 of the Rural…

Ecuador's Alejandro de Humboldt National Environmental Foundation launches productive reforestation plan

"With this initiative we seek to change the course of Ecuador's agriculture and move it towards an organic environmental setting"

Land and water are more than just resources; they are a natural capital, essential for agriculture, and their degradation is not only an environmental or ecosystemic indicator, but also a determining factor for the social and economic development conditions of the populations living in the affected…

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Banana grower and distributor celebrates 17th annual GROW Month

Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 17th annual GROW Month starting on September 1, 2022.  Throughout September, the company will highlight its GROW program which focuses on social responsibility. These efforts include promoting sustainability,…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.76: 11% 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 stood at £0.76 for bananas from Belize,…

Dole China official promotion partner Minions 2

The Minions favorite fruit... bananas!

The long-awaited " Minions 2" new movie was released in theatres in China on August 19, after releases in July in North America. For domestic Minions fans, the Chinese film is an animation not to be missed, with star Michelle Yeoh as voice actress and popular singer Deng Ziqi and Jackson Wang for the…

Richard Salazar, executive director of Acorbanec:

"I am sure that other European supermarkets are going to imitate the improved banana sourcing policy announced by Aldi"

After months of struggle to get retailers in Europe to adhere to a commitment of responsibility, the Latin American banana sector is happy with the decision of the German supermarket Aldi, which has announced it will take a step forward to ensure greater sustainability in its banana supply chain through…

European Commission study:

'CAP has positive impact on the preservation of EU banana production'

The European Commission has published a report on the situation of the EU market for bananas and EU banana producers after the expiry of the stabilisation mechanism for…

Brandenburg Police seizes 660 kg of cocaine in banana shipment

After a tip from a greengrocer in the German federal state of Brandenburg, German police seized almost 660 kilograms of cocaine worth about €50 million in a shipment of…

Tropical fruit grower-shipper expands U.S. logistics team

Kapi Kapi Growers, a producer of pineapples and bananas, built upon its U.S. logistics team with the hiring of Latishia Bryant and Sharonda Masters. With nearly 14 years of experience in fresh produce transportation logistics, Bryant joined as logistics manager with a focus on program execution and…

Damien Daubenton, Ugpban-Fruidor:

This summer, the Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique has seen a significant increase in consumption

As the summer holidays draw to a close, the operational manager of Ugpban-Fruidor, Damien Daubenton, has shared what he knows about the evolution of the banana market since the beginning of 2022. “During the 1st semester of 2022, the supply on the European market was clearly lower than in 2021 (-2%). The…

Northern Australia

Switching crops and use of technology aids fruit growers in adapting to worker shortage

Hectares of trees on Western Australia's largest banana plantation have been replaced with fields of cotton; critical labor shortages are making the fibre more economically…

Highlighting challenges they face Instagram

Fairtrade collaborates with Banana Bruiser artist to celebrate banana farmers worldwide

Fairtrade has unveiled a creative collaboration with London-based ‘Banana Bruiser’ artist, Anna Chojnicka, who has created a unique piece of artwork in a tribute to the banana…

The shortage of Canary bananas due to the La Palma volcano has led to skyrocketing prices

"This is proving to be an absolutely exceptional year for Canary bananas"

The price difference between Canary bananas and those from other origins is huge at the moment. In the wholesale market of Mercabarna, in Barcelona, while bananas from other origins cost 0.80 Euro per kilo on average, those from the Canary Islands reach an average of 2.80 Euro per kilo. Why are Canary…

Alessandro Dal Bello from SIFE Italy

Low volumes and rising costs for the banana market

The situation is not easy on the banana market. The volumes expected are lower than normal, while all costs are rising. The result is an autumn of high prices. And without a high price level, companies may have to close their doors. This is in short what Alessandro Dal Bello of the Italian company SIFE…

GLOBAL MARKET OVERVIEW BANANAS

Bananas are not in great supply, when looking at the global market. For most areas, volumes are rather low, while demand is strong. South Africa seems to be the only territory with more than enough quantities available. Exports from Ecuador have been about 8% lower, while the eruption of the volcano in La Palma resulted in…

IAEA trained 12 Latin American scientists in mutation breeding

Nuclear technology could save the banana from Panama wilt

Bananas are under threat from one of the world’s most devastating banana diseases. Fusarium, or Panama wilt, is a type of fungus that is carried in the soil and attacks…

Demand in the off-season is not strong, and banana imports decreased by 20.20% in July

Currently, China's banana market is in its low season of consumption. As the market lacks a sustained positive boost, China's banana imports were 124,000 tons in July 2022, a decrease of 20.20% month-on-month. The average price of imported bananas was about 624.24 US dollars/ton in July 2022, a decrease…

EU wholesale prices of bananas

EU wholesale prices of yellow bananas imported from Latin America €102 in week 30

The average wholesale prices of yellow bananas produced in the EU in € per 100 kgs stood at €115 in France in week 30 of this year, at €88 in the Netherlands and at €285 in Spain. EU wholesale prices of yellow ACP bananas as a 3-week average stood at approximately €94 in week 30.   Click here to view the data sheet. Source: agriculture.ec.europa.eu

India is largest banana producer; Ecuador and Philippines rule the global market

Indian banana growers have been getting help from the Philippines, the world’s second-largest banana exporter, to train farmers in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya…

Cambodia: Banana exports down 7 percent in first seven months 2022

Banana exports from Cambodia have dropped in the first seven months of this year; the Ministry of Agriculture has reported a decrease of 7.28 percent. In the first seven…

Grapes & bananas in pole positions

Maharashtra agri exports increased by 22%

Exports of fruits and vegetables from the Maharashtra state have seen good growth. Agricultural exports from the state increased by 22 per cent in the financial year 2021-22…

The Ecuadorian banana sector sees it increasingly unlikely that the fruit will enter into the agreement with Mexico

In July and August, Ecuador achieved good results in the negotiations of trade agreements with China, South Korea, and Costa Rica, with which it has begun the first rounds of…

Embrapa Acre looks for new techniques to improve quality of bananas produced in Acre

Banana farming is one of the main sources of income in the state of Acre. Despite the benefits generated, the sector faces a major post-harvest problem: anthracnose, a disease…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.85: steady as 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 stood at at £0.85 for…

Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya launches digital strategy to improve sales of avocados and bananas

The Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya and affiliated agencies have launched a digital communication strategy to increase the export capacity of Kenyan-grown avocados and…

Shipping, supplies and climate leading to high banana and plantain pricing

Plantains and bananas are seeing some unusual activity right now. “Plantains are more scarce than usual. The market is very expensive--we’re seeing plantains north of $31 and I’ve never seen plantains in the market go for that price,” says Anthony Serafino of Exp Group, LLC.  Part of the issue is supply chain challenges…

In the first semester, shipments totaled 293.4 million dollars

Honduras' banana exports start to recover in 2022

Honduran banana exports in the first six months of 2022 totaled 293.4 million dollars, i.e. 158.4 million dollars more than the value achieved in the same period of 2021, the…

Ecuador: Police intercept 1,213 kilos of cocaine bound for Rotterdam

Ecuadorian police officials have intercepted a 3,500 kilograms of cocaine on its way to the Netherlands and other destinations on Friday. Hidden in trucks among bunches of…

National Research Centre for Banana

Indian research centre set to release two disease-resistant banana varieties

The National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) will introduce two new Grand Naine banana varieties during the course of the year, said director S. Uma. The centre would…

Logistics crisis and Ukraine war will affect Ecuador’s 2022 banana season

The logistics crisis has produced various effects for the world’s industries, especially for the fruit and vegetable sector, leading to an increase in prices and freight…

Western Australia

Albany is unlikely host to thriving banana crops

Banana crops may be more at home in tropical Queensland, but trial crops of these plants are thriving in one of Western Australia's coldest regions. The south coast of WA is…

Agriculture Ministry Saint Lucia restarts banana exports

Saint Lucia’s Minister for Agriculture has stated that the fortunes of Saint Lucia’s banana industry are changing for the better: “I am happy to report that we have…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £0.93: no change 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 stood at £0.93 for bananas…

Ghana: Agri sector contributes $476 mln to non-traditional exports

Ghana’s agricultural sector contributed $476 million to total non-traditional export (NTE) earnings last year.  According to data released by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority…

Changes in EU regulations impact Dominican bananas

Much of the Dominican banana production is organic and most of the exports are directed toward the European Union. Thus, the new Regulation on the Production and Labelling of…

Banana freckle disease continues to spread in Australia

Banana freckle disease is once again spreading in the Top End, leaving producers worried. The disease has now been recorded on 29 premises Batchelor-Rum Jungle region, Fly…

Colombian banana export prices fell by 11% in March

Banana prices in Colombia are still under pressure. According to Dane statistics, in March 2022, shipments presented an 11% drop in the implicit export price; which concerns…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood Services GmbH:

"Good spot market for bananas unique in summer"

Whereas the banana market traditionally shows a dip in the summer months, this year the market remains remarkably level. "The prices we are now seeing for green bananas are the best we have seen in years," says Hans Maagendans of Banafood Services GmbH in Straelen, Germany. "In Ecuador, the growing conditions…

Avante Agri-Products

Davao City company signs fruit export deal with Singapore firm

A fruit Filipino exporter has entered into a trade agreement with a Singaporean fruit wholesaler; the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said Avante Agri-Products will…

Resurgence of Panama disease

Banana growers fight renewed extinction risk as lethal fungus spreads

The Panama disease once again threatens to wipe out the crop key to economies across Asia, Latin America and beyond. Some scientists claim that Vietnam will lose up to 71% of…

Cameroon to boost banana and plantain production via partnership with Nigeria

Producers of bananas and plantains from Cameroon and Nigeria have agreed to cooperate to boost the production of these crops in Cameroon. The agreement was reached on Tuesday…

Direct Fresh Sourcing launches new private label Bellarillo for bananas

"By sourcing directly from our own plantation, we will significantly increase our organic volume"

Due to rising freight rates, dollar exchange rates, delivery delays and lower margins, the global banana market came under strong pressure in the last six months. From a longer-term perspective, however, the fruit still ranks number one with consumers. Organic bananas in particular - whether organic,…

New tech helps Australian banana farmers protect Great Barrier Reef

Farming in Australia is one of the biggest contributors to poor water quality on the Great Barrier Reef. It threatens corals and other marine life, but precision agriculture…

Incessant rains submerge large areas of banana plantations in Tamil Nadu

Farmers in the Tiruchi district of Tamil Nadu are a distraught lot as incessant rains have submerged crops on 750 acres of land. Crops, including banana, have been underwater…

Cambodian banana exports may reach 500,000 tons in 2022

The Cambodian Banana Association Alliance held a symposium for member companies in Phnom Penh on August 6. More than 50 representatives from alliance member companies and guests from all sectors attended the event. Chen Qisheng, Vice President of Cambodia Chinese Chamber of Commerce and General Manager…

Philippines

Three companies invest P468 mln for banana plantation in former conflict zone

What was a disputed zone between Moro rebels and government forces in the small town of Matanog in Maguindanao province has now been transformed into a banana plantation with…

Tropical fruit brand looks to make major headway in U.S.

With a commitment to sustainability through the years, Kapi Kapi Growers is making its presence known in the U.S. market. As a producer of premium pineapples and bananas, Kapi Kapi has operations on the east coast of the U.S. and is prepared to expand throughout the country. Its dedicated, passionate…

Banana freckle disease spreads to 12 new locations across Northern Territory

The Northern Territory government has confirmed multiple outbreaks of the fungal disease known as banana freckle. After initially being found on a single property near Rum…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.85 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 stood at £0.85 for bananas…

International study claims:

‘Starch found in bananas can reduce some cancers by more than half’

A 20-year trial seems to indicate that a starch found in bananas can reduce some cancers by more than half. The international study, which included researchers from the…

Cameroon Development Corporation boosts Cameroon’s exports for over three months

The three banana producers operating in Cameroon exported a total shipment of 13,203 tons, according to data published by the Cameroon Banana Association. Year-on-year, this…

Banana import volume declines by 27.16% compared to last month

Chinese domestic market for bananas enters slow season

Rising temperatures mark the beginning of the slow season in the Chinese banana market. China imported 155,400 tons of bananas in June, which is 27.16% less than in May. The…


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