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October 26-29

International banana convention to be held in Ecuador and virtually

The objective of the International Banana Convention, which this year celebrates its XVIII edition in hybrid mode, is to strengthen and expand trade relations between the…

The volume exported to this region has decreased in the last two years

The Ecuadorian banana seeks to strengthen its presence in East Asia

East Asia, which has more than 1,600 million inhabitants and imports nearly 5.8 million tons of bananas a year, is a strategic market for the Ecuadorian banana industry.…

Ecuadorian banana workers report bad wages and job security situation

Workers in the Ecuadorian banana industry have reported rapid downward pressure on wages and contractual conditions on plantations as result of the availability in the country…

US supply chain issues

'Goods from Asia will be delayed, but not bananas'

While some consumer goods from Asia may go missing, bananas will continue to be on US supermarket shelves. Tony Taviano, a fruit broker with B&B Imports in Visalia,…

Farmers tally their losses after Kerala flooding

Hundreds of plantains and vegetables such as spinach ready for harvesting in Kalliyoor village have been submerged as Vellayani lake breached its banks in the recent heavy…

Costs, climate and more pressure on organic banana production

Supplies of organic bananas are nearing the end of peak production for the year. “While earlier in the year supply was affected by a number of storms, supply today is right where it’s to be expected,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, president and CEO of Organics Unlimited based in San Diego, CA, who adds…

Special Fund for Agricultural Development, Dominican Republic:

FEDA sells almost two million units of bananas in Greater Santo Domingo

Some 1.8 million plantains were sold in different sectors of Greater Santo Domingo during the week of consumption of plantains. This activity was organized by the Special Fund…

The volume shipped has decreased by 6% and the value by 10%

Ecuadorian banana exports decreased in the first 8 months of the year

Data published by the Central Bank of Ecuador (ECB) confirms that banana and plantain exports between January and August 2021 have decreased when compared to the same period…

Honduras' presidential candidate, Nasry 'Tito' Asfura, supports the country's banana sector

The presidential candidate for the National Party, Nasry "Tito" Asfura, and Ebal Diaz, who is aspiring to represent the department of Francisco Morazan in the Senate, ratified…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Current average week prices at £0.74 for bananas from Colombia

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.74 for bananas…

Important step for the development of regenerative agriculture in the Costa Rican banana sector

The companies Disagro, Bayer and Biome Makers met recently in San Jose, Costa Rica, together with important players in the production and marketing of bananas in Latin…

Dennis Rösch, Mona Lisa Großhandel Ltd:

"In my opinion, bananas from Colombia are among the best"

Mona Lisa Großhandel Ltd from Bremen offers bananas from South America, besides fruits and vegetables from the Balkans, Greece, Italy and Spain. Over the summer, according to Dennis Rösch, the banana trade was quite sedate, but compared to last year, this year's prices are 'bearable again'. Rösch spoke…

Taiwan’s bananas have been exported for three consecutive years as after-meal fruits for Japanese schoolchildren

Since the Council of Agriculture signed the "Memorandum of Cooperation for the Development of Intensified Food and Cultural Exchanges" with Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan in 2019, nearly 100,000 metric tons of bananas have been exported for Japanese schoolchildren's lunches, 25% of which are From…

Chinese banana sales are affected by continued warm temperatures

The banana production seasons are nearly over in Hainan and Guangdong. Most of the bananas on the Chinese market come from production areas in Guangdong or are imported from Southeast Asia. Temperatures in south China have been relatively warm at the beginning of autumn, and these weather conditions are…

The Supreme Court of Panama rules in favor of Banapiña in lawsuit filed by Baru producers

The plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice declared that the seventh, eighth, eleventh, twentieth, twenty-first, twenty-sixth, and twenty-eighth clauses of contract…

Bananas - lively sales yet a few problems

The demand for bananas is increasing. Compared with the same period in 2020, the situation is different mainly due to the fact schools have reopened and despite the usual drop in orders and prices of the summer season. Were it not for a series of problems, things could be even more positive.  "There have been…

Uttar Pradesh bananas to be exported to Iran via sea freight

India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an organization under the federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, will dispatch the…

Philippines: Agricultural damage in storm Maring’s aftermath estimated at P692 million

Tropical Storm Maring left the Philippines with an estimated P692 million (€11.8 mln) worth of damage to agriculture, livestock, and fisheries in Northern Luzon. The damage…

Vietnamese fruit exports to South Korea surging

Vietnam exported $107.25 million worth of fruit and vegetables to South Korea in the first eight months of 2021, up 3.47 percent year-on-year. The export value of vegetables…

Which fusarium strain is attacking the banana plantations of Colombia and Peru?

Ecuadorian industry experts are looking into the question of which strain of fusarium it is that was found in northern Peru, near the Ecuadorian border. If it is fusarium…

30% of La Palma's banana production has already been lost due to the advance of the lava

More than three weeks after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted, the lava that continues to flow from its interior continues to devastate everything in its path, destroying…

Mozambique and Eswatini pick up on bananas as South Africa's bananas make way for citrus, avocados, macadamias

Mozambique’s climate and soil continuously attract banana producers to the country, many of them from South Africa. Some large banana producers in particular parts of Limpopo (like Hazyview and Levubu) have exited the banana industry, taking out large tracts of bananas to replace with citrus, avocados or…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Costa Rican bananas sold for £0.75 this week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.57 for bananas…

Banana exports from Laos to China are stuck in shipment difficulties

Recently, according to reports from insiders of the Lao Banana industry, bananas in Lao-producing areas are in a difficult situation in terms of shipment. According to a…

Canary bananas affected by ash will be frozen to prevent food waste

La Union Corp. and the Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores de Plátano de Canarias (ASPROCAN) have announced the start of tests to freeze the Canary bananas damaged by the ash of the volcano of La Palma, using a new technology that makes it possible to preserve the fruit for as long as necessary,…

September 2021

Banana exports Cameroon up 14% YoY

In September 2021, banana exporters from Cameroon exported 20,471 tons of the fruit, according to figures recently published by the Banana Association of Cameroon (ASSOBACAM).…

Banana industry members meet to highlight key concerns

At Fruit Attraction, the fruit and vegetable fair held in Madrid, banana producers and exporters from Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica…

Fairtrade International

Standards Committee approved new Fairtrade Minimum Prices for bananas

On 6th October 2021, the Standards Committee of Fairtrade International approved the new Fairtrade Minimum Prices for bananas, which will be valid for contracts with producers, delivering at Ex Works or FOB level, from 1 st January 2022. The minutes of the Standards Committee meeting will be published on…

Lava and ash suffocate La Palma's banana sector

On Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, held an online meeting with the representatives of the Canarian agricultural sector. He relayed the Government's…

Food and Agriculture Organization - UN

Developments in global banana trade – results for 2020

Higher shipments from Latin America and Caribbean offset by lower exports from Asia and Africa

The Banana Market Review is issued on an annual basis to Members & Observers of the Sub-Group on Bananas of the Intergovernmental Group on Bananas and Tropical Fruits, which is a subsidiary body of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP). This report describes full year results on developments in…

October 13th

AgroFair event for 'The Future of Bananas and Fairtrade' takes place online

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AgroFair, we are pleased to invite you to our online event that will take place on the Wednesday 13th of October at 4 p.m. (Brussels…

Compared with the same period in previous years, the price reduction rate reached more than 70%

China: The overall quality of Hainan's Musa AA Banana is barely satisfactory and the price is low

At present, many kinds of fruits produced in Hainan are hot items and the Musa AA Banana is one of them. These bananas are mainly sold to Henan, Shaanxi, Hubei, Fujian, and…

Tanzania: Banana trade deal might trickle down to other crops

A trading initiative by the Nairobi-based Twiga Foods Company and a large group of banana growers, spearheaded by the Kilimanjaro-based Mackjaro Company, could bring a new…

Cumbre Vieja volcano destroys banana plantations

Island of La Palma experiences new quake

Yesterday, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck in La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands. Volcanic eruptions have been underway there since September 19. According to data…

Frits Popma, Popma Fruit Expertise, about India’s tentative entry into the banana export market:

“It will take time”

Where are the most bananas grown? Most people would answer the Philippines, Guatemala, Colombia or Perú. These countries are well-known for the large volumes of bananas they ship to Europe every year. They are all in the top ten banana-producing countries. But, in 2019, India exported the most bananas - 30.5 million tons. This…

Agriculture minister Mkenda calls for efforts to market banana crop locally, regionally and abroad

According to Kevin Remen, business environment manager of Tanzania’s Taha Group, banana growers in the northern regions will benefit from the new market for one of their food…

45 Ecuadorian fruit exporting companies present at Fruit Attraction Madrid

Two years after the last appointment, 45 Ecuadorian fruit exporting companies could personally contact their clients in the European market again. Fruit Attraction began in…

Ecuador exported 13.8 million fewer boxes of bananas to its partners between January and August

Ecuador's banana exports showed a 5% year-on-year drop between January and August, according to data from the Ecuadorian Banana Exporters Association (AEBE). This means the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas at £0.79 for goods from Belize, steady 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 £0.79 for bananas…

Ecuador is Russia's leading banana supplier accounting for 97% of the bananas they consume

The Ecuadorian banana sector seeks a trade agreement with Russia

On October 11, the generalized system of preferences (GSP) granted by Russia as part of the Eurasian Economic Union (UEEA) for a group of Ecuadorian products will expire and,…

Banana producers from La Palma access the farms located outside the exclusion zone to harvest and water the crops

The Cabildo de La Palma has designed an operation for the banana sector to try to save part of the harvest and thus reduce the impact that the volcano is having on the economy…

Scientific review on management of Panama TR4

Panama TR4, which affects bananas, is non-eradicable. Strong biosecurity measures as well as early detection are currently the most effective defense against an incursion.…

Prime Minister wants to revamp Cameroon's banana industry

On September 29, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute chaired a meeting dedicated to seeking ways to revamp his nation’s banana sector. The government has set out to revamp the…

Yara develops a new foliar fertilizer for banana cultivation

Banana growers now have a new foliar nutrition solution for their crops. The Norwegian company  Yara, which has been present in Ecuador for more than fifteen years, developed an…

Cuba is home to one of the world's most important viand, plantain, and banana germplasm banks

The National Institute for Tropical Viand Research (Inivit), which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) of Cuba, has been dedicated for more than 45 years to the…

Gabaceras, the Canarian banana brand, launches its new image

"We have been working on the makeover of the Gabaceras brand for months. This is a project that was born on our beloved island of La Palma, which today is going through one of…

Name change into Friendly Organic Foods

Ecuadorian organic banana grower switches operations

Certified organic banana exporters since 2004, Guayaquil-based company Exporganic S.A. switches operations and is now Friendly Organic Foods S.A. The new company merges all operations under one company and introduces some changes and additions to its product line-up. Since the beginning of 2021, and…

Asprocan, on the impact of the volcano on La Palma

"The supply of Canary bananas is guaranteed in all Spanish markets"

The Association of Banana Producers' Organizations of the Canary Islands (ASPROCAN), representing all the Producers' Organizations that bring together 100% of the sector, has made the following statements in response to the crisis that the island of La Palma is experiencing due to the eruption of the…

Latin American bananas still threatened by Panama Tropical Race 4

Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4), is spreading across Latin America. Virtually undetectable and untreatable, the disease is a serious threat to farmers of Cavendish bananas, the…

Idukki district, state of Kerala

Farmer loses 300 banana bunches to thieves in just 90 days

Paulson Solomon is a farmer hailing from Karunapuram. In just 90 days, he has lost 300 banana bunches from his 3 ha plot, amounting to a loss of around Rs 300,000 (€3,600).  Solomon…

Chiquita

Chiquita promotes breast cancer awareness via limited-edition pink stickers

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chiquita is once again giving its iconic Blue Sticker a pink makeover to match the Pink Ribbon - an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. For the fifth year in a row, in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS),…

Martinique: Banana packaging utilized in waste-to-energy project

A new waste-to-energy project in the Caribbean is set to convert commercial waste into carbon-free renewable hydrogen syngas, generating electric power on the island.…

Kenyan scientists deploy CRISPR to protect bananas from diseases

Researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) scientists in Kenya are looking into genetic modifications to produce more resilient bananas. They…

Mexico banana shippers sound alarm on rising organic banana costs

Over the past 18 months, society has endured unprecedented health, social and economic turmoil simultaneously on a global scale. The Mexican organic banana industry has successfully produced and delivered the highest quality fruit possible. "In the last 12 months, our industry has delivered more than…

Taiwan comes to aid of banana industry in St Lucia

Saint Lucia's once-thriving banana industry, which is currently struggling to maintain production, quality standards and revenue inflows, continues to receive technical and…

Peru detects the presence of Foc R4T in 72.5 hectares of bananas in Piura

The general director of Plant Health of the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa), Josue Carrasco, stated that authorities had detected the presence of the Fusarium…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.79 per kg: up 16% 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 from Belize stood at £0.79…

China: Banana market downturn, prices of Laos banana continue to slump

Recently, the overall performance of the banana market in each producing area has been average, and the banana price index has continued to fall. In terms of shipment,…

Banana exports from Philippines dropped 44% from January to July

Filipino banana exports from January to July plunged by 44 percent to 1.376 million tons from 2.484 million tons  recorded volume in the same period of last year. Philippine Statistics…

Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica still largest exporters of bananas into EU27

In the period of January to May 2021, Spanish banana growers produced 14,500 tons of bananas, to be marketed within the region of production. Another 115,000 tons were produced in Spain, but marketed outside the region of production. Prices for these bananas came in at €0.60 for the former, and €0.70 for…

Banana snack company acquires Ecuador-based supplier

Barnana Snacks has deepened its commitment to organic farmers by acquiring its Latin American supply and manufacturing partner, Agroapoyo, based in Quito, Ecuador. The formal step was taken to cement a long and fruitful partnership built on mutual respect and shared values that has propelled…

Auckland warehouse fire destroys 35,000 cartons of bananas

A fire, raging in an Auckland warehouse, destroyed 35,000 cartons of bananas. The blaze broke out in fruit marketing and distribution company, MG Marketing facility’s banana…

Spanish farmers see volcano ravaging La Palma banana crop

On the island of La Palma, streams of black lava coming from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, have been slowly ploughing westward from the eruption site since Sunday, destroying…

Filipino government must spend P4 bln to increase banana output

Industry players demand that the Filipino government should invest at least P4.088 billion (€70 mln) over the next four years to bankroll interventions that will increase…

China: The average price of imported bananas rose month-on-month, and Vietnam's banana imports fell significantly

According to customs data, China’s banana imports in August 2021 were 158,700 tons (158,697,983 kg), with an import value of US$91,686,188 and an average import price of…

Electricity Corporation of Ecuador

CELEC EP and banana sector reps sign agreement on Ecuador-Peru Electric Interconnection

Late last week, the Electricity Corporation of Ecuador (CELEC EP) and the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), signed an agreement on the layout of the…

Central Africa

Researching climate-smart strategies for root, tuber and banana crops

Root, tuber and banana (RT&B) crops are widely cultivated across sub-Saharan Africa. The extensive planting of RT&B crops highlights their adaptive nature, but a team of…

Elisa Martínez, of Europlátano: "Many of our agricultural producers and workers have been evacuated".

Lava from volcanic eruption in La Palma causing great damage to the banana industry

The volcano of La Palma, which erupted this Sunday at 15.12, local time, in Montaña Rajada, in the forest area of Cabeza de Vaca in El Paso, has made it necessary to evacuate 5,000 people. As reported by Efe, the lava flow has an average height of six meters, has so far emitted between 6,000 and 9,000…

Panama has increased its banana exports in 2021

Panama has exported 242,840 tons of bananas so far this year, i.e. 7.1% more than in the same period of the previous year. According to Jose De La Lastra, the director of the…

Erode district, Tamil Nadu

50,000 banana trees damaged in heavy winds

Heavy rains, accompanied by whirlwinds, damaged 50,000 banana trees near Bhavani in Erode district on Monday night. Banana plantations spread across 100 acres in Ettikottai, Thalapalayam and Koonakkapalayam villages in Olakadam county have sustained maximum damage. Farmers had planted varieties like red…

Average weekly UK wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin

Weekly wholesale banana prices mostly stable

The average weekly banana prices from various countries have remained mostly stable this week. There is a slight increase in bananas form Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Click here to see the current weekly prices 

Afruibana

"Let's continue to build together a fair and sustainable banana value chain"

As they enter the period of contractualization of commitments for the following year with retailers, African producers, wish to draw the attention of stakeholders to the cost…

A scientific approach to managing Panama TR4 in bananas

An independently commissioned review into Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) in Far North Queensland has provided a list of research priorities to help guide industry to manage the disease in the long term. Panama TR4 destruction zoneDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Chief Biosecurity…

Agricultural waste fibre tech company completes food packaging trial

Agricultural waste fibre tech company Papyrus Australia has completed its food packaging trial. The trial saw the company use its factory-produced refined banana fibre to…

Fyffes first to receive new rainforest alliance certification

Fyffes banana farm Esmeralda, in Costa Rica, is the first in the world to receive the new Rainforest Alliance certification, version 2020, which deploys a radically new management system approach to environmental, labor, social and economic risks. Following many years of successful collaboration,…

China resumes imports of dragon fruit & bananas from Vietnam

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam has stated that his ministry has dispatched a working group to work out a plan alongside the Chinese…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Ecuador at £0.68 per kg, up 3% 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. Bananas from Ecuador sold for £0.68 per kg, up 3% from last week.…

Cambodia ratifies Free Trade Agreement with China

On September 9, the National Assembly of Cambodia ratified the bilateral free trade agreement with China, aimed to increase the trade of goods by reducing and eliminating…

Banana Growers' Council has no concerns with Bunnings selling banana plants

The Banana Growers' Council has allayed concerns raised by some growers over hardware giant Bunnings selling banana plants. The Council heard concerns about the sale of banana…

No Frills discount grocery chain

Canada: Grocer uses bananas as video game controllers

Canadian discount grocery chain No Frills has revived interest in the humble Macintosh computer after retrofitting the ‘ancient’ Apple device to accept inputs from bananas. No Frills commissioned the unconventional controller as a great way to interact with the chain’s grocery shopping video game No…

Fourth discovery in six weeks by Albanian officials

Port of Durres: Cocaine found in exotic fruit consignment

Ten kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Albanian Port of Durres this Tuesday. The drugs were stashed inside a consignment of bananas destined for the Alba Exotic Fruit…

Ecuador: Less than 10,000 hectares of informally planted bananas and plantains legalized

When the process of regularization of banana and plantain crops started last year, the Ecuadorian authorities sought to confirm the hectares planted. Previous calculations for…

Chinese customs office in Dalian confiscates 3,000 boxes of Vietnamese bananas on the grounds of trademark infringement

The customs office in Dayaowan port, in Dalian, investigated 3,080 boxes of Vietnamese imported bananas and confiscated them on the grounds of trademark infringement. The…

Dutch buyers association collects data from all banana suppliers to see if living wages being paid

Superunie and its banana suppliers have collected information. That is concerning the current wage status and how it differs from living wages. So this Dutch purchasing group…

Latin American banana growing countries make statement regarding cost increases

This statement is from the banana producers and exporters of Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica, representing 60 percent of the global…

Canarian banana producers could face losses of up to 100 million euro

According to the Association of Banana Producer Organizations of the Canary Islands, the Canary Islands' banana sector could have losses of up to 100 million euro in sales…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize sell for £0.68 in the UK

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…

The logistics and transportation costs of banana exports soar by up to 300% in Colombia

Colombia is the world's fifth-largest exporter of bananas, a fruit that ranks as the third most important product in the Colombian agro-export basket and accounts for 5.3% of…

Philippines

Large investments to revive Maguindanao banana farms

The Bangsamoro Board of Investments – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BBOI-BARMM) is aiding the rebuilding of banana farms in Maguindanao with PHP200 million…

Philippine Statistics Authority:

Fruit harvests see mixed result in Q2 2021

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that harvests of four major fruits were mixed in the second quarter; banana and pineapple output gains shadowed by declines for…

Banana prices in free fall

Prices of imported bananas in Europe are historically low, and the trend should last. Less than 10 euros [12 USD] per box of 18.5 kg this summer. An extremely low price which was last seen in 2011 on…

Pineapple posts largest production gain for Philippines in Q2

Pineapples posted the largest production gain among the country’s major fruit crops in Q2 2021, growing by 4.6 percent. According to data from the Philippine Statistics…

"Producer, importer, and ripener margins are almost nonexistent; it's a massacre for the sector"

It's been a catastrophic summer for imported banana prices in Europe

This is the lowest price reached by bananas at this time of the year in the ten years that the Fruitrop economic research unit created within CIRAD (Center for International…

The Dominican Association of Banana Producers has been constituted

The Dominican Association of Banana Producers (Adoplatano) was constituted on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Adoplatano will aim to contribute to the strengthening and expansion of…

A project seeks to add value to the 30,000 tons of organic bananas that are discarded annually in Piura

The 'International Market Study of New Products Derived from Organic Bananas and Fresh Organic Bananas', carried out within the framework of the Agroindustrial Innovation…

Some 20,000 tons of bananas go unsold

China unexpectedly stopped taking Vietnamese bananas

As China has unexpectedly stopped collecting bananas, a large amount of Vietnamese bananas remains unsold, including 20,000 tons in Lao Cai and Lai Chau alone. Taskforce 3430…

Organic banana grower kicks off GROW Month

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 16th annual GROW Month starting today.  This year, Organics Unlimited is partnering with The Produce Moms® to highlight all of the GROW program’s global social responsibility efforts. These include promoting…

Del Monte products featuring in Netflix game

“Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” campaign across Europe

Fresh Del Monte partners with DreamWorks Animation and Universal to offer dedicated promotions and launch an Augmented Reality game called Dinosaur Challenge. A wide range of…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia witness 6% rise in price

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…

Colombian banana workers negotiated pay rise

Last week Sintrainagro, the Colombian Union of Agricultural Industry Workers, reached a negotiated agreement with employers association Augura that will see workers in the…

USDA

Apples and oranges are top US fruit choices

Apples held the top spot for total fruit available for consumption in 2019 with loss-adjusted apple juice availability at 12.6 pounds (1.4 gallons) per person, fresh apples at roughly 10 pounds per person, and canned, dried, and frozen apples totaling to 3.3 pounds per person. Source: USDA  Bananas (13.4 pounds per person)…

Increasing costs pressure organic banana growers and shippers

Supplies of organic bananas are in peak production currently. “A storm and hurricane did impact farms in our growing areas. But thanks to being at peak production, there is a lot of fruit and we have been able to offset any storm damage as our farms have recovered,” says Mayra Velazquez de León of…

43% of La Palma's agricultural area is devoted to bananas

Bananas are undoubtedly the most important crop on La Palma. They're grown on 2,958.2 hectares, i.e. 43% of the island's 6,943.6 hectares agricultural surface in production,…

Overall price remains low

Chinese banana market conditions continue to weaken

Conditions in Chinese banana production areas have not been great in the last few weeks. The production volume is growing as more and more bananas ripen, but the product…

September 20th-23rd, 2021, Virtual Event

Business Matchmaking Ecuador: Bananas and non-traditional fruits

The Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries (MPCEIP) – PRO ECUADOR, through its Commercial Offices, invites companies to participate in the Virtual…

North Cotabato province, Philippines

Modern banana farms expected to thrive in North Cotabato

In North Cotabato province, banana farms are soon to spring up in a 5,000-hectare special geographic area of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).…

The measure affects bananas, among other products

Ecuador will seek a trade agreement with Russia after the elimination of preferences

The generalized system of preferences (GSP) granted by Russia, as part of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) for a group of Ecuadorian products, expires on October 11. This…

"Large banana plantations remain popular"

"Chinese import volume of bananas from the Philippines declined by nearly 30%"

When the temperatures rise, the retail volume of Chinese bananas declines. The traditional off season takes place in the summer, but that is also the time of year when bananas grow fastest. Hainan, Guangdong, and especially Guangxi supply large volumes of bananas to the Chinese market. In general, there…

Podgorica.Montenegro Police

Montenegro police capture record haul of cocaine in banana shipment

A record amount of cocaine has been found in Montenegro. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of bananas from South America. Around 900 kilograms of the illegal substance was found in 1,205 packages, law enforcement said in a statement late last week. The shipment was discovered on Thursday night in…

Banana production in Laos is relatively stable

Price conditions in Chinese banana production areas are not great

In most banana production areas the prices dropped last week (16-22 August), and in only a few did the prices rise. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is rather significant…

$50 million to assist Jamaican banana, plantain farmers affected by tropical storm

Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is to provide $50 million to the Banana Board, as emergency aid to assist banana and plantain farmers whose fields suffered…

For bananas produced in the EU

Average wholesale prices of yellow bananas as a 3-week average at around €120 per 100 kgs

In France, the average wholesale prices of bananas produced in Europe stood at €110 per 100 kgs in week 31. In the Netherlands, the same volume sold for €53. The average wholesale prices of yellow bananas as a 3-week average ended up at around €120 per 100 kgs, which is about €20 higher than in 2019, but…

Coliman Bananas announces new president

After the unfortunate death of its founder and president, Jorge Aguilar Heredia, the Shareholders' Council had to appoint his successor to the presidency of the company. Jorge…

Ecuadorean banana exports improved in July

Between January and July, Ecuador exported 223 million boxes of bananas, i.e. 3.79% fewer boxes than in the same period of last year. However, sales improved in July.…

Bananas are leading agricultural comeback in Belize

Bananas are one of the two Belizean agricultural industries that are on the comeback trail after drought and pandemic-related setbacks (the other being sugar). Banana…

Bananas from the Philippines expand their share of the Chinese market

Analysis of Chinese banana import in July, 2021

Chinese banana imports in July declined by 4.08% in comparison with June, and decreased by 4.71% in comparison with July last year. The Philippines is still the largest…

Sullana is the main producing area in the Peruvian department of Piura

Piura's organic banana exports already exceed 91 million dollars

Piura is the main organic banana producing and exporting region in Peru with a 93% participation in the sector. Between January and the second week of August of this year,…

Philippines

Davao banana farmers want to uphold Marsman contract

Most of the members of the Davao Marsman Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DAMARB MPC) intend to continue with its lease contract with export banana…

Province of Isabela, Philippines

San Agustin banana processing facility inaugurated

In the province of Isabela, the Filipino Department of Agriculture recently inaugurated the P5.5 million (€148.500) Banana Processing facility in the town of San Agustin to help the Isabela Cacao, Coffee and Banana Farmers Associaton. According to DA-2 Director Narciso Edillo , project will be used by…

Panama alleges problems with health permits

Costa Rica requests creation of arbitration panel at World Trade Organization

Costa Rican industry players have requested the creation of an arbitration panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its dispute with Panama over the blockade of the…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.66: 6% drop from last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.66 for bananas…

Fruit production Philippines improved in January-June period

The pineapple harvest in the Philippines reached a new record and boosted fruit production in the first semester, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.…

Controlling banana Xanthomonas Wilt Disease in East Africa

Africa contributes about one-third of the global banana production. The Great Lakes region of Africa (GLA), including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the largest banana-growing and consuming area with the most significant…

Taiwanese banana variety in Saint Lucia appears to be ‘more resistant to high winds’

Saint Lucia was struck by hurricane Elsa on July 2nd, 2021, and since the event, more than 60% of the banana plants were snapped or toppled, causing the banana industry to be…

Ripening concentrate expands to Netherlands for banana ripening

Catalytic Generators’ ethylene-based product, Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate, has received approval from the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) for use in banana ripening in the Netherlands. While not all countries regulate ethylene products for fruit…

Philippines banana exports down 47% in first semester

Philippine banana exports in the first half plunged by 47 percent to 1.154 million metric tons, the lowest volume recorded in five years, as the domestic industry continues to…

Going bananas in New Zealand heading into lockdown

As New Zealand went into lockdown on Tuesday after a COVID positive case was detected, it wasn't toilet paper that shoppers were rushing for in the shopping aisles. According…

Ecuador: Only 13% of banana areas ready to face the Fusarium

In Ecuador, only 13% of the Musaceae producing areas (banana, plantain, orito, among others) have complete infrastructure related to biosecurity measures against Fusarium Race 4. In other words, some 45,000 out of 350,000 hectares planted nationwide have cleaning stations, waste catchment areas and…


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