Javier Palenzuela, general director of Coplaca:

"We estimate that about 50,000 tons of fruit may have been lost on the island of La Palma"

On December 13, 2021, the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma came to an end; undoubtedly long-awaited news that was widely celebrated, but an end that also meant…

Sainsbury set to drop plastic packaging on bananas

Sainsbury’s is about to ditch plastic packaging on its five-pack Fairtrade bananas. The move sees the grocer replace the plastic bag with a paper band, rolling out to all…

The fifth edition of this event will be held in Santa Marta (Colombia) on June 2 and 3

Banana Forum 2022: "Advances in the sector for sustainable production"

The Executive President of the Association of Banana Producers of Magdalena and La Guajira (ASBAMA), Jose Francisco Zuñiga Cotes, announced that the V Edition of the Banana Forum 2022: ‘Advances in the sector for sustainable production,’ would be held on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, at the Event…

Ecuadorian Ministry of Agriculture investigates complaints surrounding banana pricing

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock is investigating the complaints received against four exporters who have disregarded the minimum support price for a box of bananas.…

BASE and EMPA select Innoterra for early detection of defects in bananas

The Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have selected Innoterra to partner and develop…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average week price bananas from Belize at £0.93

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 £1.02 for bananas…

Statistics on bananas production, prices and trade

Average wholesale price of yellow bananas imported from Latin America at €102

Average wholesale prices of bananas imported from Latin America stand at €101 per 100 kgs in the Netherlands, roughly the same as the prices in Austria and Portugal. In France, they sold for slightly more at €113 per 100 kgs, but prices in Germany were substantially higher, at €123. The average wholesale…

Japan sees increased banana imports from Vietnam

Japan is currently importing bananas from several markets, such as Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Costa Rica. However, it seems that Vietnamese bananas are increasingly…

Ecuador presents plan for banana industry to counter effects from war in Ukraine

Ecuador is the world’s leading exporter of bananas, whose sales generate around US$3.5 billion each year and directly employ 250,000 Ecuadorians. Now, the Ecuadorian Ministry…

Ecuadorian banana growers join dialogue with Minister Bernardo Manzano

With almost fifteen days in office, the new Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Bernardo Manzano, continues to engage in dialogue with the different agricultural sectors.…

Cream Of The Crop strikes ripe partnership with Fyffes

Zero waste foods brand Cream Of The Crop has announced an official sustainability-focused partnership with Fyffes – one of the world’s leading distributors of tropical produce, and currently Europe’s largest importer of Fairtrade bananas. Fyffes has set itself a global target of reducing food waste by as…

Affected by the decline in the total production of domestic bananas

Imports of bananas have increased significantly in recent years

China is the largest producer of bananas, ranking second in the world after India. Since 2015, affected by multiple factors such as sluggish market conditions, banana fusarium…

Bananas as prime Ecuadorian non-oil export product

Ecuador surpasses Colombia and Peru in GDP growth

Ecuador is one of the countries to have benefited the most from the trade agreements that the states of the region maintain with the European Union, since the treaty that has…

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Kenya: Kalonzo admonishes governor Samboja over stalled banana plant

Kalonzo Musyoka, leader of Kenya’s Wiper Democratic Movement, has hit out at Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja, accusing him of laxity and failure to complete the much…

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South Korea introduces "One a Day Banana" approach

Smarter banana packaging means fruits are staggered by ripeness level

Bananas were none too common until recently in South Korea, as the nation doesn't have the climate to grow them. It wasn't until shipping links were set up with a Dole plantation in the Philippines that the fruit started to show up in Korean supermarkets. However, Korean companies have invented packaging…

Bermuda banana shortage expected to ease by June

Bermuda is experiencing a shortage of bananas owing to global demand for refrigerated containers. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources confirmed the shortage…

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1.5 tons of cocaine underway to Slovenia intercepted in Malta

Maltese customs officers have seized a record 1.5 tons of cocaine hidden in a container moving bananas from Colombia to Slovenia. The contraband, seized at Malta Freeport, is…

Dole China launches Everich Sweet banana line

Everich is a new sub-brand of Dole China. It’s product offering includes pineapples, papayas and other products. Recently a new product category was added with the launch of the Everich Gold Standard Sweet Banana. At its start, Dole China mainly sold imported fruits, and products such as golden pineapple…

Lidl introduces ‘living wage’ bananas for the benefit of overseas workers

Lidl will be the first retailer in Germany to use Fairtrade’s living wage tools and pay an additional price premium for the bananas they buy from plantations. In doing so, the…

Major crop damage in Andhra Pradesh from cyclone Asani

500 hectares of banana, areca nut, papaya and mango orchards have been damaged in Kurnool and Anantapur districts following heavy gales and rains on Monday evening due to the…

Producers from Vale do Ribeira close the largest banana order in history

Banana growers in Vale do Ribeira, Brazil closed an agreement worth R$ 30 million with the Government of São Paulo and will supply 60 million bananas to the state's public…

25th to 29th May

4th banana fair to take place in Delfinópolis, Brazil

The banana fair is being organized by the Banana Producers Association – ADELBA and SICOOB SAROMCREDI, the program includes lectures, field day, round tables and exhibition of…

The banana crisis will be the first problem that Ecuador's new Minister of Agriculture will address

The new Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, Bernardo Manzano, will meet with the leaders of the banana sector today, May 9, to address one of the pending issues…

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Colombia offering bananas for the lowest price 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 £0.93 for bananas…

Greenhouse tomatoes and bananas

Citronex shows facilities in two videos

Citronex is a producer of tomatoes and a distributor of bananas in Poland. The company has uploaded two videos explaining the way they work with both fruits, and what their capabilities are. The company employs over 2,500 people. Take a look at their facilities in the videos below.    

Domestic market is in short supply in China

Banana imports increased by about 47% month-on-month in March

According to customs data, China's banana imports were 215,500 tons in March 2022, with a value of US$136,883,371. The imports increased by 47.49% compared with that in…

Richard Salazar, executive director at Acorbanec:

"While freight rates remain high, banana prices not increasing in the spot market is a cause for concern"

Ecuadorian bananas are going through a critical situation, and the war in Europe and its impact on the delicate balance of the global market has only made matters worse. The core of the matter is that the sector is of fundamental economic and social importance for this country, which has been the leading…

Banana growers in Carnarvon turn to gut health theory - trialling biomineral fertilizer

Banana growers in Carnarvon are hoping to apply the theory of good gut health to their soil in a bid to make healthier fruit.  In what is believed to be an industry first, Carnarvon's…

"The goal is to recover every last square meter of lost agricultural area"

Canarias aspires to recover all the banana area lost in La Palma

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of the Canary Islands, through the General Directorate of Agriculture, has commissioned the Tecnologías y Servicios Agrarios S.A.…

The plantations damaged by tropical storms Eta and Iota are recovering

Honduran banana exports increase by $15.8 million in the first two months of 2022

According to data from the Central Bank of Honduras, banana exports totaled 58.4 million dollars in the first two months of the year, showing an increase of 15.8 million…

Philippine banana exports to Japan get P3 million funding

The Department of Agriculture from the Philippines is looking to boost banana exports to Japan. Some P3 million (€54,000) is being allotted for a marketing and public…

Strong winds damage over 10,000 banana plants in Tamil Nadu

At the start of the week, strong winds have damaged more than 10,000 banana plants at Lingapuram, Kanthavayal and surrounding areas near Sirumugai.  Farmers from Lingapuram, Kanthavayal…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize at £0.75: 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 £0.75 for bananas from Belize,…

Dominican Republic banana exports in dire straits

The banana sector in the Dominican Republic has been hit by rising costs and falling prices in international markets. The increase in freight, fertilizers and supplies such as…

Javier Lopez: “Baby bananas not like normal bananas, not affected by war and shipping.”

Markets more favourable for baby bananas from Colombia

According to Colombian baby banana growers and exporters, Nativa Produce, this premium product is weathering the war, global shipping and export crises well. Javier López, General Manager of Nativa Produce, based in Cota, Colombia, says their produce is shipped by air to France. “We produce in the highlands…

Ecuadorian banana producers say they've reached preliminary agreements with the government

The National Federation of Banana Producers of Ecuador (Fenabe) reported that in their last meeting with the Deputy Minister of Government, Homero Castanier, and several…

A satellite monitoring pilot project for the detection of fungi in banana plantations is being implemented in Honduras

The National Agri-Food Health and Safety Service (SENASA), attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (sag), participated in the implementation of a satellite…

The largest ship ever to dock in Puerto Bolívar will take 1,343 containers of Ecuadorian bananas

On April 25, the MSC Maxime entered the Puerto Bolívar Maritime Port in the province of El Oro. This is the largest ship that has docked at this terminal so far. The MSC…

Banasplash: "Russian war, oversupply of bananas in markets biggest worry"

Dominican organic banana producer hoping global market will recover soon

Organic banana producers in the Dominican Republic are concerned about the global banana market and are hoping it will recover over the next three weeks. The Russian war in Ukraine and the oversupply in markets is their biggest worry, says Ramon Garcia, executive coordinator from organic banana producer…

Nutrano to sell banana assets to Lamanna Premier Group (LPG)

Nutrano Produce Group has announced an agreement to sell its banana assets to Lamanna Premier Group (LPG), enabling Nutrano to focus on delivering its long-term strategy to drive investment and growth in Citrus, Tropical fruit and Blueberries business. The deal includes the sale of Nutrano’s Sydney and…

Plátano de Canarias presents its new campaign

"Good on the outside, excellent on the inside"

A perfect looking peel is no guarantee of a better fruit. A new campaign, launched by Plátano de Canarias in partnership with the seal Alimentos de España and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, is inviting us to think about fruit purchasing based on appearance. The campaign aims to prevent…

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Lidl Switzerland: State-of-the-art ripening plant in full operation

First ripened bananas have already been delivered

In December 2020, Lidl Switzerland started construction of a new, state-of-the-art fruit and vegetable warehouse in Weinfelden, with the first floor coming on stream in October 2021. The highlight of the project is a high-tech banana ripening facility, which enables the ripening process to be integrated…

Philippines

Banana program launched in two Davao upland areas

Banana growers in two upland areas of Davao City will be getting assistance from the Chinese Consulate General and the local government. Under the joint Banana Plantation…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £0.89: 2% 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 £0.89 for bananas…

Paraguayan banana exports fell by 90% in the first quarter

Between January and March of this year, Paraguay only exported 1,113 tons of bananas to countries in the region, i.e. a whopping 90% less than the 12,577 tons of bananas it…

Banana prices increased by 55% in the last year

Prices are not the same as they were a year ago, the annual inflation figure rose to 9.8% in March. Electricity and fuel have experienced the most marked rises, but the…

Hidden in a container of bananas

Large amount of cocaine seized in Netherlands

A very large haul of cocaine worth €82 million seized in Rotterdam has already been destroyed, Dutch authorities have stated. In a statement, the Public Prosecution Service…

Magnus Nilsson: "Children in Ecuador and rest of the world get new life"

Swedish organic banana sales put smile on faces of 500 children with lip-jaw cleft palate

Just over a year ago, Ewerman through their Daily Greens organic bananas brand, initiated a collaboration with Operation Smile Sweden. Each organic banana sold in 2021 generated a contribution to surgeries for babies born with lip-jaw cleft palate. The first year's collaboration resulted in an incredible…

Australian banana industry:

‘Online sales due to Covid are killing off the industry’

The Australian banana industry says online grocery shopping is negatively affecting banana sales. The Banana Growers' Council has launched two new campaigns, asking consumers…

Last year, Colombia saw banana exports rise and revenue fall

Colombia’s banana exports rose 1.83% in 2021 to 111 million 20-kilogram boxes, but their value fell 1.98% to $898 million due to lower international prices. The Andean country…

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EU wholesale prices for bananas

EU wholesale prices of yellow bananas from Latin America at €103 per 100 kg in week 15

In week 15, the EU wholesale prices of yellow bananas from Latin America came in at €103 per 100 kg, some €5 higher than last year. The average wholesale prices of ACP bananas stood at €110 in France, €81 in Spain and €89 in the Netherlands. Click here to view the datasheet. Source: ec.europa.eu

The Chinese Consulate General in Davao City officially launched the banana planting project for the indigenous people in Mindanao

The Chinese Consulate General in Davao and the Davao City Government jointly held the launching ceremony of the banana planting project on April 19. The Consul General Li Lin in Davao, the Acting Mayor of Davao City, Sebastian Duterte, and Rutrio, director of the Agricultural Bureau of Davao, all…

Dole promotes new banana variety Tropical Gold Sweetio Banana on Pupumall

Dole is known as a pioneer of the banana industry in the Philippines. The banana industry is the fifth-largest export industry in the Philippines. And Dole is responsible for one quarter of the banana trade in the Philippines. Chinese consumers know Dole as the brand for Sweetio Bananas and Gold…

Cameroon expects higher banana production in Q2 2022

Industry experts expect the good performance achieved by banana producers in Cameroon over the first quarter this year, especially with a 4.8% YoY increase in exports, to…

Ghanaian banana producers deplore negative impact of Russia-Ukraine war on exports

Banana exporters in Ghana are lamenting the negative impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on their businesses. According to the exporters, the war has compelled banana suppliers…

Brazilian bananas could be a new threat to Canarian bananas following the agreement between the EU and Mercosur

The EU-Mercosur agreement could pose a risk to fruit growing in the Canary Islands archipelago, as it opens the door for the banana production in Brazil and the possible entry…

Ecuador's banana sector is under pressure from oversupply and lack of liquidity

Producers and authorities continue to define a short-term solution for the fruit that hasn't been sold since the war conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out, and whose…

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Ecuador: 2.5 tons of cocaine found in container with bananas

This weekend, Ecuadorian police have seized 2.5 tons of cocaine, found in a container with bananas about to be sent to Belgium from the south-west port city of Guayaquil in Ecuador. “Two tons and 458 kilograms of cocaine were seized,” the police of Ecuador wrote on its Twitter account, which also…

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Bananas from Belize at £0.75 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 £0.75 for bananas from Belize,…

Agriculture has been one of the main drivers of biodiversity

Biodiversity loss has been identified as a global issue

The first Ecoganic red tip avocados have arrived for sale this week at Perfection Fresh in the Sydney Markets. Ecoganic farming develops and maintains ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration, which are climate change solutions for the future of Agriculture globally. Blarney Enterprise owners…

What Ecuadorian banana protests mean for the world market

Following last week’s reports that banana producers in El Oro, Guayas and Los Rios, Ecuador blocked roads to draw attention to the depressed banana pricing in the country currently, one shipper believes protests like this will continue to take place in the short term. “This will continue. The fundamental…

Red bananas enter the Chinese market at an average of 10 yuan [1.57 USD] per 0.5 kg

Red bananas, also known as apple bananas, entered the Chinese market in April. Guangdong Geli Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (hereafter "Geli Agriculture"), recently began harvesting apple bananas in Leshan, Gaozhou, in Guangdong. The wholesale price of apple bananas purchased at the…

Ecuadorian govt and banana growers agree to create contingency fund and stop new plantings

Minister of Agriculture Pedro Álava and seven representatives of Ecuador’s banana sector signed an act on Wednesday, listing eight reforms they commit to execute for the…

Cameroon

Plantations du Haut Penja reports higher banana exports in Q1 2022

Banana exporters in Cameroon sold a total of 57,573 tons during the first three months of 2022. Compared to the 54,900 tons sold in the first quarter of 2021, this makes an…

According to producers, in the last week, they've lost $16 million by selling the fruit at an unofficial price

Protestors continue to block the roads in El Oro to protest the price banana growers are being paid for their fruit

Banana producers in El Oro blocked the roads yesterday for the second consecutive day. On Monday, producers from the provinces of Guayas, Los Rios, and El Oro started to…

More than 6000 hectares of bananas in Guizhou are ripe and on the market

In Guizhou, the season for local bananas to ripen and hit the market has arrived. Entering the local banana Park in Ceheng County, the banana sorting, packaging, e-commerce and processing areas all present a lively scene. As a local banana industry demonstration base, Ceheng County Banana Industrial Park…

Green bananas: Better for you?

According to experts, the different colors of the banana – from green to overripe brown – correspond to a spectrum of health benefits. Of course, green bananas are harder to digest, and hence this…

Banana growers urge consumers to buy a 'Nana4AFarmer'

Consumers are being encouraged to dig deep and throw a few extra of Australia’s favourite supermarket fruit into the trolley to help out Australia’s banana growers. Like most farmers, banana growers nationally are currently enduring a time of unprecedented challenge, including low returns, escalating…

1,243 tonnes of bananas seized in several provinces of Algeria

Algerian national security services have seized 1,243 tonnes of bananas intended for speculation in the capital and in several provinces, according to a press release from the…

Volume of banana imports increased as well

Uzbekistan exports $1.3 millions worth of lemons in two months

Uzbekistan exported 1,200 tons of lemons for $1.3 million to six different nations in January and February 2022. According to the State Statistics Committee, the volume of…

Banana tissue culture plants from South Africa set to give Ecuador industry a boost

Du Roi Laboratory based in Letsitele, Limpopo Province of South Africa, is a leading banana tissue culture facility and supplier to some 25 countries, has recently supplied Ecuador with this country’s first batch of Formosana, a Fusarium Oxysporum Cubense Tropical Race 4 (FOC TR4) Panama disease tolerant…

Indian bananas and baby corn now allowed for export to Canada

After successful completion of the negotiations between an Indian agency and the Canadian government, Indian banana and baby corn can now be exported to the latter. Canadian…

Edgar Chalhoub, President of Banasan (Colombia):

"In 2021 we sold a total of 13 million boxes of bananas to Europe and South Korea"

In 2021, despite the complications derived from the pandemic, Colombia increased its banana exports. According to data from the DANE, between January and September of last…

Supply of bananas in Yunnan is limited, imported bananas is in short supply

Recently, the overall volume of banana production in Yunnan has been limited and the sales have slowed down. In general, most of the banana production in Yunnan is about to…

Ecuador banana growers block roads to protest prices

Banana growers from three Ecuadorian provinces blocked main roads across the South American country on Monday to demand government action to boost prices they say are too low…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £0.88: 4% drop from last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.88 for bananas…

Karnapudiki village Banana Cluster

Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district to export 75,000 tons of bananas

On Friday, Additional Secretary of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Abhilaksh Likhi visited the Banana Cluster at Karnapudiki village in Anantapur…

Dole goes bananas for its "Healthier by Dole" series in April

Dole Food Company is devoting its “Healthier by Dole” alternative recipe series in April to bananas in honor of the iconic yellow fruit’s position at the center of two…

St Lucia sets out to expand banana trade

The government of St Lucia says it is encouraged by the talks held with an established buyer on the possibility of using Antigua as a distribution hub for the sale of bananas…

Ecuador gets 4,600 fusarium-tolerant banana plants

Yesterday, Ecuador received 4,600 banana plants called Formosana GCTCV-218, a Cavendish-type variety, tolerant to Fusarium Race 4 Tropical (Foc R4T). The two packages with the…

Ecuadorian representatives have successful meeting with banana producers from Latin America

The government of Ecuador is talking about the successful negotiations between Latin American banana producers and European buyers, who insisted that they fulfill the…

First banana tree waste recycling plant to come to Egypt

On Monday, a protocol was signed by Egypt’s Ministry of Military Production and an Australian company that recycles banana tree waste into paper, fertilizers, and textiles.…

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Uzbekistan: Banana imports increased almost 200% in March 2022

The volume of banana imports to Uzbekistan in March 2022 amounted to 15,400 tons, almost three times more than in the same period in 2021. In total, Uzbekistan imported 40,to100 tons of bananas from the beginning of January to the end of March 2022, which is 2.5 times more than in January-March 2021 and…

Jail sentences up to 10 years for men who attacked staff of Dutch fruit import company

The Dutch courts have issued sentences of between 18 months and 10 years for the seven defendants, convicted of attacking employees from a fruit importation company in Hedel, near Den Bosch. The fruit company employees unwittingly became mixed up in a cocaine smuggling operation. The attacks began in…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £0.92, up 2% 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 £0.55 for bananas…

Ecuador exported an estimated 5 million boxes less bananas in the 5 weeks since the war started

The consequences of the war in Ukraine on Ecuador's banana sector continue to grow as the days go by. According to figures revealed by Richard Salazar, the executive director…

Cocaine worth £302 million found in Southampton: largest UK find since 2015

An extremely large seizure of cocaine found in a shipment of bananas has been called the UK's biggest since 2015. The drugs have a potential street value of £302 million. They found within five pallets of bananas at Southampton docks on 17 March. Home Secretary Priti Patel said it was the "largest…

Cameroon sold 22,604 tons of bananas in March 2022

Banana producers in Cameroon sold a total of 22,604 tons on the international market in March 2022. According to the Cameroon Banana Association (Assobacam), this volume is up…

"Aiming for highest social and environmental awareness in the world"

Coliman Bananas celebrates 59th anniversary

The month of April marks the 59th anniversary of the Coliman brand. The family farming business was founded in 1963 in the state of Colima, Mexico by Mr. Custodio Aguilar. This month also marks the 44th anniversary of AGGALL Group-Coliman, created by Jorge Aguilar Heredia who opened the first commercial…

Hidden in banana containers

Police officials Ecuador seize more than three tons of cocaine

Ecuadorian police officials have seized more than three tons of cocaine in banana containers at one of the Central American country's ports as part of ongoing efforts to fight…

Latin American producers will join forces to demand respect for banana prices

Latin American banana producers will meet in Berlin this week to outline a proposal so that the price of the box of fruit in the European market is respected and that buyers…

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Fyffes focuses on sustainability and long-term partnerships with growers in Latin America

Fyffes, banana and pineapple importer as well as marketer of organic and Fairtrade bananas, invites retailers and traders to visit Fyffes stand to see how the company is…

Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute centers

Three research centres develop new banana breeds

Three TARI research centres, in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), have developed four new improved banana hybrids for food and…

Proposals to face the Farm to Fork strategy

International Workshop of Banana Producers

The Association of European Banana Producers, the Producers of Colombia (AUGURA and ASBAMA), Ecuador (AEBE and ACORBANEC) and Guatemala (APIB), came together at the Brussels Europe Press Club to highlight the consequences of the European Farm to Fork strategy on farmers.   The European Green Deal has led to a…

A.A. LaNyalla Mahmud Mattalitti:

'East Java should facilitate banana exports '

Speaker of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) A.A. LaNyalla Mahmud Mattalitti has urged the East Java provincial government to facilitate the export of banana…

Kelvin Atoche, of APPBOSA: "In addition to being present at Fruit Logistica, we will be making a trade tour of Italy, Switzerland and France"

“We are seeing a reduction in Fairtrade sales volumes that is taking a severe toll on our profitability”

The organic and Fair Trade banana sector of Piura, Peru, will be present in Berlin this April hand in hand with Promperú, the Ministry of Agriculture, the NGO CEDEPAS Norte Piura and the SECOMPETITIVO Program of the Swiss Cooperation. The goal is to strengthen relations with its customers and boost sales…

Dole Exotics and “BE Exotic” brand

Dole seeks to “raise the bar” with launch of specialist division

Dole plc is pleased to confirm that both “Dole Exotics”, a new  specialist division and its “BE Exotic” consumer brand are to be officially introduced at Fruit Logistica 2022.  Already an established leader with an extensive global footprint dedicated to exotic produce, Dole has long recognised the unfulfilled potential…

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January to April 2022 production of bananas in the EU forecast at 224.314 tons

The January to April 2022 production of bananas in the EU is forecast at 224.314 tons, which is slightly higher than that of the previous year. Prices of bananas produced in the EU and marketed outside their region of production are forecast at €1.45 for bananas from Portugal, which is at the high end. Produce from…

The domestic supply is tight, and the average price of imported bananas hits a new high

According to customs data, China's banana imports in January 2022 were 159,200 tons (159,155,259 kg), a month-on-month decrease of 2.59% and a year-on-year increase of 28.81%;…

Kisii County, Kenya

Banana growers happy as processing plant is commissioned

On Tuesday, Acting Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa commissioned a banana processing plant on the outskirts of Kisii town. Wamalwa: “The processing plant will in…

Bananas up 40%

Russian Federation: Prices of imports are rising

Prices of goods have spiked across the board in Russia. In a Moscow supermarket, the price of bananas has risen about 40 percent over the past week. Sources in Ecuador say…

Tirunelveli district:

Banana farmers content about increases in price and acreage

Banana farmers in Tirunelveli district have reportedly made profit this year after three years on the trot of making losses. This year, bananas were was cultivated on 5,728…

Dole launches social media contest as part of Marvel produce program

As part of its nine-month Dole Healthy Heroes, Assemble! initiative inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dole Food Company, Inc. has kicked-off a social media contest and the first of four six-week recruitment campaigns appreciating everyday heroes. In honor of the May 6 theatrical release of…

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

BARMM approves new PHP 278 million investment from Usman Banana Farm

A multimillion investment has been approved by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government. Ishak Mastura, Chair of the the regional Bangsamoro…

Ecuadorian banana growers protest dropping sales and prices

Some 500 banana producers in Ecuador gave away boxes of fruit during protests earlier this week in Guayaquil, as a result of the heavy losses that accumulate due to the…

The Government of Ecuador works to enforce the official price of bananas

Faced with the difficult situation of banana producers, the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) has pledged to support and defend exporters so as to try to prevent market…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Guatemala cost £0.90 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 £0.90 for bananas…

Banana growers supplying Europe launch joint statement on 'farm to fork' strategy

Members of the Association of European Banana Producers (APEV) producers from Ecuador, Colombia and Guatemala met this Monday at the Brussels Press Club to issue a joint declaration of the families of banana producers that supply the European market, which includes some proposals aimed at the European…

How has the war affected Ecuador's banana sector?

According to the Ecuadorian Export Guild Corporation (Cordex), the country has been unable to export more than 2.33 million boxes of bananas to Russia and Ukraine since the…

"In recent weeks, some producers have had to accept being paid $1.20 per box"

Banana producers and exporters analyze how to reduce the oversupply of fruit

Banana producers and exporters put aside their differences and met to find a solution to the banana oversupply that was created in the market after Russia's invasion of…

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Statistics on bananas production, prices and trade

Average wholesale price of yellow bananas produced in the EU at €147

Average wholesale prices of bananas imported from Latin America stand at €106 per 100 kgs in the Netherlands, roughly the same as the prices in Poland. In France, they sold for slightly more at €110 per 100 kgs, but prices in Germany were substantially higher, at €121. The average wholesale price of yellow bananas produced…

Magnus Nilsson, Ewerman: price increases are inevitable for spring and summer

Banana shipments to Sweden delayed for 2 weeks due to Russian war

The Swedish importer Ewerman has for the past two weeks had major logistical challenges to have bananas delivered to them on time. This is due to backlogs in European ports caused by the Russian war in Ukraine. They also foresee that the war will lead to price increases in fresh produce for consumers…

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A robot can now peel a banana without crushing it

It is well-known that handling soft fruit is challenging for robots, but now a machine-learning system was able to conquer the task by imitating how a person does it. The uneven shape of fruit – which can vary significantly even with the same type of fruit – can also baffle the computer-vision algorithms…

Tamil Nadu: Strong winds damage banana crops in Bhavani subdivision

Strong winds have damaged over 1,000 standing banana crops in Bhavani subdivision on Wednesday evening. Growers are asking the state government to provide compensation for…

Recovery plan for Gabaceras bananas in La Palma with the first farms reseeded after the volcano eruption

More than six months have passed since the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma on September 19, which took a severe toll on banana crops in the Aridane Valley, the area where Gabaceras bananas originate from. Since then, the Europlátano team has been working with a clear…

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Dole Sunshine Company turns banana waste into fibres of purpose with Musa Fabric

Dole Sunshine Company (DSC) has partnered with social enterprise Musa Fabric to turn banana waste into fibres of purpose through a partnership creating textiles, woven by inmates. As part of the Dole Promise towards zero fruit loss and reduced landfills necessary for carbon neutrality, DSC and Musa…

How to mitigate conflict consequences in the Ecuadorian produce industry?

The Russia–Ukraine conflict has resulted not only in a global economic crisis, but also in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from their homes as well as irreparable human losses. In the midst of this situation, we express our solidarity and call for peace for these nations. Due to the…

Carrefour Group:

“Our sales of organic bananas have increased by 45% in three years”

Since 2014, Carrefour has decided to make a strong commitment to one of the flagship products of the fruit and vegetable department. “We have chosen to promote our offer of fairtrade organic bananas in all of our stores. Bananas are the most solicited and number one reference in the organic fruit and…

Banana of Guadeloupe and Martinique: growing production and positive carbon balance

During the UGPBAN press conference on the 17th of March, the director of UGPBAN, Pierre Monteux, presented his report and the prospects for 2022 for the banana sector of Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as the carbon balance and the actions organized with the partner group CMA-CGM. It was also an…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Guatemala cost £0.90 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 £0.91 for bananas…

Rising fuel costs threaten Davao’s multibillion-peso banana industry

Philippines: Mindanao business leaders want oil excise tax lifted

Filipino business leaders have been striving for the lifting of the excise tax on oil products, instead of just providing subsidies for poor families. They are pointing out…

FGV Berhad: Ladang'57 makes its way into MYDIN

Ladang'57, FGV Holdings Berhad's premium brand for its cash crop products, will be available from this month onwards at the MYDIN chain of outlets throughout the nation. Consumers can find premium quality local produce in 62 MYDIN outlets such as MD2 pineapple, Cavendish banana, sweet corn, pandan…

De Groot Fresh Group: Bananas' cost price has risen sharply

In Europe, banana demand is usually good in the first 18 weeks of the year, with higher market prices. This year, however, differs from previous years, says Maik de Groot. He…

Participants insist the sector be declared in emergency

Ecuador: Second day of banana grower strikes

Dozens of producers from that province, from El Oro, Guayas and Cotopaxi once again requested the national government to declare a state of emergency in the sector with a…

Due to soaring costs and transport times

Philippines may lose no 1 position as China’s biggest banana supplier

The Philippines may soon no longer be China’s biggest banana supplier as exports to the country sank 25 percent last year from the year before amid surging production costs…

Agrofair: “People must start accepting bananas becoming slightly pricier"

Frank Vermeersch is AgroFair's Customer Relations and Marcom Manager. This Dutch company is known for its Oké Fairtrade bananas. Frank does not think increased banana prices will improve the sector. The banana chain - including the Fairtrade variety - has been going downhill for quite some time. "It's…

‘China could be a good market for Ecuador’s banana sector’

Ecuadorian banana producers seek declaration of emergency

Ecuador used to send 1.8 million boxes of bananas per week to Russia and 180,000 boxes to Ukraine. Ecuadorian banana producers in the coastal provinces of Guayas, Los Rios,…

Ecuador has been unable to export more than a million boxes of bananas as a result of the war in Ukraine

The consequences of the Russian-generated conflict in Ukraine are evident in Ecuador's banana sector. Juan Jose Pons, the coordinator of Ecuador's Banana and Plantain Cluster…


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