March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10
March 3rd, 2015
The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is offering a Panama Disease Race IV-resistant banana cultivar to growers in Davao.
February 27th, 2015
Produce multinational Fyffes will be pursuing price increases in all markets this year in response to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro.
February 23rd, 2015
After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.
February 17th, 2015
Higher selling prices and greater banana volumes helped a leading produce multinational shake off its 2013 loss to record a net income of US$142.4 million for 2014.
From corporate social responsibility to ships that use less fuel, a French company is developing on several fronts of its €800 million produce business.
February 11th, 2015
A Seattle-based law firm alleges that Chiquita produces bananas in such a way that poisons local residents.
February 9th, 2015
The head of a major U.K. banana ripening facility likens the business to a ‘hamster wheel’, and says reputations can be ‘built over years and lost in days’.
January 26th, 2015
Although 500 hectares of banana plantations in Peru have been hit by winds, diseases are a more pressing concern.
January 20th, 2015
A major Australian exporter believes Vietnam will look to Chile and Peru if the trade ban is not resolved soon.
January 15th, 2015
The families of U.S. missionaries murdered in Colombia by FARC forces in 1995 have sought damages against Chiquita on 24 counts, of which one was dismissed by a South Florida court last week.
ICA has taken measures to combat a pest that has caused considerable damage to bananas in Quindío and Risaralda.
January 8th, 2015
Ecuador is the world’s leading banana exporter but it is yet to take the number one spot in the Chinese market.
December 24th, 2014
The UN’s FAO and its partners plan to launch a new program to stop the spread of Fusarium wilt disease.
December 19th, 2014
A Philippine agricultural group has sold its share in a banana plantation, which will now be a sourcing partner.
British shoppers have ‘bombarded’ Asda and Tesco with more than 100,000 emails calling for the retailers to sell 100% fairtrade bananas.
Disease woes look set to slash exports by 45% this year for a northern Peruvian organic banana group.
December 10th, 2014
British high jumper Mike Edwards is supporting BanaBay in a bid to promote healthy eating habits for children.
December 4th, 2014
BanaBay has reached agreements with growers in various Latin American countries to grow its mini Cavendish ‘BanaBinos’.
While winds have wreaked havoc on Canary Islands’ banana plantations, growers were all covered by insurance.
December 3rd, 2014
Honduran producers selling their bananas to a Chiquita subsidiary say they need to be compensated for crop loss.
December 1st, 2014
Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.
November 28th, 2014
A recent armed attack in the Philippines targeted Del Monte executives.
November 19th, 2014
British consumers no longer have to wait in vain for Jamaican bananas, with more volumes from the Caribbean nation set to soon come their way.
November 18th, 2014
After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.
November 13th, 2014
The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.
November 6th, 2014
BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.
November 4th, 2014
A state-backed company in the Indian region of Tamil Nadu has its sights set on boosting infrastructure to ship its Cavendish and native bananas to the world.
October 29th, 2014
A New York law firm is investigating Chiquita over its shareholder duties relating to the Cutrale-Safra takeover.
October 28th, 2014
Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.
October 24th, 2014
Corbana says a “small group cannot kidnap the development of a nation for special interests”.
290 million boxes could be shipped from Ecuador this year, with increasingly strong future prospects.
October 23rd, 2014
Just one day out from the ChiquitaFyffes shareholder vote, Brazilian suitors have upped their bid to US$14.50 per share.
October 15th, 2014
Two million banana trees are due to be planted in Haiti as part of a plan to strengthen the organic export sector.
October 13th, 2014
The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.
October 10th, 2014
Almost 12,000 former banana workers and relatives affected by the chemical DBCP are in line to receive compensation from the Costa Rican government.
October 8th, 2014
Chiquita is showcasing bananas’ versatility through a national competition with weekly cash prizes.
September 30th, 2014
Although Guadeloupe and Martinique banana growers can no longer spray pesticides aerially on their crops, the development has been welcomed by the industry.
September 29th, 2014
The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.
September 23rd, 2014
Authorities have found a good level of pesticide control on Costa Rica’s pineapple farms, but a recent study in a banana-growing area has not been so positive.
September 22nd, 2014
We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.
September 15th, 2014
Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.
September 12th, 2014
A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.
September 11th, 2014
Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.
September 2nd, 2014
Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.
September 1st, 2014
Banana trader Chiquita has described claims in a recent lawsuit as inaccurate, and says invitations for mediation have gone unanswered.
August 29th, 2014
Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.
August 25th, 2014
Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.
August 24th, 2014
A Del Monte aircraft hangar was one site of rebel attacks on banana operations in the Philippines over the weekend.
August 18th, 2014
After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.
Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.
August 14th, 2014
Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.
August 12th, 2014
Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.
August 8th, 2014
A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.
August 7th, 2014
Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.
Merger proposals bit into Chiquita’s bottom line in the second quarter, but the core business was slightly improved.
Colombian banana worker protests against Banacol took a turn for the worse this week.
July 31st, 2014
Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.
July 29th, 2014
Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.
European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.
July 28th, 2014
Ecuador’s EU banana tariff will be very nearly on par with Colombia and Central America from 2016 onwards.
A Maltese fruit importer hopes to change the country’s market dynamics with a banana brand people trust.
July 22nd, 2014
A subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitiere in Cameroon has announced the expansion of its banana farms.
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 18th, 2014
Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.
July 17th, 2014
Ecuador is now one step closer to being on par with its banana-exporting competitors in Europe when it comes to tariffs.
BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.
July 16th, 2014
Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.
July 15th, 2014
Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.
July 14th, 2014
4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.
July 10th, 2014
An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.
Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.
July 8th, 2014
Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.
July 7th, 2014
One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.
June 20th, 2014
Wilberforce Ngugi is optimistic about human trials for vitamin-rich GM bananas. What do you think the initiative will mean for East Africa?
June 19th, 2014
British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.
June 18th, 2014
A taskforce workshop in Mozambique has made a 10-point plan to tackle a deadly strain of Panama Disease.
The EU has donated €12.5 million to improve Dominican banana production and benefit workers.
June 17th, 2014
A project from Australia’s QUT to develop pro-Vitamin A-enriched bananas is about to reach a whole new level, with a world-first human trial in the United States.
The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is hopeful for further market development in the U.S. and Australia.
June 10th, 2014
Drug busts involving fruit are becoming increasingly common, with the latest seizure involving Colombian bananas.
Thai and Vietnamese dragonfruit, as well as Vietnamese bananas, will be under closer scrutiny from AQSIQ.
June 5th, 2014
Noboa has made the move to container shipping for bananas, with Antwerp now the first port of unlading in Europe.
June 3rd, 2014
With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.
Chiquita chiefs have reportedly sought further investment in Honduras due to its impressive production volumes.
May 30th, 2014
Chiefs from CORBANA have met with government officials to discuss industry’s biggest issues.
A continental action plan is currently being drafted for Africa to address the potential spread of Panama Disease TR4.
May 21st, 2014
Around 70,000 consumers have signed a petition calling on the U.K. Government to intervene in supermarket banana price wars.
May 20th, 2014
Panamanian banana growers are banking on government support to tackle a range of industry challenges.
May 14th, 2014
Chiquita’s latest move is a “huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans”, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.
May 13th, 2014
Chiquita executives have discussed the threat of Panama Disease TR4 and adapting to weather conditions in Central America.
May 9th, 2014
Chiquita Brands has cited drought in supply regions and winter storms in the north as behind a net loss for the first quarter.
China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.
May 2nd, 2014
An estimated 95% of Guatemalan banana exports go to the U.S. Does this make U.S. retailers and consumers complicit in the country’s labor violations?
April 30th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte has reported strong earnings, but also expressed concern over Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 and Ecuador’s illicit drug trade.
April 25th, 2014
Companies like Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte no longer control the global banana trade, reported FAO.
April 24th, 2014
Asohofrucol hopes Colombia’s strikes do not cause road blockages, and expects minimal disruptions to harvests.
Mozambique’s largest banana exporter has met with international experts to discuss management of TR4.
April 22nd, 2014
ASOGUABO president Fabiola Ramón says new supermarket trends are making it harder to sell fairtrade bananas.
April 21st, 2014
In the fight against Panama Disease Tropical Race 4, Gianluca Gondolini of the World Banana Forum reminds traders that prevention is better than cure.
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