May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 20th, 2015
A North Queensland farm has been declared as free of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV, but consultancy Deloitte has been appointed to review banana disease testing practices.
May 18th, 2015
ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.
May 15th, 2015
Lower banana volume in North America and Europe was partly to blame for the multinational’s substantial net loss in the first quarter of 2015.
Haitian producers covering 1,000 hectares will receive technical assistance from two French groups to grow and ship organic bananas.
May 12th, 2015
A Cameroon-based subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitière is expecting an 8% boost in banana production this year.
May 11th, 2015
BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.
After a WHO-affiliated March report determined a widely used herbicide was “probably carcinogenic”, the product is now under scrutiny in Colombia.
May 8th, 2015
After passing the US$1 billion mark for banana exports last year, Philippine growers could be deterred from further investment if a House Bill that threatens contract security is passed.
May 5th, 2015
Berlin police have seized 386kg of cocaine found in boxes of Colombian bananas that showed up in Aldi supermarkets.
April 30th, 2015
Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh says banana prices will have to rise after years staying still despite inflation and higher production costs.
April 28th, 2015
Higher banana procurement costs were among the issues that contributed to Fresh Del Monte’s first quarter net income falling by 25%.
April 22nd, 2015
With previous strains of Panama disease already in the country, India is pulling out the stops to prevent a TR4 incursion.
April 20th, 2015
Containment is now the only hope for Queensland banana growers after the National Management Group (NMG) for Panama disease TR4 ruled out eradication.
April 16th, 2015
An optional levy of 1 cent per kilogram of bananas marketed would reimburse growers affected by the TR4 outbreak.
April 15th, 2015
Two specialists in Panama Disease Tropical Race IV will come to Queensland to assist with the recent outbreak.
April 13th, 2015
A Canary Islands union alleges banana growers are avoiding contract negotiations in order to hire new staff at lower wages.
April 10th, 2015
Despite Chiquita’s objection, a U.S. judge believes the deposition of three jailed Colombian ex-paramilitaries should take place ‘immediately’.
April 9th, 2015
Panama Disease Tropical Race IV has been found on a farm in Mareeba in North Queensland, far from the site of the initial outbreak.
April 7th, 2015
Chiquita’s interim CEO Brian W. Kocher has left the company, and vice president Joseph B. Johnson will be on his way out soon.
April 3rd, 2015
An international project aims to improve the shelf life of fruit through an easily accessible nanotech formula.
March 31st, 2015
A Dutch scientist has confirmed outbreaks of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV in Lebanon and Pakistan, but communication issues may be a challenge in containing the disease’s spread.
Some 210 plants on a Queensland banana plantation have been destroyed to try and contain Panama disease.
March 26th, 2015
Pick N Serve managing director Subrata Mondal believes he can get an edge over Ecuadorian and Philippine banana suppliers to the Gulf region.
March 23rd, 2015
While there is good news for the Australian banana industry, a grower body has urged everyone to stay vigilent.
March 19th, 2015
The Philippine banana sector is exporting less fruit to the Middle East due to conflict in the region.
Some 300kg of cocaine were reportedly found in a South American banana shipment in Germany.
March 17th, 2015
The Australian Federal Government has pledged funding and expert staff to support the Panama Disease TR4 containment effort.
March 16th, 2015
The head of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council says although the detection of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 is a ‘substantial challenge’, he is confident it’s one the industry can successfully meet.
A Costa Rican banana farm hopes its eco-friendly practices will serve as an example to the industry.
A banana supplier to Chiquita has defended its labor record following recent criticisms from FESTAGRO.
March 13th, 2015
A plant disease expert believes Queensland will be able to contain the suspected case of TR4.
March 12th, 2015
Dan Koeppel says the suspected case of Panama disease TR4 in Queensland should not come as a surprise given the lack of a ‘global strategy’.
March 9th, 2015
Peru’s CEPIBO has historically sent the majority of its organic bananas to Europe, but this year the export strategy is very different.
March 6th, 2015
The Costa Group has urged industry cooperation following a suspected detection of Panama Disease TR4.
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.
China may only account for a small fraction of the world’s banana powder, but the industry is set for buoyant growth.
April 15th, 2014
Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.
April 14th, 2014
A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.
April 13th, 2014
Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.
April 12th, 2014
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.
April 11th, 2014
The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.
April 9th, 2014
While media reports have sparked fears over a ‘bananapocalypse’, a group of Belgian researchers is taking a more staid approach to protecting one of the world’s leading crops.
March 25th, 2014
After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.
March 20th, 2014
The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.
A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.
March 18th, 2014
Chiquita’s deal with Fyffes has sent a scare in Charlotte, where some fear a violation of contract terms.
March 17th, 2014
An Australian company is set to bring its value-added banana technology to the Chinese island of Hainan.
Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.
Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.
March 14th, 2014
‘Bananaland: Blood, Bullets and Poison’ will be airing at the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston on March 21.
March 12th, 2014
The Philippines’ Agriculture Secretary has pledged to prioritize crop insurance programs in 2015.
March 11th, 2014
Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.
March 10th, 2014
Fyffes shares have surged today on the announcement of a merger with Chiquita.
Representatives from three U.K. supermarkets talk about a switch to 100% fairtrade bananas.
March 7th, 2014
Cocaine was hidden in the walls of banana boxes in a recent drug bust outside of Paris.
March 4th, 2014
Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.
February 28th, 2014
Peru’s organic banana exporters will now have a new technology at their disposal to make life a little bit easier.
February 27th, 2014
A net loss may not sound so positive, but Chiquita was US$389 million closer to breaking even last year compared to 2012.
Bayer CropScience hopes a new green band nematicide will gain traction to support Costa Rica’s banana industry.
February 25th, 2014
A Chiquita baby banana supplier has launched its own brand to market a portion of volume.
February 21st, 2014
The Brazilian state of Ceará has eradicated a bacterial disease that kills fruit on banana plants.
A Nigerian airport cold storage initiative could see increased fruit exports to Europe and the U.S.
February 19th, 2014
Plátano de Canarias marketing manager Sergio Caceres talks about how a new seal could help the industry.
Guatemalan bananas enjoyed a year of high exports and improved prices.
February 18th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte Produce’s CEO says strong progress has been “tarnished” by a disappointing end to 2013.
February 12th, 2014
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
February 7th, 2014
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith analyzes the pressures that are putting many growers out of business.
February 3rd, 2014
A German company’s product has been a game changer in the global transport of bananas.
January 30th, 2014
Dole Fresh Fruit Europe has gained distribution rights for a Mozambique banana company.
January 29th, 2014
Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.
January 28th, 2014
A leading supplier of fruit to Eastern Europe has reached a “landmark transaction” with Del Monte.
January 24th, 2014
Multinational Univeg has successfully won a tender for a Suriname government banana company.
January 16th, 2014
Canary Island banana growers will receive almost US$100 million in subsidies.
January 10th, 2014
A favorable exchange rate has encouraged diverse sales for Brazilian bananas.
Australia’s Northern Territory government has set up another banana freckle eradication zone in the Virginia area.
January 8th, 2014
Aldi supermarket staff in Berlin were given a surprise this week when they found cocaine in banana boxes.
January 7th, 2014
Gisele Bündchen has joined the board of directors of a leading international certifier.
December 20th, 2013
José Obregón explains the union issue behind the revokement of a Chiquita Brands suppliers’ certification.
December 19th, 2013
Worker treatment concerns led to decertification for a group of banana farms in Honduras.
December 13th, 2013
Lack of funding for research and management inputs have put the Caribbean banana industry at serious risk.
December 12th, 2013
A Washington-based nonprofit alleges Chiquita’s operations have compromised Guatemalan drinking water.
December 11th, 2013
An outbreak of banana mealybugs and Boisduval scales has prompted emergency measures from the Costa Rican government.
December 5th, 2013
Agroban’s Manuel Romero sees possible competitive advantages for Ecuadorian bananas in China.
November 28th, 2013
A Brazilian scientist has revealed insights into how cold temperatures and chemicals can affect banana smell and color.
November 20th, 2013
New cooking banana varieties could ward off Black Sigatoka and give a production boost to East African farmers.
November 15th, 2013
A banana variety developed by France’s CIRAD may help growers reduce pesticide use in the fight against Black Sigatoka disease.
Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.
November 14th, 2013
Black Sigatoka disease and stiff competition have taken their toll on Ecuador’s banana farms over the last 12 months.
November 7th, 2013
Kaufland will collect money from fair trade bananas sold next week for a project to improve Peruvian grower livelihoods.
November 4th, 2013
An aggressive strain of Panama disease could threaten major banana-producing nations, warned Wageningen UR.
October 30th, 2013
India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.
October 14th, 2013
Peru’s exportable volume of organic bananas will be down due to the effects of red spot.
October 8th, 2013
With a new office in Colombia, Fairtrasa will be expanding its Latin American fruit program.
October 4th, 2013
Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service plans to auction planes, yachts, cars and properties belonging to Bananera Noboa.
September 17th, 2013
An Ecuadorian fruit industry representative says the removal of a banana tax will help restore competitiveness to the sector.
The Philippines laid its claim as the first Asian banana supplier to the U.S. mainland.
September 11th, 2013
A Colombian researcher has analyzed a simple metric that can affect the speed of banana ripening.
September 10th, 2013
Disease has led to more low-quality Philippine banana shipments, participants heard at a recent export congress.
Costa Rica aims to lose its crown as the biggest emitter of nitrous oxide per hectare of agriculture in Central America.
September 2nd, 2013
Automated fruit harvesting is the ultimate goal of Australian robot trials that have shown positive results in field intelligence.
August 30th, 2013
An ambitious project has the potential to significantly boost Nicaragua’s banana output.
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