July 29, 2014 / Week N° 31

Posts Tagged Bananas

European banana growers respond to Ecuador-EU trade deal

July 29th, 2014

European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.

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Ecuadorian banana grower group reveals likely tariff reduction structure

July 28th, 2014

Ecuador’s EU banana tariff will be very nearly on par with Colombia and Central America from 2016 onwards.

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Fruit company hopes to ‘create Malta’s Chiquita’

July 28th, 2014

A Maltese fruit importer hopes to change the country’s market dynamics with a banana brand people trust.

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Cameroon banana leader to bolster plantations

July 22nd, 2014

A subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitiere in Cameroon has announced the expansion of its banana farms.

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China: Goodfarmer to develop produce “multinational” status, says Liu Zijie

July 22nd, 2014

Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.

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Ambitious Malawi fruit company gains US$15M support package

July 18th, 2014

Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.

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Ecuador-EU trade agreement is “marvelous”, says banana industry leader

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.

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BanaBay ventures into U.K. organic banana market

July 17th, 2014

BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.

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Philippines: Del Monte banana plantation raided

July 16th, 2014

Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.

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U.S.: Wilmington port grateful to remain ‘Top Banana’

July 15th, 2014

Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.

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Many Colombian banana growers in misery after strong winds

July 14th, 2014

4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.

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Ecuadorian banana growers gear up for El Niño

July 10th, 2014

An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.

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Peruvian organic banana group looks for ways to meet demand

July 10th, 2014

Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.

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Butterflies go bananas in India

July 8th, 2014

Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.

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Ecuadorian fruit exporter ‘not worried’ about ChiquitaFyffes merger

July 7th, 2014

One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.

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‘I’d grow GM bananas if they prove viable’, says Kenyan farmer

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?

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U.K. sensory study finds strawberries have ‘happiest’ association

June 19th, 2014

British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.

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African taskforce reveals plans for Panama Disease TR4 fight

June 18th, 2014

A taskforce workshop in Mozambique has made a 10-point plan to tackle a deadly strain of Panama Disease.

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EU gives strong financial support to Dominican Republic banana industry

June 18th, 2014

The EU has donated €12.5 million to improve Dominican banana production and benefit workers.

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First human trial of GM bananas to take place in the U.S.

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.

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Philippines bullish on fruit export opportunities in the U.S., Australia

June 17th, 2014

The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is hopeful for further market development in the U.S. and Australia.

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U.K. authorities uncover cocaine in Colombian banana shipment

June 10th, 2014

Drug busts involving fruit are becoming increasingly common, with the latest seizure involving Colombian bananas.

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China tightens import conditions for Vietnamese and Thai fruit

June 10th, 2014

Thai and Vietnamese dragonfruit, as well as Vietnamese bananas, will be under closer scrutiny from AQSIQ.

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Ecuador: Noboa shifts to containers for banana shipping

June 5th, 2014

Noboa has made the move to container shipping for bananas, with Antwerp now the first port of unlading in Europe.

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INI Farms aims to change perceptions of Indian bananas

June 3rd, 2014

With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.

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Honduras ranks as most productive country for Chiquita

June 3rd, 2014

Chiquita chiefs have reportedly sought further investment in Honduras due to its impressive production volumes.

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Costa Rican banana industry unites to block Panama disease

May 30th, 2014

Chiefs from CORBANA have met with government officials to discuss industry’s biggest issues.

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Mozambique Panama Disease talks to yield containment report

May 30th, 2014

A continental action plan is currently being drafted for Africa to address the potential spread of Panama Disease TR4.

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‘Make Bananas Fair’ gains traction with U.K. customers

May 21st, 2014

Around 70,000 consumers have signed a petition calling on the U.K. Government to intervene in supermarket banana price wars.

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Panama: banana growers to receive essential government investment

May 20th, 2014

Panamanian banana growers are banking on government support to tackle a range of industry challenges.

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U.S.: Chiquita shipping operations return to the Big Easy

May 14th, 2014

Chiquita’s latest move is a “huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans”, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

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Melons drive Fyffes profit growth in Q1

May 14th, 2014

Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.

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It’s “prudent” to plan for life after Cavendish, says Chiquita CEO

May 13th, 2014

Chiquita executives have discussed the threat of Panama Disease TR4 and adapting to weather conditions in Central America.

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U.S.: Chiquita results fall short of expectations in Q1

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.

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China Fruits Corporation announces Miss Fruit winners

May 9th, 2014

China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.

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Low wages and union violence tarnish Guatemala’s banana trade

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?

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Bananas bring profit and uncertainty to Fresh Del Monte in Q1

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.

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Multinationals lose grip on global banana exports

April 25th, 2014

Companies like Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte no longer control the global banana trade, reported FAO.

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Colombian fruit growers ‘hope to continue work’ during upcoming strikes

April 24th, 2014

Asohofrucol hopes Colombia’s strikes do not cause road blockages, and expects minimal disruptions to harvests.

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Talks underway in Panama Disease-hit Mozambique

April 24th, 2014

Mozambique’s largest banana exporter has met with international experts to discuss management of TR4.

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Ecuador: pioneering fairtrade banana co-op loses stream

April 22nd, 2014

ASOGUABO president Fabiola Ramón says new supermarket trends are making it harder to sell fairtrade bananas.

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Collaboration key to contain Panama Disease comeback

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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Study predicts “explosive” growth for Chinese banana powder market

April 21st, 2014

China may only account for a small fraction of the world’s banana powder, but the industry is set for buoyant growth.

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Australia: vegetables fare worst in initial cyclone assessments

April 15th, 2014

Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

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.

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Australia: Cyclone Ita caused “minimal banana crop losses”, says ABGC

April 13th, 2014

Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.

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Cyclone Ita hits Australian banana growers

April 12th, 2014

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.

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Banana Rain campaign brings rewards to Canary Islands group

April 11th, 2014

The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.

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Belgian lab a diverse safeguard against ‘bananageddon’

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.

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Ecuadorian bananas gain reentry to Brazil

March 25th, 2014

After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.

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U.K. studio to make Bananaman movie

March 20th, 2014

The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.

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Competitiveness is key in Chiquita-Fyffes deal, says Colombian banana rep

March 20th, 2014

A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.

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U.S.: Chiquita denies speculation over Charlotte withdrawal

March 18th, 2014

Chiquita’s deal with Fyffes has sent a scare in Charlotte, where some fear a violation of contract terms.

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Papyrus Australia to process banana fiber in China

March 17th, 2014

An Australian company is set to bring its value-added banana technology to the Chinese island of Hainan.

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Colombia: Banacol undergoes restructuring amid debt woes

March 17th, 2014

Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.

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ChiquitaFyffes a boost for Ecuador, says banana industry leader

March 17th, 2014

Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.

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Film Review: Bananaland, confronting faces of a commodity fruit

March 14th, 2014

‘Bananaland: Blood, Bullets and Poison’ will be airing at the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston on March 21.

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Philippine govt makes banana grower insurance payment

March 12th, 2014

The Philippines’ Agriculture Secretary has pledged to prioritize crop insurance programs in 2015.

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Chiquita-Fyffes merger a “dramatic acceleration” for banana value

March 11th, 2014

Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.

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Chiquita and Fyffes to create world’s leading banana company

March 10th, 2014

Fyffes shares have surged today on the announcement of a merger with Chiquita.

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Three U.K. retailers back banana growers’ futures

March 10th, 2014

Representatives from three U.K. supermarkets talk about a switch to 100% fairtrade bananas.

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France: €2M worth of cocaine found in Dominican banana shipment

March 7th, 2014

Cocaine was hidden in the walls of banana boxes in a recent drug bust outside of Paris.

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Australian scientists to tackle GM negativity

March 4th, 2014

Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.

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Environmentally friendly scales developed for Peruvian banana industry

February 28th, 2014

Peru’s organic banana exporters will now have a new technology at their disposal to make life a little bit easier.

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Core business focus props up Chiquita results in 2013

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.

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Bayer bets on new solution for Costa Rica’s nematode woes

February 27th, 2014

Bayer CropScience hopes a new green band nematicide will gain traction to support Costa Rica’s banana industry.

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Guatemalan baby banana grower aims for direct exports

February 25th, 2014

A Chiquita baby banana supplier has launched its own brand to market a portion of volume.

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Brazilian state declared free of banana Moko disease

February 21st, 2014

The Brazilian state of Ceará has eradicated a bacterial disease that kills fruit on banana plants.

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Airport facility upgrade may raise Nigerian fruit export status

February 21st, 2014

A Nigerian airport cold storage initiative could see increased fruit exports to Europe and the U.S.

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Canarian bananas gain Origins of Spain protection

February 19th, 2014

Plátano de Canarias marketing manager Sergio Caceres talks about how a new seal could help the industry.

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Guatemalan bananas continue export growth

February 19th, 2014

Guatemalan bananas enjoyed a year of high exports and improved prices.

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Del Monte reports “year of contrast” for 2013

February 18th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte Produce’s CEO says strong progress has been “tarnished” by a disappointing end to 2013.

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Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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Opinion: the battle for banana livelihoods

February 7th, 2014

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith analyzes the pressures that are putting many growers out of business.

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IFCO Systems takes banana transport “gold standard” to task

February 3rd, 2014

A German company’s product has been a game changer in the global transport of bananas.

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Dole announces Mozambique partnership

January 30th, 2014

Dole Fresh Fruit Europe has gained distribution rights for a Mozambique banana company.

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U.S.: Port Manatee deal could bolster Del Monte import presence

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.

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Poland: Targban takes over Del Monte ripening facilities

January 28th, 2014

A leading supplier of fruit to Eastern Europe has reached a “landmark transaction” with Del Monte.

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Univeg gets stake in Suriname banana industry privatization

January 24th, 2014

Multinational Univeg has successfully won a tender for a Suriname government banana company.

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Canarian banana growers benefit from major grant

January 16th, 2014

Canary Island banana growers will receive almost US$100 million in subsidies.

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Brazilian bananas close strong year for exports

January 10th, 2014

A favorable exchange rate has encouraged diverse sales for Brazilian bananas.

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Australian territory raises funding for banana freckle fight

January 10th, 2014

Australia’s Northern Territory government has set up another banana freckle eradication zone in the Virginia area.

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Cocaine found in Berlin banana boxes

January 8th, 2014

Aldi supermarket staff in Berlin were given a surprise this week when they found cocaine in banana boxes.

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Brazilian supermodel joins Rainforest Alliance board

January 7th, 2014

Gisele Bündchen has joined the board of directors of a leading international certifier.

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Honduras decision puts Rainforest Alliance impartiality “in doubt”

December 20th, 2013

José Obregón explains the union issue behind the revokement of a Chiquita Brands suppliers’ certification.

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Rainforest Alliance removes certification from Honduran banana growers

December 19th, 2013

Worker treatment concerns led to decertification for a group of banana farms in Honduras.

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UN: Black Sigatoka threatens survival of Caribbean bananas

December 13th, 2013

Lack of funding for research and management inputs have put the Caribbean banana industry at serious risk.

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Nonprofit questions Chiquita’s impact on drinking water

December 12th, 2013

A Washington-based nonprofit alleges Chiquita’s operations have compromised Guatemalan drinking water.

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Costa Rica declares state of phyto emergency

December 11th, 2013

An outbreak of banana mealybugs and Boisduval scales has prompted emergency measures from the Costa Rican government.

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Ecuador begins first banana shipments to China

December 5th, 2013

Agroban’s Manuel Romero sees possible competitive advantages for Ecuadorian bananas in China.

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Banana odor affected by post-harvest treatment, Brazilian study finds

November 28th, 2013

A Brazilian scientist has revealed insights into how cold temperatures and chemicals can affect banana smell and color.

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Matoke banana varieties show promise for East African growers

November 20th, 2013

New cooking banana varieties could ward off Black Sigatoka and give a production boost to East African farmers.

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Disease-tolerant banana undergoes testing in West Indies, France

November 15th, 2013

A banana variety developed by France’s CIRAD may help growers reduce pesticide use in the fight against Black Sigatoka disease.

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Brazilian govt expects strong value rise for crops in 2013

November 15th, 2013

Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.

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Big slip for Ecuadorian banana crop surface area

November 14th, 2013

Black Sigatoka disease and stiff competition have taken their toll on Ecuador’s banana farms over the last 12 months.

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German retailer to raise fair trade banana money for Peruvian project

November 7th, 2013

Kaufland will collect money from fair trade bananas sold next week for a project to improve Peruvian grower livelihoods.

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Africa, Latin America put on alert over Panama disease

November 4th, 2013

An aggressive strain of Panama disease could threaten major banana-producing nations, warned Wageningen UR.

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Indian car company shifts gears into banana business

October 30th, 2013

India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.

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Red spot impacts Peruvian organic banana volume

October 14th, 2013

Peru’s exportable volume of organic bananas will be down due to the effects of red spot.

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Fairtrasa expands organic fruit program to Colombia

October 8th, 2013

With a new office in Colombia, Fairtrasa will be expanding its Latin American fruit program.

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