November 24, 2014 / Week N° 48

Posts Tagged Bananas

Jamaica to ‘lively up’ U.K. banana market

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.

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U.K.: Desiva Produce pitches “slow ripening” for banana import deal

November 18th, 2014

After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.

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Govt centers to aid direct market access for Ecuadorian banana growers

November 13th, 2014

The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.

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BanaBay expects “superstar” U.S. banana sales in Q1

November 6th, 2014

BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.

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India: Tamil Nadu eyes international banana market

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.

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U.S.: Rosen weighs up class action against Chiquita over Brazil deal

October 29th, 2014

A New York law firm is investigating Chiquita over its shareholder duties relating to the Cutrale-Safra takeover.

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Fresh Del Monte income triples in Q3

October 28th, 2014

Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.

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Costa Rican banana industry cries foul over port strike

October 24th, 2014

Corbana says a “small group cannot kidnap the development of a nation for special interests”.

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Ecuador eyes new banana export record in 2014

October 24th, 2014

290 million boxes could be shipped from Ecuador this year, with increasingly strong future prospects.

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Cutrale-Safra slip in with last minute Chiquita offer

October 23rd, 2014

Just one day out from the ChiquitaFyffes shareholder vote, Brazilian suitors have upped their bid to US$14.50 per share.

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First seedlings planted for Haiti’s US$27M banana export project

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.

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Major Australian banana plantation to be wiped out in disease eradication plan

October 13th, 2014

The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.

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Costa Rican govt to compensate banana spraying victims

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.

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Chiquita launches national banana recipe contest

October 8th, 2014

Chiquita is showcasing bananas’ versatility through a national competition with weekly cash prizes.

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France bans aerial pesticide spraying in overseas territories

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.

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Fyffes trying to “hoodwink” Chiquita shareholders, says Cutrale-Safra

September 29th, 2014

The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.

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Costa Rican pineapple growers get thumbs up for pesticide control

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.

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Northern Peru’s productive potential

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.

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Mango exporters ‘can go anywhere’ with new tech use, says Maersk

September 15th, 2014

Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.

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Chiquita launches US$30M Guatemalan port revamp

September 12th, 2014

A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.

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Canary Islands: financial support request for banana growers ‘very complicated’

September 11th, 2014

Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.

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Ecuador: banana exporters may focus on China over EU, says Seatrade

September 2nd, 2014

Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.

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Chiquita denies Guatemalan water contamination claims

September 1st, 2014

Banana trader Chiquita has described claims in a recent lawsuit as inaccurate, and says invitations for mediation have gone unanswered.

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Decoding China’s “banana-mania” in 2014

August 29th, 2014

Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.

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Solving India’s banana waste problem

August 25th, 2014

Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.

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Communist rebels attack two Philippine banana plantations

August 24th, 2014

A Del Monte aircraft hangar was one site of rebel attacks on banana operations in the Philippines over the weekend.

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Brazilian suitor urges Chiquita shareholders to reject Fyffes merger

August 18th, 2014

After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.

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ProEcuador sees new ground in Russia for broccoli and tropical fruit

August 18th, 2014

Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.

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U.S.: Chiquita board rejects Brazilian offer

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.

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Excess banana supply a “wild card” for H2, says Chiquita exec

August 12th, 2014

Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.

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U.K.: BanaBay secures fresh Middle East deal

August 8th, 2014

A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.

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Chile: not enough fruit stocks for ‘immediate response’ to Russian ban

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.

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U.S.: Fyffes expenses cut Chiquita profits in Q2

August 7th, 2014

Merger proposals bit into Chiquita’s bottom line in the second quarter, but the core business was slightly improved.

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Colombian banana protests turn violent

August 7th, 2014

Colombian banana worker protests against Banacol took a turn for the worse this week.

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Costa Rican pineapple trade sails ahead of bananas

July 31st, 2014

Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.

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Favorable exchange rates raise Del Monte results in Q2

July 29th, 2014

Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.

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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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