December 07, 2013 / Week N° 49
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.
August 23rd, 2013
Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.
Organics Unlimited’s GROW banana brand will help deliver funds to social initiatives Project Amigo and Children International.
August 15th, 2013
Banana growers in Sao Paulo say management costs for Black Sigatoka remain prohibitive.
August 12th, 2013
Bananas may have the perfect natural packaging, but an Ecuadorian business claims vacuum seals reduce waste and extend shelf life.
August 8th, 2013
The banana bunchy top virus is spreading rapidly in Nigeria and could threaten a key food staple.
August 2nd, 2013
The company behind Australia’s Banana Bar vending machine has its sights set on expansion.
Cocaine with a street value of around US$24 million was found by Russian customs in a container of bananas.
July 31st, 2013
Del Monte CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh talks about how changes in Ecuador are affecting the global banana business.
July 29th, 2013
U.K. retailer Morrisons plans to buy a former Del Monte banana ripening facility in a bid to better control quality.
July 24th, 2013
Organic banana growers in northern Peru are developing an emergency plan to tackle red spot disease.
July 23rd, 2013
Ecuadorian bananas may now enter Argentina’s Tucuman province and local producers are not happy.
July 22nd, 2013
Ecuadorian banana exporters are gearing up to ship to Brazil, but the Latin American giant has announced aims to delay the process.
July 18th, 2013
ProEcuador has its eye on the Swedish market to develop its fair trade banana sector.
July 15th, 2013
Ecuador’s Eduardo Ledesma explains how customs changes and climate have hurt banana exports.
July 11th, 2013
Bananas have topped the list of imported fruit in South Korea for a decade.
July 8th, 2013
Chilean researchers have turned ripe bananas into a nutritional flour with vast possibilities.
July 2nd, 2013
Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin had made a non-decaying plastic from banana peels.
A 23-day strike against a Del Monte subsidiary in Costa Rica has come to an end as fired workers undergo reconsideration.
June 21st, 2013
Colombia’s banana industry initially planned to cut wages, but strike threats have led to a splash out on worker benefits.
Bandeco claims only a small amount of banana growers are striking in Costa Rica, while union SITEPP cries foul over alleged reprisals.
June 18th, 2013
A European Union official is accused of misappropriating over US$1 million on a papaya production project that never took off.
June 14th, 2013
An organic Peruvian banana cooperative has set itself an ambitious productivity goal.
June 6th, 2013
ProEcuador hopes to push its country’s banana market even further in Russia with an educational campaign.
June 5th, 2013
A potential Colombian banana worker strike could threaten hundreds of thousands of boxes in exports per day.
May 28th, 2013
Costa Rica’s organic horticultural exports rose in 2012 despite a slight decline in planted surface area.
May 24th, 2013
A ProEcuador initiative will allow small banana producers to have greater market access.
May 23rd, 2013
Possible wage cuts could provoke an extensive strike in Colombia’s banana industry.
May 17th, 2013
Weather issues dragged down Ecuador’s banana exports in the early part of 2013.
May 13th, 2013
Spotting and poor fruit quality have made it harder for Mexico to export its bananas.
Interrupcion CEO Rafael Goldberg reflects on outstanding banana volume growth and new projects.
May 10th, 2013
Enrique Villegas gives a background lesson on Colombia, a growing country with significant agricultural opportunities.
May 8th, 2013
Chiquita reported weaker banana sales contrasted by higher healthy snack revenue in the first quarter.
An Irish produce company and a German branding agency concocted a fresh way to boost banana consumption – laser printed comics.
May 2nd, 2013
Del Monte’s sales were strong in North America in the first quarter but European conditions were not so rosy.
April 30th, 2013
Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.
April 26th, 2013
Chiquita and Organics Unlimited have begun marketing bananas together for U.S. consumers.
April 23rd, 2013
A new technique will be released at the end of the year in Peru to produce organic banana plants at a low cost.
April 9th, 2013
Banana shipments continue to serve as a key mode of illegal drug transport to Europe.
April 3rd, 2013
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith tells of a group of Panamanian growers selling fair trade fruit to Europe.
Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has sought to sue a British human rights researcher for US$10 million in libel claims.
March 25th, 2013
The Ecuadorian government will be cracking down on illegal banana plantations and non-payment to producers.
March 18th, 2013
The European General Court has upheld a decision to fine Dole Food Company for alleged anticompetitive behavior.
March 15th, 2013
Philippine company AgriNurture plans to expand its banana offering to global markets.
March 12th, 2013
U.K. chain Asda will be sourcing fewer Caribbean and Central American bananas to cut its carbon footprint.
Fruit company Chiquita Brands has listed several causes for optimism in 2013.
March 8th, 2013
Fyffes returns to pre-demerger revenue levels with almost 20% growth in 2012.
March 7th, 2013
Strong winds dealt serious damage to the top three banana producing islands in the Canaries.
February 21st, 2013
Peru’s produce exports forged ahead in 2012 for grapes, asparagus, mandarins and bananas.
February 20th, 2013
Ivanete Pereira says a new Brazilian export banana will provide something new but won’t compete with Cavendish.
February 19th, 2013
Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.
February 11th, 2013
Banagreen strives to produce bananas with less chemicals and better land practices.
February 7th, 2013
The European Parliament is taking measures to protect local banana growers from imports.
January 29th, 2013
Dole denies allegations of deceptive practices but has agreed to new environmental projects in Guatemala.
The sharemarket was upbeat on Chiquita stocks yesterday despite a large fourth quarter loss.
The Indonesian government continues down its protectionist path with a ban on tropical fruits from Taiwan.
January 28th, 2013
Colombia’s top banana exporters can control Moko disease but bear higher production costs if other growers are lax.
January 24th, 2013
The Philippine banana industry has planned retrenchment workers and remove benefits after a difficult year.
January 17th, 2013
The largest Peruvian organic banana cooperative expects to double exports in 2013.
January 14th, 2013
Craig Stephen explains how a banana plantation has brought hope to a conflicted Filipino community.
January 10th, 2013
Growers in Uganda who combined banana and coffee crops are earning over 40% more income.
January 7th, 2013
Around 30% of produce goes to waste in India’s top banana-growing region.
January 2nd, 2013
An Aussie technology that converts bananas into energy could help harness fruit waste.
December 26th, 2012
Ecuador’s government will take a tougher stance on banana growers in a bid to reduce supply.
December 17th, 2012
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith questions whether trade will move from value-stripping to value enhancement.
December 13th, 2012
Mexico’s top banana players discuss industry development and newfound European possibilities.
December 3rd, 2012
Colombian banana growers support a tax reform bill they believe will help better formalize the economy.
November 27th, 2012
Ecuador’s banana industry faces major topics and big changes.
November 23rd, 2012
Peru’s organic export values rose by more than volumes during the first 10 months of 2012.
November 20th, 2012
Philippine banana exports to China are recovering, while strategies look to Russia, Europe and the U.S.
November 19th, 2012
The Ecuadorian government is offering banana growers support to switch to more suitable crops.
November 16th, 2012
The Dole Food Company managed to raise earnings in the third quarter despite challenging conditions.
November 15th, 2012
Del Monte has denied ties to footage in a confronting documentary about Cameroon’s banana industry.
November 9th, 2012
The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.
A Colombian banana co-op is taking the stories of its growers to North American consumers.
November 8th, 2012
Chiquita is upbeat for 2013 conditions in the wake of a larger third quarter loss.
November 7th, 2012
BRS Platina bananas, a new breed from Brazil, resist yellow Sigatoka and Panama disease.
November 5th, 2012
A cost-benefit analysis has weighed in favor of Australian banana growers excluding bunchy top virus.
October 30th, 2012
Peru’s largest organic banana cooperative has come far since its inception in 2003, but there is still a long way to go.
October 26th, 2012
Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.
October 11th, 2012
Ecuador’s banana spot price has almost doubled following lower yields in the wake of bad weather and disease.
October 9th, 2012
Ecuadorian scientists may be on the cusp of developing bananas resistant to deadly fungus Black Sigatoka.
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