March 12, 2014 / Week N° 11
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.
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.
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