April 24, 2014 / Week N° 17

Posts Tagged Bananas

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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Ecuador’s IRS values goods at US$136M for banana baron sell-off

October 4th, 2013

Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service plans to auction planes, yachts, cars and properties belonging to Bananera Noboa.

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Ecuador suspends banana levy

September 17th, 2013

An Ecuadorian fruit industry representative says the removal of a banana tax will help restore competitiveness to the sector.

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Philippine bananas hit U.S. shores

September 17th, 2013

The Philippines laid its claim as the first Asian banana supplier to the U.S. mainland.

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Bag color can affect banana ripening

September 11th, 2013

A Colombian researcher has analyzed a simple metric that can affect the speed of banana ripening.

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Philippine banana sector calls for more action against disease

September 10th, 2013

Disease has led to more low-quality Philippine banana shipments, participants heard at a recent export congress.

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Costa Rica aims to cut fertilizer use

September 10th, 2013

Costa Rica aims to lose its crown as the biggest emitter of nitrous oxide per hectare of agriculture in Central America.

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Australian researchers branch out with robot farming

September 2nd, 2013

Automated fruit harvesting is the ultimate goal of Australian robot trials that have shown positive results in field intelligence.

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Nicaragua could quadruple banana production

August 30th, 2013

An ambitious project has the potential to significantly boost Nicaragua’s banana output.

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GM bananas: from nutrition to disease resistance

August 23rd, 2013

Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.

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GROW bananas take on social change in Mexico, Ecuador

August 23rd, 2013

Organics Unlimited’s GROW banana brand will help deliver funds to social initiatives Project Amigo and Children International.

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Brazil: Black Sigatoka costs remain high

August 15th, 2013

Banana growers in Sao Paulo say management costs for Black Sigatoka remain prohibitive.

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Vacuum-packed bananas prove practical for Ecuadorian company

August 12th, 2013

Bananas may have the perfect natural packaging, but an Ecuadorian business claims vacuum seals reduce waste and extend shelf life.

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Banana virus puts Nigerian farmers on alert

August 8th, 2013

The banana bunchy top virus is spreading rapidly in Nigeria and could threaten a key food staple.

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Australia’s first banana vending machine takes off in Brisbane

August 2nd, 2013

The company behind Australia’s Banana Bar vending machine has its sights set on expansion.

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Russian authorities intercept cocaine in Ecuadorian banana shipment

August 2nd, 2013

Cocaine with a street value of around US$24 million was found by Russian customs in a container of bananas.

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Banana industry undergoing ‘structural change’, says Del Monte CEO

July 31st, 2013

Del Monte CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh talks about how changes in Ecuador are affecting the global banana business.

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U.K. supermarket chain to buy banana facility

July 29th, 2013

U.K. retailer Morrisons plans to buy a former Del Monte banana ripening facility in a bid to better control quality.

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Red spot takes toll on Peruvian banana exports

July 24th, 2013

Organic banana growers in northern Peru are developing an emergency plan to tackle red spot disease.

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Argentina: producers lament entrance of Ecuadorian bananas

July 23rd, 2013

Ecuadorian bananas may now enter Argentina’s Tucuman province and local producers are not happy.

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Brazil to stall Ecuadorian banana entry

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.

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Ecuador: Swedish market shows promise for fair trade bananas

July 18th, 2013

ProEcuador has its eye on the Swedish market to develop its fair trade banana sector.

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Export complications for Ecuador’s banana industry

July 15th, 2013

Ecuador’s Eduardo Ledesma explains how customs changes and climate have hurt banana exports.

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Bananas lead imports in South Korea

July 11th, 2013

Bananas have topped the list of imported fruit in South Korea for a decade.

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Chile: banana flour creates potential for fruit waste

July 8th, 2013

Chilean researchers have turned ripe bananas into a nutritional flour with vast possibilities.

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Teen creates bio-plastic from banana peels

July 2nd, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin had made a non-decaying plastic from banana peels.

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Costa Rican banana strike comes to an end

July 2nd, 2013

A 23-day strike against a Del Monte subsidiary in Costa Rica has come to an end as fired workers undergo reconsideration.

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Colombian agreement averts banana strike

June 21st, 2013

Colombia’s banana industry initially planned to cut wages, but strike threats have led to a splash out on worker benefits.

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Del Monte banana strikers going hungry in Costa Rica

June 21st, 2013

Bandeco claims only a small amount of banana growers are striking in Costa Rica, while union SITEPP cries foul over alleged reprisals.

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Canary Islands: falsified papaya farms could mean prison time

June 18th, 2013

A European Union official is accused of misappropriating over US$1 million on a papaya production project that never took off.

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Peru: CEPIBO plans to raise banana yields by 50%

June 14th, 2013

An organic Peruvian banana cooperative has set itself an ambitious productivity goal.

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Ecuador: interactive campaign promotes bananas in Russia

June 6th, 2013

ProEcuador hopes to push its country’s banana market even further in Russia with an educational campaign.

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Colombian banana workers ratify labor strike

June 5th, 2013

A potential Colombian banana worker strike could threaten hundreds of thousands of boxes in exports per day.

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Costa Rican organic growers need ‘more incentives’

May 28th, 2013

Costa Rica’s organic horticultural exports rose in 2012 despite a slight decline in planted surface area.

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Ecuador forms fair trade export consortium for banana growers

May 24th, 2013

A ProEcuador initiative will allow small banana producers to have greater market access.

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Colombian banana workers threaten wage strike

May 23rd, 2013

Possible wage cuts could provoke an extensive strike in Colombia’s banana industry.

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Ecuador’s banana exports drop in Q1

May 17th, 2013

Weather issues dragged down Ecuador’s banana exports in the early part of 2013.

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Low fruit quality hurts Mexican banana exports

May 13th, 2013

Spotting and poor fruit quality have made it harder for Mexico to export its bananas.

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U.S.: fair trade promotion expands into new, bigger markets

May 13th, 2013

Interrupcion CEO Rafael Goldberg reflects on outstanding banana volume growth and new projects.

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