July 29, 2014 / Week N° 31
July 29th, 2014
European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.
July 28th, 2014
Ecuador’s EU banana tariff will be very nearly on par with Colombia and Central America from 2016 onwards.
A Maltese fruit importer hopes to change the country’s market dynamics with a banana brand people trust.
July 22nd, 2014
A subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitiere in Cameroon has announced the expansion of its banana farms.
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 18th, 2014
Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.
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.
BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.
July 16th, 2014
Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.
July 15th, 2014
Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.
July 14th, 2014
4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.
July 10th, 2014
An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.
Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.
July 8th, 2014
Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.
July 7th, 2014
One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.
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?
June 19th, 2014
British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.
June 18th, 2014
A taskforce workshop in Mozambique has made a 10-point plan to tackle a deadly strain of Panama Disease.
The EU has donated €12.5 million to improve Dominican banana production and benefit workers.
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.
The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is hopeful for further market development in the U.S. and Australia.
June 10th, 2014
Drug busts involving fruit are becoming increasingly common, with the latest seizure involving Colombian bananas.
Thai and Vietnamese dragonfruit, as well as Vietnamese bananas, will be under closer scrutiny from AQSIQ.
June 5th, 2014
Noboa has made the move to container shipping for bananas, with Antwerp now the first port of unlading in Europe.
June 3rd, 2014
With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.
Chiquita chiefs have reportedly sought further investment in Honduras due to its impressive production volumes.
May 30th, 2014
Chiefs from CORBANA have met with government officials to discuss industry’s biggest issues.
A continental action plan is currently being drafted for Africa to address the potential spread of Panama Disease TR4.
May 21st, 2014
Around 70,000 consumers have signed a petition calling on the U.K. Government to intervene in supermarket banana price wars.
May 20th, 2014
Panamanian banana growers are banking on government support to tackle a range of industry challenges.
May 14th, 2014
Chiquita’s latest move is a “huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans”, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.
May 13th, 2014
Chiquita executives have discussed the threat of Panama Disease TR4 and adapting to weather conditions in Central America.
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.
China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.
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?
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.
April 25th, 2014
Companies like Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte no longer control the global banana trade, reported FAO.
April 24th, 2014
Asohofrucol hopes Colombia’s strikes do not cause road blockages, and expects minimal disruptions to harvests.
Mozambique’s largest banana exporter has met with international experts to discuss management of TR4.
April 22nd, 2014
ASOGUABO president Fabiola Ramón says new supermarket trends are making it harder to sell fairtrade bananas.
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.
China may only account for a small fraction of the world’s banana powder, but the industry is set for buoyant growth.
April 15th, 2014
Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.
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.
April 13th, 2014
Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.
April 12th, 2014
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.
April 11th, 2014
The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.
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.
March 25th, 2014
After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.
March 20th, 2014
The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.
A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.
March 18th, 2014
Chiquita’s deal with Fyffes has sent a scare in Charlotte, where some fear a violation of contract terms.
March 17th, 2014
An Australian company is set to bring its value-added banana technology to the Chinese island of Hainan.
Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.
Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.
March 14th, 2014
‘Bananaland: Blood, Bullets and Poison’ will be airing at the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston on March 21.
March 12th, 2014
The Philippines’ Agriculture Secretary has pledged to prioritize crop insurance programs in 2015.
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.
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