May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 14th, 2015
British chef Jamie Oliver believes quality food education is every child’s human right and hopes to create a ‘strong sustainable movement’ to help reverse sky-high obesity rates.
May 11th, 2015
BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.
April 27th, 2015
Two neighboring Latin American countries could soon be exporting new fruits and vegetables to the U.S.
March 24th, 2015
The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.
March 20th, 2015
Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.
March 11th, 2015
Chile’s Fedefruta has cried foul about Ecuador’s food import tariff hike to 45%, which is due to be implemented today.
March 10th, 2015
The world’s biggest banana-exporting country is about to implement a massive tariff hike on food imports in a bid to even up its balance of payments.
February 12th, 2015
A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.
February 9th, 2015
The head of a major U.K. banana ripening facility likens the business to a ‘hamster wheel’, and says reputations can be ‘built over years and lost in days’.
January 16th, 2015
The Mango Ecuador Foundation is optimistic about gaining access to the Chinese market before next season.
January 8th, 2015
Ecuador is the world’s leading banana exporter but it is yet to take the number one spot in the Chinese market.
December 1st, 2014
Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.
November 21st, 2014
NatureSeal’s A.J. Martinich looks at some of the key items and regions with growth potential in fresh-cut produce.
November 18th, 2014
Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.
November 13th, 2014
The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.
November 12th, 2014
After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.
October 30th, 2014
A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.
October 24th, 2014
290 million boxes could be shipped from Ecuador this year, with increasingly strong future prospects.
October 10th, 2014
Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.
September 11th, 2014
Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.
September 2nd, 2014
Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.
September 1st, 2014
An Ecuadorian mango sector spokesperson says the industry needs to improve in various areas to boost trade.
August 29th, 2014
Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.
August 18th, 2014
Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.
August 8th, 2014
A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.
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.
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.
July 22nd, 2014
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
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.
July 10th, 2014
An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.
July 7th, 2014
One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.
June 30th, 2014
A new papaya virus has been found in Ecuador, but the man who discovered it says growers need not be alarmed just yet.
June 5th, 2014
Noboa has made the move to container shipping for bananas, with Antwerp now the first port of unlading in Europe.
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 22nd, 2014
ASOGUABO president Fabiola Ramón says new supermarket trends are making it harder to sell fairtrade bananas.
March 25th, 2014
After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.
March 17th, 2014
Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.
January 17th, 2014
Spain accounts for less than 1% of Ecuador’s mango exports – a percentage Pro Ecuador hopes to change.
December 5th, 2013
Agroban’s Manuel Romero sees possible competitive advantages for Ecuadorian bananas in China.
November 14th, 2013
Black Sigatoka disease and stiff competition have taken their toll on Ecuador’s banana farms over the last 12 months.
October 17th, 2013
Weather has been favorable so far for Ecuadorian mangoes and volume should remain up.
October 4th, 2013
Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service plans to auction planes, yachts, cars and properties belonging to Bananera Noboa.
October 1st, 2013
California’s Freska Produce expects Ecuadorian mango volume to see a marked increase.
September 17th, 2013
An Ecuadorian fruit industry representative says the removal of a banana tax will help restore competitiveness to the sector.
August 27th, 2013
Ecuadorian mangoes and pineapples could find a greater place in the Chinese market.
August 23rd, 2013
Organics Unlimited’s GROW banana brand will help deliver funds to social initiatives Project Amigo and Children International.
August 12th, 2013
Bananas may have the perfect natural packaging, but an Ecuadorian business claims vacuum seals reduce waste and extend shelf life.
August 2nd, 2013
Cocaine with a street value of around US$24 million was found by Russian customs in a container of bananas.
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 2nd, 2013
Ecuadorian fruit exporters could face up to 14% in additional costs to send their products to the United States.
June 6th, 2013
ProEcuador hopes to push its country’s banana market even further in Russia with an educational campaign.
May 24th, 2013
A ProEcuador initiative will allow small banana producers to have greater market access.
May 17th, 2013
Weather issues dragged down Ecuador’s banana exports in the early part of 2013.
April 30th, 2013
Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.
March 28th, 2013
Tests have shown high yields, sweetness and disease resistance for a new passionfruit cultivar in Ecuador.
March 25th, 2013
The Ecuadorian government will be cracking down on illegal banana plantations and non-payment to producers.
February 27th, 2013
The Andimora blackberry has a high concentration of sugar and is easy to manage post harvest.
February 18th, 2013
Juan Carlos Rivera explains the positive situation Peru’s mango industry is now in after a staggered start.
February 11th, 2013
Banagreen strives to produce bananas with less chemicals and better land practices.
February 7th, 2013
Even with outside challenges, Ecuador’s mango export volume grew 10-15%.
January 8th, 2013
Rolf Blancke describes a pristine Ecuadorian rare fruit paradise under threat from a thermoelectric dam project.
January 7th, 2013
Mango volumes were up 10%, dominated by Tommy Atkins and Kent varieties.
December 26th, 2012
Ecuador’s government will take a tougher stance on banana growers in a bid to reduce supply.
November 27th, 2012
Ecuador’s banana industry faces major topics and big changes.
November 19th, 2012
The Ecuadorian government is offering banana growers support to switch to more suitable crops.
November 13th, 2012
Mango supply hasn’t been able to keep up with demand in the U.S., according to Ken Nabal.
November 9th, 2012
The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.
November 6th, 2012
The Mango Ecuador Foundation has found up to 30% of U.S. arrivals are going for inspection.
October 23rd, 2012
Ecuador started its mango season with a bang, entering the U.S. market at higher quantities than expected.
October 19th, 2012
Subtrop’s Rudolf Badenhorst says South Africa looks to be in for a good mango harvest in December.
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.
October 1st, 2012
Gioconda García Santamaría discusses Ecuador’s efforts to make its third-largest export crop more productive.
September 28th, 2012
The Ecuadorian government has accused a German documentary on its banana industry as “conspiring against jobs”.
September 25th, 2012
The Ecuadorian pineapple industry is battling an unprecedented snail outbreak that has impacted exports.
September 13th, 2012
Agrofruit’s Bernardo Roehrs discusses productivity, social programs and Guatemala’s improved weather for bananas.
September 11th, 2012
U.S. East Coast fruit importers have revealed their worries over a potential dock worker strike in October.
September 4th, 2012
Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.
August 29th, 2012
Ecuador’s small banana growers are frustrated with government spraying and payment delays.
August 24th, 2012
Brazilian mango exporters look set to gain from a delayed start to the Ecuadorian season.
August 17th, 2012
We provide a synopsis of how El Niño is set to impact Latin American fruit growing countries.
August 8th, 2012
We speak with Ecuadorian banana growers, exporters and the government about an industry in crisis.
July 24th, 2012
The Ecuadorian government’s new banana purchasing scheme and fumigation program have kicked off.
July 16th, 2012
Ecuador’s banana shipments have fallen due to a severe winter, tougher regulation and Europe’s economic crisis.
July 5th, 2012
Latin American banana producers must increase productivity if they are to survive in a world of rising costs.
June 22nd, 2012
A Chinese trade representative has described an Ecuadorian banana tariff reduction as “feasible”.
June 15th, 2012
Interrupcion* Fair Trade founder Rafael Goldberg discusses new projects in Latin America and growing demand.
June 13th, 2012
The U.S. has signed a worker rights partnership agreement with Honduras, the Philippines, Peru and Ecuador.
June 5th, 2012
Ecuador hopes to reduce banana market tariffs so it can offload higher volumes in the future.
May 22nd, 2012
U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.
May 18th, 2012
Peru’s agricultural exports look set to rise by 15% this year, thanks to key fruits like avocados and grapes.
May 7th, 2012
Peruvian growers are hoping the weather will turn chillier enabling mango plants to flower.
April 23rd, 2012
Lisa Cork says the push for better packaging and label marketing starts with grower initiative.
April 19th, 2012
The NMB will help exporters in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Haiti improve mango quality.
March 22nd, 2012
Ecuador’s president wants to create a national banana export company to help protect small producers.
March 13th, 2012
Ecuadorian banana producers have hit out at the government for failing to set prices for larger Europe-bound cartons.
March 1st, 2012
Volcanic ash increases fruit yields in Ecuador’s Tungurahua region attracting many people back to the industry.
February 27th, 2012
Ecuadorian banana prices slumped last week due in part to the country’s heavy rains.
February 23rd, 2012
Russia’s largest fruit importer JFC Group is struggling to survive following huge operational losses.
February 16th, 2012
Ecuador’s banana industry has responded positively to the resignation of agricultural minister Staynley Vera.
February 15th, 2012
The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.
February 14th, 2012
Organics Unlimited’s president talks low banana supplies, disease control and Peruvian expansion.
February 2nd, 2012
Ecuadorian banana growers have called on the government to provide more flood prevention infrastructure.
January 27th, 2012
If Ecuador can develop a strong Hass avocado industry it could potentially produce for the whole year.
January 11th, 2012
Peruvian mango growers need better coordination to succeed in Asia and increase U.S. access size requirements.
January 9th, 2012
Ecuador’s mango industry has escaped unscathed by recent rain, but anything is still possible.
December 30th, 2011
An embattled Argentine banana importer has denied fraud claims, while unions believe the accusation is a plot.
December 27th, 2011
The Ecuadorian government has sent a strong signal to banana exporters who don’t follow pricing laws.
December 19th, 2011
The National Mango Board’s William Watson talks plans for improved export data and new market opportunities.
November 30th, 2011
Ecuador is still in turmoil over what should be the minimum price tag for its bananas.
November 25th, 2011
Ecuadorian banana growers want their agricultural minister to resign following disputes over banana export prices.
November 15th, 2011
Ecuadorian growers and exporters are still struggling to agree on a minimum banana price.
November 8th, 2011
Ecuadorian growers want the default bananas price to rise by US$0.50 per box for next year.
November 7th, 2011
Ecuadorian fruit exporters will receive tariff reimbursements with the ATPDEA coming into effect again.
November 3rd, 2011
The Mango Ecuador Foundation’s Johnny Jara discusses variety changes and volume regulation.
October 26th, 2011
Ecuador’s banana exports have been hit by Europe’s economic crisis.
October 13th, 2011
Colombia’s banana imports showed a more than two-fold increase this year.
October 10th, 2011
Ecuador’s mango harvest is now underway, but with less land dedicated to the crop than in previous years.
September 26th, 2011
The Ecuadorian Government has extended and intensified its banana aid package.
September 21st, 2011
Ecuador’s peak mango body expects a 5% fall in production this year.
September 12th, 2011
Ecuadorian exporters have responded positively to the U.S. extension of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
August 30th, 2011
Ecuador will pay US$15 million in subsidies to banana growers to help alleviate the pains of low international prices.
August 23rd, 2011
An Ecuadorian researcher says emergency banana funding would be put to better use if it went towards improving quality and productivity.
August 19th, 2011
The Ecuadorian Government has declared a state of emergency for the banana sector, offering an oversight for exporters to pay official prices.
August 18th, 2011
Ecuador will deliver emergency lines of credit to banana growers, who are calling on export cuts to stem supply.
August 5th, 2011
Ecuador’s banana industry has requested the government declare a state of emergency for the sector.
July 15th, 2011
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has signed a decree for a new banana trade regulation law that increases authorization requirements.
July 8th, 2011
Ecuador is again looking to punish banana traders for not following official price mechanisms.
June 29th, 2011
Black Sigatoka has raised alarm in Ecuador with 95% of the country’s banana crops affected by the disease.
June 21st, 2011
For the first part of Fresh Fruit Portal’s GM Special we look at the situation in South America.
June 16th, 2011
Ecuador may need to export primary products through Peru and Colombia due to a lack of FTAs with key markets.
April 21st, 2011
New peach varieties in Ecuador could yield 60% higher returns, says INIAP.
April 18th, 2011
A Chinese business has expressed plans to import more fruit from Ecuador, especially ‘exotic’ produce.
April 14th, 2011
Ecuador’s anti-narcotics police have found 1.3 metric tons (MT) of cocaine in two fruit containers that would have been bound for Europe.
April 13th, 2011
Ecuador’s Board of Trade will today review a potential tax credit system for exporters, with few signs of an ATPDEA renewal in sight.
April 11th, 2011
Ecuador’s banana industry says the system is more competitive, but a European think tank has criticized its volatility.
March 25th, 2011
Ecuador’s government has identified 20 companies undercutting banana growers below international prices, but a local economist has criticized nationalization proposals.
March 22nd, 2011
Ecuador’s president has vowed to assist banana growers who have been ‘abused’ by exporters, while the country also aims to boost its presence in South Korea.
March 2nd, 2011
More than 20 Brazilian food products have been included in an endangered product list, including other fruits such as Chilean white strawberries and Australian bunya nuts.
February 28th, 2011
Civil unrest in Libya has led to further concerns for Ecuador’s banana industry about an outstanding payment for exports to the North African nation.
February 17th, 2011
Ecuador has vowed to support fruit farmers with loans of up to US$2 million in the wake of a U.S. Congress decision not to renew a trade agreement with the South American country.
February 16th, 2011
Multinational Chevron has been fined $8.6 billion by an Ecuadorian court for contaminating the environment, but the company has ruled the decision fraudulent.
February 15th, 2011
A U.S. Congress decision not to extend a free trade agreement with Colombia and Ecuador will have significant effects on the countries’ fruit export industries.
January 28th, 2011
British, Romanian, Jamaican and Costa Rican nationals have been detained for alleged cocaine and marijuana trafficking inside pineapple cartons.
January 24th, 2011
Fixed price of US$5.50 was based on lighter cartons, government says
January 18th, 2011
Ecuador’s Gold Extra Sweet pineapple growers have cut production due to high production costs, price declines and an oversupply in the global market.
January 13th, 2011
Other Central American countries have advantage, industry spokesman says
December 29th, 2010
Peru will drop 12% compared to the previous season while a slight increase is expected from Ecuador.
December 22nd, 2010
Growers and exporters prefer one price set annually, instead of two set by season
December 17th, 2010
Flooding prevents harvest and shipment from Colombia; speculation is a concern in Ecuador
The offer allows exporters to load banana cartons directly into containers and reduce time spent out of a refrigerated environment
December 6th, 2010
Flooding ruins crop in neighboring country, 1584% increase unlikely to last, exporter says
November 26th, 2010
Ecuador is overhauling the rules for its banana industry, aiming to bring illegal fields under regulation, to enforce contracts and to fine those who do not pay the official price per carton for the fruit.
November 25th, 2010
Strong winds during flowering and recent rains mixed with cold weather have cut the exports in half in the tropical country.
November 18th, 2010
Small growers see hope in China, the Middle East and Africa as an alternative to shipments to Europe.
November 16th, 2010
Smaller fruit caused by the long cold wave has meant a longer wait to harvest and lower prices offered by exporters
October 26th, 2010
Ecuador’s ministry of agriculture promised banana growers payment for fruit shipped to Libya after the country’s banana exporters association threatened a strike last week.
October 22nd, 2010
Ecuador’s association of banana exporters has threatened to strike next week if the country’s President Rafael Correa does not meet with association leadership to hear their concerns.
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