March 02, 2015 / Week N° 10

Posts Tagged Ecuador

SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

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.

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Inside one of Europe’s largest banana ripening facilities

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’.

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Ecuadorian mango industry hopes for Chinese market access by October

January 16th, 2015

The Mango Ecuador Foundation is optimistic about gaining access to the Chinese market before next season.

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Ecuadorian firms aim to take the lead in Chinese market

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.

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Ecuadorian bananas a ‘force’ in new Chinese province

December 1st, 2014

Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.

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U.S.: NatureSeal sees bright future for Latin American fresh-cut sector

November 21st, 2014

NatureSeal’s A.J. Martinich looks at some of the key items and regions with growth potential in fresh-cut produce.

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U.S.: Peak volumes mean ‘now is the time to promote mangoes’

November 18th, 2014

Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.

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Govt centers to aid direct market access for Ecuadorian banana growers

November 13th, 2014

The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.

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BanaBay tries its hand at mangoes

November 12th, 2014

After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.

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Ecuador faced with lucrative dragon fruit opportunities in China

October 30th, 2014

A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.

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Ecuador eyes new banana export record in 2014

October 24th, 2014

290 million boxes could be shipped from Ecuador this year, with increasingly strong future prospects.

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Ecuador to help ease U.S. mango shortage

October 10th, 2014

Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.

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Canary Islands: financial support request for banana growers ‘very complicated’

September 11th, 2014

Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.

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Ecuador: banana exporters may focus on China over EU, says Seatrade

September 2nd, 2014

Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.

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Ecuador hopes international event will help enhance mango industry

September 1st, 2014

An Ecuadorian mango sector spokesperson says the industry needs to improve in various areas to boost trade.

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Decoding China’s “banana-mania” in 2014

August 29th, 2014

Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.

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ProEcuador sees new ground in Russia for broccoli and tropical fruit

August 18th, 2014

Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.

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U.K.: BanaBay secures fresh Middle East deal

August 8th, 2014

A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.

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Chile: not enough fruit stocks for ‘immediate response’ to Russian ban

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.

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European banana growers respond to Ecuador-EU trade deal

July 29th, 2014

European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.

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Ecuadorian banana grower group reveals likely tariff reduction structure

July 28th, 2014

Ecuador’s EU banana tariff will be very nearly on par with Colombia and Central America from 2016 onwards.

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China: Goodfarmer to develop produce “multinational” status, says Liu Zijie

July 22nd, 2014

Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.

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Ecuador-EU trade agreement is “marvelous”, says banana industry leader

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.

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Ecuadorian banana growers gear up for El Niño

July 10th, 2014

An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.

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Ecuadorian fruit exporter ‘not worried’ about ChiquitaFyffes merger

July 7th, 2014

One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.

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New unreported papaya disease identified in Ecuador

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.

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Ecuador: Noboa shifts to containers for banana shipping

June 5th, 2014

Noboa has made the move to container shipping for bananas, with Antwerp now the first port of unlading in Europe.

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Bananas bring profit and uncertainty to Fresh Del Monte in Q1

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.

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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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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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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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Ecuadorian promotion agency looks to Spain for mango opportunities

January 17th, 2014

Spain accounts for less than 1% of Ecuador’s mango exports – a percentage Pro Ecuador hopes to change.

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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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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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Ecuador expects higher volume for mango exports

October 17th, 2013

Weather has been favorable so far for Ecuadorian mangoes and volume should remain up.

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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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U.S. mango importer anticipates increased Ecuadorian volume

October 1st, 2013

California’s Freska Produce expects Ecuadorian mango volume to see a marked increase.

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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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Chinese market grows for Ecuadorian foods

August 27th, 2013

Ecuadorian mangoes and pineapples could find a greater place in the Chinese market.

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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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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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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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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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Ecuador: fruit exporters brace for higher U.S. tariffs

July 2nd, 2013

Ecuadorian fruit exporters could face up to 14% in additional costs to send their products to the United States.

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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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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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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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Ecuador to reinforce Russian fruit market position

April 30th, 2013

Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.

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Ecuador probes sweet yellow passionfruit variety

March 28th, 2013

Tests have shown high yields, sweetness and disease resistance for a new passionfruit cultivar in Ecuador.


Ecuador gets tough on banana regulations

March 25th, 2013

The Ecuadorian government will be cracking down on illegal banana plantations and non-payment to producers.

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Ecuador announces thornless blackberry variety

February 27th, 2013

The Andimora blackberry has a high concentration of sugar and is easy to manage post harvest.

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Peruvian mangoes dominate markets

February 18th, 2013

Juan Carlos Rivera explains the positive situation Peru’s mango industry is now in after a staggered start.

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Ecuador: banana association dedicated to going organic

February 11th, 2013

Banagreen strives to produce bananas with less chemicals and better land practices.

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Ecuadorian mango industry strives to set example

February 7th, 2013

Even with outside challenges, Ecuador’s mango export volume grew 10-15%.

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Fruit Fanatic: an exotic fruit collector’s Ecuadorian dream

January 8th, 2013

Rolf Blancke describes a pristine Ecuadorian rare fruit paradise under threat from a thermoelectric dam project.

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Mango exports rise as Ecuadorian season comes to an end

January 7th, 2013

Mango volumes were up 10%, dominated by Tommy Atkins and Kent varieties.

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Ecuador to cut back banana land in 2013

December 26th, 2012

Ecuador’s government will take a tougher stance on banana growers in a bid to reduce supply.

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A look at small banana producers in Ecuador

November 27th, 2012

Ecuador’s banana industry faces major topics and big changes.

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Ecuador to aid banana growers in crop shift

November 19th, 2012

The Ecuadorian government is offering banana growers support to switch to more suitable crops.

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Mango demand strong but pineapples sluggish, says Kingston

November 13th, 2012

Mango supply hasn’t been able to keep up with demand in the U.S., according to Ken Nabal.

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E.U. and Latin America come to historic banana agreement

November 9th, 2012

The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.

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“There’s not much they can do”, says Jara

November 6th, 2012

The Mango Ecuador Foundation has found up to 30% of U.S. arrivals are going for inspection.

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Ecuadorian mango season off to a strong start despite delays

October 23rd, 2012

Ecuador started its mango season with a bang, entering the U.S. market at higher quantities than expected.

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South Africa anticipates good season for mango production

October 19th, 2012

Subtrop’s Rudolf Badenhorst says South Africa looks to be in for a good mango harvest in December.

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Ecuador banana price hike following 25% production drop

October 11th, 2012

Ecuador’s banana spot price has almost doubled following lower yields in the wake of bad weather and disease.

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Ecuadorian project finds Black Sigatoka resistant genes

October 9th, 2012

Ecuadorian scientists may be on the cusp of developing bananas resistant to deadly fungus Black Sigatoka.

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Opinion: disease resistant cacao cultivars key for small farmers

October 1st, 2012

Gioconda García Santamaría discusses Ecuador’s efforts to make its third-largest export crop more productive.

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Ecuadorian govt takes aim at German banana documentary

September 28th, 2012

The Ecuadorian government has accused a German documentary on its banana industry as “conspiring against jobs”.

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Ecuador’s pineapple industry confronts slippery snail predicament

September 25th, 2012

The Ecuadorian pineapple industry is battling an unprecedented snail outbreak that has impacted exports.

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Weather lends a hand to Guatemalan bananas in 2012

September 13th, 2012

Agrofruit’s Bernardo Roehrs discusses productivity, social programs and Guatemala’s improved weather for bananas.

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U.S.: high season port strikes would mean ‘big losses’ for importers

September 11th, 2012

U.S. East Coast fruit importers have revealed their worries over a potential dock worker strike in October.

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Fyffes’ pre-tax profits jump by nearly 30% in H1

September 4th, 2012

Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.

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Ecuadorian banana growers angry over treatment delays

August 29th, 2012

Ecuador’s small banana growers are frustrated with government spraying and payment delays.

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Brazil’s U.S. mango exports benefit from Ecuadorian delay

August 24th, 2012

Brazilian mango exporters look set to gain from a delayed start to the Ecuadorian season.

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El Niño to drive up Latin America’s temperatures in H2

August 17th, 2012

We provide a synopsis of how El Niño is set to impact Latin American fruit growing countries.

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Ecuador’s banana industry blames crisis on ‘lack of formality’

August 8th, 2012

We speak with Ecuadorian banana growers, exporters and the government about an industry in crisis.

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Banana emergency measures now underway in Ecuador

July 24th, 2012

The Ecuadorian government’s new banana purchasing scheme and fumigation program have kicked off.

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Ecuador’s banana exports show massive slump

July 16th, 2012

Ecuador’s banana shipments have fallen due to a severe winter, tougher regulation and Europe’s economic crisis.

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U.S. banana imports from Latin America rose slightly in 2011

July 5th, 2012

Latin American banana producers must increase productivity if they are to survive in a world of rising costs.

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Ecuador looks to Chinese banana market

June 22nd, 2012

A Chinese trade representative has described an Ecuadorian banana tariff reduction as “feasible”.

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Fair trade fruit finding new demographics

June 15th, 2012

Interrupcion* Fair Trade founder Rafael Goldberg discusses new projects in Latin America and growing demand.

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U.S. signs migrant worker rights agreements

June 13th, 2012

The U.S. has signed a worker rights partnership agreement with Honduras, the Philippines, Peru and Ecuador.

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Ecuador needs open banana markets to absorb productivity growth

June 5th, 2012

Ecuador hopes to reduce banana market tariffs so it can offload higher volumes in the future.

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U.S. importer Kingston set to expand pineapple business

May 22nd, 2012

U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.

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Peru predicts 15% export growth this year

May 18th, 2012

Peru’s agricultural exports look set to rise by 15% this year, thanks to key fruits like avocados and grapes.

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Peru’s hot weather could hit next year’s mango harvest

May 7th, 2012

Peruvian growers are hoping the weather will turn chillier enabling mango plants to flower.

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‘Stop wasting your label messages’, Cork urges growers

April 23rd, 2012

Lisa Cork says the push for better packaging and label marketing starts with grower initiative.

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National Mango Board to host exporter quality workshops

April 19th, 2012

The NMB will help exporters in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Haiti improve mango quality.

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Ecuador set to have a national banana export company

March 22nd, 2012

Ecuador’s president wants to create a national banana export company to help protect small producers.

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Ecuador banana sizing loophole prompts price speculation

March 13th, 2012

Ecuadorian banana producers have hit out at the government for failing to set prices for larger Europe-bound cartons.

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Ecuador: Volcanic ash boosts fruit yields by 10% in Tungurahua

March 1st, 2012

Volcanic ash increases fruit yields in Ecuador’s Tungurahua region attracting many people back to the industry.

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Updated: Ecuadorian banana prices sink following heavy downpours

February 27th, 2012

Ecuadorian banana prices slumped last week due in part to the country’s heavy rains.

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Russian fruit importer JFC applies to the courts to stave off creditors

February 23rd, 2012

Russia’s largest fruit importer JFC Group is struggling to survive following huge operational losses.

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Ecuadorian banana growers applaud ag minister’s resignation

February 16th, 2012

Ecuador’s banana industry has responded positively to the resignation of agricultural minister Staynley Vera.

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Mango information group gathers momentum after Berlin meeting

February 15th, 2012

The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.

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Getting past the Latin American banana shortage

February 14th, 2012

Organics Unlimited’s president talks low banana supplies, disease control and Peruvian expansion.

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2,000 hectares of bananas under water in Ecuador

February 2nd, 2012

Ecuadorian banana growers have called on the government to provide more flood prevention infrastructure.

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