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Shipping Lines Can't Cope with Booming Perishables Trade and Lack of Reefers

14.5.2021
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Even as reefer container freight rates soar, shipping lines are “far from coping” with the seasonal demands of perishables. According to Drewry, a weighted average of rates across the top 15 “reefer-intensive” tradelanes jumped 26% in the first quarter, following a seasonal uptick in cargo demand, and rising bunker surcharges. This placed rates at their highest level since the reefer index was launched in 2017, and Drewry expects rates to rise further in Q2. “However, these increases are modest, compared to the inexorable rise in dry freight rates,” explained Philip Gray, head of reefer shipping research.

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Augura Reported that 33% of Banana Exports were Affected by Blockades in Urabá

14.5.2021
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Through the Association of Banana Growers of Colombia -Augura, the banana sector reported effects on 33% of its exports due to blockades of the previous days in Turbo since the fruit could not leave the farms towards the port. In four days, 773,200 boxes of the fruit stopped from being exported; that is, more than 15,000 tons of fruit were wasted. Augura celebrated that after almost five days of closures and demonstrations on the road to Urabá, the blockade that prevented transit in Turbo was lifted.

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Cameroon's Banana Exports Drop 22% in April 2021, due to PHP's Underperformance

14.5.2021
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In April 2021, operating banana producers in Cameroon exported a total of 13,186 tonnes. According to statistics compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon, the export volume was down by 2,916 tons compared to that of April of last year (Assobacam). This 22.11% drop comes as the public agribusiness CDC, with exports of 1,354 tonnes in April 2021, joined the group of exporters, on which it did not appear in April 2020.

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Colombia Supervises the Health of Plantain and Banana Crops in Bolívar

14.5.2021
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Inspection and phytosanitary control visits were made to plantain and banana crops to protect plant health and located in backyard lands in the department of Bolívar. The activities were carried out in the municipalities of Córdoba and Zambrano, where there is official control of diseases and monitoring activities of other quarantine pests of Musaceae. The resolution establishing phytosanitary measures to prevent the spread of the moko disease in bananas and plantains in the national territory was also socialized. The condition is caused by the bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum Filetype II.

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Compagnie Fruitière has New Facilities in the Rungis Market

30.4.2021
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The French firm Compagnie Fruitière is already in its new facilities in the Rungis market, a suburb south of Paris. They are 7,000 square meters with the capacity to ripe 20,000 tons of fruit, thanks to six double ripening chambers and three conventional ripening chambers for bananas, mangoes, and avocados. The new facilities can manage 1,500 pallets of fruit 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The new building can store ten times more than the previous building.

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European Banana Market: Afruibana Looks to the Future

30.4.2021
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During a webinar bringing together African and European decision-makers, the association of African banana producers Afruibana presented the white paper on African bananas entitled "Bananas at the heart of African rural development - a challenge common to Africa and Europe". This publication is supported by MEPs Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, Vice-President of the Committee on International Trade, and Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Vice-President of the Committee on Development, as well as by Carlos Zorrinho, Co-President of the Assembly joint ACP-EU parliamentarian.

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Peru: MIDAGRI and Banana Producers Strengthen TR4 Control Actions in Piura

30.4.2021
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The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agricultural of Peru, together with María Isabel Remy Simatovic, representing the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Irrigation, and the Head of the National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA), Miguel Quevedo Valle, met with banana and plantains producers in Piura to implement a strategy to strengthen the control actions against TR4. During the field visit developed on Friday, the three checkpoints implemented by SENASA were supervised at strategic points of access to the focus area in the Querecotillo district.

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Del Monte Relaunches Honeyglow Pineapple

30.4.2021
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Del Monte Fresh announced the official relaunch of its Honeyglow pinea pple, further showcasing the brand’s range and diverse product line in the pineapple space. As one of the newest members of Fresh Del Monte’s pineapple line, the Honeyglow pineapple boasts sweet flavors. Every Del Monte Honeyglow pineapple is left to mature naturally on the plant for a few precious extra days, which ensures a riper and sweeter product while creating the perfect balance of color and taste,the company said.

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Ecuador: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Contecon Sign Cooperation Agreement

9.4.2021
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The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ecuador Gabriel Martínez, and the general manager of the Port of Contecon in Guayaquil, Juan Contreras, signed a cooperation agreement. This agreement will benefit the National Anti-Narcotics Directorate of the National Police, which operates in the facilities of the maritime terminal. The main objective of the agreement is that the Special Units of the National Anti-Drug Investigation Directorate have the facilities and support of the port entity.

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Cameroon Exported 20,184 Tons of Bananas in March 2021, up 31% Year on Year

9.4.2021
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According to data compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam), Cameroon exported 20,184 tonnes of bananas during March 2021, increasing 31.17% over one year. In detail, the market leader Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), a subsidiary of the Compagnie fruitière de Marseille, posted 16,868 tonnes for export in March 2021, an annual increase of 24.1%. The Cameroon Development Corporation, the industrial unit once shut down due to political and security violence in the South West region, has recovered. It posted 1,964 tonnes in terms of banana exports in March 2021.

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Restoring Soil Potassium in Banana Plantations

9.4.2021
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Potassium is a major plant nutrient, and recycling it between plants and soil serves the best interest of both. Banana plants give fruits only once, and the volume of pseudo-stem generated is five to ten times of fruits. Naturally, banana farming generates a considerable quantity of biomasses and leads to severe depletion of soil potassium. This book reports how part of the depleted potassium can be restored to soil. Banana is a significant crop in at least 135 countries globally, and more than 150 million MT banana fruits are produced every year.

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Ecuador: Construction of Pier 6 starts in Puerto Bolívar

9.4.2021
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With the setting of the cornerstone, construction work began on Pier 6 at the Puerto Bolívar maritime terminal, in the province of El Oro, on March 30. The work will cost 176 million dollars, with private investment, and ready in June 2023, according to the Minister of Public Works, Marcelo Loor. "The pier will be 450 meters long, with a container yard, refrigeration warehouses and new access roads," said the official during the ceremony. On March 30, two STS cranes and six RTG cranes arrived with private investment that exceeds 21 million dollars, corresponding to the first phase of the Yilport concessionaire.

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Ecuador: Agrocalidad Reinforces TR4 Prevention Actions

9.4.2021
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Ecuador, through the Agency for Regulation and Control of Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary (Agrocalidad), has received an alert for a possible presence in a South American country -although there is no official confirmation- and it is necessary to reinforce specific actions to prevent the entry of the pest in Ecuador. The Agency has developed 11 specific technical standards that focus on the exclusion, suppression, and eradication of the pest if it occurs in the country; one of these is the updated contingency plan in December 2020.

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Peru: Banana Exports Slightly Down

9.4.2021
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The Netherlands, the United States and Panama were the leading destinations for the fruit. During the first two months of this year, Peru exported 36,414 metric tons of bananas for a FOB value of US$ 25,684,995. These figures reveal a slight decrease from the 38,121 tons exported in the same period of 2020 for US$ 26,466,627. According to a report from the Agrodata Peru portal, the leading destination of these exports between January and February 2021 was the Netherlands, where US$ 8,230,000 worth of fruit was sent.

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Total Produce to Move Listing to US After Dole Merger

19.2.2021
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Shares of Total Produce were up over 25pc in Dublin on February 17 afternoon after it announced plans to combine with Dole Food Company under a newly created, US-listed firm Dole plc. The combined company aims to raise between $500m-$700m (€415m-€580m) in an initial public offering in the US, ending Total's presence on Euronext Dublin in the process. Total reached the agreement with Castle & Cooke (C&C), which owns a 55pc interest in Dole's parent company. The consideration for the 55pc stake in Dole equates to a minimum of $250m made up of $215m in equity and $35m in cash.

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Iran Resume the Import of Bananas

19.2.2021
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According to Iran Energy Economic Review, the Islamic Republic has allowed the release of some 60 trucks with bananas from its Bazargan customs in return for apples' export, said Deputy Head of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA). The information was later circulated by news agencies also. " Authorities approved the release of imported bananas from the customs following the agreement that the import would be substituted for export of apples," said Arvandaghi. "The Ministry of Industry Mine and Trade has approved this, considering the extended import orders and the confirmation of agent banks about the source of foreign currency used for the release of commodity," he said.

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Ecuador: Province of Santa Elena bets on Organic Bananas

19.2.2021
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The Ecuadorian Santa Elena peninsula is increasingly cultivating organic bananas. The plantations of this fruit have been growing, and most of it is focused on growing bananas free of chemicals during its planting and producing processes. Lands that were unused in the southern part of the province have welcomed new plantations in recent years. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, there are 1,940.79 hectares of bananas in that coastal province, of which 1,537.37 are organic fruit. Banana hectarage planted corresponds to about 20 properties, although there is an unregulated area.

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Philippines: Banana Exports Down 18.3% on Weak Production

19.2.2021
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Last year, Philippine banana exports declined by almost a fifth to a two-year low of 3,595 million metric tones (MMT) as shipments across all critical markets contracted due to weak domestic production. Preliminary Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) trade data analyzed by the BusinessMirror showed that the total banana exports last year was 808,000 MT lower (18.35 per cent) than the record-high 4,403 MMT in 2019. PSA data also showed that export receipts from banana shipments in 2020 declined by 20.6 per cent to $1.552 billion from $1.953 billion.

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Spain: Asprocan asks the Government of the Canary Islands not to Modify the Food Chain Law

19.2.2021
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The Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) asks the Government of the Canary Islands to act as an intermediary before the Ministry of Agriculture to prevent the modification of the food chain law from harming the banana sector of the archipelago. Asprocan considers that the modification of specific articles of the text, setting a minimum marketing price "will encourage the importation of fruits and vegetables", leaving around 30% of the local banana production outside the market and thus favouring the entry of imported bananas.

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FDP and Australia's QUT to Develop Disease-Resistant Bananas

19.2.2021
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Fresh Del Monte Produce has partnered with Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to develop disease-resistant bananas through its subsidiary Del Monte International. Under the new partnership, the two entities will focus on growing bananas less vulnerable to Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease and more sustainable to the food supply. Fresh Del Monte Research and Development, Agricultural Services senior vice-president and chief sustainability officer Hans Sauter said: "We are addressing critical issues facing our industry as we speak.

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Dole’s Renato Acuña Delcore Speaks Out On Impact Of Hurricanes In Latin America On Banana Industry

19.1.2021
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Q: I appreciate your taking on my extensive questions to help us cover this important story in more depth, and to alert retailers of the impacts and key information they need to know. A: Thank you for placing attention to this critical issue. Back-to-back hurricanes, Eta and Iota, have devastated banana production and entire communities in Honduras and parts of Guatemala across the industry, yet it’s largely not been reported because of other headlines owning recent news in both the trade and consumer media. In fact, even some retailers are not aware of the magnitude of what’s happening there. The extensive damage will dramatically limit supply volumes from both countries for the foreseeable future and will require major investment to return production to normal levels.

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Bolivia Increases Banana Exports to Argentina

18.12.2020
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Ecuadorian banana exporters have reduced the shipment of the fruit to Argentina. Bolivian producers took advantage of the situation, having increased sales to that country by 35 per cent; the price also rose from $ 2.80 to $ 3.40 per box. The representative of the banana producers, Agustín Conde, indicated that last month, two tropical storms damaged the banana crops of Honduras and Guatemala, which mainly exported the fruit to the United States.

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Vietnamese Strives to Export 30% of its Annual Banana Output in 2021-25

18.12.2020
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Vietnam strives to export 30% of its total annual output of bananas every year during 2021-25, according to the latest decision by the municipal People’s Committee. Under the Decision No. 5472 marking plans for the production and export of bananas in the next five years, released on December 7, Hanoi will keep its scale of 3,200 ha of banana unchanged, but focus on quality improvement. The plan is expected to contribute to the agricultural restructuring with a view to increasing added value and sustainable development.

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Compagnie Fruitiere Eyes UK Expansion as Sales Leap 28%

18.12.2020
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The supplier is in the process of constructing a new ripening and distribution facility in the London Gateway port area Major fruit importer Compagnie Fruitiere has set its sights on expansion in the UK after its sales leapt by more than a quarter in 2019. The French firm’s UK division, which principally supplies bananas to at least two major retailers, posted a 27.6% sales increase (£18m) for the year ending 31 December 2019, according to its latest accounts filed at Companies House.

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Dole Food Company Orders 500 Energy Efficient Star Cool Reefer Units from Maersk Container Industry

18.12.2020
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In cooperation with leasing company, Textainer, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has entered into an agreement to deliver five-hundred new Star Cool units to Dole Food Company in January 2021. Dole’s focus on delivering the highest quality fruit while reducing their carbon footprint globally factored into their choice of Star Cool. As an original engineering feature, Star Cool units can control the speed of the reefer compressor to match the specific cooling demands of the cargo and therefore perform at the highest level of both precision and energy efficiency.

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Philippines: Banana Exports Drop

18.12.2020
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Stephen A. Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc., said the Philippine market is now a battleground for South American growers, who are facing oversupply in their home markets. The Philippine market has grown in importance due to weak international demand, Mr. Antig said, noting that volume exported by association members fell 12.4% year on year in September. The drop in total production is largely due to TR4 disease as there is no concrete program implemented for its control and eradication, he said.

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