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Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK Lead the Ranking of EU Importing Countries of Fruits and Vegetables

9.2.2018
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Germany, with 23.5% of the total, France with 11.3%, the Netherlands with 10% and the United Kingdom with 8.4% lead the ranking of countries importing fruit and vegetables from January to October of 2017, a period in which intra-community trade amounted to 32.8 million tons, according to Eurostat data. The percentage of participation of these four countries in the intra-community importation of fruit and vegetables has hardly changed in the period from January to October of the last two years. Germany's imports stood at 7.7 million tons, 23.5% of the total from January to October 2017, while in the same period of 2016 it was 23.4%. Imports from France stood at 3.7 million tonnes, 11.3% and in 2016 it was 11%.

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CMA CGM Introduces Unique System for The Transportation of Liquids by Container

9.2.2018
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An ideal alternative to break bulk for the transportation of liquids which optimally preserves the products properties. CMA CGM, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce, on the occasion of the 2018 edition of FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin (Germany), the launch of the most advanced solution for the transportation of liquids by controlled temperature: REEFLEX. REEFLEX, a world innovation for the transportation of liquid products. Developed in partnership with Teconja, a German expert in juices, and Liqua, an expert in packaging solutions for the transportation of liquids, REEFLEX greatly enhances the transportation of liquids thanks to its design and unique technology, which guarantees a healthy and safe way of transportation.

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Back-to-the Future Deal Makes Mccanns Top Bananas Again

9.2.2018
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For the McCann fruit 'n' veg dynasty, it's a case of back to the future. Having sold Fyffes - which traces its roots back to 1902 when Charles McCann established a greengrocers on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk - to Japan's Sumitomo Corporation last year for €751 million, the founder's descendents are getting back into the banana business. Total Produce, the fresh produce group spun out of Fyffes in 2006 as a separately-listed company, announced on February 1st. it is set to take a 45 per cent of Dole Foods, the world's largest fresh fruit group - which generates 43 per cent of its sales from bananas. The McCanns own 11.3 per cent of Total Produce, which has an option to acquire all of Dole two years after the initial deal goes through.

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Countries Attending the World’s Premier Horticultural Fair, Propose Different Initiatives

9.2.2018
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The Fruit Logistica 2018 fair, the largest international fruit and vegetable products platform in Europe, which will take place in Berlin from the 7th to the 9th of February, will receive more than 56,000 visitors and 2,500 exhibitors from 83 different. This event is a unique opportunity for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector to consolidate their clients and open new markets. For this reason, the various governments of agricultural producing countries decided to participate by bringing different strategies and proposals with the idea of attracting potential customers. Colombia arrived with its campaign "Colombian Foods, Origin that Excites". ProColombia launched its international food promotion campaign at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The objective is to support the growth of exports from high potential sectors.

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Ecuador: Foreign Trade Ministry Presents Catalogue of Organic Products for Export

2.2.2018
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On February 1st the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Trade presented the catalogue of the main certified organic products of the national export offer. In this first edition, the catalogue includes 83 companies that include producers of bananas, handicrafts, cocoa, coffee, cosmetics, flowers, fruits, liquors, textiles, clothing, products from the forestry sector, aquaculture, fishing, agro-industry and processed foods. The head of the ministry, Pablo Campana, expects that the number of companies that produce and export organic products will rise to 200 for the next edition of the catalogue. There are currently around 36,000 hectares of organic products grown in the country. Campana pointed out that it is necessary to reinforce exports and for this the joint work of the public and private sectors is fundamental.

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Brazil: Banana Growers Require Banning Bananas from Ecuador

2.2.2018
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Banana producers in the North of the state of Minas Gerais mobilized to request the prohibition of entrance for fruit produced in Ecuador. The import was authorized by the federal government in December. Farmers fear that the Ecuadorian bananas will enter the Brazilian market with a lower price and will hurt local sector revenues. Brazilian growers claim that the imported bananas would increase the risk of contamination by pests. They asked for help from the Association of Municipalities of Sudene to try to stop the process. The North of Minas Gerais is responsible for much of the banana production in the country, mainly the cities of Jaíba, Janaúba and Porteirinha, which have the largest crops in the region. There are more than 100 thousand direct jobs and another 200 thousand indirect ones because of this crop, according to the Association of Fruit Growers of the North of Minas (Abanorte).

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Puerto Bolívar Received Record Number of Containers from Sweden

2.2.2018
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The ship Melchior Schulte, coming from Sweden, arrived in Puerto Bolivar in recent days with 894 containers. According to a Yilport statement, the figure is the highest recorded since the Turkish company and the Port Authority of Puerto Bolivar began activities. The port operation included the simultaneous loading of 500 containers of bananas to be exported to Russia. On the other hand, Maersk Shipping Line arrived for the first time at the port with the vessel Maersk Niagara from Colombia. The discharge of empty containers was carried out and later the loading of containers with banana.

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Two Agreements Signed to Develop the Port of Guayaquil

2.2.2018
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The port development plan for Guayaquil is taking shape. On January 26th, 2018, two inter-institutional agreements were signed at the Main Port. These are the first of the six axes of the plan, which also includes the construction of the south bridge over the Guayas River. The conference was chaired by President Lenin Moreno; Mayor Jaime Nebot; the Minister of Transport Paúl Granda; and representatives of the Port Authority of Guayaquil (APG) and of Contecon. The inauguration of the port zone for special services was also held on that day. This zone includes warehouses for container storage.

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Australia: Nervous Wait for Tests on Queensland Bananas

2.2.2018
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Banana growers should know within weeks whether Panama disease tropical race 4 has infected a farm in far north Queensland. Australian Banana Growers Council chairman Stephen Lowe said there was a high chance it would be positive, but verification would take time. Mr. Lowe said while the disease was found in parts of Asia, including the Philippines, and while it had been in the Northern Territory for the past 20 years, it was detected in Queensland for the first time in 2015. The second detection was six months ago and there was a third last week, in the Tully Valley, close to previous ¬detections.

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BNP PARIBAS ASSISTS WITH CMA CGM HAT-TRICK Team of the month

30.1.2018
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When French freight shipping giant CMA CGM wanted to visit the capital markets, it knew the cyclical nature of its business could prove tricky. But, along with lead manager BNP Paribas, the company worked hard to convince investors of its creditworthiness, not once but three times. Edward Russell-Walling reports. Container shipping is notoriously CyCli-Cal, which is why debt capital market investors have regarded the sector with extreme caution. Yet French shipping giant CMA CGM has been able to make serial visits to the high-yield market over the past half-year, culminating in its lowest ever coupon. BNP Paribas has been a lead manager throughout.

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Marrone Bio Innovations Announces Distribution Partnership in the Philippines

25.1.2018
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DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBII) (MBI), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Great Harvest Agri Chemicals Corporation (GHAC), a leading supplier of agricultural inputs in the Philippines.

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Genetic modification laws set for shake-up, with health and agriculture research industries to benefit

19.1.2018
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Australia is set to reform how it regulates genetically modified research, with health and agriculture scientists set to benefit. Australia is set to reform how it regulates new genetic engineering techniques, which experts say will help to dramatically speed up health and agriculture research. The changes will enable agricultural scientists to breed higher yielding crops faster and cheaper, or ones resistant to drought and disease. Australia's gene technology regulator Raj Bhula has proposed reducing regulations around gene editing techniques such as , following a 12 month into the current regulations.

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Celebrating 20 Years – AsiaFruit Congress 4 September 2018 – Get the Best Access to Market Insights and opportunities in Asia

23.1.2018
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The best discussion and exchange platform China is still a huge market opportunity, but it's shifting to upper middle class spenders, and a savvy and sophisticated younger generation of consumers, heard delegates at the latest edition of Asiafruit Congress. Asiafruit Congress 2017 attracted more than 400 high-level industry professionals and decision-makers from 40 different countries, providing the perfect start to Asia Fruit Logistica's business week in Hong Kong.

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A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S: Maersk and IBM to Form Joint Venture Applying Blockchain to Improve Global Trade and Digitize Supply Chains

16.1.2018
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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK and ARMONK, NY - 16 January 2018: A.P. Moller - Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced their intent to establish a joint venture to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology. The aim of the new company will be to offer a jointly developed global trade digitization platform built on open standards and designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem. It will address the need to provide more transparency and simplicity in the movement of goods across borders and trading zones.

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Germany: Eco-Test Warns of Pesticides in Bananas

5.1.2018
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Pesticides in bananas? The German magazine "Öko-Test" claims to have detected pesticide residues in numerous banana varieties. In addition to bananas from the supermarket, specimens from health food stores and discounters were also sent to the laboratory. 22 different brands were examined. In addition to the criterion of toxic substances, for example, the production conditions of the fruit and the transparency of production were included in the evaluation of the magazine.

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APAC Tops the Global Reefer Container Leasing Market

5.1.2018
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The latest market research report by Technavio on the global reefer container leasing market predicts a CAGR of close to 16% during the period 2017-2021. Technavio has published a new market research report on the global reefer container leasing market from 2017-2021. The report segments the global reefer container leasing market by end-user (food and beverage and pharmaceutical) and by geography (the Americas, EMEA, and APAC). It provides a detailed illustration of the major factors influencing the market, including drivers, opportunities, trends, and industry-specific challenges.

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Greenyard Drops Plans to Buy Dole

5.1.2018
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Belgian fresh, frozen and canned fruit and vegetable group Greenyard said talks to buy Dole Food Company had ended without a definitive agreement. Greenyard had announced on December 19 that it was in advanced talks to acquire Dole, a transaction that reportedly would have been worth some 2 billion euros including debt had it gone through. Greenyard did not specify the reason talks had fallen through. "While the acquisition of Dole by Greenyard would have marked a significant milestone for both companies, we are confident that Greenyard has the right strategy and priorities in place to continue generating profitable growth and strengthening our global leadership position in fruit and vegetables," said Greenyard executive chairman Hein Deprez.

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CMA CGM Institutes ‘Emergency’ Greek Port Congestion Surcharge

5.1.2018
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Port of Virginia uses grant money for terminal handling and reefer investments. Increased operational costs and service disruptions generated by ongoing traffic congestion at one of Greece’s largest seaports, the Port of Thessaloniki, are forcing CMA CGM to implement an Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) for Thessaloniki imports and exports, the French ocean carrier said Dec. 29. Until further notice, the charge is effective with the bill of lading date of Jan. 8 for all trades except the United States, and with the bill of lading date of Feb. 1 for U.S. trades subject to filing, CMA CGM said.

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Harmony Returns to Canary Islands’ Banana Sector

5.1.2018
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The Canary Islands’ Government announced on January 3rd that the peace, at least formally, has returned to the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan), the entity representing local producers of the fruit that for several weeks had lost two of its members: the Europlátano OPP and Llanos de Sardina. These two had left that organization following a disagreement mainly about the decisions on the pica (withdrawal of banana volumes from the market), activated since last November, in the months that in theory had fewer problems to place the fruit in almost the only destination of the fruit: the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

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Peru: El Niño of 2017 Caused Losses in 34,000 Hectares Of Crops

5.1.2018
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The coastal Niño of 2017 caused the loss of 30,154 hectares of crops and affected another 88,676 in the 11 regions declared in emergency due to the climatic phenomenon. Although at the end of the year a GDP growth of 3% and 11% in agro exports is expected, the El Niño left chain effects, tasks in the 2018 agenda and, above all, lessons learned for the next phenomenon, which as it is cyclical will return sooner or later. El Niño particularly affected the banana industry. It caused the loss of 5,774 hectares of banana and 356 hectares of lemon. There were a total of 6,492 hectares of banana and 10,856 hectares of lemon.

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Colombia: The Budget for Agricultural Insurance Decrease More Than 90 Percent

5.1.2018
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Almost simultaneously, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), of the United States, announced the imminent arrival of the La Niña climate phenomenon, the National Agricultural Credit Commission (CNCA) decided to reduce the budget assigned to agricultural insurance to 4,000 million pesos. According to the insurance industry, Fasecolda, and the Colombian Farmers' Association (SAC), with this budget, the insurance sector could only issue policies to cover 16,000 hectares. Under the Government’s proposal in the CNCA, the amount allocated for the year 2018 will be 91.6% less than that assigned this year.

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Ecuador Prepares Ambitious National Plan for Logistics Optimization

5.1.2018
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Making changes and improvements in the logistics network of a country is to bet on a future of greater competitiveness and increasing the possibilities of exporting more. That idea motivates the Ecuadorian government, which will launch a plan for almost 10,000 kilometres of roads, ports and airports as part of the national optimization plan. The Ministry of Transport and Public Works, confirmed that the so-called State Road Network will be expanded and will seek to make APP expand the possibilities of existing road connections.

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Main Producing Region of Colombia Paralized

5.1.2018
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The Superintendence of Ports and Transport opened a preliminary investigation to determine the cessation of activities by six intermunicipal public transport companies of road passengers operating in the Apartadó Transport Terminal, which would have contributed to affect the public service provision of transportation in the Urabá Antioquia, in the middle of the civic strike that affected the region until January 4. The companies investigated are Coointur, Sotraurabá, Sotragolfo, Sotracor, Transportes Gómez Hernández and Cootransuroccidente.

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Digitalization & Disruption theme to take centre-stage at TOC Asia on 24 & 25 April during Singapore Maritime Week

12.1.2018
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London, 10 January 2018: TOC Asia returns to Singapore - one of the world’s most important transhipment hubs - in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week. The two-track conference and exhibition has at its heart the core theme of Digitalization & Disruption. Attendees will converge at the event to discuss new trade dynamics and to be updated on the latest technology.

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Philippines: GCTVC 218 Banana Plant Seems Resistant to TR4

22.12.2017
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The search for a Philippines banana variety that is resistant to the TR4 Fusarium Wilt disease has been continuing since 2005, and the most promising result so far has been the GCTCV 218, a tissue culture variant from Taiwan. The variety which was brought to the Philippines through the initiative of Dr. Agustin Molina Jr., then the Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific of Bioversity International, has become the darling of smallhold as well as big time growers in Mindanao. In 2005, Dr. Molina saw an urgent need for a solution to the virulent Fusarium Wilt disease that was threatening the banana industry in Mindanao which has been bringing into the country about $1 billion a year.

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Algeria Eliminates Licenses on Banana Imports

22.12.2017
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Algerian Trade Minister Mohamed Benmeradi announced on December 19, the abolition of the import licensing system starting next year. "There will be practically no more import licenses in 2018. We have decided to give up this practice altogether, because it has shown its limits that only adds bureaucratic procedures and lacks transparency, besides causing sometimes supply problems," said Benmeradi, during a press conference held on the sidelines of a trade sector activity assessment meeting, which brought together all the actors in the industry, from the ministry, to the regional directors of commerce, as well as of the managers of the external services of the sector.

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Return of Exotic Fruits to The Port of Sète

22.12.2017
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After an interruption of nearly five years, the exotic fruit trade resumed at the Southern France port of Sète with a first call on December 10th. After 14 days of sailing directly from Madagascar, specialized reefer vessel Baltic Klipper, from Seatrade, discharged more than 8000 tonnes of litchis destined for European customers. These fruits were carried in 128 reefer containers inside the holds. This new traffic comes after the port of Sète choose the company Conhexa of Dunquerque to manage, operate and develop the reefer terminal. The terminal has a sub-temperature controlled warehouse (+ 1 ° C to -25 ° C) capable of processing 500,000 tonnes of perishable producs per year with a floor area of more than 23,000m². Having represented an investment of 20 million euros, it was inaugurated in 2011 but stopped two years later following the bankruptcy of Agrexco. It is therefore back in service after its resumption last May by Conhexa.

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Greenyard in ‘Advanced’ Talks to Acquire Dole Foods

22.12.2017
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Belgian vegetable processor Greenyard Foods has confirmed it is in talks over a potential acquisition of Dole Food Company. In a statement, Greenyard revealed it is in “advanced” discussions over a possible deal. While Greenyard noted that a deal has not yet been finalised, the group did add that it has finance in place. “At this stage, a definitive agreement has not been reached, and there can be no assurance that these negotiations will culminate in a transaction between the two companies. Greenyard has secured appropriate financing, and is confident in its ability to complete the transaction with a balanced financing approach should a definitive agreement be reached.”

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Wilmington, NC, Able to Complete Refrigeration On-dock

15.12.2017
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The Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, joins fellow US East Coast ports in taking aim at South American perishables by becoming the first southeast port to complete the refrigeration process on the dock. Although other southeastern ports the in US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program can accept goods that have completed the two-week refrigeration process, Wilmington is the first to be able to accept goods that are still midway through the process and then complete the refrigeration in the terminal, North Carolina Ports said.

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Dole Pineapple Workers Open Community Center

15.12.2017
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Dole Food Company and Fair Trade USA jointly announced today the inauguration of two new community centers near Dole's Muelle and Bosque Farms in Costa Rica, made possible by Fair Trade purchases made at Whole Foods Market stores, which drive additional money to pineapple farmworkers to invest in projects of their choosing. The commencement events at the two locations took place on December 5th and 6th, 2017. To earn Fair Trade certification, farms must adhere to rigorous social, environmental and economic standards. Once certified, farmworkers directly earn additional Community Development Funds with every purchase. They then vote on how to use the money to address their needs.

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APL Celebrates 150 Years of Shipping in Japan

15.12.2017
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The Yokohama Port and Habour Bureau, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation and Yokohama Port Corporation have paid tribute to APL for its contributions as one of Japan’s longest-serving shipping lines. APL currently connects Japan with her key trade partners such as Australia, China, Korea, North America, Taiwan and Thailand amongst others through 13 services. Amongst these services, APL’s Japan Express service (JPX) directly connects Japan with the United States West Coast while its Japan Straits Express service (JSX) is a choice option for shippers who seek global market access via Singapore.

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Asprocan Says Retail Price of Plátano de Canarias is not in Proportion to The Price at Origin

15.12.2017
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The Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) has indicated that the price at which the Plátano de Canarias is sold bears no relation to the prices at origin and urges retailers to adapt the marketing margins to the price levels at which the product is purchased from producers. Specifically, this entity explains that the producers of Plátano de Canarias "are facing a few especially complicated weeks for the sector, being forced to withdraw product and selling the fruit well below its value, while watching with impotence as consumers pay much higher prices for the fruit".’

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Port of Antwerp to Invest $1.64m in Mobility Solutions

15.12.2017
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The Port of Antwerp is aiming towards reducing truck traffic and increasing intermodal and barge mobility solutions. The Port of Antwerp will invest 1.4 million euros (U.S. $1.64 million) in seven port enhancement projects over the next three years. The projects aim to create more sustainable mobility solutions, specifically to reduce road traffic, with the port predicting that the number of truck trips will be reduced by up to 250,000 annually once the projects are completed.

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Costa Rica Approaches Turkey During WTO Meeting

15.12.2017
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Costa Rica and Turkey have signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the exchange of products between the two countries. The signing of the agreement took place in a bilateral meeting in the framework of the appointment of ministers of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ended on December 13th. Alexánder Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade (Comex), explained on Monday, December 11th, from Buenos Aires that the objective of this memorandum with Turkey is to facilitate the exchange of information among countries about the entry requirements of the products in each country.

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Costa Rica: Acón Group Consolidates in Fruit Exports

15.12.2017
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Pineapple and bananas are the two most exported agricultural products in Costa Rica. International markets are increasingly demanding better quality from the export products. Limón is one of the main areas of cultivation for both products in Costa Rica and it is from there that the product is exported. One of the companies dedicated to the production and export of these products is Grupo Acón, a family company specialising in the agricultural business, with more than 25 years of experience. Adverse weather conditions or natural disasters have been obstacles, but not impediments to being recognized as one of the companies with the longest track record in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica for the commercialization of both pineapple and banana.

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Ecuador: Guayaquil Port Reports Exports of 11.40mn Tonnes of Cargo

8.12.2017
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According to Contecon Guayaquil, the operator of multi-purpose and container terminals at Libertador Simon Bolivar port, in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, the maritime port handles 85% of annual national exports, equivalent to 11.40mn tonnes. Contecon revealed that a total of 1,170,917 containers were transported between January and October 2017. Moreover, the terminal received 490 vessels in the analysed period, which carried 825,799 tonnes of cargo. The operator informed that 38% of this cargo corresponded to banana shipments, with fish products also among the most exported through Guayaquil port.

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Ecuador: Banana Producers Request Amendments to the Law

8.12.2017
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Richard Salazar, representative of the Association of Marketing and Export of Bananas asked on behalf of his members for changes to the regulations in order to increase the export of bananas. Salazar indicated that the problem lies in the legal norm, which has been in place for 20 years when production, marketing and export were handled by eight groups, but indicated that these activities have now been diversified including in the international market so legislation must adapt to the current reality. "We have met with different guilds of producers that have been working on the text of a new banana law. The current regulations were created 20 years ago and we have to adjust it to the present," he said.

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ASBAMA Banana Forum, an Opportunity to Analyse the Challenges and Opportunities of the Colombian Banana Sector

8.12.2017
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With the participation of more than 500 people, among them leading national and international academics and researchers, producers, international marketers, technical assistants and entities related to the sector, the Association of Banana of Magdalena and La Guajira, ASBAMA, successfully held the Banana Forum "Sustainable Production: Challenges and Opportunities of the Colombian Banana Sector". The event held in the Colombian city of Santa Marta, discussed key issues on the agenda of the sector such as: prevention and / or control of diseases, management of water resources, management and conservation of soils with a tendency to salinity, organic production, risks associated with climatic or market variables among other aspects of the productive context of the crop, generating spaces for analysis, reflection and significant contributions in some relevant issues of this transcendental line of production.

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