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Tropical fruits see strong demand

04/25/2014 11:04:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Central American Produce Inc.

Tropical fruit is gaining in popularity, shippers report.

“Retailers are seeing increased consumer interest in carrying these items because they’re being asked for them,”
said Eddie Caram, general manager of the Princeton, Fla.-based New Limeco LLC.


While Peru mango production ended in early April, Mexican harvesting started in mid-February with ataulfos and in early March with tommy atkins varieties, said Gary Clevenger, managing member and co-founder of Oxnard, Calif.-based Freska Produce International LLC.

Mexican production runs throughout the summer and later shifts in to the hadens and kents.

“For the last three years, Mexico has set volume records every year,”
Clevenger said. 

“I don’t expect this season to be any different. There will be plenty of promotional opportunities coming up beginning in April through July and even into August. Last year, the deal went almost into October.”

Mango demand is growing, said …

Whole Foods & EARTH University Bananas Are Sending Two Winners To The Tropics

by Whole Foods Market
Posted: 2014-04-25 09:02:50 EST

AUSTIN, Texas -- In honor of Earth Month, Whole Foods Market is giving away two trips for two to the tropical campus of EARTH University, a nonprofit university in Costa Rica that also grows bananas for Whole Foods Market.

Today through April 30, shoppers can visit to enter for a chance to win an eight-day trip through and around Costa Rica’s lush rainforests and majestic Arenal Volcano. 

Winners and their guests will also explore the university’s on-campus banana fields, meet students who are studying to become agricultural leaders and learn how EARTH University bananas are helping to fund their education.“Bananas are the most popular fruit in the U.S.,” said John Walker, global produce coordinator for Whole Foods Market.

 “And when shoppers choose EARTH University bananas at Whole Foods Market, they’re helping to fund student scholarships and support research in organic and sustainable agriculture. We’…


Multinationals lose grip on global banana exports

April 25th, 2014

The influence of multinational banana companies has significantly decreased since the 1980s when Chiquita, Dole and Fresh Del Monte held a firm majority of global trade, according to a report released yesterday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


In 2013, these three leading distributors represented slightly over a third of global banana exports with 36.6% of the market. The share has dropped sharply from the 1980s when Chiquita, Dole and Fresh Del Monte peaked with a combined control of 65.3% of exports.

The sharpest decline has occured over the past decade, however. As of 2002, these companies still held a 58% share.

FAO attributed the shift in large part to the growing role of smaller, independent producers.

“The competition among banana producing countries is fierce and many have struggled to remain competitive, but there are also new opportunities, as the mark…