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Ecuador Takes Control of Ports

By Breakbulk Staff on April 23, 2014

Presidential decree eliminates four port authorities

Ecuador has abolished four port authorities, which will now be administered by the Ministry of Transport & Public Works. 

The decree issued by Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, includes the port authorities of Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Manta and Puerto Bolívar.

The move was made to end rivalries between the ports. The post of under-secretary for ports is to be created and four port managers appointed, Port Strategy said in a report.

Meanwhile, the government will consider establishing a public ports company to coordinate action between the ports. 

Each port would have a cargo specialty to eliminate competition.

The decree has received backlash from Jaime Nebot, the mayor of Guayaquil.

“The government owns land adjacent to the maritime port, which is needed for the expansion of the existing port,”
Nebot said.

“However, it wants to use this for different purposes as a means of stifling development of th…

Turbana Expands Tropicals Line To Include Seven New, Unique Options

by Turbana
Posted: 2014-04-28 09:05:10 EST

CORAL GABLES, Florida - Turbana Corporation, the expert in tropical produce, announced today that it has expanded its Tropicals program to include seven new tasty items. 

Groovy Coconut, Aji Cachucha, Avocado, Ginger, Habanero Pepper, Malanga Amarilla and Sour Orange have been added, which, combined with Turbana’s existing tropicals (Aloe Vera, Batata, Calabaza, Chayote, Dry Coconut, Malanga Coco, Malanga Lila, Malanga Blanca, Yellow Yam, Yuca, Ñame, and Eddo), offer retailers a total of nineteen unique choices that Turbana believes are fundamental to the tropical selection of any store. 

“This expansion will help grow our Tropicals program as a category and this growth in sales volume will add to our produce department’s overall annual sales revenue,” said Juan Monsalve, National Produce Buyer for C&S Wholesale Grocers.

The program, which launched in 2013, provides the tools and expertise necessary for retailers to garner a new demographic wi…