Pests and diseases are threatening Cavendish bananas with extinction. Dutch university Wageningen and plant research company KeyGene are jointly joining international researchers battling to save the popular fruit.
A global threat is facing the production of Cavendish bananas following the outbreak of Fusarium disease (also known as Panama disease) and scientists are working on finding a gene that is resistant to the strain.
PepsiCo has been experimenting with ingredients from unpeeled heat-treated green bananas and plantains to serve as everything from a gluten substitute to a sugar replacer in products from oatmeal to smoothies, crackers, bars and cookies, a recent patent...
Bananas are not being as exploited as much as they could be in prepared food, according to researchers, and research could stimulate greater interest from industry in a fruit that has long-standing popularity with consumers.
Costa Rican food companies are focusing on major trends like organics and social values to build their export platform, as an association agreement between the EU and Central America is expected to be reached in 2009.
Fairtrade mangoes from Burkina Faso, Mexico and Equador have been
given a major distribution boost in the UK this week, with the
announcement that the two leading supermarket groups, Tesco and
Sainsbury's, are to add them to...
Responding to recent media reports that bananas may be extinct
within ten years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
has urged producers to promote greater genetic diversity in
After Fairtrade bananas, mangoes and chocolate, the UK's Co-op
retail chain has now introduced the world's first Fairtrade
pineapples, offering a fair deal and better working conditions for
growers in Costa Rica.
Chiquita Brands International Inc., the number one banana producer,
reported on July 24 a second-quarter loss due to weak European
currencies, higher production costs and lower canned vegetable