Meeting between Rainforest Alliance, retailers, importers and banana producers
Rainforest Alliance and the shared responsibility
Press release and photos: EU Public Affairs
Last Friday, November the 27th, banana producers and exporters from seven Latin American countries called for a tripartite roundtable with main European retailers and the private certifier Rainforest Alliance. The main objective was to reach a common position that would put an end to the conflict over new certification standards imposed by Rainforest Alliance.
Latin American banana sector criticises Rainforest Alliance process
Latin America’s banana industry has slammed the Rainforest Alliance certifying body for being out of touch with today’s market realities. According to representatives of the sector from Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and Guatemala, which account for a combined 65% of the global banana crop, Rainforest Alliance has failed to consider their opinions when developing certification criteria. Producers claimed that the latest standard published two weeks ago contains crucial differences with the 2019 rules and was not the result of due consultation.
Algeciras Port improves its connectivity with Latin America
Credit: Algeciras Port
Handling 4.7 million tons or 37% of the Spanish horticultural cargoes, Algeciras Bay Port became one of the principal ports for fruit & vegetables operators
LATAM fruit producers reject EU limits on residues
Latin America’s banana producer and export organisations have roundly rejected the EU’s decision to reduce maximum residue limits (MRLs) and are committed working together to reverse the measure. All foods intended for human or animal consumption in the EU are subject to a maximum residue limit of pesticides in their composition to protect people’s and animals’ health.
Latin American banana exports worth $5.6 billion
Latin America and the Caribbean is the world’s largest banana-exporting region. Estimates point to a total combined export value of around US$11 billion for bananas and major tropical fruits from Latin America and the Caribbean, of which bananas accounted for about US$6 billion, according to data published by FAO. Between 2016 and 2018, the total production volume of bananas in the region was an estimated 30 million tons per year, while total exports reached an annual average of 13 million tons, representing 80% of world banana shipments, worth US$5.6 billion per year.