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First in Asia: Philippine bananas to be sold in US

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Photo from official account of Philippine Embassy in the United States. @philippinesusa.

MANILA, Philippines – The first batch of fresh Philippine bananas has finally arrived in the United States, the Philippine Embassy in the US announced Sunday.

A shipment of 7.047 metric tons of highland cavendish from Bukidnon arrived September 9 in California, making the Philippines the first Asian country to export bananas to the US.

“With this shipment, we are hopeful that Philippine bananas would be able to find and satisfy a niche in the competitive US banana market,” said Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr.

The shipment came after eight years of negotiations with the US on quarantine and sanitation issues.

“Philippine bananas are among the best in the world and there is opportunity to bring in the unique and special banana varieties like lakatan and latondan, which Filipinos in the US have long been craving for and which Americans can learn to love,” said Agriculture attaché Dr. Josyline Javelosa.

Javelosa said the shipment, a first of an estimated 3,000 metric tons from Dole Philippines, was transferred to a ripening warehouse and will soon be available in the Los Angeles market.

She said they are hoping that the new market will help the Philippine banana industry, especially Mindanao which is recovering from the onslaught of the recent typhoons.

With the successful shipment, US joined other Philippine banana importers – Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Korea, China, Singapore, the Middle East, Canada, Russia and Indonesia.

Bananas are among the country’s dollar earners.

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  • generaltso

    a few years back, Taiwan bananas were in big troubles. there were no importers, the politicians had to eat them every meals to show that they were patrioitic.

    it is China to come to rescue. they consumed all, they imported all, they bought them all.

    I don’t think Taiwan people were less smart then Filipinos. they had thought about to export their bananas to US and other places as well.

    well, when they count fingers, they found that every pound they shipped to US, they earn much more on shipping electronics than on bananas, thousand times more.

    I hope the ambassador can count finers too.

  • Zim

    @generaltso The shipment had arrived already to the US, could you please confirm if they went straight to the trash yard? Would you mind asking the retailers themselves why they had ordered for “chemically added bananas” to find out yourself. For me as a consumer I would buy it, may pakialam ka?

    • generaltso

      zim,

      I checked but the bananas are not there.
      rash yard is a nick name for a place where imported goods needs to be quickly move to the market.

      because your post technolgy, the banana still are very green. so instead to go rash yard for delivery to the retailors, they went to another yard for ripenning.

      sorry for the confusion.

  • hello stupids

    what is the meaning of being a banana country ?

    how many banana can trade for a warship?
    hahahahahahahaha

  • neilabarca

    BANANA REPUBLIC, a backward third world economy…?

    Anyway, malaking tulong sa mga BANANA Growers in Southern Mindanao, particularly Davao City and sorrounding provinces…There are over supplies, over production of bananas in the areas, tinatapon na nga lang…pagkain sa alagang hayop…feeds for animals..

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      who benefited from the banana export?

      • 33Sam

        THE FLIPPERS WHO SOLD OUT THEIR COUNTRY TO THE FOREIGN BANKSTER CABAL GOLDMAN SACHS, J.P. MORGAN AND CITI CORP WHO PREVIOUSLY HAD OFFERED BRAZIL THE SAME DEAL OR BLOCK ENTRY OF ORANGE JUICE FROM BRAZIL INTO THE U.S. BRAZIL HAD INTEGRITY AND TOLD THESE MAFIOSOS TO FCUK OFF AS BRAZIL DID NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF THESE CROOKS REACHING THEIR DIRTY HANDS INTO BRAZIL’S BANK TREASURY AND PULL OUT GOBS OF CAPITAL!!!

        SIGURADO MAY % SA BALATO.

        http://business.inquirerDOTnet/131815/400m-in-foreign-capital-pulled-out-of-ph-in-june

    • 33Sam

      YOU MEAN DOLE BANANAS ARE GOING BACK TO THE U.S.

      AH MORE GMO TO KILL MORE AMERICANS…

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    TALLY MAN A BANANA.
    DUMB DONKEY FILIPINOS LOVE WORKING IN THE BANANA PLANTATION

  • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

    How about some banana love in New York City? Let them ripen in transit.

  • 33Sam

    THIS IS PART OF THE DEAL THE PHILIPPINES MADE WITH FOREIGN BANKSTER GLOBALISTS GOLDMAN SACHS, J.P. MORGAN, CITI CORP ET AL, WHO IN EXCHANGE FOR ALLOWING THESE COMPANIES TO LEECH ONTO YOUR TREASURY AND CENTRAL BANK VAULTS AND BAMBOOZLE YOUR GOVERNMENT TO PASS A 12% VAT ON EVERYTHING, ALLOWED YOUR COUNTRY’S PRODUCTS INTO THE U.S.

    CAN ANYONE SAY P. BURGOS OFF OF MAKATI AVE??

    BRAZIL TOLD THESE JOKERS TO GET LOST. NO AMOUNT OF THREATS OF BLOCKING U.S. MARKETS TO BRAZIL’S LARGE ORANGE JUICE INDUSTRY WAS GOING TO MAKE BRAZIL BUCKLE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF MAFIOSO SHENANIGANS.

    ICELAND KICKED THESE FOREIGN BANKERS OUT FOR THE SAME REASONS..

    CAN’T SAY MUCH FOR THE FILIPINO..

    HOWARD STERN IS STILL RIGHT TO THIS DAY!!!

    BASTA MAY PERA BUKA AGAD!!!

  • tilamsik

    oh my bananas hahhahahahhahaha… so many dumb monkeys around jumping in joy for bananas



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