Fil-Ams urged to buy Bukidnon bananas

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Cavendish bananas from Mindanao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

LOS ANGELES—The Philippine government has urged Filipino-Americans to buy highland cavendish bananas from Bukidnon, which will hit selected stores here this weekend.

“For us to successfully penetrate the highly competitive US banana market, we need to show that there is a strong demand for highland cavendish from the Philippines,” Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. said in a statement.

Cuisia made the appeal after four more companies expressed interest in joining Dole Philippines in competing for a slice of the large US market that has long been dominated by exporters from Latin America.

The Philippines became the first Asian country to export bananas to the United States when 7 metric tons of the Bukidnon bananas arrived at the Port of Long Beach on Sept. 9. It was part of the estimated 3,000 metric tons that the US plans to import from the Philippines this year.

The Bukidnon bananas, marketed under Dole’s Sweetio brand, will be available at Gelsons stores in Encino, Century City, Tarzana, Newport Beach, Pacific Palisades, Calabasas, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, West Hollywood and Hollywood and in the Walmart stores in Baldwin Park, Corona and City of Industry, according to the Dole Fresh Fruit Company, a subsidiary of Dole Food Co. Inc.

“The US is the largest single country importer of bananas with a per capita consumption of 25 pounds,” Agriculture Attaché Josyline Javelosa said, in a statement. The Filipino-American community on the West Coast can play a crucial role in creating “that niche market” for Philippine bananas in the competitive US market, she said.

The Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association said the four member-companies interested in exporting their highland cavendish to the US are the Dizon Group; Nader & Ebrahim S/O Hassan Philippines Inc.; Lapanday Foods Corporation; and the Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc. of the Anflo Group of Companies.

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  • dragonian

    oh yes……flips-am chimps……….heard that? heed your mother chimp land’s calling…patronize your original staples. and start acting like one from where you originally belong……follow your fellow chimps here. — eat a banana while fondling the dickies then jump up and down.

    and yes. USP4GG…………why dont you chimps over there lessen some unproductive activities involving promoting wars between the super powers for which nobody seems to care. start evangelize and promote the bananas to your masters. may be they will behave just like you do. why dont you start with SF where i personally know a few big fat azz lawyers with too much time to spare. scratching their ball all day long and churning out paragraphs and paragraphs of shittty comments…..that’s bad for their sore azzes…try something new…do what i advise y’all to do in the above paragraph…………and have a healthy lifestyle.

    so? what are y’all waiting for…………….let group together for a picture. banana in one hand, another hand in your dickies/slitties………..then jump up at the same time and shout…………………..”WE LOVE FLIPPINES’ BANANA…..YEHEY..”

    and dont forget to post the picture online. and make your fellow miserable chimps here happy………im sure its going to be a big hit online and hit1,000,000,000 times on google search in a single day………….

    i too cant wait to see that.

    • CommonSens6

      Go home an fck your momma Mongol oid Chinaman! You want to be Pinoy so bad we won’t let you pathetic chink pizz off!

  • PinoyPower1

    Definitely going to support Philippine export products.

    They are the best!

  • UrHONOR

    SABI ng isang Kano na nakilala ko, “The best ever banana I’ve tasted is SAGING”. Mas masarap aman talagang di hamak ang SAGING ng Pilipinas kaysa banana ng ibang bansa!

  • Simpleng_ofw

    From where I work, I always patronize our very own Philippine products. Kung magugustuhan ng ibang lahi, tayo pa kaya.

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