Production of banana involves direct adoption of natural resources and labour force. Its dependence, as an agricultural industry, to variation in international prices is high. World consumption standards, trade and environmental regulations, sanctions applied by Ecuador's principal buyers, and the opinions of civil society also have a major bearing on its production. Its commercial production is also influenced by the trade policy of the European Union.
As of 2000, Ecuador's export of bananas (the second dominant export item after crude oil) was 3,993,968 metric tons which accounted for 28% of the world's production of 14,155,222 metric tons, making up 5 percent of its GDP. Of this export, bananas were primarily destined for the United States, the largest importer (24 percent), followed by the European Union accounting for 17 percent.
Although there are 300 varieties of bananas grown in Ecuador, the widely grown variety is Cavendish, which can be grown at high densities but are susceptible to pest, mould and other diseases, and spraying the plant with chemicals and pesticides is an essential requirement to maintain yield levels.
Bananas are harvested almost every week of the year. The plant growth begins after a plant is cut and a new one sprouts from the root of parent plant. It becomes fruit bearing one year later. Harvested bananas are transported to destinations by truck every week.
The cultivation process involves removal of weeds, applying insecticides, covering the fruits with plastics to prevent loss due to close contact, also enclosing the bananas with plastic bags filled with insecticide, protecting plant stocks by covering them with strips of plastic coated with insecticide, removal of yellow and dead leaves, and providing support by propping up the plants with wooden stakes. The growth phases are monitored by tying coloured bands to the stalks. Thus, there are three stages of monitoring which are: harvesting fruit-laden stalks, transporting them to the packing plant, cutting the remaining stems after harvest.
We export fresh bananas Cavendish with following packagings:
|22XU Box||Box of 20 kg net|
|208 E||Box of 14 kg net|
Normally we ship by refeer containers and as per request of the buyer by whole ships
We export the fresh pineapples following standardized safety and quality International protocols allowing our product to be found in supermarket chains around de world.
MD-2, Golden Sweet
Open Top: Net Weight / box: 12 kg / 26, 40 lbs.
22 X U BOX: Net Weight / box: 22 Kg. / 48, 40 lbs
Packing & shipping procedures
The fruit is packed in resistant corrugated carton boxes, with corner backs and cardboard liners that protect the product during the transportation process.
The boxes are placed in sanitized pallets and properly secured to be placed in 40`Reefer Containers set up at 7°C, after receiving pre cooling in our top of the line cold storage rooms.
Each container is dispatched with a minimum of 1 thermographs, to record proper temperature throughout the entire route, and is sealed with satellite locks, allowing us to monitor the unit until it reaches Guayaquil port.
We work with an external Surveyor company which sends an inspector for every shipment.