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The International Banana Trade


Author: Julian Roche

Publisher: Woodhead Publishing

Publish Date: 3rd November 1998

ISBN-13: 9781845692797

Pages: 288

Language: English



The unique characteristic of the international banana trade is distinguished from other commodity trades by the intensity of its politics and the importance of a small number of companies which have dominated the trade for overa hundred years.This book provides a comprehensive guide to the trade in the world’s most popular fruit. Covering all aspects of the trade from patterns of production and consumption to pricing trends, from details of the companies involved to consideration of international political constraints.Analysts and policy makers within the trade or governmental organisations, economists, food retailers, marketing professionals and students of international affairs need look no further for a reliable reference guide to this complextrade.

Table of Contents

Bananas; Production; History of the world trade; Banana imports and consumption; International companies; Production in individual countries; EU banana regime; The reefer business; Costs and prices; How bananas are traded; The future.