In the framework of the XV International Banana Forum, Ecuador began on October 23 the second edition of the business conference “Banano del Ecuador”, an event held at the Hilton Colon in Guayaquil, which was attended by 40 exporters from the country.
Through ProEcuador, 13 buyers from Argentina, Armenia, Canada, Chile, China, Singapore, USA, Slavonia, Spain, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Russia and Japan will keep 525 business appointments with their Ecuadorian counterparts.
The executive director of the entity, Roberto Intriago, indicated that the expectation of sale of this edition, which will end on Thursday, October 25, amounts to $ 40 million.
Joao Barata, of the Shpratt Group, an importing and maturing company in England, said for his signature that Ecuador is the preferential country for the purchase of bananas; they import 60,000 boxes per week. The main demand of the English market, according to Barata, is that the fruit has especially the Globalg certifications. A.P and Rainforest.
Luis Contreras, of the exporter Firesky, found good business possibilities in the round. He indicated that he meets all quality standards and now seeks to expand his market. The capacity of this company is from 70 to 80 containers per week in low and high season, from 100 to 120.
Eduardo Ledesma, executive director of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), highlighted the importance of the business conference, because at this time of year the majority of negotiations in the sector are closed. Regarding exports, said that they grow at a rate of 5% per year and estimates that this year will sell more than 320 million boxes.
Ledesma reported that two supermarkets in the European Union intend to lower one euro of the cost of the box; which would affect producers and exporters for around $ 400 million. Therefore, it proposes to create an internal front with the Ministries of Agriculture, Foreign Trade, Labor and Foreign Ministry, and an external one that brings together countries of the region to request that values don’t fall. (I)