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The International Banana Trade

By: Julian Roche

271 pages, Figs, tabs

Woodhead Publishing

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #97650 | ISBN: 1855734052
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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 over a 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 complex trade.


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.

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Julian Rocheis the Managing Director of RER, a commodities and real estate consultancy. Projects currently underway are in the areas of business confidence statistics, forecasting software and agricultural futures contracts. He formerly worked in the London commodities exchange, now part of LIFFE, as a Business Development Manager responsible for technical development and marketing of a range of futures contracts as well as maintaining a watching brief on commodity markets worldwide.

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