Re: Chiquita Prices
There's that, and there's also the increased spraying schedule in the South American and a few of the Central American plantations. Sigatoka has been a big problem this year for everybody, especially coastally, and they've basically tripled up their spraying regimens. Which of course affects fruit flavour - mmmm, fungicides!
Equally, for the Ecuadorean crops especially, the protracted labour dispute has led to the hiring of unskilled banana workers, so the rate of mishandling and crop bruising has gone up exponentially.