Yes, we now have Philippine bananas in US, finally


Photo from official account of Philippine Embassy in the United States. @philippinesusa.

LOS ANGELES—The Philippines has officially become the first Asian country to export bananas to the United States, with the first shipment of the highland Cavendish variety from Bukidnon arriving at the Port of Long Beach last week.

“We’re excited to see our very own bananas in grocery stores in California soon,” Consul General Hellen Barber-de la Vega told the Inquirer after she inspected the products at the ripening warehouse on Sunday (Manila time). “We waited eight years for this to happen.”

The bananas are scheduled to be delivered to large retailers—including the giant supermarket chain Albertson’s and specialty stores Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods—as early as this Friday (Saturday in Manila), De la Vega said. “We’re just waiting for confirmation from the distributor.”

Seven metric tons of the bananas arrived on Sept. 9 at Long Beach in Los Angeles County as part of the 3,000 metric tons the US plans to import from the Philippines this year, the Philippine Embassy said in a statement.

“With this shipment, we are hopeful that Philippine bananas would be able to find and satisfy a niche in the competitive US banana market,” Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. said.

The Philippines first sought access to the US market eight years ago, according to Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline Javelosa.

“Philippine bananas are among the best in the world and there is an opportunity to bring in the unique and special banana varieties like lakatan and latundan which Filipinos in the United States have long been craving and which Americans can learn to love,” said Javelosa.

The highland bananas, marketed in the United States under the Sweetio brand, were exported by Dole Philippines to Dole Food Company Inc. and were shipped from the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, on Aug. 20.


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  • eight_log

    I am not surprised at all … look at the US of A now … they are going bananas too … just like the Philippines .. kaya marami ang nagwawala … they take things into their hands!!!

  • go88

    The yanks will return the favor sending their own bananas to Subic and Clark, and the US makapilis will say:


  • bright


    Prevent importation of Chinese made goods and products in the PHL. SM has a lot of them.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Very good. One type of banana from Philippines they should try is Golden Saba.

    I have personally tasted this naturally grown variety re: NOT A GMO. Let it stay for a few days until yellow ripe. Boil until soft and nearly jelly-like, you have to test what is the timing or use a fork.

    Strip off the skin and serve as is. It is soft and buttery!

    And served in classy restaurants of France.

    • go88

      Which classy restaurant?

      • WeAry_Bat

        forgive me monsieur, but i did not carry its flyer from the city in mindanao where i partook of the banana.

  • farmerpo

    Nice. Say hi to Chiquita. Hope we get manggang kalabaw too. The red variety from Mexico sucks.

  • CheapJ

    How about Philippine mangoes?

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